Articles Posted in Education & School Law

This has probably happened to me 3 times in my 18-year career. A Connecticut teenager or college student client of mine is arrested in Darien, Wilton, or Greenwich Connecticut for either a drug, alcohol or sexual assault-related crime. As part of their case, I meet with the prosecutor and argue emphatically that these are good kids—hard-working students—who don’t get into trouble and hang around in a good crowd.

And then the prosecutor reaches into her file and pulls out a printout of my clients’ Facebook or Instagram pages and shows me outrageous photos. All from dates AFTER their arrests. The photos speak for themselves: kids crushing beer cans on their heads, someone guzzling beer through a funnel (doing a handstand no less!), and another kid looking very drunk with two girls around his arms.

Are the photos illegal? No. But they make terrible impressions and completely undermine the work of the criminal defense attorney trying to get your child’s arrest dismissed.

So here are 3 things parents need to know right now if your high school or college student has been arrested in New Canaan, Darien, Greenwich or Wilton Connecticut.

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I’ve seen this same movie time and time again over the past 15 years. Kids getting arrested at Quinnipiac University and on other Connecticut college campuses. Too afraid to tell their parents. Then miserably handling the criminal court case and school discipline process on their own, causing irreparable damage to their permanent records and transcripts.

Don’t even think about making the same mistake…

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The best criminal lawyers in Fairfield Connecticut get calls at all hours of the night from panicked Fairfield University students who have been arrested and don’t know where to turn. With recently enforced zero-tolerance policies on the Fairfield University campus, getting in trouble at college no longer results in just a “slap on the wrist.” The top Fairfield Connecticut criminal attorneys and lawyers are now seeing more Fairfield University arrests for Possession of Marijuana or Narcotics, Forgery / Fake IDs, Assault, Breach of Peace, Disorderly Conduct, and other crimes.

So are your college and professional careers over because you got arrested at Fairfield University by the Fairfield Police Department? Not even close. But you need a lawyer. You need to call your parents. By all accounts, the wrath of your parents will pale in comparison to the penalties meted out in the Connecticut criminal courts. So keep reading for tips on trying to avoid a criminal record and expulsion for your Fairfield University arrest…

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You don’t have to look very far in the news to know that rape and sex assault investigations on college campuses, including UConn, Trinity, Quinnipiac, Yale, Fairfield and Southern Connecticut Universities, can get you or your child expelled. Shockingly, the New York Times recently reported that 1 in 5 college females will be the victim of a sexual assault during college (with 80 percent of those assaults involving alcohol, according to the study).

So it’s no surprise that the top Connecticut criminal and Title IX school discipline lawyers and attorneys are seeing a stunning escalation of investigations and enforcement of student conduct codes when it comes to investigation accusations of rape and sex assault. The old mantra of “No Means No” no longer suffices. The best Connecticut college and university criminal investigation law firms are now seeing that an explicit “Yes” must be communicated for consensual sexual contact in college.

But can you really expect your college-aged teenager to appreciate and understand these legal nuances, especially when the stakes of their educational and professional futures are at risk? And who’s educating them on these news laws and procedures anyway? The answers are hazy and very well may require parents to take a more proactive approach to educating their teenagers…

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Getting in trouble in college is just not what it used to be.  The best UConn criminal lawyers regularly get calls in the middle of the night from panicked UConn undergraduate and graduate students who have been arrested at UConn for Disorderly Conduct, Breach of Peace, Hazing, Possession of Narcotics, Fake IDs or Assault. Ten years ago, UConn campus cops may have just seized your contraband, issued a warning, and sent you on your way. Not anymore.   As any college student will tell you, there’s a new wave of zero tolerance law enforcement taking over college campuses, and UConn is no exception.   The stakes are higher than ever. So if you got arrested at UConn, Yale, Southern Connecticut or any other Connecticut college, then expect to deal with both the Connecticut criminal courts and a school disciplinary / expulsion proceeding.

