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Campus Crimes

We represent students accused of crimes and misconduct on campus, including bullying, hazing, theft, assault and battery, possession of narcotics, and underage drinking. Because we are criminal defense attorneys, where a student is charged with both a school conduct violation and a crime we are able to represent the student in both proceedings; ensuring that the student’s participation in the school proceeding does not jeopardize his or her rights in the criminal matter.

As both criminal lawyers and lawyers experienced with campus disciplinary proceedings we are uniquely positioned to think creatively and comprehensively about how to approach students’ cases. We think outside the box – looking for every possible way to get the relevant evidence and arguments before the administrative decision makers to best make our clients’ cases. Because university discipline cases tend to move very quickly, we are always prepared to jump in and begin investigation, evidence collection, and where appropriate, retain expert witnesses. We frequently engage not only with the school administrators, but with the university’s general counsel in a multi-level approach to ensure that our clients are treated fairly and that their cases get the full consideration they are due.

Our skill in handling these cases is borne out in the successes we have achieved. In one case we represented an undergraduate student charged with larceny for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a student group. We represented the student at the school disciplinary hearing, and she was exonerated of the charge. In another theft case we represented a medical student in both a school disciplinary proceeding and a concurrent criminal proceeding. The criminal case was dropped, and the student received only a short suspension from the medical school. In a case where our undergraduate client was accused of shoplifting, we succeeded in appealing the school’s decision and getting a rehearing of the case; at that rehearing the student’s punishment was reduced, allowing her to continue on to graduate school. We also represented a student accused of lighting fires on campus, brandishing a knife, and assaulting other students. We obtained an acquittal of many of the charges, and prevented him from being suspended or expelled by the school. We have represented many students accused of drug possession and drug sales, illegal alcohol use, and assault, obtaining victories for those students so they could continue their educational careers.

Even when criminal charges are not brought, being subjected to a school disciplinary proceeding for criminal behavior can have serious, lasting consequences for a student. Students may need to disclose university disciplinary matters not only to future educational programs to which the student may apply, but also to prospective employers. It is important to obtain legal advice as early in the process as possible in order to obtain the best possible outcome in each case. If you are facing college or university discipline, we urge you to call us at (617) 742-6020 or fill out our online contact form to speak to an attorney who can assist you.

Client Reviews
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I hired Mr Duncan to deal with a very sensitive issue that my daughter had. Since the first contact, I had a very good impression of him. He transmitted confidence and appeared to know exactly what to do. I called and emailed him many times, he was polite and comprehensible with the anxiety of a father and appeared to know every step to solve the case. I strongly recommend Mr Duncan. Flavio Lajoia
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If you are reading this review, it means either you or a family member is in trouble and needs immediate legal counsel. Please know your search can end right now because Zalkind, Duncan & Bernstein is the law firm to hire. They are honest, responsive, compassionate and have the experience and expertise to bring... Client
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I contacted Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein Law in April 2018 to get help for my son on an education-related matter. We worked primarily with Zoraida Fernandez, an Associate, and when needed met with Ruth O'Meara-Costello, a Partner. Zoraida was excellent. The whole process was emotionally exhausting and depressing and Zoraida was the only bright light in all of it... Nancy O.
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I worked with Emma Quinn-Judge and Monica Shah. And from my first contact on the phone, on to my first meeting in their office and during the trial, I found them and the firm's entire team to be a group of consummate legal professionals who are very knowledgeable, patient, dedicated, fair, honest and caring... Chantal C.
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I am forever grateful to all the staff at this firm, but in particular, Ms. Shah, Mr. Zalkind and Mr. Silverglate. They represented my son who was being sought for extradition to Scotland. The case took years to fight, covering new legal ground, setting precedence. But each one of these legal eagles went above and beyond the duty of office... Suzanne D.