There are many reasons a student might find themselves facing a disciplinary proceeding at their college or university — academic misconduct, code of conduct violation allegations, criminal accusations, and Title IX investigations are some common examples. Being charged with a student disciplinary violation can be overwhelming, stressful, and have a negative impact on your future. Riccio Law advises and represents students in university disciplinary matters involving:
Riccio Law handles student disciplinary proceedings throughout Massachusetts. A committed criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, Anthony Riccio is dedicated to helping students achieve the best possible outcome in any disciplinary action they may face.
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex at colleges. It also requires colleges to investigate allegations of sexual violence, assault, rape, harassment, or misconduct — failure to do so can result in a school losing federal funding.
Title IX cases are serious and sensitive matters for everyone involved. The allegations associated with a Title IX investigation can damage a student’s reputation, education, and future career opportunities. In addition to being faced with suspension or expulsion at the university, the student may also face prosecution for separate criminal charges.
It’s crucial to have a Title IX attorney to protect your rights if you’re facing allegations of sexual assault, rape, harassment, or misconduct on campus. Riccio Law provides skilled and trusted advocacy for those charged with college or university Title IX violations and any criminal prosecution that may follow.
If you’re a college student who has been charged with a crime by campus police or local authorities, the consequences can be far-reaching. Whether you’re facing a violation, misdemeanor, or felony, being found guilty can alter the course of your future. You may be required to appear before a Student Disciplinary Board as well as in criminal court. Not only can a guilty verdict result in jail time or license suspension, but you may also face expulsion from your college. No matter what charges you’re facing, it is critical to have an attorney to defend you to ensure your rights are protected.
Common criminal charges in college often involve drug possession, alcohol offenses, disturbance of the peace, vandalism, and theft. They can also include assault, sexual misconduct, and other violent crimes. Riccio Law is dedicated to fighting for the rights of clients facing college criminal charges at college disciplinary proceedings and in the courtroom.
Drug and alcohol-related offenses are frequent violations on college campuses. However, they should not be taken lightly. Criminal charges involving marijuana possession, underage drinking, and DWIs/DUIs can follow you for the rest of your life. Whether you have been charged with an alcohol or drug-related crime on or off-campus, an experienced defense attorney can help protect your rights and your future. Riccio Law is committed to providing college students with a vigorous defense in criminal charges involving drug and alcohol offenses.
Every college has a Student Code of Conduct or handbook that students are expected to follow. Handbooks generally outline the expectations for student conduct and academic integrity as well as the policies and procedures concerning disciplinary action. The ramifications for violations such as plagiarism, exam cheating, fraud, and other forms of academic dishonesty can include probation, suspension, and expulsion.
Colleges and universities usually have their own hearing process for student code of conduct violations. Often, schools will not allow a student to have legal representation with them when they defend themselves before the disciplinary board. Even if your college does not let you have counsel present, it is best to speak with an attorney who can review your case and strategize with you before your hearing. Riccio Law can help provide you with the information and knowledge you need to defend yourself at an academic disciplinary hearing successfully.
College is a learning experience and many students are away from home for the first time. Unfortunately, sometimes students find themselves in legal trouble or situations requiring them to appear before a student disciplinary board. These circumstances can have implications that affect the rest of a young college student’s life. Anthony Riccio is a former prosecutor who provides aggressive defense counsel for college students, no matter what charges they’re facing.
With offices located in Attleboro and Quincy — near some of Massachusetts' most prestigious colleges — Riccio Law represents students at colleges throughout the Commonwealth. Contact Riccio Law to discuss resolving your college disciplinary matter today.
We serve clients throughout Massachusetts including those in the following localities: Bristol County including Attleboro, Fall River, Mansfield, New Bedford, North Attleboro, Seekonk, and Taunton; Barnstable County; Cape & Islands; Essex County; Hampden County; Hampshire County; Middlesex County including Cambridge and Lowell; Norfolk County including Dedham, Quincy, Wellesley, and Wrentham; Plymouth County including Bridgewater, Brockton, Hingham, and Middleboro; Suffolk County including Boston; and Worcester County.