The rule is if your child is being suspended or expelled, you should receive a detailed oral or written notice of the charges, including:
It's best to quickly hire an attorney to represent your child, especially if there is the possibility that there will also be criminal charges at some later date (such as with assault, or alcohol, drug or weapons possession). You wouldn't want your child to make statements in an appeals hearing that might harm him or her in a subsequent criminal investigation. Your child doesn't have to answer questions asked by the school or the police.
A student breaking public school rules may also be charged with juvenile delinquency under state laws, or be considered a "neglected" or "ill-supervised" child in need of being supervised in a juvenile detention facility. An attorney familiar with juvenile rights can help you stay out of hot water with local child or social services advocates.
An attorney can also make sure relevant information is presented to the school representative, and that you've had a chance to review your child's records ahead of time.
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