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School Discipline

School disciplinary hearings are considered quasi-administrative legal proceedings. In 1975, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized in Goss v. Lopez that students facing such discipline have a right to due process.  In other words, there are supposed to be procedural protections to help ensure fairness. In addition, the school discipline decisions can’t be arbitrary or capricious.  

It's a very good idea to engage us to represent your child. We can help ensure that relevant information is presented to school representatives and that correct procedures are followed.

Our help is especially important if there's any possibility of criminal charges. You child could be charged criminally for such things as assault, or alcohol, drug or weapons possession. 
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