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Drugs on Campus in North Carolina

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Have you been accused by university administration of having drugs on campus and are facing disciplinary action? Many universities and colleges have strict anti-drug and alcohol policies that can expose students to serious consequences if violated, including suspension, loss of financial aid, or even expulsion. Violations of this nature can include underage possession or use of alcohol, intoxication on university grounds, or possession or use of non-prescribed illicit drugs. If you are facing accusations of having drugs on campus, it is imperative you contact Wilmington Criminal defense lawyer James F. Rutherford as soon as possible to protect your livelihood and academic future.

Having more than a decade’s worth of criminal defense experience, Attorney Rutherford can examine the facts surrounding your accusations and craft a powerful case in your defense that tells your side of the story. Having earned an AV® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, a prestigious Super Lawyers® inclusion, and status as a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law with the North Carolina State Bar, he can use his extensive legal knowledge and skills to protect you against serious penalties and maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome for your situation.

Do not leave your future up to chance – call (910) 595-1377 today.

How Can an Attorney Help Me?

If you have been accused of violating your university’s drug or alcohol policies under the student code of conduct, you will likely be required to attend a university disciplinary hearing where you will plead your case before a panel. Unlike a criminal trial where the accused is innocent until proven guilty, college disciplinary panels will oftentimes unfairly assume that you have broken the university’s rules and must take action to deter other students from the same conduct. For this reason, it is imperative you make sure you have a compelling defense against your accusations to protect your education.

While you may or may not be able to have legal representation present with you at this hearing, an attorney can help you prepare for this hearing and handle the following on your behalf:

  • Examining the wording of your school’s honor code
  • Questioning witnesses to your alleged misconduct
  • Advocating for lessened penalties
  • Negotiating for a confidential withdrawal

Retain the Powerful Defense You Need

As a skilled Wilmington criminal defense lawyer who specializes in working with college and university students, Attorney James Rutherford understands what you are going through and can help you navigate through the often confusing and unprecedented system of college or university disciplinary proceedings.

Do not let an unfair disciplinary system strip you of your right to an education – contact his office online today to begin building your defense.

Our Clients Share Their Experience

  • “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.”


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

    Susan W.

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


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


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


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


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


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

    Kara B.

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