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For Students Especially UMASS, Amherst and Hampshire College

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Many UMass students are not aware that almost all of the campus at Amherst is covered with security cameras that can be monitored by the police. Many of these cameras can be rotated to look at all sorts of activity. Many of these cameras also have night vision and a very good zoom capability.  Whether you are walking to class, in a UMass parking lot, or tailgaiting at a football game, assume you are being watched by one of the many cameras located across the University of Massachusetts at Amherst campus.

Although it is great to have wireless internet access across campus, many students are not aware that these devices can be tracked by the authorities. Whether it is a smartphone or a laptop, if you have these devices on your person, you can be tracked accurately within a few feet. It is even possible to locate what dorm room you were in when you used a laptop. Information is power and it is good to know that the University has the ability to keep tabs on you if it wants to.


Tons of new students when they come to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMass and ZooMass) are not aware of any of the laws in the Commonwealth as well as the Town of Amherst Bylaws that effect college students. A prime example is that many students don\'t realize that there is a presumption that a driver of a motor vehicle has knowledge and control over all of the objects and that car. Without knowing this, dozens if not hundreds of college students each year who are not twenty-one drive there over 21 year old buddies to the liquor store. On the way home they get stopped by the police and are arrested being a minor in possession of alcohol.  If only these students knew the law and had the older person drive the car, they could have avoided being arrested,  avoid having to call their parents, and avoid having to go into the Dean of Students office.  Other issues that come up regularly are the town of Amherst's bylaws and regulations regarding loud noises, kegs of beer, and nuisance houses. Although these town bylaw offense do not carry a jail sentence, they could lead to you being arrested as well as paying a hefty fine, especially for the college student living on a shoestring budget. A link to all of the "wonderful" bylaws that the town of  Amherst has to offer UMass college students can be found at the following link: http://www.amherstma.gov/DocumentView.aspx?DID=5500


Although UMass legal services does perform quality work for students in a number of areas.  It my understanding from my fifteen years of living in the area and attending the University myself that no attorney from legal services will repersent you in a criminal matter when the Univerity of Massachusetts police is involved or when the alleged criminal conduct took place on the University. Many students walk into Legal Services expecting help with their ongoing criminal matter only to be farmed out to some other attorney that does not work for the University, some of these attorneys may not even have an office in town or be within walking distance to the University. Instead of wasting your time at legal services hoping you are farmed out to a skilled attorney, contact Dan Sandell at  413-549-3883 to set up an appointment to discuss your legal matter. Attorney Sandell understands that not all college students are made of money and strives to ensure that is flat fee system is one of the most affordable options for legal services in the Amherst area.

As a proud member of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst class of 2000, I am proud that I am able to help out college students as they go over the bumps in the road  and help them get through the rough patches in their lives,  moving them forward to promising careers. As someone who worked their way through school, I appreciate the value of every dollar that you earn and strive to provide one of the most effective and affordable service in the 5-College area.

With an office located in Amherst, it is easily accessible to students attending UMass as well as Amherst  and Hampshire College. Having attorney Sandell by your side can help reduce the possiblilty of a criminal conviction entering against you. As a student who will be entering the workforce in a few years, you do not want to have to explain why criminal convictions showed up on your background check to a possible employer. Many students fail to realize that guilty convictions can make it extremely difficult to find a decent job, and convictions for certain offenses can bar you from and entire field of employment. Don\'t stroll into court without a lawyer and plead guilty because it is the easiest thing to do, you may realize ten years later it was one of the worst decisions that you ever made. Having a skilled attorney like attorney Sandell can help guide you through the criminal justice system during your time of need.

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