More importantly, get in touch with a top UConn criminal school discipline lawyer attorney to learn how take the first steps in keeping your criminal record and academic transcript clean…

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Now more than ever, colleges and universities in Connecticut and New York are coming down hard on fraternities, sororities and college students for Animal House-type behavior that was normally tolerated on college campuses nationwide. Moderate underage drinking, marijuana use, and harmless hazing activities were discouraged but not prosecuted on Connecticut college campuses. But as the best New York and Connecticut school discipline lawyers and attorneys have recently observed, a few bad apples have ruined it for the bunch. Several recent high-profile campus deaths, rapes, sex assaults and hazing arrests have left Connecticut college and university officials with no choice but to enforce stricter campus rules and regulations, and subsequently punish students with stiff penalties such as suspensions and expulsions. Not only is this unfair, but it leaves these students with a permanent black mark on their transcripts, affecting their ability to get into any other college and grad school, and further hurting their permanent full-time employment prospects.

So will hiring a top Connecticut school discipline expulsion lawyer attorney help your child’s chances for fighting back against these unfair school discipline procedures and policies?

You bet…

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Bullying and cyber-bullying in the Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, Westport, Fairfield and New Canaan public and private highs schools and middle schools can wreak havoc on a child and their parents if not addressed swiftly and appropriately by school administrators. As parents of millennials know all too well these days, cyber-bullying and harassment in Connecticut high schools do not always end at the last school bell. The bullying and harassment is often extracurricular—spilling over to social media websites and iphone apps like Facebook, SnapChat, Kik and Twitter.

Parents of cyber-bullying victims in Stamford, Greenwich and Darien are often frustrated, as they do not know how to protect their children from cyber-bullying. They often look to the school for assistance, but there still are not clear-cut procedures and penalties in place to protect victims of bullying in Greenwich, Westport and Fairfield high schools. While schools try, they often fail, due to lack of experience and resources. This can be incredibly frustrating for parents, and dangerous for a bullied child, leaving them vulnerable to cyber-bullying in Westport, Fairfield and New Canaan.

But there’s now some hope—as a new federal law is being introduced in Congress that would force most high schools and colleges to take action. Keep reading to learn more…

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A little known fact in Connecticut school education law is that state and federal law provides extra protection and safeguards to special education students facing school expulsion or discipline proceedings. Any student who is receiving special education services from a Connecticut public school cannot be expelled or seriously disciplined without a hearing that first determines whether the alleged misconduct and grounds for discipline were a “manifestation” of the student’s disability.

And even if the student loses this hearing and is expelled, Connecticut and federal law also provides “stay-put” relief in certain circumstances that will keep a student in school until additional constitutional due process hearings take place. And with the frequency of autism diagnoses on the upsurge in this country, it’s no stretch for parents to be increasingly concerned about whether their child will be disciplined or expelled as a result of their disability.

You would think the same legal safeguards go for pricey private schools, right? Not so fast…

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This week’s arrest of 7 Sayreville, New Jersey high school football players has reignited a nationwide discussion about the terrors of high school bullying and what high school administrators, teachers, coaches and parents can do to put a stop to this epidemic. It also hits home as a recent article in the Connecticut Law Tribune entitled “Connecticut Schools Hit with a Rising Number of Bullying Lawsuits” reports on the increasing number of parents who are finally taking a stand against bullies on behalf of their kids and filing bullying lawsuits. But the question remains…how do we solve this bullying problem?   Are criminal arrests the answer? Expulsions? Civil lawsuits against the bullies and their parents? More education and prevention?

As the top bullying lawyers in Connecticut will tell you—it’s a combination of all of the above.   Keep reading to learn more…

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When people throw the term “statutory rape” around, the most common scenario that comes to mind are adults having sex with minor children, or more specifically, children younger than 16 years old. But there is another statutory rape situation that seems to be coming up more and more frequently these days: teacher-student sex at high schools like those in Stamford, Greenwich, and other Connecticut cities and towns. Ask any top Stamford Connecticut criminal lawyer who handles statutory rape cases involving high school students and teachers: these cases can result in years of jail, sex offender registration, and 20+ years of probation.

So can anything be done to avoid automatic jail penalties in Stamford teacher student sex and statutory rape cases? Possibly. Keep reading…

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