An experienced attorney can help mitigate the potential consequences of a university disciplinary charge by protecting an accused student's rights and interest through the process. By analyzing and assessing the case by gauging potential consequences and by advising an accused student as to the best course of action. They can also take steps with the school prospectively to try to negotiate a alternative resolution or a more favorable resolution to the case than what may be, say, available otherwise, or per the school's stated policies. Exceptions can be made if you have an experienced attorney involved helping from preferably the start of the process. But an attorney will protect a student's rights and interests and will know what needs to be done to try to mitigate the potential consequences.