William Paterson University Criminal Defense Lawyer
Defense Attorney for William Paterson Arrests and Charges in Wayne, New Jersey
The William Paterson University campus combines the beauty of nature with access to metropolitan life. Encompassing 370 wooded acres in Wayne and North Haledon, New Jersey, the campus is serene, but also a short distance to the constant activity of New York City. William Paterson currently has nearly 11,000 students enrolled, including 9,103 undergraduates and 1,480 graduate students. Among those, approximately 2,600 students live on campus, which has a substance-free policy. Although William Paterson has lots to offer, from sports teams to over 115 student clubs and organizations, students and visitors in and around the Wayne and North Haledon campus are often exposed to arrests, criminal, and DWI charges for offenses such as possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple assault.
When you are accused of a criminal offense or DWI at William Paterson University, you may face criminal prosecution in Wayne Municipal Court or Passaic County Superior Court, depending on the type and degree of the charges against you. In addition, if you are a student accused of violating the William Paterson University Student Code of Conduct, you may face disciplinary proceedings through the University that damage your academic standing and hinder your future opportunities. Alissa Hascup is a highly experienced defense attorney who vigorously defends those charged with criminal and DWI offenses at William Paterson, as well as William Paterson students at conduct violation hearings. To discuss your current situation and learn about how she can help you protect your innocence, contact The Law Offices of Alissa Hascup today at 201-885-4876 for a cost-free consultation.
Criminal and DWI Offenses at William Paterson
If you are arrested and charged with a crime at William Paterson, the nature and degree of the charges will determine the legal venue where your case is held. If you are charged with an indictable offense (a felony), which can be classified as a first degree, second degree, third degree, or fourth degree crime, your case will be heard and decided at the Passaic County Superior Court. Potential penalties for these offenses include a term of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison, thousands of dollars in fines, and a felony conviction on your criminal record. On the other hand, if you are charged with a disorderly persons offense, petty disorderly persons offense, or motor vehicle violation such as underage drinking or disorderly conduct, your case will be held in Wayne Municipal Court. Depending on the specific offense, you may face a sentence to serve up to 6 months in the county jail, a fine of up to $1,000, and a period of driver’s license suspension.
Wayne Municipal Court Information
The Wayne Municipal Court is located at 475 Valley Rd, Wayne, New Jersey, 07470. Court hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The court can be reached directly at (973) 694-1800, ext. 2. Court sessions are held four days a week, on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., Thursday at 9:00 and 1:30 p.m., and Friday at 9 a.m. For additional information about the Wayne Municipal Court, visit the Wayne Municipal Court website.
Passaic County Superior Court Information
The Passaic County Superior Court is located at 77 Hamilton Street in Paterson, New Jersey. Court hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the main court office can be reached at (973) 247-8344. For more information on the Passaic County Superior Court, please visit the Passaic County Superior Court website.
William Paterson University Student Disciplinary Proceedings
The William Paterson University Student Code of Conduct is applied very broadly, encompassing conduct that occurs both on and off campus. With regard to its application, the code of conduct states: “By choosing to affiliate with William Paterson University, all student members of the University are expected to uphold the standards of this community. This includes students who have been notified of their admission to the University and/or who are matriculated, enrolled or registered in any University academic program or activity, at the undergraduate or graduate level. Students on a leave of absence and persons who were students when they allegedly violated the Student Code of Conduct are also included. The Student Code of Conduct shall apply to conduct that occurs on University premises and at University sponsored events, both on and off campus. The Student Code of Conduct may also apply to the off campus behavior of students, including those who are participating in study abroad programs.”
If you are facing disciplinary proceedings at the University and/or criminal charges at a local court, it is highly advisable to have a defense attorney on your side.
Violations that May Lead to Conduct Proceedings at William Paterson
You may face criminal charges and/or student conduct proceedings at William Paterson for any of the following:
- The possession, use, sale, distribution, or sharing of any controlled substance (or non-prescriptive drug or prescription not for the user) or drug paraphernalia
- Violation of the University’s alcoholic beverage policy and any federal, state, or municipal laws associated with the possession and use of alcohol. (See the William Paterson Drug and Alcohol Policy)
- Theft or possession of stolen property
- Property damage and criminal mischief
- Trespassing and burglary
- Possession or use of weapons
- Simple assault or aggravated assault
- Harassment, stalking, or threats
- Disorderly conduct
- Forgery, alteration, or unauthorized use of any University documents
- All forms of academic dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, etc.
- Sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct
If you are found guilty of any of the above behavior, the University may impose disciplinary probation, loss of campus housing, suspension, or expulsion.
Contact a William Paterson University Arrest Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you have been arrested, called in for questioning by campus police, are facing criminal or DWI charges, or are facing disciplinary action for an alleged student code of conduct violation at William Paterson University, contact The Law Offices of Alissa Hascup at 201-885-4876 today to receive your cost-free consultation. You have rights: learn how to protect them.