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Florida Teacher Misconduct Defense

Last updated on May 9, 2024

Teachers can find themselves facing accusations that threaten their license and reputation. Because of their unique position, teachers are subject to job discipline for many reasons.

Asselta Law P.A., based in Plantation, represents teachers throughout Florida and the nation. Founding attorney, Richard Asselta, is an experienced education law attorney who will fight to protect your professional license.

Defending Teachers Accused Of Misconduct

For over 20 years, Mr. Asselta has protected the reputations of teachers facing allegations and accusations. He has worked with teachers and administrators on a number of issues, including:

  • FSA administration misconduct
  • EOC administration misconduct
  • Allegations of abuse, including verbal abuse, hitting or fighting students
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Procedural violations
  • Child abuse reporting violations

Sometimes, teachers are accused of misconduct that did not even take place on school grounds or concern students. Therefore, teachers can face disciplinary action for job-related issues, but also accusations that subject them to administrative, civil and criminal liability.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Allegations Of Teacher Misconduct

Mr. Asselta understands that if you are a teacher who has been accused of misconduct, you probably have a lot of questions. Here, he answers a few of the more commonly asked questions. For answers to questions about your specific circumstances, he offers a free consultation appointment.

What does the discipline process look like for teachers in Florida?

It is important for teachers in Florida to understand the disciplinary process. When alleged misconduct is reported, an investigation is conducted. If there’s sufficient evidence, the case proceeds to a formal review by the Florida Education Practices Commission.

Here, teachers have the opportunity to defend themselves. They are allowed to be represented by an attorney. Depending on the outcome, the Commission may dismiss the case or impose disciplinary actions. An experienced lawyer can guide you through each step and advocate on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected throughout the process.

What counts as teacher misconduct in Florida?

Teacher misconduct can encompass a range of behaviors that violate professional standards. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Unethical relationships with students
  • Falsifying records
  • Failing to follow established educational guidelines
  • Misappropriation of funds
  • Inappropriate behavior on social media, including Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook
  • Failing to report an arrest
  • Lying on an application for employment

If you find yourself accused of such actions, it’s essential to understand the gravity of the situation. An attorney can help clarify the specific actions that are being categorized as misconduct and provide a defense strategy. Prompt legal guidance is key to navigating these complex allegations.

What types of penalties can a teacher get in Florida for misconduct?

For teachers in Florida, penalties for misconduct can be varied and severe. They may range from a reprimand, which is a formal censure of a teacher’s behavior, to the suspension or revocation of the teacher’s license.

Financial penalties may also be imposed. The severity of the penalty often reflects the nature of the misconduct. To mitigate these consequences, it’s advisable to seek the counsel of an attorney who can represent your interests. A lawyer can help you understand the potential outcomes and advocate on your behalf to protect your interests.

Due Process For Teachers

Just like students, when a teacher is accused of wrongdoing or misconduct, they have certain due process rights. A teacher lawyer can help protect these rights.

Whenever anyone is accused of wrongdoing, it is important that both sides of the story be told well. It is important not to let the administration control the narrative. Asselta Law P.A. can provide assistance. Mr. Asselta will provide you with knowledgeable and aggressive representation to pursue the best possible outcome in your legal matter.

Consult A Teacher Defense Attorney For Free

Are you facing an issue with misconduct, discipline or certification and need legal representation? A teacher defense attorney can help you protect your legal rights and your reputation. Call toll-free at 855-338-5299 or email the firm to schedule a free consultation.