You were having fun over break or during the summer and things got out of hand. You ended up getting arrested. What will happen if your university finds out? The answer from a defense attorney for college students.
If you are arrested during a break or off-campus you may be obligated to self-report that arrest to the school, depending on the code of conduct.
That depends on the student code of conduct. In many college handbooks there is language that speaks to the students expected behavior both on and off campus. An arrest may qualify as a violation of the student code of conduct with a potential sanction of expulsion.
Students may first receive a notification that they are suspended from classes pending a conduct hearing. If conduct hearing committee determines that an expulsion is appropriate, the university will notify the student in writing.
The defense strategy is unique to the code of conduct violation and evidence. A lot of preparation should go into an expulsion hearing defense. I often start with reviewing records, fighting to include or exclude evidence, and writing opening and closing statements along with the arguments against expulsion.
Expulsion is a time limited process. An experienced attorney may be able to put you in a more successful position if they are involved early on.
University conduct hearings can be unfairly stacked against students. If an attorney is present, the college may follow their own procedures more closely.
An experienced college expulsion attorney can also help you craft the best defense possible, make sure that that the school follows its policies and procedures, make legal arguments and even negotiate on the student’s behalf.
Richard Asselta is an award-winning defense lawyer for students and offers disciplinary defense services throughout the United States. He is experienced in defending all types of college disciplinary issues.
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