Any crime that is committed on school property, within a certain proximity to a school, or involving or relating to a teacher or student is a School Crime. For example, drug possession, underage drinking, fighting and violent behavior, destruction of property, and stealing are all School Crimes. If your son or daughter is suspected of committing a school crime, a parent or legal guardian must be present during any questioning.
Parents should always consult with an attorney to properly gauge the severity of the situation and how best to proceed. Not only does the student risk being charged in a juvenile or adult court, but as a collateral consequence, administrative sanctions from the school can include anything from a “warning” for violating the student Code of Conduct, up to an academic expulsion from the school district. This can negatively impact college prospects, financial aid, and access to student housing.
Pro Tip: If your son or daughter is being questioned by school officials, you should contact one of our firm’s experienced School Crime Lawyers.