College Student Offenses

College Student Offenses, Miami University — Ohio Attorneys

Miami University students frequently appear in the Butler County Area I Court after being arrested by one of the five-or-so agencies that patrol the University (City of Oxford Police, Miami University Police, Oxford Township Police, Butler County Sheriff's Office, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol). The crimes vary from minor misdemeanors, to serious felonies-from underage drinking, to burglary, to sexual assault-all of which can have major consequences for a student's future.

The criminal case is often just the beginning for a Miami student: a University discipline case is not far behind. The local police agencies are subject to Ohio public records request laws that ensures that all police reports involving students are forwarded to Miami. The University discipline cases often involve consequences as serious-if not more serious-than the related criminal charges.

Our Oxford, Ohio-based attorneys Neal Schuett, Gus Lazares, Dan Haughey, and Erik Niehaus spend every day advocating for and advising college students. Each member of our Oxford team either teaches or has taught at Miami University, and is therefore very well-versed in the interplay between the legal and University processes.

After a Miami University student is charged, the student will be given a summons to appear in court. At the initial appearance-which is the first time they appear in Oxford's Area I Court-the accused should enter a not-guilty plea and ask for a continuance to retain counsel. Do not "just plead guilty to 'get it over with'." A member of our Oxford team can then schedule a pretrial conference with the prosecutor to discuss the merits of the case. Often a negotiated plea, or entry into a Diversion Program, can be worked out; however, each case is unique and the outcome is dependent upon its individual merits.

At the same time, our Oxford team can evaluate the related Miami University Discipline issue and attend any hearings at the University with you.

If your son or daughter is charged, and you are at a loss as to what to do, hire a member of our Oxford team to help navigate the criminal justice system in Oxford Area I Court. Initial consultations are free; let us help your Miami student get back on course to a successful college career.


"Like most of the posters here, our son, a Miami student, made some bad decisions that put himself into a horrible legal situation on a Saturday. I found myself scurrying on the weekend to find someone in a town where I had no contacts to handle the serious legal ramifications and to navigate with the Miami disciplinary process. I found Gus and within hours (actually during my drive), we had a plan in place to minimize the situation to the fullest extent possible. A short time later, Gus had already devised a legal strategy and executed on it. The legal proceedings were satisfactorily resolved within a week and the outcome exceeded my expectations. Gus understands the inner workings both with the courts and the University and has a highly respected rapport with all. I should note that the University disciplinary process can be just as serious as the legal process and Gus was prepared to deal with both. We would not have achieved such a desirable outcome given the situation, without Gus' expertise. He also built a relationship with my son and mentored him to correct much of the Miami situation himself. My son has a chance to learn from this and correct his situation thanks to the direct actions of Gus and through the advice and counsel that he gave to my son. His situation was a bad one, but we will be forever grateful to Gus for putting him on a path that gives my son a second chance.

If you are in a similar situation, Gus and his firm would be my highest and only recommendation."