Should I hire an attorney if I was accused of academic misconduct?

The question you have to ask yourself is, is something at stake? If something is at stake, then you should have an attorney helping you through the process. If you're accused of academic misconduct at your college or university, something is very much at stake. Unfortunately, the potential consequences can be profound both in the short and long term. It can affect you moving forward at your college or university.

It could affect your opportunities up the road, including graduate or professional school, such as law school, or medical school, or business school. It could affect professional licensing opportunities. If you're trying to become an attorney or a doctor, for example, or any other profession, for example, an accountant, a nurse, the consequences can be severe. Because of that, having an experienced attorney-advisor in your corner can often be your best ally in terms of trying to ensure a fair process and also to work towards trying to achieve a favorable outcome when you're accused of academic misconduct.