Suspensions & Expulsions in Cleveland
Appealing Suspensions or Expulsions with the Help of an Ohio Lawyer
Sometimes a school is required by law to remove a student for a certain length of time through either suspension or expulsion. These are extreme measures of student discipline that no school should take lightly. Certain procedures must be followed by the schools when pursuing a suspension or expulsion, some of which are defined by the state, and our Cleveland education law attorney can help.
It is possible to appeal a wrongful suspension or expulsion. Feel free to contact The Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC for guidance.
What Is A Suspension Or Expulsion?
Suspension involves temporarily removing a child from school for violating school policies or rules, usually for up to 10 days. Expulsion is a more permanent removal of the child for more serious violations. Some expulsions can be as long as one year, and some can be permanent.
Ohio law grants local boards of education discretion in making policies for suspension and expulsion that are not mandatory, so make sure you understand the Discipline Code for your particular school. Generally, actions that warrant mandatory expulsion may include:
- Committing an act that would be criminal if an adult committed it
- Bringing a firearm or knife to school, school functions or extracurricular activities
- Making a bomb threat to a school
Permanent expulsion is very rare, but it means you may never again attend a public school in Ohio. It is only possible if you are at least 16 and are convicted of a serious delinquent act.
If You Are Wrongfully Expelled Or Suspended
If you believe you have been wrongfully expelled or suspended, you have the option of consulting with an attorney. An education lawyer who knows the state and federal laws can review your case and determine if enough facts exist to prove the school erred in expelling or suspending your child. If you choose to file an appeal on the grounds of wrongful expulsion or suspension, you may have an attorney present at your hearing if you desire. Skilled and knowledgeable attorney Daniel M. Margolis has more than 15 years of experience helping parents and students in Ohio with education-related legal matters.
An Experienced Lawyer Can Help You Contest Wrongful Suspension
Our Cleveland education attorney can fight for the rights of students victimized by unfair expulsion and suspension. Our office is conveniently located just a few blocks from the Cuyahoga County Justice Center in Cleveland.
For a free initial consultation, contact our attorney at The Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC or call (216) 820-9828 today.