Parents in South Carolina's Columbia metropolitan area rely on the region's K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and other educational and vocational programs to prepare their children for success. Through rigorous testing and evaluations, students will be brought to their academic limits to graduate with flying colors and pursue further education or start a career.
If students seek to build a business, join a successful corporation, or work toward a four-year degree, each begins by obtaining a valuable high school diploma. Yet, students can easily become victims of harsh school disciplinary action. Even trustworthy, hard-working students can encounter obstacles hindering their journey toward a degree. For example, students can be challenged by:
- Breakdowns in peer relationships
- Emergencies with family or friends
- False misconduct accusations
- Illnesses or injuries
- Numerous extracurricular activities
- Stress from schoolwork
Many circumstances may misdirect students away from achievements. Fortunately, dedicated parents are there to help their children through times of duress with love and care. Though, parents may believe that school officials will be as forgiving as they are. After all, student success is the mission of the school, right? It may seem like the truth, but it's a slight misconception.
Schools rely on complex agreements with federal and state governments for funding and are partly linked to how they address academic and behavioral misconduct. Moreover, schools must maintain a pristine public perception, regardless of what grade levels or degree concentrations they offer. In reality, school administrators won't hesitate to make an example out of a student, a first-time offender or not. As more institutions shift toward zero-tolerance disciplinary policies, hurried grievance processes may not take into account a student's extenuating circumstances or even grant them due process.
Parents need to remember that disciplinary hearings aren't the same as a court of law. The constitutional protections afforded to those accused of rule-breaking and the accusers thereof don't exist in a school's hearings. Therefore, even minor misconduct allegations can quickly spin out of control and threaten a student's plans after graduation. Retaining a professional versed in the intricacies of student defense is the only way to ensure your student child doesn't face a serious downfall.
Student defense advisor Joseph D. Lento has represented countless students in the Columbia metropolitan area and across the country from punishment-happy school officials. He and his team at the Lento Law Firm understand how schools use aggressive tactics to manage academic and behavioral standards. As a parent, protect your child's future by contacting Joseph D. Lento immediately.
Columbia Metropolitan Area
Spread across Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Richland, and Saluda counties, the Columbia metropolitan area hosts well over 800,000 residents. The central capital region of the Palmetto state is home to thousands of successful attorneys with premier experience in arbitration and adjudication. Many will attempt to persuade parents of beleaguered students through clever advertising that they are the only ones who can provide relief. However, that's an all-too-common mistaken belief.
As mentioned before, school officials work by different rules than a court of law. Trial lawyers seldom have the mediation skills to settle a student's disciplinary issues outside formal hearings. Legal action shouldn't be the first tactic in school disciplinary scenarios. Instead, you need someone with the finesse required to negotiate with school officials.
Joseph D. Lento and his team at the Lento Law Firm have spent years building relationships with numerous school representatives in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). He recognizes the difference between proceedings courts and schools use to address infractions and will protect your student child's rights and future opportunities. Joseph D. Lento is no stranger to brokering beneficial resolutions on behalf of students, nor is he to the Columbia metropolitan area. The Lento Law Firm can deliver disciplinary relief in areas such as:
- Forest Acres
- Horrell Hill
- Oak Grove
- Red Bank
- Seven Oaks
- St. Andrews
- West Columbia
Hiring Joseph D. Lento and his student defense team means that parents can devote themselves to ensuring their children are healthy and focused on their work while disciplinary negotiations are underway. Whether your elementary school-age child faces detention or they're a second-year medical student stuck with remediation requirements, the Lento Law Firm can help.
Columbia Metropolitan Area Schools
Regardless of the grade, program level, or degree concentration in Columbia metropolitan area schools, you can obtain assistance from disciplinary action. Representation is available for students at the following colleges and universities:
- Allen University
- Benedict College
- Claflin University
- Columbia College
- Columbia International University
- Coker College
- Francis Marion University
- Lander University
- Morris College
- Newberry College
- Presbyterian College
- South Carolina State University
- University of South Carolina
- Voorhees College
- W.L. Bonner College
- Wingate University
- Winthrop University
Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's student defense team can also effectively defend students in K-12 programs in city and county public school districts across the Columbia metropolitan area, such as:
- C. Flora High School
- A. C. Moore Elementary School
- A. J. Lewis Greenview Elementary School
- Alcorn Middle School
- Annie Burnside Elementary School
- Arden Elementary School
- Bradley Elementary School
- Burton Pack Elementary School
- C. A. Johnson High School
- Carver-Lyon Elementary School