The process of going to college and working towards your degree can be an exciting one, but all of your progress may come to a screeching halt if you’re accused of a crime on campus. Being a student does not protect you from the impacts of being accused of any crime in Ohio. In fact, you may be facing disciplinary issues on your campus in addition to charges based on Ohio statutes. Given both the complexity of these matters and the potential ramifications for your future, it becomes all the more important to identify the right lawyer.
The Complexity of Disciplinary Matters
There are matters that arise in collegiate life that are not criminal in nature but may initiate a chain of events like an investigation or hearing. Obviously, these actions can significantly influence the accused’s rights and future at the university, which is why retaining a lawyer can help you be more aware of your rights in this delicate situation.
In terms of criminal charges, the Sixth Amendment provides protection for the accused in terms of having counsel to represent you. Given that many disciplinary hearings on a college campus may not involve allegations of an actual crime, in certain situations the hearing can be thought of as quite different from criminal litigation. First of all, as a student, you voluntarily agree to the rules of the university when you enroll, unlike criminal law, which applies to everyone. Usually, the student will make his or her own case in a disciplinary hearing without fully appreciating the concerns of the institution, preparing an adequately, or understanding what options are available to them.