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Would you rather play beer pong or earn your degree?

For many students, drinking alcohol is part of the college experience. But when your school's administration prohibits the excessive consumption of alcohol, including games like beer pong, participation in such activities could put your college degree at risk. This is especially true for students under the legal drinking age.

According to the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Office of Housing and Residence Life, residents who are younger than 21 may not consume, possess or provide alcohol. This may be no surprise, considering the state's underage drinking law. However, if you choose to drink while attending FGCU, you may face two different challenges - the legal ramifications of underage drinking and punishments decided through an administrative hearing.

Understanding what triggers domestic violence

The first thing to understand is that nothing excuses violence in the home. A spouse who uses violence as a way of controlling his or her partner may rightly face criminal charges and severe penalties. You probably understand this, but may still be facing accusations of abusing your partner or another member of your household.

It may be difficult for you to pinpoint the exact moment when your anger takes over your reason, and you may have many ways of justifying what happens after that. Understanding some of the common factors in domestic abuse situations may help you deal with your own emotions and even seek appropriate counseling.

Underage college students and alcohol consumption

More than likely, you sent your college-aged student to Florida Gulf Coast University with a stern warning about drinking alcohol or doing drugs, especially since he or she is not yet 21 years old. Of course, you probably wonder whether your child heeded your words of advice and warning.

The state of Florida takes underage drinking seriously, since it could lead to catastrophic accidents for those who choose to drive after drinking. This is just one of the reasons why the state has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol and those under age 21.

Domestic violence charges could result from a protective order

As you can imagine, police, prosecutors, judges and others in Florida's governmental agencies do not take allegations of domestic violence lightly. In fact, the legislature wrote the state's laws to protect and defend an alleged victim as much as possible. The consequences of a conviction for domestic violence could affect you, and follow you, for the rest of your life.

Your first indication that you could face criminal charges for domestic abuse could be the receipt of a protective order. You may not have considered your last interaction with the individual who sought the PO as violent. That is the tricky part of domestic violence accusations; physical contact doesn't have to take place. Your words or actions need only intimidate the other party into believing you capable of causing harm.

What does it mean if you have a protective order against you?

When it comes to family matters, they can sometimes get out of hand. Whether any actual physical violence took place during an argument or altercation, a Florida resident may decide to obtain a protective order against another person they say they fear.

If you are the person who is the subject of the protective order, then you may want to gain an understanding of what it means for you. These matters can result in criminal charges that could affect nearly every aspect of your life. It could affect your job, the way your friends and family perceive you and even whether you can see your children. Resolving this issue as quickly as possible would be in your best interests.

Your legal rights on the line at a college hearing

You expected to work hard in college, but you also wanted to have a good time. After all, this may have been your first taste of freedom from your parents' supervision as well as your first step into adulthood. What you may not have anticipated was that one of your college experiences would be getting arrested.

Florida Gulf Coast University, as well as most other colleges and universities, works in cooperation with local law enforcement. Because of this relationship, even if the offense with which police have charged you occurred off campus, you will likely face administrative discipline from the university as well as criminal penalties if you face a conviction. What you may not realize is that the university may not strive to protect your civil rights.

Basic facts about domestic violence charges here in Florida

Like other states, Florida takes acts of domestic violence seriously. In fact, the state tends to favor victims when it comes to allegations, which leaves those accused with an uphill battle to defend themselves. Unfortunately, some people use allegations of domestic violence in an attempt to gain some sort of advantage in divorce or child custody proceedings. This diminishes the plight of real victims and puts innocent people under scrutiny without cause.

Florida's domestic violence laws fall into a different category than other assault and battery charges. Below are the basics of these charges, along with the potential penalties you could face if someone lodges allegations against you.

The basics of the student conduct process at FGCU

Whether Florida Gulf Coast University was your first choice or your safety school, you now get to spend a significant part of your year here in beautiful Fort Myers, Florida. Once settled in, you make friends and begin socializing. This may mean going to parties where alcohol and drugs are present. You may also find yourself in the middle of an argument that becomes physical or any number of situations in which police become involved.

Regardless of the reason, you may end up under arrest and may face criminal charges. Just because you face charges, however, that does not mean you will face a conviction. However, you will more than likely end up facing the FGCU student conduct process.

Fighting back against allegations of domestic violence

Domestic violence includes any type of violent act committed by one family member against another. It can include both physical and non-physical violence. If you are facing allegations of domestic violence, it can have a detrimental impact on various areas of your life.

Florida readers know it is critical to take steps to protect your interests when accused of domestic abuse of any kind. Domestic violence allegations do not always lead to specific criminal charges, but even the accusation of this type of behavior can negatively impact your career, custody proceedings and more. It is beneficial to take quick action to protect your rights and your future interests.

Do you fear that your child is using study drugs?

You love your child more than anything and always feel ready and willing to help when he or she lands in a difficult situation. As you sent your child off to college at Florida Gulf Coast University, you likely felt a mixture of pride and apprehension. Though you believe that you have raised your son or daughter to have good judgment, you likely also know that young people can make mistakes.

Unfortunately, some of those mistakes could prove quite serious. In particular, you may fear that the pressures of college life will cause your child to partake in questionable activities, such as using study drugs in hopes of staying on top of school life and his or her social life. You may want to tell yourself that you are overreacting, but prescription drug use and possession are real issues on many campuses.

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