Juvenile offenses are technically civil matters in Indiana, but “civil” does not mean “free of severe, life-changing consequences.” Whether a case involves a high schooler charged as a minor, or a university student facing adult charges, the legal battle is only one aspect of your defense.
While our team can pursue the most acceptable legal outcome, we can also ensure that a student’s school grants due process and fair treatment after a charge of assault or battery.
Both High School and College Students Face Serious School Discipline After an Assault or Battery Arrest—But These Students Have Rights
No longer are schoolyard scraps handled with informal discipline. Statutes such as Indiana’s Student Safety Reporting law (IC 20-34-6-1) require schools to formally report student bullying and arrest data to higher authorities, including but not limited to the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE).
This bureaucratic formalization of student discipline may increase the likelihood that altercations in school will become criminalized, resulting in charges like assault or battery.
However, no matter how inhumanely or overzealously law enforcement officials or school administrators handle an alleged assault or battery by a student, the student still has rights enshrined in Indiana law. Statutes like IC 20-33-8-18 afford several protections for students, detailing:
Violating the due process guaranteed by Indiana statutes means violating the law. No matter the status of any legal proceedings, it is vital that a student receives due process in the educational setting.
Goals Every Parent Must Have After a Student’s Arrest for Assault or Battery in Indiana
While an assault or battery charge will undoubtedly upend a student’s life in many ways, the classroom can be a haven during uncertain times. Parents should have several goals when their student faces criminal charges, including:
The team at Razumich & Associates shares these same goals with the parents and students we represent. Our firm can assist with both legal defense and school-level disciplinary procedures.