University Students

A special note to parents & University of Arizona Students: Parents from the reaches of Orange County, CA, the Bay Area, Chicagoland (including Lake County), & the greater New York Metropolitan area (particularly northern New Jersey) contact us quite a bit. Parents almost uniformly state, and meritoriously so, that they have just spent upwards of $40,000.00 a year to send their son or daughter to University of Arizona, only to find their son or daughter, basically good students, hundreds (or thousands) of miles away, suddenly enmeshed in the criminal justice system here in Pima County.

Unfortunately, it comes as a great and unwelcome surprise, that the law enforcement culture of Southern Arizona is quite different from the places I mentioned above (one parent bemoaned that this wasn’t mentioned in the brochure). And it’s true: Southern Arizona law enforcement practices both on and around have become increasingly, and in some cases unreasonably aggressive. Fortunately, about half the time, for de minimus first offense criminal charges, like a “minor in possession of alcohol” we often counsel that private legal representation is not necessary, that the matter will likely be dismissed through a diversion program. Yet, I’m struck at how grateful parents and students are to receive any counsel, and how aggravating the situation is.

After all, no one wants to go to college only to wind up with a criminal record, even for a misdemeanor. We commiserate completely, and try to talk to every parent and student who calls and provide some basic guidance.

Classes just started on Tuesday, three days ago, and already we have received calls from students and parents. Here’s a quick guide to common University of Arizona citations and arrests, especially for undergraduates, based on our many years experience representing students.


Can Students Be Disciplined for Off-Campus Social Media Posts?

The short answer, yes! Courts have upheld a university’s right to discipline students when their social media posts violate university policies.

UofA: Fake ID’S, Criminal Justice, and Consequences

Many of you who are under 21 may have questions about what happens if you get caught with a fake ID at the University of Arizona I have a few suggestions.

Marijuana Wax: UofA – Eviction, and Criminal Charges

Far too often a student has been caught in one of the dorms, typically Coronado,smoking marijuana, or lately an extract commonly known as “wax”. 18 years old, with no prior criminal record, the student is summarily booked into Pima County Jail, where he spends the night. Here’s five things you should know.


Jeff Sessions & Medical Marijuana in Arizona

As a result of U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent announcement, about renewed enforcement focus concerning federal marijuana laws, despite state legalization, Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Laws have been back in the news. Here’s a recap of current thinking and recent legal developments.

10 Ways for University Students to Prepare for Their U.S. Student Visa Interview

The student visa interview can cause anxiety for many prospective students. The truth is, the U.S. government wants to approve student visas.

How to Protect Your Professional Futures

Law and medical students are like everyone else, albeit, under extraordinary stress. Some tend to drink and do things that undergraduate students do.