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Weapons on Campus

College Student Defense Attorney in Wilmington

In response to the numerous tragic school-shootings that have occurred throughout the country over the past decade, universities and colleges have responded by implementing strict anti-weapons policies that expose students to extreme consequences if violated. If you have been accused of possessing, selling, or using a weapon in violation of university policy, your professional, academic, and personal livelihood may be at stake.

Penalties for school weapons violations can include:

  • Expulsion from the college or university
  • Loss of financial aid or loans
  • Eviction from university housing
  • Possible felony weapons charges

University violations of this magnitude can easily cause a person to lose their right to pursue an education and greatly hinder their future employment opportunities. What many people do not know, however, is that accused students have a right to seek legal counsel and defend themselves against university accusations. With the help of Wilmington College Student Defense Lawyer James F. Rutherford, who has more than a decade’s worth of experience, you can tell your side of the story before a university disciplinary panel and fight to maintain your innocence.

Let Attorney Rutherford defend your future – call (910) 595-1377 today.

What is Considered a “Weapon?”

While the definition of a weapon will vary depending on the specific wording in your school’s Code of Conduct, universities generally define weapons as any item that poses a significant safety threat to other students and faculty.

The following items are usually prohibited on college campuses:

  • Firearms
  • Ammunition
  • Knives
  • Explosives
  • fireworks

In certain circumstances involving firearms, accused students can face misdemeanor or felony criminal weapons charges in addition to their university’s administrative discipline, carrying harsh fines and possible prison time upon conviction. If you are facing accusations of possessing a dangerous weapon on campus, Attorney Rutherford can fight to protect you against both the administrative and criminal consequences with hard-hitting advocacy and an unparalleled dedication to protecting your rights.

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Upon a thorough examination of your university’s student code and the details surrounding your accusations, Wilmington University Student Defense Attorney James Rutherford can craft a custom-tailored defense on your behalf that contests the school’s claims and maximizes your chances of securing a favorable outcome for your case. With personalized, one-on-one attention and constant communication, he can guide you through the complexities of your school’s disciplinary process and ensure your rights are protected every step of the way. You have worked hard to get where you are in your academic career – do not let a single moment dismantle all that you have accomplished.

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