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School Discipline (Part 1 of 2)

School Discipline
(Part 1 of 2)

Connecticut school disciplinary proceedings can occur at the high school, boarding school, college, university, and graduate school levels for Connecticut, New York and other United States private and public school students. These proceedings are usually triggered by accusations of misconduct, crimes, and alleged violations of school rules and policies. Ask any of the top Connecticut and New York school discipline lawyers and attorneys—all of these types of accusations can have a serious impact on your education and career prospects. Connecticut and New York school discipline proceedings can expose you to suspensions, expulsions, and loss of scholarship moneys. With your future at stake in the face of Connecticut and New York school, university or college discipline, it is therefore critical to consult with a top Connecticut or New York school discipline lawyer attorney to assist you in any school or college / university investigation or disciplinary hearing.

Your Rights During New York & Connecticut Public School, Private School & Board School Disciplinary Hearings

As the best Connecticut and New York school discipline lawyers and attorneys will advise, the most important thing to remember in any school disciplinary proceeding is that as a student, you have rights. If you are attending a public institution, then even in the most serious cases that warrant immediate expulsion, your Connecticut state and federal due process rights require your school to notify you of your alleged misconduct and to hold a fair hearing during which you may present evidence and witnesses. However, if you are being investigated or disciplined in a Connecticut private high school or boarding school, then you will not have due process rights and your rights will be governed by your school’s rules and regulations, which are codified in your school’s handbooks. These handbooks are considered contracts, and are binding on you, your parents, and your school’s faculty and staff. In either event, hiring a top Stamford, Westport, Wilton, Darien or Greenwich school discipline attorney can give you more leverage against aggressive school administrators and attorneys. Until you push back and start making them think of your child’s case from a cost-benefit analysis, then there’s a possibility your school may not want a knockout fight in court and will reverse their discipline or enter into a settlement agreement. The team of Connecticut boarding school and private school discipline lawyers at Mark Sherman Law has reached numerous settlements with top-tier schools that have resulted in the reversal of discipline, reinstatement of student admissions, the return of tuition payments, and attorneys’ fees being paid to our clients. Click here for more information on our firm’s school disciplinary practice.

New York and Connecticut College / University Discipline, Expulsion and Expulsion Appeals Lawyer

As the best New York and Connecticut school and college discipline lawyers appreciate, college and university disciplinary proceedings typically involve violations of university policies, all of which are listed in a college or university student handbook. Often at the heart of New York and Connecticut college and university disciplinary proceedings are incidents of drug use, drug possession, drug sale and distribution, underage alcohol possession, marijuana possession, hazing, plagiarism, and rape. Obviously many of these examples of misconduct involve allegations of criminal misconduct so it is important that you consult with a top Connecticut criminal lawyer prior to speaking to any college administrators or investigators, who have a legal obligation to report suspicious or criminal activity to campus police and local law enforcement authorities.

Illegal Drugs, Illegal Use of Prescription Drugs and Underage Alcohol Possession

Illegal drug use in a Connecticut college and university setting may involve the sale, distribution or use of illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and MDMA (more commonly known as “Molly”). It can also include the sale, distribution or illegal use of prescription drugs such as Adderall or Oxycontin. Most Connecticut universities and colleges have strict “zero tolerance” rules concerning illegal drugs and the illegal use of prescription drugs, which should not be surprising since they are also felony crimes in the State of Connecticut. The worst case scenario, which seems to occur more and more frequently, is that a student’s illegal possession and distribution of controlled substances leads to a fatal overdose of a fellow student. In cases involving overdoses, the student can expect near-immediate expulsion and criminal charges, which certainly need to be aggressively defended by a top Ridgefield, Stamford, or Darien criminal lawyer. Click here to learn more about possession of narcotics in Connecticut.

Underage drinking laws are also enforced on many Connecticut boarding school, private school, and public high school campuses. If you are underage and are caught drinking either on campus or off campus, or are involved in an alcohol-related incident such as an Under DUI arrest in Connecticut, then you should expect to face some college, boarding school or private school disciplinary proceedings. In addition to facing school disciplinary proceedings, if you are a minor found to be possessing alcohol or have been arrested for an under 21-DUI / DWI in Connecticut, then you might find yourself facing prison time and a driver’s license suspension. When you are facing disciplinary proceedings at school and simultaneously facing criminal charges, the stress of it all can be overwhelming. And usually the school discipline process will be moving much more quickly than your criminal case. Therefore, consulting with a top Fairfield, Stamford or Greenwich Connecticut school discipline attorney lawyer should be your first priority.

Continue Reading…Connecticut School Disciplinary Proceedings, Part 2 of 2
(Fraternity and Sorority Investigations, Sexual Assault and Misconduct, Plagiarizing and Cheating, and much more)