The risk of suspension, expulsion, or other disciplinary measures can have a substantial impact on both a child’s education and their future success as independent adults. And whenever your child faces out-of-school suspension of more than five days, or another similarly severe punishment such as expulsion, you are entitled to an administrative hearing. If your child has become the subject of a school disciplinary proceeding, and especially if your child is determined to have a special need, you will need experienced legal representation to ensure your child’s rights and interests are protected.
While school disciplinary proceedings aren’t legal proceedings in the conventional sense, they can nevertheless have a major impact on your child’s welfare and their opportunity for academic success. You are entitled to representation at a school disciplinary hearing, just as you would be at any legal proceeding, and the best way to defend yourself is to take advantage of that right. The education and school disciplinary lawyers at McGuire, Peláez and Bennett will put their knowledge and experience at your disposal to get the best possible outcome for you and your family.
Your Child Deserves a School Discipline Defense
When your child is facing a school disciplinary proceeding, also known as a 3214 Superintendent Hearing (or just a Superintendent Hearing), you and your child will meet with school officials, such as teachers or the principle, along anyone else who was involved in the alleged conduct. You are given an opportunity to present your child’s side of the story, including whether any accommodations might need to be made. At that point, the school officials decide whether disciplinary action is warranted, and what form of discipline, if any, would be appropriate given the facts of the case.
Our Long Island education and school disciplinary lawyers will meet with you to review your child’s case and create a plan that works best for you and your child’s circumstances. We represent clients on a wide range of disciplinary issues, including, but not limited to, attendance issues, truancy, bullying, harassment, hazing, vandalism, threats of violence, assault, and possession of drugs or weapons. Students have rights, but they need legal counsel that can inform them of their rights and advise them on how best to defend themselves in a disciplinary hearing.
If you want your child to get the best possible outcome for their disciplinary case, you need to obtain legal representation as soon as possible. Contact the education and school disciplinary lawyers at McGuire, Peláez and Bennett at 631-348-1702 for a consultation, or visit our contact page.