Students at East Carolina University and Pitt Community College are gearing up for another school year. Each year, students may have a brush with the law while pursuing their studies. In Wilmington, North Carolina, law enforcement is doing something that they reportedly have not tried before in an effort to stave-off potential complaints around the UNCW campus.
Law enforcement spent a Friday night at the beginning of the school year conducting what authorities are calling “knock and talks.” Police officers went door-to-door near the campus and talked to students about the law in North Carolina. Noise complaints and underage drinking are reportedly of major concern for the officers around the campus, and officials say that they hope the effort may reduce the number of complaints concerning alleged student offenses.
Police say that for those students over the age of 21, they would speak to the college kids about potential liability that the students could face if people under the age of 21 were to be found on the property. This blog has reported a variety of stories in the past regarding such potential criminal liability, ranging from providing alcohol to an underage person and aiding and abetting charges, and more.
Greenville criminal defense lawyers know that a criminal charge, including an alcohol-related offense, can make a mark on a student’s permanent criminal record. It is important for students, and other people, in North Carolina who are facing an alcohol or other criminal offense to consider speaking with legal counsel about what criminal defenses may be available in a specific situation.
Source: WECT-TV, “Police going door-to-door to cut down on crime in neighborhoods near UNCW,” Ashlea Kosikowski, Updated Aug. 28, 2012