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Your child deserves every available legal protection and access to a quality education. Whether it involves criminal allegations or disciplinary issues like suspension or expulsion, you should consult a knowledgeable Ohio education law attorney about your child’s rights and options.

The Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC is one of the few law firms in Ohio focused on the legal matters specific to students and minors. Daniel M. Margolis brings more than 15 years of legal experience to the table and has spent the past decade advocating for children throughout Northeast Ohio. Attorney Margolis is prepared to fight for your child, and we know how the education laws in Ohio can make a real difference.

For a free initial consultation to discuss your child’s situation, contact The Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC at 216-533-9533 today.

Educational Law & Disciplinary Issues

During his career as an education lawyer in Ohio, Daniel M. Margolis has resolved countless legal disputes involving students and minors, including:

Academic Dishonesty

Students of all ages can be accused of academic dishonesty, and the consequences are more severe than you might expect. If your son or daughter allegedly copied a classmate’s homework, plagiarized another person’s work, or cheated on an exam, the impact could significantly affect their life and education. Standard penalties for academic dishonesty include suspensions, school conferences, detention, and even expulsion. Don’t try to face academic dishonesty allegations alone. Instead, contact a student defense attorney as soon as possible.

Suspensions & Expulsions

Whether in middle school, high school, or at the university level, two of the most common punishments for breaking school rules are suspensions and expulsions. They are also the most extreme. If your child commits any of the following offenses, they could be barred from attending school for a period, or prohibited from returning at all:

  • Making a bomb threat
  • Repeatedly violating the school’s dress code
  • Bringing a weapon onto campus
  • Bullying classmates
  • Carrying out an action that would be criminal if an adult committed it
  • Bringing disruptive or offensive material to school

These are serious ramifications and should not be taken lightly. To learn more about the possibility of your child being removed from school and potential alternatives, contact a Cleveland education law attorney from The Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC right away.

Juvenile Charges

The juvenile justice system in Ohio can be confusing on its own. Unfortunately, things only get worse if your child was accused of a crime or arrested at school. There could be collateral consequences like suspension or expulsion from the school, and sometimes school districts make decisions before juvenile courts hear the facts. The Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC is passionate about making sure your child’s rights are protected on both fronts.

Seclusion & Restraint

When a student misbehaves, they should never be punished with physical abuse. A child should not be fearful that a teacher or administrator will resort to secluding or restraining them for not quieting down or misbehaving. While secluding and/or restraining a child may be warranted in some extreme situations (such as when a student becomes aggressive and/or violent), it should never be a first option. If you believe your child was unlawfully restrained or secluded at school, contact a student defense attorney immediately.

Education Law Resources

When your child is dealing with an issue at school, your main priority should be minimalizing any interruption to their education. As an experienced Cleveland education law attorney, here are some informational resources to assist with any challenges that may be interfering with your child’s education:

Students’ Rights in Schools

Students are afforded certain rights while in the classroom, and those responsible for violating those rights should be held accountable. When a teacher, administrator, or other school employee violates your child’s rights, you may have a legal recourse.

At The Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC, we can assist you with:

  • Suspensions, expulsions, and other discipline
  • Juvenile Defense
  • A school’s lack of adherence to federal education laws
  • Unreasonable searches (of lockers, backpacks, etc.)
  • Unnecessary and illegal seclusion or restraint

Filing School Complaints & Procedures

When your child’s rights are violated at school, you can take action against the employee or school board that is responsible. Because of the complexities surrounding these cases, it’s important to discuss the matter first with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney if you hope to resolve a conflict with your child’s teacher, sue a school district for violating state and federal education laws or file a complaint regarding an administration’s or employee’s conduct.

Federal Education Laws

While school districts in Ohio have the authority to state their own rules for students, faculty, and staff, these regulations must align with state and federal law. Federal education laws aim to ensure that all students have access to a safe, equal education.

Your child may have legal protections under federal education laws including:

  • No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)
  • Title IX
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

When a student’s federal rights are violated in the classroom, there several steps that can be taken, such as filing a complaint with The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), meeting with your child’s teacher or the administration, and even appealing to the school board.

School-to-Prison Pipeline

Many of today’s schools have taken a zero-tolerance approach to discipline. When a student acts out, their actions could be construed as violent and disruptive, and bring with them police involvement and criminal charges. This concept is referred to as the “school to prison” pipeline, and it is affecting the educational future of students all over the state. If you fear your child has been excessively punished for an incident at school and law enforcement has been involved, contact a student defense attorney at our firm immediately.

Contact a Cleveland Education Law Attorney

Every parent wants the best for his or her child. Let experienced education law attorney Daniel M. Margolis help you disciplinary matters or criminal allegations disrupt your son or daughter’s education. With decades of experience and a passion for assisting Ohio students, we know what it takes to protect their rights in the classroom.

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