There are opportunities to settle your expulsion matter with the school district. The Leigh Law Group's expulsion attorneys are well versed in settlement of expulsion matters including those charges that involve mandatory expulsions. The benefit of a settlement is that it avoids having to go through a hearing process which can be time consuming and that could develop a problematic educational record of misconduct.
THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF SETTLEMENTS GENERALLY:
1. The Student admits to guilt.
2. The Student neither admits nor denies guilt.
ADMISSION OF GUILT OR "STIPULATED SETTLEMENTS":
A stipulated settlement usually involves an admission of the student of the expellable offense or charge. It also places the student under a number of school imposed terms such as that the student has to commit to therapy for a period of time, complete a specific number of hours of community service, attend school without further behavior and maintain a certain grade point average.
Stipulated settlements are typically used when the facts are overwhelmingly in the school district's favor and to avoid a hearing which can be stressful and create further record of bad conduct. A failure to abide by the terms of the settlement could result in reinstitution of the expulsion proceedings.
A negotiated settlement is also useful for a number of reasons. Typically, it involves a mutually agreed upon set of terms between the parent, student and the school district. The best outcome is to have a settlement agreement that negotiates remaining at the school site (unless a return would pose a risk to health or safety), not having to make an admission of guilt to the expulsion charge and allows parents, the student and the school district to be creative about how to develop a plan to help the student be successful in school.
It is important that if you are considering whether to negotiate a settlement or agree to a stipulated settlement that you are represented by an attorney. Almost always when a settlement agreement is an option to avoid an expulsion hearing a settlement agreement is generated which typically involves a waiver of certain rights. The Leigh Law Group's expulsion attorneys can help you both negotiate settlement agreements, help you decide whether a settlement agreement is appropriate and explain your rights under the settlement agreement.