Crimes On Campus: Defending College Students
Crimes on Campus: Defending College Students
Defending college students – FSU and TCC – is what we do. 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.
Our attorneys are graduates of Florida State University. Tallahassee criminal defense attorney Joe Bodiford (B.A. ’91; M.M. ’93) and Gannon Coens (B.S. ’12, J.D. ’15) know FSU. They understand the issues that arise at FSU and TCC as a result of arrests both on and off campus. They are good at defending college students.
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
- 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 ( restrictions on 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 ( restrictions on 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
Bodiford Law has a great deal of experience with defending college students. This includes 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. Most importantly, we can help students understand what the alleged violations are, prepare them to address the hearing officer and help gather witnesses and documents.
Joe and Gannon attend the hearings with the student and acts as an adviser during the hearing. They may suggest 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 have years of experience defending college students. We encourage students — and their parents — to call us anytime to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer. Call or text our Tallahassee office at 850-222-4529 or contact us online.
FSU Student Conduct Code
The Florida State University Student Conduct Code page can be found here.
TCC Student Conduct Code
The Tallahassee Community College Student Conduct Code page can be found here.