Law Update: NC State Students May Have Lawyers Present for Disciplinary Hearings

Are you a student at NC State University who has been charged with a misdemeanor or felony?

As a result of your charge, you may be disciplined through your universities Code of Conduct.  Disciplinary charges may include violations of campus or university policies, rules or conduct, or federal, state or local law (i.e marijuana possession, assault, drinking tickets). This means that you do not necessarily have to be convicted of your charge to face the possibility of student discipline. Students are regularly tried in campus courts for charges related to alcohol or drugs, harassment, assault, theft and even rape.

You have the right to hire an attorney to represent you at your campus hearing!

In 2013, the North Carolina legislature passed the Students and Administration Equality Act. Students and student organizations, including fraternities and sororities, who are facing disciplinary charges may now hire an attorney to represent them in disciplinary hearings. Students may also hire “non-attorney” advocates. This act does not extend to charges of academic dishonesty or charges brought before a student honor court.

Allegations of student misconduct will likely have a huge impact on your future. The results of a disciplinary hearing may include suspension from the university or even expulsion.  At your disciplinary hearing, the university will have legal counsel at its disposal. The passing of this Act puts students and the university on an even ground, providing students with the resources needed to fight the charges.

To find out if your charge qualifies under this Act, please contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC office for a free legal consultation.  You can reach one of our student crime defense lawyers at 919-585-1486.

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Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.