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Academic Cheating Defense Lawyer in Wilmington

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Academic dishonesty is one of the most serious and reputation-damaging accusations a college student can face. If you have been accused of academic cheating and are facing disciplinary action, it is vital you retain the services of a skilled Wilmington academic lawyer to maximize your chances of securing a desirable outcome for your situation.

Charges of this type can bring numerous harsh consequences if not successfully defended, including loss of financial aid, loss of credit for already completed coursework, suspension for one or more terms, or permanent dismissal from a college. A skilled Wilmington academic attorney at James F. Rutherford, Attorney at Law, P.A. can provide top-quality legal guidance and craft a custom-tailored strategy aimed at maintaining your innocence.

Countless clients have trusted Attorney Rutherford for the following reasons:

  • AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for superior ethics and skill
  • Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law by the North Carolina State Bar
  • More than 10 years of proven legal experience
  • Prestigious Super Lawyers® inclusion


Schedule a free consultation today to review your legal options.

Do I Have a Right to An Attorney?

If you have been accused of cheating, it is highly likely that you will be required to attend an academic disciplinary hearing to face your allegations and plead your innocence. Depending on your school’s policies, you may or may not be able to have an attorney represent you at this hearing. If your student manual should dictate that you may not have an attorney present, a lawyer from the firm can still provide invaluable legal guidance and help ensure you are fully prepared for this hearing.

A academic lawyer can help you with the following:

  • Examining your school’s honor code
  • Negotiating for a reduced punishment
  • Determining if your conduct was indeed prohibited
  • Advocating for a confidential withdrawal

In many cases, honest students are accused of cheating due to misunderstandings or a professor’s overreaction. Whatever the case may be, Attorney Rutherford can examine the circumstances of your situation and use his vast legal expertise to ensure your rights are protected during this frightening time.

Protect Your Future – Call (910) 595-1377

In some cases, university disciplinary files can be made available to future employers and greatly limit a person’s employment opportunities. You have worked hard throughout your academic career – do not let a single moment haunt you for the rest of your life. Let a lawyer from James F. Rutherford, Attorney at Law, P.A. defend your academic record and give you a fighting chance.

Our Clients Share Their Experience

  • “You could see it on his face he actually cares about children in the school and their rights as individuals.”


  • “James Rutherford is the by far the best attorney to have to see you through your case.”


  • “James is always willing to go the extra mile for his clients.”


  • “He prepared us both for the proceedings and made the experience as stress-free as possible.”

    Kara B.

  • “He was able to get it dismissed and also represented my father who also won his case.”


  • “He was always in great communication with us, organized, and reliable, which gave us the utmost confidence in him.”


  • “He went above and beyond his duties as an attorney and handled my case with skill and tact.”


  • “He stepped up and did an outstanding job.”


  • “James listened with intention, developed a strategy, thoroughly prepared me and completely made me feel assured that justice was on my side. ”

    Susan W.

  • “Outstanding professional, you're in great hands from the start.”


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