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Can you get kicked out of college for being arrested in Florida?

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Answered by: Jude M. Faccidomo

Ratzan & Faccidomo, LLC
Miami, FL
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Unfortunately the answer is yes. College students need to be aware of the many pitfalls that can confront them upon an arrest -- even if it is off-campus. Not only can you be disciplined by the college or university, but you can also potentially lose your student financial aid and your student housing. There are many collateral consequences to a student's arrest that it becomes important for your attorney to work not only on the criminal case, but also to handle the parallel proceedings that will occur at your college or university. Almost every student arrest will coincide with a disciplinary action by the Dean of Student Affairs at your college or university. While many of these proceedings do not require counsel in the circumstance of an on- or off-campus arrest (especially for drugs), it is imperative that your criminal defense counsel be a part of the process from its inception. You have too much to lose. Even if you manage to remain in school, it will likely be under some sort of probationary status and if grad school or other accelerated degrees are in your future, your transcripts and/or disciplinary file may be negatively affected. 

It is hard enough to navigate the minefield of the criminal justice system, but when you add school administrative disciplinary actions to it, it is simply too much for you to go it alone. Make sure your attorney knows that you are a student and is aware of all grants, loans and financial aid you receive and that your attorney is knowledgeable and familiar with the college or university that you attend. Your future may depend on it.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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