Part of being a teenager is discovering natural talents and abilities. This may mean being an active participant in high school athletics. Another part of being a teenager is trying out new things and experiencing the world, and this may mean occasionally getting into trouble. While there are several options to protect a juvenile’s record after an offense, there may not be as many available to them to protect their athletic eligibility.

High school athletic programs are typically governed by some type of state athletic body. The policies adopted by high schools through these governing bodies usually provide guidelines for eligibility and conduct. These guidelines may include minimum GPA’s, a maximum number of absences, and of course disciplinary action for criminal offenses. Although parents may be more concerned for their child’s criminal record, high school athletes may be concerned with how a criminal offense will impact their playing time, team standing and overall eligibility.

For many high school students, athletics play a key role in their development and success as a student. Most students develop their talents throughout their high school career, working toward a college goal. Criminal offenses that impact eligibility may also significantly impact a high school athlete’s ability to build college interest and secure scholarships.

Fortunately for high school athletes, defending themselves against a criminal charge may also help protect their athletic eligibility. While every high school and governing athletic body treats criminal offenses differently, working with an experienced criminal defense attorney may help student athletes minimize the damage of a criminal offense. Parents of high school athletes that are facing a criminal charge can find the answers they need with an experienced legal professional.