Representing College Students in Maryland
Facing College Student Misconduct Charges? Contact our Student Defense Attorneys.
Heading to college for the first time is an exciting experience, and it’s one that should be filled with new discoveries and opportunities on every corner. Unfortunately for some students, however, even one alleged mistake made on a college campus can result in years of legal conflict, suspension or expulsion from their school, and even prison time in some extreme cases.
When your reputation and future career are on the line, you need the representation of a skilled criminal defense attorney with experience defending college students, whether in the legal system or during an internal school investigation. At the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, our Maryland student defense attorney can help you fight for your future and make the best decision about how to proceed in the face of misconduct claims.
Contact us today at (443) 709-9999 to schedule your consultation today!
The Consequences of College Disciplinary Proceedings
Nearly all universities have complex codes of behavior, which you are obligated to observe while attending that school. Although many college student misconduct claims are simply a matter of internal school procedure and investigation, you’d be surprised at how greatly these can impact both your future career and your standing in the legal system.
In some cases, the evidence unearthed during a college disciplinary proceeding may translate to state or federal-level criminal charges. For instance, if you are accused of violating Title IX sexual harassment and discrimination laws, your school authorities may choose to cooperate with state or federal prosecutors, sharing evidence relating to the alleged events. Depending on the seriousness of the charges, you may be at risk of jail time, heavy fines, and the life-long stigma of a felony charge.
Some of the other most common college student misconduct categories you may encounter include:
- Theft and robbery
- Vandalism or graffiti
- Sexual misconduct and/or sexual assault
- Academic violations, such as cheating or plagiarism
- Possession of illegal drugs, such as marijuana
- Underage drinking
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
Get the Representation You Need for College Student Misconduct Claims
Even if you are only facing an investigation from your school, and not from the criminal justice system, you should consider hiring skilled legal representation to defend your rights. Colleges often try to obscure those rights, prioritizing the testimony of alleged victims and witnesses in lieu of listening to your side of the story.
Our student defense lawyer James E. Crawford, Jr. has over 25 years of experience serving the accused throughout Maryland, and he is passionate about providing his clients with their Constitutional right to representation. Attorney Crawford knows how terrifying it can be to face an accusation, especially an unjustified one, and will make sure you don’t feel alone in this process. Don’t let a conviction mar your bright future, in the academic world or beyond.
If you’ve been accused of college student misconduct, contact the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates for a consultation. We serve clients in Baltimore, Bel Air, Annapolis, and the rest of the state of Maryland.