Myth: A great place to smoke marijuana is my dorm room/the Arboretum/the fields
Students get caught. All. The. Time.
Myth: What happens in Happy Valley stays in Happy Valley
Nope. That's Vegas. Being convicted of any crime can hurt your chances of finding a job after graduation or pursuing a graduate or professional degree. Employers are increasingly relying on background checks on prospective employees. With some crimes, you risk jail time or expulsion.
Myth: I was just holding the beer/joint/pipe for my friend
Under the law, if you are holding an illegal item, or are keeping it in your room or apartment, you are in possession. Possession is not the same as ownership, but just as illegal.
Myth: You have to be over 21 to get in trouble for furnishing
If you furnish alcohol to minors, you risk jail, fines, and a record. You can get busted for this even if you are under 21 too.
Myth: It's a summary citation. I can ignore this.
You have 10 days from the date the citation was issued to enter a plea. If you fail to respond, a warrant can be issued for your arrest.
Myth: I was drunk. I didn't know what I was doing.
In Pennsylvania, voluntary intoxication is never a defense to a crime. You are responsible for everything you do when you are drunk.