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College Student Drug Offenses Defense Attorneys

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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