Boston Student Defense Lawyers
High school and college can be the most important time of your life. It’s certainly a time when you or your child doesn’t want any trouble with the law, or with college administrators. But it’s also a time when many young people are reckless and daring. If you run into trouble, Attorney Jack Cunha and our team of Boston student defense lawyers are there to help.
Do Not Speak With the Authorities
The right to remain silent protects the innocent and the not-so-innocent alike. Do not speak to the police or administrators – many students, and their parents, make that fatal mistake. The authorities are adept at convincing people to believe that being open with them can help solve the problem. They prey on people thinking if they do not “cooperate,” they will be perceived as having something to hide. However, what you or your child says, and what the authorities hear and report are almost always very different, and invariably damaging.
College Disciplinary Proceedings
Jack Cunha has considerable experience with college administrative panels, defending students accused of problems ranging from plagiarism to alcohol or drugs to shoplifting to assault and battery. He also has significant experience and knowledge of how to handle matters involving date rape accusations. Jack understands how to frame and present your side of the story to avoid or reduce administrative punishment. A college disciplinary proceeding is not a court action, and you do not have the same rights, such as the presumption of innocence and the right to remain silent, that you have in a criminal charge. You are entitled to basic due process protections, however, and to an opportunity to be heard.
Often, any problems can be kept internal to the college process. But in any case it is possible that the police and the courts will become involved. At 18, a student can be charged criminally in adult court. Attorney Cunha’s experience as a criminal defense attorney will help avoid create larger problems.
Whether you are a high school student or a college student, Cunha & Holcomb is here to help fight for your rights and to protect your future.
Criminal Case Consequences
If you are confronted with a criminal charge, or being investigated for one, while in high school, it can directly impact your ability to get into a college of your choice. High school students need to be represented by a lawyer who understands that your future is on the line. At our firm, we are committed to helping high school students overcome the barriers a criminal offense creates and will work to get the charges dropped.
For most people, college is the first time living away from home, learning, and taking on new challenges. It brings exposure to new friends and new opportunities, but also often provides a first exposure to alcohol, drugs and a sense of freedom from restraint. No one wants an early mistake to affect the rest of one’s life, and we will work with you to prevent that from happening.
Please contact our Boston student defense lawyers at 617-523-4300 to schedule an initial consultation. One of our attorneys is a native speaker, bilingual in Spanish and English, and another is fluent in French.