Crimes On Campus: Representation For FSU Students

College students often make mistakes that can lead to charges of DUI, underage drinking, drug possession and other matters. It's important for students to secure strong defense to protect their future.

As a graduate of Florida State University (B.A. '91; M.M. '93), attorney Joe Bodiford understands the issues that arise within FSU as a result of arrests both on and off campus. (Fortunately, he was able to avoid any issues with the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities!)

In addition to misdemeanor or felony charges in Florida or federal courts, students may face significant sanctions back on campus. There are many different types of sanctions that can have an impact — sometimes a very bad impact — on a student's career. These sanctions may include:

  • Reprimand (written or verbal)
  • Change in housing assignment
  • Exclusion (either temporary or permanent) from university housing
  • Suspension
  • Dismissal
  • Expulsion
  • Transcript notations
  • Restrictions on contact with specified people
  • Service hours (completion of tasks under the supervision of an university department or outside agency)
  • Educational activities (attendance at educational programs, interviews with appropriate officials, planning and implementing educational programs or other educational activities)
  • Counseling assessments for alcohol or drug dependence, general mental health, or other counseling issues
  • Restitution (in cases involving university property)
  • Conduct probation (a period of time during which any further violations of the student conduct code may result in more serious sanctions being imposed. Some of the restrictions that may be placed on the student during the probationary period include, but are not limited to: participation in student activities, representation of the university on athletic teams or in other leadership positions, entrance into university residence halls or other areas of campus, or contact with specified people)
  • Disciplinary Probation (a period of time during which any further violation of the student conduct code puts the student's status with the university in jeopardy. If the student is found "responsible" for another violation of the code during the period of disciplinary probation, serious consideration will be given to imposing a sanction of suspension, dismissal, or expulsion from the university. Some of the restrictions that may be placed on the student during the probationary period include, but are not limited to, participation in university or student activities, representation of the university on athletic teams or in other leadership positions, entrance into university residence halls or other areas of campus)

Help With Conduct Code Violation Hearings

Mr. Bodiford has a great deal of experience with conduct code violation hearings. While no attorney can actually speak on behalf of a student at the hearing, we can help you prepare for a hearing. Mr. Bodiford can help students understand what the alleged violations are, prepare them to address the hearing officer and help gather witnesses and documents.

Mr. Bodiford attends the hearings with the student and acts as an adviser during the hearing, suggesting questions to ask and how to respond to certain questions. It is important to make sure that the student does not make any admissions or statements that can be used against him or her in the companion criminal matter.

Call For A Free Consultation

We encourage students — and their parents — to call us anytime to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer. Call our Tallahassee office at 850-222-4529 (for existing clients) and 850-583-7381 (for new clients) or contact us online.