If you are facing academic misconduct accusations, you will soon appear in a disciplinary proceeding. As an accused, it is your right to choose an adviser. The best adviser you should get is an academic misconduct attorney if you can afford them. If not, you need to pick your adviser carefully. The right adviser can strengthen your position and help you avoid the life-long consequences of a school conviction.
Your school may give you a list of advisers you can consider. But, these people might only favor your school. Here’s why you should have an attorney as your adviser:
They Have No Association with the School
An academic misconduct lawyer is not overly beholden to your college. Their only concern is your best interest. They do not report to anybody else in the disciplinary process. Choosing someone related to the school won’t give you peace of mind and reduce your chances of prevailing at the school hearing.
They Keep Conversations Confidential
If you interview a lawyer you are considering to be your adviser, your conversation will be kept confidential. You will be afforded the attorney-client privilege, which preserves the confidentiality of communications between you two.
They are On Your Side
Because your hire a lawyer, they will only work for you and fight for your rights. There is no question about it. If you choose someone else as an adviser, you will never know how dedicated they are to your case and position.
They Know the Process
An experienced academic misconduct lawyer has handled the same type of cases before. This means that they know exactly how the disciplinary proceedings work and how to find flaws in them to get you acquitted of the accusation. Also, they make sure your rights are respected.
An attorney is an obvious choice for an adviser and federal law allows this. Having them as your adviser has a lot of benefits. They know how to present evidence and question witnesses. A school hearing is a stressful time for you and your parents, particularly as you need to defend yourself. A good attorney has worked with clients facing the same situation in the past. They know how to handle all the dramas and emotions and how to let you and your folks focus on what truly matters. Having them on your side will take a lot of the burden off your shoulders and provide you with peace of mind.