Murfreesboro Criminal Defense Attorneys Help College Students Maintain a Clean Criminal Record

An eye toward the future

It’s a tough world out there. Even if you had good grades and now possess a college degree from an acclaimed university, finding a job in this economy is not guaranteed. It’s a competitive market. To improve your chances of employment, you need to avoid giving prospective employers a reason not to hire you.

One way of greatly reducing the odds of getting a job in this already competitive environment is to have a criminal record. Unfortunately, college life exposes young adults to a world full of dangers. Drugs, alcohol, peer pressure, and the freedom of living away from the prying eyes of parents all combine to create an environment that can lead to bad decisions.

Don’t let one mistake ruin your future

Don’t let one mistake ruin your dream of a college education followed by a rewarding career in your chosen field. At Dotson & Taylor Attorneys at Law, our Murfreesboro criminal defense lawyers have more than 40 years of combined experience vigorously defending an accused’s rights. If you’ve been accused or arrested for a felony or misdemeanor in Middle Tennessee—while enrolled at Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee State, Cumberland, Sewanee, Vanderbilt or Belmont—get us involved as soon as possible, so we get started on eliminating or minimizing the impact on your education and future career.

What situations can college students find themselves in?

Our acclaimed criminal defense lawyers are ready to defend a poor decision arising from exposure to the following common dangers on campus:


  • Alcohol: Many first year and sophomore students are underage. However, they will be surrounded by fellow students old enough to buy alcohol. Ease of acquisition, plus peer pressure to be one of the guys or girls, leads to abuse of alcohol and intoxication. Poor choices are often made while inebriated.


  • Drugs: The use of illegal drugs is epidemic on college campuses. About one-third of students have tried marijuana, while 22 percent of full-time college students between the age of 18 and 22 use cocaine, heroin, or other illegal substance. Even a brief experiment with these illegal drugs can quickly lead to addiction, brain, and bad decision-making.


  • Sex Crimes: No means no, but when a student is inebriated or under the influence, lack of the victim’s consent may not prevent that student from using violence or a date rape drug to overcome the victim’s protestations.


  • Hazing: Peer pressure, or requirements for entering a fraternity or sorority, can lead college students to commit all sorts of minor crimes like vandalism and theft. While often this misconduct results in a misdemeanor rather than a felony, its presence on a criminal record can dissuade otherwise interested employers.

Trust our Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys to protect your future if you or your college student has been charged with a crime

College is an exciting time. But it can also create a dangerous environment leading to poor decisions. Don’t let one mistake result in suspension, expulsion, or criminal convictions. At Dotson & Taylor our dedicated Murfreesboro criminal defense lawyers listen to your side of the story and prepare a vigorous defense on your behalf. Call us anytime at 615-890-1982 or contact us.