In addition to juvenile delinquency proceedings, I represent minors at public school expulsion hearings in all California Bay Area School Districts where lengthy (up to one calendar year) and extremely disruptive district-wide expulsions are at stake. I am very passionate about this work as my experience, especially during the past ten years, has been that many local school districts move to expel students for relatively minor offenses, and even when the student does not present a “continuing danger to the physical safety of the pupil or others”, a finding that is legally required for expulsion under the CA Education Code.
Unlike delinquency proceedings where minors must be represented by an attorney, having counsel at an expulsion hearing is optional. That fact notwithstanding, it has been my experience that minors who are represented by knowledgeable and prepared counsel at expulsion hearings achieve far better results than those who appear without a lawyer. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that the school district’s attorney will become involved in the expulsion process only when the minor is represented, thereby creating an otherwise absent opportunity to negotiate a favorable resolution prior to the commencement of the hearing. Moreover, by their nature, expulsion hearings are often stacked against the minor and having prepared and competent counsel levels the playing field and ensures a fair hearing.
I have been very successful in representing minors in many school districts, including but not limited to the following: Campbell Union High School District, Fremont Union High School District, Jefferson School District, Fremont Unified School District, Jefferson School District, and Sequoia Union High School District. Please see my testimonials page for examples of my legal representation in this specialized area of juvenile law.
Expulsion hearings are controlled by the California Education Code which requires that expulsion hearings be held within 30 days of the commission of the alleged offense and establishes a very swift and uncompromising procedural timeline for the entire expulsion hearing process. Therefore, if your child is facing an expulsion hearing and you choose to retain an attorney, it is critical that you do so without delay. My office can be reached 24 hours/day and I return all telephone calls promptly – typically within 2 hours.
I am also happy to schedule an initial telephone or in-person consultation, without charge, to simply discuss your son’s or daughter’s situation and help you determine if it makes sense to fight a school expulsion based upon the particular facts of your case.
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