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School Discipline Defense

School Discipline Defense

Columbia Student Discipline Defense

Is your child facing a school discipline or expulsion hearing? 

At the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, we represent students facing school disciplinary proceedings. These are hearings held before school district hearing officers. You only have a very limited time to retain an attorney and prepare for these hearings. If you intend on challenging the actions of the school or objecting to the disciplinary proceeding being added to your child's records it is important to contact us as soon as possible. 

We can help with:

  • Investigating and challenging false or unfair allegations against your child
  • Interviewing available witnesses 
  • Objecting to unsubstantiated or unsupported evidence
  • Cross-Examining witnesses against your child at the hearing
  • Arguing for a dismissal of the disciplinary case, or a reduction in severity

Many students are now charged with school offenses for conduct occurring off campus. This can include social media (including Snapchat), messages that are deemed to be bullying, harassing, or threatening. During the 2017-2018 school year we represented numerous students put up for expulsion and\or criminal charges based on items allegedly posted to social media. 

Other common grounds for school discipline include:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Drug or alcohol possession
  • Weapon possession
  • Theft or damage of school property
  • Computer policy violations 

Many grounds for school discipline can also serve as a basis for criminal charges. Often times the school proceedings occur before a final decision has been made to pursue criminal charges. Statements made by your child can be used against them in later proceedings. We can help advise whether or not your child should remain silent or testify in a school hearing, along with what other steps may be necessary to protect their rights. 

If your child is facing a school disciplinary hearing the first step in obtaining our help is to call 1-888-304-2418 and schedule an initial consultation. 


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