For many young adults, going away to college represents the first time they must rely on their own judgment. Poor decision-making may lead to a criminal conviction that impacts your child’s college career and future employment prospects.
Disorderly conduct is one of the most common charges college students face; therefore, it is helpful to know what it involves and how to avoid it.
What is disorderly conduct?
In Tennessee, disorderly conduct is a Class C misdemeanor crime involving behavior that causes public nuisance or alarm. Many students face these charges after excessive alcohol consumption during parties, sports games or other group activities.
When alcohol lowers young people’s inhibitions, they may become susceptible to behaviors they do not ordinarily consider, such as fighting, playing music or speaking loudly, heckling passersby, trespassing or damaging someone’s property.
What are the consequences of disorderly conduct?
The consequences for disorderly conduct are most severe when the accused resists arrest or is disrespectful to arresting police officers. Although students face penalties of up to 30 days in jail and a $50 fine, their schools might also take disciplinary action. In addition, a conviction could remain on a student’s record where graduate school admissions committees and future employers may see it. Although individuals can apply to expunge these convictions from their records after five years, this option is unavailable to anyone with a repeat offense.
College students can make mistakes that impact their education and potential careers. However, with your help, your child can overcome a criminal conviction without sacrificing plans for the future.