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Do I need a school disciplinary defense lawyer for my child’s expulsion hearing?

On Behalf of | Jan 16, 2018

Is your child facing an expulsion from school? If so, you will have a chance to fight the charges and avoid placement in an alternative school. Should you bring a lawyer to the expulsion hearing? Yes, you should absolutely bring a lawyer to a school disciplinary hearing. Keep reading and I will give you an idea of what you will be facing and why bringing a lawyer is important.

What is an expulsion hearing?

A school expulsion hearing is nothing like a legal proceeding that you see on tv. Typically, these hearings are held before a hearing officer which the school board has chosen to hear the case. Depending on the situation, the laws of evidence and procedure vary. It can be an overwhelming to a parent and intimidating to a student. This can lead to making a bad situation even worse. The purpose of the hearing is to determine the innocence or guilt of the student, and if guilty, assign the sanction of expulsion to an alternative school.

Why do I need a school expulsion defense lawyer?

A school expulsion lawyer can help both the parents and student successfully navigate the expulsion process. A hearing is often the last step before alternative school placement. So, what can a school expulsion lawyer do for you?

  • Prepare the student for questioning
  • Find weaknesses in the school’s case against the student
  • Question witnesses, including the principal.
  • Prepare a solid defense case against the charges

What are the consequences of being expelled from school?

A child being expelled from school is not a good situation. Typically, the instruction in alternative school is not as complete as the student’s normal school. The student misses out on activities such as field trips and prom, and they are away from their friends. Also, it is important to keep in mind that schools can note a student’s transcripts to reflect the expulsion. This means that any colleges will be aware of the expulsion and the student will have to explain the situation. An expulsion could result in a lasting impact to their future educational opportunities.Give me a call today. I offer free consultations and fair prices to help students keep their record clean and stop a suspension or expulsion from school. (855) 388-5299Richard Asselta is an award-winning school expulsion defense lawyer offering representation to students in grades K-12. Call today for a free consultation and see how The Education Lawyers will fight for you. Click here to read what clients are saying about Richard Asselta on AVVO, a lawyer review website.