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Expulsion And Suspension

Expulsion and suspension of students from school pose serious concerns for parents and students because they become part of your child’s record, can affect college acceptance and force your child to be removed from public schools. The practical implications of a long-term suspension or expulsion create serious repercussions, including removal to an alternative educational setting or removal from school altogether, and may even prevent the student from attending other schools. Even worse, your child’s entire education is disrupted when he or she is suspended or expelled.

For children with disabilities, the idea of being removed from school poses an enormous concern for parents as the loss of special education services and programming can be detrimental to success in school.

Leigh Law Group‘s expulsion and suspension attorneys specialize in education, special education and school law. If you or your child has received a notice of suspension or expulsion, we provide a 30-minute consultation to discuss your unique situation and determine whether our representation is appropriate. We understand that every situation is different. When you come to us, we personally handle every aspect of your case, so you can put this challenge behind you and focus on your child’s future.

Guiding You Through The Suspension Process

Notification that your child will be removed from his or her school for a violation of the law or the school district’s policies implicates a host of rights. These include the right to defend your child at a fair hearing, due process hearing or, in the case of a student eligible for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a Section 504 plan, a manifestation determination hearing.

If the suspension is short term, a parent has the right to challenge the accuracy of the information in the suspension or to have it removed altogether. Since your child’s records follow him or her through school, our office is prepared to assist you with an education records challenge. There are other rights, such as notice of the specific facts that form the basis of the suspension. A strong challenge to the suspension can result in having it removed from your child’s file. Every case is different, so the basis of the charge and the facts will dictate how to defend a removal from school such as a suspension. We can also investigate whether discrimination based on race, disability or other characteristic was involved in your child’s suspension.

Protect Your Rights In Expulsion Cases

With long-term suspensions or a notice of expulsion from school, the following are some of the rights provided:

  1. Notice of the specific facts that form the basis of the charges
  2. The right to be represented at the expulsion hearing by an attorney
  3. The right to present witnesses and evidence at the hearing, including calling school district witnesses
  4. The right to be provided with all documents and evidence upon which the school district will rely prior to the expulsion hearing
  5. The right to appeal an adverse decision of the fair hearing panel

For special education students under an IEP or students who receive services under a Section 504 plan, many additional rights apply, including the right to a manifestation determination hearing.

The attorneys of Leigh Law Group will inform you of your rights and uphold those rights throughout every step of your case.

Contact Us Today For Strong Representation In Your Expulsion Case

Call our San Francisco, Sausalito or El Segundo offices at 800-768-2168, or email us to arrange a initial consultation.

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