PlugInBaby wrote:honestabe84 wrote:The question is how serious the assault and battery is (i.e. Did you use a weapon and then got the charge reduced? How much injury did you cause?).
Unless your recs and/or PS were terrible, I have to assume that the circumstance surrounding the assault and battery were a deciding factor. This could not have been a minor incident. There is no reason that someone with your numbers should have gotten rejected at SLU and waitlisted at DePaul and Seattle. Even if the incident was serious, I'm still rather surprised by your cycle.
PM me if you don't want to post answers to these questions.
That's fine. Part of the acceptance process is being upfront with what you did wrong. Admittedly I was at a fragile part in my life, but that was more of a circumstance rather than an excuse. I made a major lapse of judgment. While taking an exercise walk a group of teenage girls humilatingly insulted me. I snapped and attempted to cut off the ringleader's hair. (I carry scissors for protection) A good samaritan stopped me and I backed off. No one got hurt. The charges were always misdemeanor: aggravated assault and four counts of battery. I have no recollection of even touching anyone else other than the ringleader, but I was so frightened of losing any freedom that I pled guilty to all charges in exchange for a conditional discharge.
I was in my late teens and the victims were in their early teens. Doesn't look good at all. However the entire matter was seven years ago. I have even worked with children professionally as a tutor with special education children in the inner city. The prospect of a "one strike and you're out" society is frightening. The reasons justifying such an approach work as a self-fulfilling prophecy. It is these prospects among many other factors which inspire me to practice law.
I will share my provisonal plan for next cycle a little later. Given this greater explication of my circumstances I would like to hear more input.
Thanks all again.
An aggravated assault is a "misdemeanor" in your home state? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault#Aggravated_assault
If I were an adcom, I would not want to admit someone who had been charged with any crime involving a weapon, absent a lot of time passed and some serious anger-management counseling...long term. And maybe your addendum was not well written. Is that possible? If you were defensive, made excuses for your behavior or did not flesh out the facts clearly, the schools would be apprehensive.