Facing Student Code Of Conduct Charges
“That is going to be on your permanent record!” How many times did we all hear that growing up? Well, things have changed. If your child is accused of violating school policies they are not only facing disciplinary proceedings which may result in academic probation, suspension or expulsion. If your child is facing a disciplinary hearing before a school tribunal, you must act quickly to secure experienced legal representation to protect your child’s rights. The attorneys at Atlanta’s Cohen & Hirsch have a track record of successful outcomes on school disciplinary matters at schools in the Atlanta area.
Act Fast To Protect Your Student Legally
You may only have a matter of days to assert your rights to have an attorney represent you at a hearing and to demand a review of the school’s decision to suspend or expel your child. More importantly, a long-term suspension could deprive your child of an education in an academic setting which could cause them to fall behind in school. Of additional concern to you and your child is that depending on the alleged behavior, your child’s school may refer the matter to Juvenile Court for prosecution.
Often, schools will act quickly to suspend a student following an alleged incident without conducting a lengthy investigation into the relevant facts and circumstances. Schools will also often ask a child’s parent or guardian to sign a waiver of rights and accept the recommended discipline without a hearing before a school tribunal. Depending on the school district’s policies, you may only have a number of days to assert your child’s right of review before it is lost forever. It is important that you thoroughly review the School Board’s Code of Student Conduct and other policies before deciding to accept the school’s recommended discipline.
Schools act fast and so should you. Consulting an attorney well-versed in student code of conduct matters can help you understand all the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures that apply to student discipline and your child’s right to appeal.
Learn More About How To Deal With Code Of Conduct Hearings
Our attorneys have advised several students in Georgia schools and their parents on how to respond to student discipline recommendations and have successfully represented students before school tribunals. Contact the attorneys at Cohen & Hirsch for a free initial consultation at 404-919-7096.