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A violation of your school’s student code of conduct may seem trivial, but it can have a significant impact on your future success.  Whether you are charged with a criminal offense or merely accused of an honor code violation, it is important that you act quickly to seek the advice of a qualified Middle Tennessee Student Defense Attorney so that you are both informed of your rights and can plan a strategy to mitigate the consequences.


While your college or university’s disciplinary system is not a court of law, you must treat it with the same care and respect.  A disciplinary action could lead to a loss of scholarships or other financial aid, probation, forced counseling, suspension or possibly expulsion.  

Often times, if the alleged conduct is criminal in nature, a disciplinary action may be pursued at the same time as a separate criminal proceeding.  In such situations, you will need the help of an experienced student defense lawyer to ensure that your defense in the disciplinary proceedings does not negatively impact your criminal defense.  


There are significant differences between a criminal prosecution and a disciplinary action initiated by a college or university.  Specifically, a criminal prosecution requires the government to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This is the highest standard of proof in our judicial system.  On the other hand, most disciplinary actions require a much lower standard of proof and could result in punishment despite the lack of a criminal conviction.


There is a wide variety of conduct that can lead to disciplinary action by a college or university, not all of which is criminal.  Some of the most common criminal offenses are:

  • DUI
  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol
  • Public Intoxication
  • Vandalism
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Rape
  • Possession of Marijuana

Common violations of a student code of conduct that are not criminal include:

  • Plagiarism
  • Cheating
  • Fabrication of Information
  • Housing Disciplinary Offenses

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At John P. Webb, Attorney at Law, we are here to help you with your journey through the criminal justice system.  While it can be scary and confusing to face criminal charges, we walk with you through every step of the process to ensure that you fully understand your options and help you make the best decisions possible.

We are experienced in handling a wide range of criminal matters from minor misdemeanor offenses to the most serious of felony charges in courts throughout Middle Tennessee.  John strives to ensure that each client is treated with respect and personal attention.

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