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College & High School Student Defense

Student conduct code violations can result in sanctions, ranging from eviction from school residences on campus, removal from campus housing altogether, interim suspensions, suspensions and expulsion even when the violations of the student conduct code do not result in criminal charges. When faced with student conduct code violations like underage drinking, violations of drug and alcohol policy, violation of anti-noise ordinances, and hazing, parents and students often feel disbelief that the school entrusted to the student’s education is now in an adversarial posture to the student. The disbelief is often compounded by a lack of familiarity with the school’s procedures which are a hybrid of court system and student disciplinary code. Nor does seeking a lawyer always help because most lawyers lack experience with college or school student disciplinary codes and may fail to realize that the usual court rules do not apply. We are experienced at helping our clients and their families navigate through this crisis with a minimum of disruption to the student’s education.

Effective college student defense requires not only that the lawyer have experience with a variety of college and school student conduct code systems but also that the lawyer understands how to minimize the risks to a student’s future academic and professional career. Underage drinking, violations of drug and alcohol policy, violation of anti-noise ordinances, and hazing, all may result not only in student code of conduct violations with sanctions ranging from eviction from residence on campus or removal from campus housing altogether, interim suspension, interim suspensions, suspensions and even expulsion. Sometimes, these same student conduct code violations - underage drinking, violations of drug and alcohol policy, violation of anti-noise ordinances, hazing – but may also result or even arise from contemporaneous criminal charges or criminal investigations of the college or highschool student.

If the campus police or local police have become involved in student conduct code violations like underage drinking, violations of drug and alcohol policy, violation of anti-noise ordinances, hazing, then criminal charges may be brought against the college student wholly apart from the student conduct code violations. Our background and experience as former prosecutors allows us to defend and guide our clients and their families through these stressful parallel proceedings. However, even successful resolution of a criminal charge against a student may not dissuade the college or university from proceeding with disciplinary proceedings.