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Standing Up For Student Rights After University Protest Arrests

When university students raise their voices against injustices, they become a united force for change. These types of public demonstrations are catalysts for massive societal shifts. College students, in particular, are in a strong position to question institutions and those in positions of power. They are the future of our society, and their voices matter.

Even though the right to protest is secured by the First Amendment, it’s not uncommon for law enforcement to respond with a heavy hand. Police officers often make numerous arrests to break up the gathering and dispel crowds. Students are then left grappling with serious criminal charges that could threaten their future.

We’re Just As Passionate About Justice As You Are

At Hildreth & Rueda, we understand the passion that drives students to stand up for what’s right. Our award-winning defense lawyers have spent decades defending the rights of students in the Austin area facing criminal charges, including those at the University of Texas. Our goal is to protect them from the potential consequences of criminal convictions. Our work, too, is a powerful avenue for challenging those in power, such as police and prosecutors.

We believe that those who exercise great courage in speaking up against injustice should not be silenced or punished.

Types Of Charges That Student Protestors Face

Engaging in campus demonstrations can lead to serious and often unfounded criminal charges such as:

  • Disorderly conduct
  • Resisting arrest
  • Vandalism
  • Trespassing
  • Criminal mischief

While some of these may be misdemeanors, do not underestimate their impact. A conviction can jeopardize your scholarships, initiate school disciplinary actions and result in criminal penalties such as probation, fines and community service. Additionally, a criminal record could limit your future employment opportunities and professional licensing.

Don’t Wait To Get A Strong Advocate On Your Side

You’ve advocated for what’s right, and you deserve an equally committed advocate for your rights. We can be that for you.

We know it’s easy to put off seeking legal advice. However, after an arrest at a protest, getting a lawyer right away can help prevent charges and initiate a strong defense from the outset.

Reach out to our team of defense lawyers – ideally before prosecutors file charges – to protect yourself and your future. Call our office at 512-415-7648 to learn more.