Facing Criminal Charges And/Or Disciplinary Hearings?
Harrisonburg is home to James Madison University (JMU) and its students. If you are a college student enrolled at JMU, you could face a variety of legal and quasi-legal matters that jeopardize your education and your future. You ability to stay in school and to graduate may be on the line and the trouble could affect your chosen career and employment opportunities.
At Corder Law, PLLC, we understand the unique consequences such charges or hearings can cause for a student and their family, and we can help. I am criminal defense attorney Justin Corder. I represent students of JMU and other colleges in the Shenandoah Valley in both criminal proceedings and university disciplinary proceedings.
This Is Serious. Too Serious To Handle On Your Own.
For many students, away from home for the first time, it may be easy to be drawn along with your peers. It may seem as if “everybody is doing it,” and it’s all just good fun. Immaturity, unfamiliarity with the new surroundings of university and dorm life or a lack of awareness of the consequences can lead to bad decisions. And it can all go bad quickly.
Situations can rapidly get out of hand. A party. Friends. Some alcohol. Lots of alcohol. A few joints. The next thing you know, there are police at the door and then chaos. You are stopped and arrested. Cited for underage drinking or charged with possession of marijuana or another illegal drug. Now what should you do? You should not “wait and see” or try to talk your way out of trouble (which can make matters worse).
You Need A Skilled Defense Lawyer
Don’t argue with the police. Ask for a lawyer as soon as possible. I have extensive experience defending against criminal charges, and I can do the talking for you. Drug, alcohol or assault charges in Virginia can be very serious, leading to expulsion from school or a criminal conviction on your record. Corder Law can effectively work to limit the damage from these situations. We understand the possible ramifications of being charged with these offenses, and we can work to avoid the long-term negative consequences these charges can have on your life.
You could also face disciplinary proceedings at JMU for these and other matters, such as alleged sexual misconduct or academic cheating. These hearings are very serious and could result in your suspension or expulsion. I have handled these cases and understand how to deal with the hearing process in a way which will minimize the risk to your education and future.