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College crimes can ruin your future: Know your rights

There are many kinds of crimes that people get involved in during college. For the most part, people in college are between 17 and 22 years old, so there's always a risk of them making mistakes that end up hurting their chances in the future.

In 2015, for instance, there were 27,500 criminal incidents against property or people on campuses that were reported to security agencies or the police. That was a 2-percent increase from the previous year, which is not a good sign for those enrolling.

Among the most common kinds of crimes on campuses were burglaries, which made up 45 percent of the cases, motor vehicle theft, at 12 percent and forcible sex offenses, 29 percent. Other crimes included robberies and aggravated assaults.

Why do college crimes happen?

People who are in college are often young. These individuals don't always have a lot of life experience, and they may make mistakes because of that. Immaturity is sometimes a problem, intoxication in others. It depends on the situation, but all crimes usually boil down to a root cause.

What should you do if you commit a college crime?

If you have committed a crime on your college campus and are arrested, it's in your best interests to stay quiet until you get a chance to talk to your attorney. A conviction while in college can lead to major problems for your future, including the possibility of losing your federal scholarship funding.

Our site has more on college crimes and what you can do if you're accused of participating in one or arrested for your part in one.

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