Mudrick & Zucker has extensive experience successfully advocating for students who have found themselves charged with crimes, campus misconduct, and/or are facing Title IX accusations.
Whether you have been charged with a crime, issued a citation, or a are accused of sexual misconduct by your college or university, we are here to help you navigate the process and protect your reputation. Our background in criminal defense has benefited our clients immensely and our central location in Southeastern Pennsylvania allows us to provide assistance to undergraduates at the numerous colleges and universities in the surrounding area.
The mere act of defending oneself at a college judicial proceeding can place a student at risk for prosecution and conviction in a state or federal criminal justice system.
We have effectively and efficiently fought for clients charged with violations of the state’s criminal code (public intoxication, underage drinking, drug possession and distribution, sexual assault etc.) as well as clients who are accused of violations of University codes and Title IX.
Allegations of sexual assault on campus have potentially life and career altering consequences. Many are unaware that Title IX places enormous pressure on educational institutions to investigate and resolve allegations on campus of sexual assault and harassment, in a manner that places the accused in a precarious and disadvantaged position to defend themselves.
College Title IX investigations and judicial systems have no resemblance to courts of law. Students are not afforded rights which would be available to them in the criminal justice system. Colleges have even been admonished by the Office of Civil Rights for employing “common sense” in adjudicating sexual assault and harassment allegations on campus.
Aside from the legal risks, a student also risks a permanent disciplinary mark on their educational record, which could prevent admission to other universities and graduate programs. Students are often faced with making a quick decision as to whether to aggressively defend themselves, withdraw, or seek some other resolution. It is critical that a student and his or her family consult with an attorney upon the first indication that a complaint has been filed.
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