“One of the most critical things we do as attorneys here at this firm is take care to represent students, young people, because the consequences of their actions can last a lifetime. We work hard for every client, but when it comes to a young person, we really have to ensure that it is done perfectly. What’s unique about college students is you got to take into account the fact that they have a different threshold than many other people do, right? They have their studies and their other important thing that you want them to stay focused on, but at the same time you want to make sure they get a defense, but make sure that they don’t have a criminal record for the rest of their lives.
Our Nassau County criminal defense attorneys have represented college students in connection with driving while intoxicated cases, drug possession cases, larceny cases, possession of forged instrument cases like fake IDs. One of the things we do when any one of them is involved in college is keep an eye on the concept of: “Whatever happens in the criminal court, will it have an impact on their eligibility as students?” It is just as important to get a successful criminal resolution as it is to ensure that they maintain their college eligibility.
We have worked with professors, deans; we’ve gotten letters in support of clients who are attending local colleges. So, being here locally, being in Garden City surrounded by so many colleges has allowed us for not only represent the students at the universities but to interact with their professors and their educators whenever necessary. One of the things you want to do is you want to be upfront with clients at all times. You want to let them know the background of the firm, and you want to be reasonable about the expectations that they should have in a criminal case moving forward.
I think explaining the process to the clients, and to their families, and to their parents at the outset is one of the important things you can do. A college student is welcome to come here for a free initial consultation. One of the things we’ve done many times is to have the student in, get their parents on a conference call so we could communicate together about the facts and circumstances of our representation and what’s going on with the case.”