MESSAGE TO STUDENTS

Dear Students,

If you are a student at Pennsylvania State University, Lock Haven University or any other university in Central Pennsylvania and you are confronted with criminal charges, Masorti Law Group, P.C. is the right option for you.

We understand that you are very concerned and scared about what is probably going to occur in the future. You are worried about if your friends will find out and how they will think of you.

A criminal conviction can jeopardize your future at your current university and future employment outcomes. We here at Masorti Law Group, P.C. can understand these sentiments and are best capable in defending your interests. This situation should be taken seriously!

Often times it would appear to be simple to accept a guilty plea and pay a small fine, however this decision can provide long-term consequences. A criminal conviction can cause issues in your future that relate to furthering your education, employment prospects, and obtaining other licenses. At Masorti Law Group, P.C., we definitely understand the importance of avoiding a permanent charge on your record.

These effects and consequences can be minimized with an experienced attorney such as Philip Masorti. Do not go to court alone or with an unqualified attorney who does not know the ins-and-outs of the legal system. These Pennsylvania laws and processes can be very complex and hard to understand. It is in the best interest of your future to hire someone with the knowledge and confidence like Attorney Masorti.

There will also be disciplinary actions from your University since these charges will have occured while you are a student. These actions can result in suspension or expulsion from the university that you are attending. It is even possible for you to be exempt from campus housing if you have a charge on your permanent record.

Unlike non-student defendants, college student defendants facing college disciplinary proceedings will feel compelled to defend themselves by making statements to college officials. While your failure to defend yourself in a college disciplinary proceeding may have adverse effects on your education at the college, defending yourself by making a statement may result in even more serious adverse consequences in court as your statements can and will be used against you there.

You have some very serious decisions to make that will affect your future. Don't make those potentially life-changing decisions without the help of a competent criminal defense counselor like Attorney Masorti.

You have rights, and we want to protect them in a way that minimizes adverse consequences not only in court but also on campus. The most important rights are the right to remain silent and to be represented by an attorney but most colleges prohibit lawyers from representing students in disciplinary proceedings. In many cases though, we have found that with proper coaching from Attorney Masorti, students can effectively represent themselves at college disciplinary proceedings, minimizing adverse consequences, while still preserving their constitutional right against self-incrimination.

To accomplish this it is most important that you consult with and retain competent criminal defense lawyer before you talk to the police, other campus officials, or participate in college disciplinary proceedings.

-Philip Masorti
Masorti Law Group