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Category: College

Student Rights – Understanding Alleged Student Violations

April 22, 2022 College, College Student Disciplinary Hearing, Criminal Defense

Attending a prestigious school like Florida State University (“FSU”) can be daunting and stressful at times for students. It’s not uncommon for them to find ways to make their academic life easier or to de-stress in ways that are not in their best interest. Most students strive to make it to the top of their class but those that take …

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One Man’s TikTok Leads to Another’s Criminal Record – Viral Video Highlighting Spring Breaker Escaping from Police Car

March 28, 2022 College, Criminal Defense

If there’s one thing millennials and “Gen-Z” kids love, it’s social media. While it’s a great way to socialize amongst each other, there is still harm that can come from trying to reach internet stardom. For instance, last Spring Break a viral video highlighted what was meant to be a funny video of a young Florida man escaping the back …

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Can I Be Arrested for Having an Open House Party?

November 30, 2021 College, Criminal Defense

There are so many appeals to living in a college town like Tallahassee. The beautiful campuses, great food scene, nightlife, and especially open house parties hosted by other college students. Attending these parties is usually a fun and carefree experience where you drink on someone else’s dime, party in someone else’s house, and worry little about the consequences. However, hosting …

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FSU Executive Director of Institute of Justice Discusses Racial Bias in the Criminal Justice System

October 27, 2021 College, Criminal Defense

Carrie Pettus, the founding executive director of the Institute for Research and Development at Florida State University recently wrote a column for the Orlando Sentinel discussing the dangers of racial bias in the criminal justice system. She opens by discussing the dangers of racism in the public health sector, pointing out how the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the Black Lives …

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GHB Crimes in Florida

October 9, 2021 College, Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, Sex Crimes

What is GHB? GHB, scientifically known as gamma-hydroxybutyrate, is a depressant that affects the central nervous system. It is a common “date rape” or “club drug” used to cause symptoms like euphoria, increased sexual libido, decreased critical thinking, dizziness, loss of consciousness, and hallucinations to those who are drugged. While GHB is a chemical produced in the brain and other …

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Faking It: Is Age Really Just a Number?

October 7, 2021 College, College Student Disciplinary Hearing, Criminal Defense

It’s that time of year again. School is back in session, and freshly graduated high school students walk onto their new university campus bright-eyed and ready for a new adventure. The first few weeks include a plethora of welcoming parties, group get togethers, and events to get students comfortable and situated. It probably takes about a week to meet your …

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What University Students Need to Know About Your Rights During a Student Conduct Hearing

July 9, 2021 College, College Student Disciplinary Hearing, Criminal Defense

What University Students Need to Know About Your Rights During a Student Conduct Hearing

A Student Conduct Hearing is implemented by Florida universities and established by the school’s president as a means of disciplining students who have violated that particular school’s Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct will outline rules that students attending the university are expecting to abide by, and some include on-campus and off-campus violations alike. The Code should also outline …

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Student Code of Conduct: What You Need to Know as a University Student

July 8, 2021 College, College Student Disciplinary Hearing, Criminal Defense

What is a Student Code of Conduct? A Student Code of Conduct is a set of principles, expectations, and rules that are given to students to communicate the expectations the school has for their behavior. It outlines student rights as well as responsibilities students are expected to uphold. Student Codes of Conduct are intended to preserve academic integrity, as well …

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