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College Student Drug Offenses Defense Attorneys

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Case Results

Here are some representative results we’ve achieved for our clients.

Female complainant’s rights, health, and safety protected throughout lengthy proceedings

Our client was sexually assaulted by a male student acquaintance. We became involved to support our client in getting proper medical treatment, preserving and collecting evidence and witness testimony, and securing therapeutic support. We helped her understand and navigate the many complex options available to her, including a criminal complaint, an informal complaint process, a formal complaint process, or doing nothing. We guided her through the informal process and then the formal process, including interviews with various school and law enforcement officials, and worked closely with the school to put in place appropriate accommodations ensuring that all interviews and hearings did not retraumatize her. The male student was found responsible and was expelled.

Large private university

Witness to sexual violence protected from intimidation

We represented a female witness to a dating violence case on campus who was being pressured to speak with the police and the school investigators about a violent matter she had witnessed on her dorm floor. We immediately communicated on her behalf to the local police, school administrators, and the Title IX investigators to protect her right to choose to not testify and ensure her safety on campus. She was very relieved not to be pressured by the school, the title IX office or the police to attend the hearing and testify about fellow students.

Small private college

Investigation of sexual assault complaint concludes with no charges filed

Our client contacted us immediately upon receiving notice by his school that a claim of sexual assault was made against him by a female student. We assisted him in preparing his detailed answer to the complaint, and then prepared him and accompanied him to his interview with the campus safety police officers. We worked with the school Title IX administrators and helped our client find evidence to show inconsistencies with the complaint. The complainant withdrew her complaint when presented with these inconsistencies and then recanted. The investigation ended and our client was not charged with anything.

Midsized private college

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Client Testimonials

I was introduced to Attorney Duffy by my criminal defense attorney because I was fighting both a criminal charge and a conduct code violations charge. Felice's office responded right away and she and I met by Zoom video. She and her team were respectful, professional and super knowledgeable. They made everything clear and easily understandable. They knew exactly what questions to ask the school officials to get them to focus on the facts that supported my case. I was incredibly well prepared. I knew what I was going to say before I went in to my interviews and how to react to the many questions that would have tripped me up. I got probation, which was definitely the best possible outcome and I couldn’t have gotten that without Attorney Duffy’s help.

College Junior

“When your kid is accused of a serious conduct code violation at his college, you quickly learn that there’s a whole different set of rules in place than in the real world. There are no legal standards, no assurances of a “fair trial.” You're presumed guilty and you have to backtrack and prove why you’re NOT guilty. We pretty quickly realized that we needed strong legal representation and guidance. Our son was completely falsely accused and we were ready to dig in to clear his name.

Felice's truly unique background and deep experience with navigating the school’s process was amazing. She made it clear that our son was the client, not us (his parents). She worked with him extensively and earned his total trust. He felt empowered that he had the right person in his corner to defend him. Felice gave our whole family a sense a calm and confidence.

Thanks to incredibly hard work by Felice and her team, our son was found “not responsible” (meaning innocent of any wrongdoing). The outcome was everything we could have hoped for.

I have already recommended Felice to a friend who’s son was caught up in a serious, very complicated conduct code charge, and I will continue to recommend her to any student or parent without reservation.”

Parent of a private college senior

“I selected the firm after doing extensive research trying to locate an attorney that specializes in sexual assault cases on university campuses. Late one night I emailed her for a consult just to see what she had to say. By 6:30am the next morning she had already emailed me back leaving her information for me to call her. I was impressed by her promptness and early morning response. Our criminal attorney informed our family that this simply wasn’t his specialty and strongly recommended we hire someone who really understood how university disciplinary systems work.

In our culture, we are not often trusting and it took a huge step of faith to consider someone we didn’t know (much less one from out of state) to defend our son.

Based on her collegiate athletic background I felt that she would have a better understanding of our case as our son is a D1 athlete. Based on that and her professional accomplishments I felt like she was driven and determined and she clearly had the ability to understand the laws associated with Title IX.

Bottom line is that our son was found 100% not responsible (meaning not guilty) of the extremely serious charges that were brought against him by a female student.

Felice Duffy and her team were professional, focused, responsive and did a great job throughout the entire stressful ordeal. When we think about how badly and unfairly our son might have been treated by the school, we truly count our blessings that we found Ms. Duffy.”

