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Student Defense

Several world renowned universities and colleges call the Research Triangle Home. Thousands of students live and study in this area. Each has a bright and promising future. College also brings temptation and new found freedom.  A student’s dreams can all be destroyed by a single mistake that leads to criminal charges. In that split second of indiscretion a student can not only face criminal charges but also a host of other consequences that threaten their status as a student.

A conviction could affect financial aid, a student’s ability to live in dorms, and access to graduate programs. It could even lead to suspension or expulsion from the student’s current program. Students have a right to an attorney in any criminal proceeding. In some area schools, they also have a right to an attorney advisor during any disciplinary proceedings.

Raleigh Student Defense Lawyer

At Coolidge Law Firm, we help students in the Wake County area keep their futures bright. We are proud to represent undergrads, graduate students, and high school students facing charges in adult court. Several area schools refer students to us because these school officials trust us to represent the special interests of their students.  If you are a student, or your son or daughter face criminal charges in Wake County or federal charges in the Eastern District of North Carolina, a Raleigh student defense lawyer could make a significant difference in the result of the case.  We will fight for your student’s rights in and out of court, on and off campus until we reach a positive result.

We represent students in criminal and disciplinary matters throughout the Wake County area, including students at:

Call us today at (919) 239-8448 to set up a free consultation.


Information on Defense of Students


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Student Code of Conduct

Every academic institution in the Raleigh region has some sort of Code of Conduct by which students pledge to abide when they enroll. Each institution has its own code except NCSU and UNC–Chapel, which both fall under the code of the University of North Carolina system.

Violation of the code results in disciplinary proceedings. The codes prohibit a wide range of acts, including:

In some cases, something prohibited by the Code of Conduct may also be prohibited by state or federal law. For instance, a student may be accused of an act that constitutes sexual assault under the university’s code and can also be considered sexual battery under the North Carolina General Statutes. In such an instance, the student may face both disciplinary proceedings at school and criminal proceedings at the Wake County Justice Center.

Nothing prohibits a university from disciplining a student for behavior off-campus. Some schools, like Shaw University and NCSU, have codes that specifically allow the university to seek disciplinary action for alleged criminal behavior. Others, like Wake Tech, say the school’s jurisdiction is limited to acts on campus.

Common criminal accusations faced by students include:


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Academic and Financial Aid Consequences of Code Violations and Convictions

Students accused of violating a school’s code of conduct or in some instances face criminal charges, may face disciplinary proceedings.  If the board or administrator decides that the student is guilty or responsible, he or she may face sanctions.

Sanctions vary, but often include:

Certain convictions may also carry other consequences.

Disciplinary proceedings often become a permanent part of a student’s academic record and can affect applications for grad school, medical school, law school, or other post-grad work. 


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Disciplinary Proceedings

Most schools notify students in writing of any accusation of student conduct violations.  The student then has the opportunity for a hearing before the school’s conduct board.   

At UNC–Chapel Hill and NCSU, state law gives students accused a right to an attorney during any disciplinary proceedings, except matters involving academic dishonesty. Your attorney can call into question the evidence against you.

Even at schools that do not allow an attorney advisor, such as Duke University, an attorney can help you prepare for your hearing. Your lawyer can also represent you in any related criminal proceedings you may face.


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Finding the Best Attorney for Research Triangle Students

At Coolidge Law Firm, we are proud to be able to represent students in the Wake County area on all matters. As a Duke alumnus, student crimes attorney David Coolidge has experienced college life here, and knows that students make mistakes or merely find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Attorney Coolidge understands the specific issues facing area students and will provide a personalized and dedicated defense of their rights.  Do not face a judge or student conduct board alone.  Call us today at (919) 239-8448 to schedule a free consultation.

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David Coolidge
David A. Coolidge
is heading up our team as criminal defense attorney and graduate at the top of his class from Duke University School of Law ...
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Brent Blakesley
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