Your Child Has The Right To Be Heard
Working out of offices in Cumming, Georgia, the attorneys of Neville & Cunat, LLP, provide a variety of criminal defense services — including for students. With more than 45 years of combined experience in local courts, we are committed to providing young people with comprehensive defense services. We understand that what happens in a school tribunal can have a profound effect on a student’s life, and we are here to help.
What Happens At A Tribunal?
Georgia requires a hearing to be held whenever a child is suspended from school for more than 10 days. This hearing, or tribunal, gives you and your child an opportunity to present an argument against the suspension. It is not the same as juvenile court, but in some circumstances can lead to criminal charges.
Tribunals are often held in response to alleged violations of the school’s code of conduct, as well as criminal statutes. Some of the more common criminal offenses are:
- Marijuana possession
- Drug possession
- Minor in possession of alcohol
When a criminal offense is committed on school grounds, officials may move to have the child removed from the public school system through suspension, expulsion or both.
What Is A ‘Tribunal Waiver’?
School officials will often attempt to convince a student or their parents to sign a “tribunal waiver,” which signs away the student’s right to have their situation reviewed by a school tribunal. A signed tribunal waiver forces parents and students to accept the discipline that the school has recommended.
It is imperative to seek legal advice before signing one of these waivers, otherwise your child could be removed from school with no chance of telling their side of the story.
Contact Us To Learn More
If your child has been called to a school tribunal hearing in Forsyth County, make sure they have a lawyer on their side. We offer free initial consultations, which can be scheduled by calling 678-807-6511. You can also submit a request for a consultation online.