Parent of a College Sophomore, Ohio

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Schools Where We've Handled Cases

Here are just some of the schools where we’ve represented students, faculty, coaches, and staff:

  • Amherst College
  • Arkansas State University
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Charter Oak State College
  • Colgate University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Columbia University
  • Connecticut College
  • Creighton Law School
  • Dartmouth College
  • Fairfield University
  • Flagler College
  • Florida State University
  • Furman University
  • Guilford College
  • Howard University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Indiana University
  • Lesley University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Marist College
  • Marquette University
  • Miami University
  • Mississippi University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Plymouth State University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rice University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • South Carolina State University
  • St. John's University
  • St. Lawrence University
  • Syracuse University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Tallahassee Comm. College
  • Touro University
  • Trinity College
  • Tufts University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Lynchburg
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Mass. Med. School
  • University of Miami
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Texas
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
  • Utah University School of Medicine
  • Vassar College
  • Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Washington University, St. Louis
  • Wesleyan University
  • Westfield State University
  • Western Washington University
  • Wheaton College
  • William Smith College
  • Yale University

Defending students accused of drug offenses in violation of the college code of conduct

When you attend a college or university, you are subject to the rules and regulations in the college code of conduct. Though rules may differ from school to school, almost every code has strict rules regarding illegal drugs, which can include steroids, prescription drugs, narcotics, and more. Rules often address the use, possession, distribution, and manufacture of drugs and set out strict penalties if you are found to be in violation. If you are facing accusations of drug offenses, you have a significant amount on the line, including your future educational and employment opportunities.

If your college or university is investigating you for a drug-related offense, your first call should be to the highly experienced Conduct Code defense attorneys at Duffy Law, LLC at 203-946-2000.

Possible penalties for drug-related violations

If your school decides that you committed a drug-related violation of the code of conduct, the administration may implement the following penalties:

  • Formal reprimand
  • Fines
  • Mandatory substance abuse evaluation or treatment
  • Disciplinary probation
  • Loss of housing or financial aid
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion

In addition to these immediate-term consequences, having a drug violation on your college record can affect your ability to get accepted into future educational programs or to obtain federal loans.

Even if the alleged drug offense occurred off-campus, law enforcement may report the incident to your college or university, which can then initiate its own investigation and case against you. Conversely—and often more concerning—a collegiate case involving drugs may trigger criminal charges issued by the state. Often college administrators work with local law enforcement to provide evidence of drug offenses, which can aid in prosecution. Prosecutors can also issue subpoenas to obtain information from any school investigation or disciplinary hearing. A criminal conviction can mean fines, probation, jail time, and having a conviction on your criminal record. Such a conviction can substantially harm your ability to secure employment or even to travel in the future.

How can a defense attorney help?

In drug-related college investigations and accusations, you are not without certain legal rights. An experienced attorney familiar with the collegiate disciplinary system can identify your options and can present evidence to defend against your allegations. Not only can a successful defense result in the consequences you face being reduced or the accusations against you being dropped, but may also prevent your school administration from reporting the suspected drug possession, distribution, or manufacture to local law enforcement officers.

Discuss your case immediately with an experienced college drug offenses defense lawyer

The highly experienced Conduct Code attorneys at Duffy Law can advise you of your options.  They fully understand the collegiate disciplinary system as well as the principles of an effective defense against allegations. Too often, you may believe you are helpless in the face of accusations by your college or university administration. With the assistance of an experienced defense attorney, however, you will learn there are many ways to assert your rights and defend against serious drug charges. To learn more, call Duffy Law at 203-946-2000 for a confidential consultation.

Client Testimonial

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Review: 5/5
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We were referred by a friend and very well-respected lawyer to criminal defense attorneys Paul Thomas and Felice Duffy based on Attorney Duffy’s extensive experience in working with Colleges and Universities.

Our son ran into several issues at his university including drug charges that jeopardized his ability to stay on campus and could easily have led to his being expelled.

The entire team at Duffy Law did a fantastic job in explaining what we needed to do, who we needed to speak with, what we should say (and not say), what information we needed gather, what actions we needed to take and how to go about the entire process.

Their strategy was perfect. Their communication with my son and our family (and the school) was always prompt and clear. They were extremely well prepared to deal with the school officials who controlled our son’s fate and provided the best defense possible.

The end result allowed our son to return to school and live on campus – which thankfully exceeded our highest expectations.

On a scale of 1-10- we’d personally give Duffy Law an 11! Thank you Felice and Paul!

-Parents of College Freshman, Connecticut

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