What should I do if my high school student is accused of academic misconduct in Georgia? VIDEO

When a high school student in Georgia is accused of academic misconduct, it can have a dramatic effect on your child's ability to attend the college or university of their choice. Academic misconduct charges can include cheating on an exam, using unauthorized internet resources, plagiarism, cheating on college boards, the SAT, SAT subject matter exams, AP exams. It is crucial that your high school student is afforded their due process rights, that the charges are clearly defined, that the process to investigate the charges is fair and that any resolution or sanction is proportionate and appropriate to the offense.

In particular, dealing with the college boards requires a detailed understanding of the process to achieve the best possible outcome. The college boards takes misconduct extremely seriously and often acts with a heavy hand in imposing sanctions.

An experienced attorney advisor will be your high school student's best ally to defend against academic misconduct charges and they should be involved as early as possible in the case.

Georgia high schools where Joseph D. Lento can help as your child's student's academic misconduct advisor during investigations, hearings and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following school districts:

A

  • Appling County Public Schools
  • Atkinson County Public Schools
  • Atlanta Public Schools

B

  • Bacon County Public Schools
  • Baker County Public Schools
  • Baldwin County Public Schools
  • Banks County Public Schools
  • Barrow County School System
  • Bartow County School System
  • Ben Hill County Public Schools
  • Berrien County Public Schools
  • Bibb County School District
  • Bleckley County Public Schools
  • Brantley County Public Schools
  • Bremen City Public Schools
  • Brooks County Public Schools
  • Bryan County Public Schools
  • Buford City Public Schools
  • Bulloch County Schools
  • Burke County Public Schools
  • Butts County Public Schools

C

  • Calhoun City Public Schools
  • Calhoun County Public Schools
  • Camden County Schools
  • Candler County Public Schools
  • Carroll County Schools
  • Carrollton City Public Schools
  • Cartersville City Public Schools
  • Catoosa County Public Schools
  • Ccat School District
  • Charlton County Public Schools
  • Chattahoochee County Public Schools
  • Chattooga County Public Schools
  • Cherokee County School District
  • Chickamauga City Public Schools
  • Clarke County School District
  • Clay County Public Schools
  • Clayton County Public Schools
  • Clinch County Public Schools
  • Cobb County School District
  • Coffee County Public Schools
  • Colquitt County Schools
  • Columbia County School System
  • Commerce City Public Schools
  • Cook County Public Schools
  • Coweta County School System
  • Crawford County Public Schools
  • Crisp County Public Schools

D

  • Dade County Public Schools
  • Dalton City Public Schools
  • Dawson County Public Schools
  • Decatur City Public Schools
  • Decatur County Public Schools
  • DeKalb County School District
  • Dodge County Public Schools
  • Dooly County Public Schools
  • Dougherty County School System
  • Douglas County School System
  • Dublin City Public Schools

E

  • Early County Public Schools
  • Echols County Public Schools
  • Effingham County Schools
  • Elbert County Public Schools
  • Emanuel County Public Schools
  • Evans County Public Schools

F

  • Fannin County Public Schools
  • Fayette County Board of Education
  • Floyd County Schools
  • Forsyth County Schools
  • Franklin County Public Schools
  • Fulton County Schools

G

  • Gainesville City Public Schools
  • Georgia Cyber Academy
  • Gilmer County Public Schools
  • Glascock County Public Schools
  • Glynn County School System
  • Gordon County Public Schools
  • Grady County Public Schools
  • Greene County Public Schools
  • Griffin Resa School District
  • Griffin-Spalding County School System
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools

H

  • Habersham County Public Schools
  • Hall County Schools
  • Hancock County Public Schools
  • Haralson County Public Schools
  • Harris County Public Schools
  • Hart County Public Schools
  • Heard County Public Schools
  • Henry County Schools
  • Houston County Board of Education

I

  • Irwin County Public Schools

J

  • Jackson County Public Schools
  • Jasper County Public Schools
  • Jeff Davis County Public Schools
  • Jefferson City Public Schools
  • Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Jenkins County Public Schools
  • Johnson County Public Schools
  • Jones County Public Schools

L

  • Lamar County Public Schools
  • Lanier County Public Schools
  • Laurens County Public Schools
  • Lee County Public Schools
  • Liberty County School System
  • Lincoln County Public Schools
  • Long County Public Schools
  • Lowndes County Schools
  • Lumpkin County Public Schools

M

  • Macon County Public Schools
  • Madison County Public Schools
  • Marietta City Public Schools
  • Marion County Public Schools
  • McDuffie County Public Schools
  • McIntosh County Public Schools
  • Meriwether County Public Schools
  • Miller County Public Schools
  • Mitchell County Public Schools
  • Monroe County Public Schools
  • Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Morgan County Public Schools
  • Murray County Public Schools
  • Muscogee County School District

N

  • Newton County Schools

O

  • Oconee County Public Schools
  • Odyssey Charter School
  • Oglethorpe County Public Schools

P

  • Paulding County School District
  • Peach County Public Schools
  • Pelham City Public Schools
  • Pickens County Public Schools
  • Pierce County Public Schools
  • Pike County Public Schools
  • Polk County Public Schools
  • Pulaski County Public Schools
  • Putnam County Public Schools

Q

  • Quitman County Public Schools

R

  • Rabun County Public Schools
  • Randolph County Public Schools
  • Richmond County Public Schools
  • Rockdale County Public Schools
  • Rome City Public Schools

S

  • Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
  • Schley County Public Schools
  • Screven County Public Schools
  • Seminole County Public Schools
  • Social Circle City Public Schools
  • Stephens County Public Schools
  • Stewart County Public Schools
  • Sumter County Public Schools

T

  • Talbot County Public Schools
  • Taliaferro County Public Schools
  • Tattnall County Public Schools
  • Taylor County Public Schools
  • Telfair County Public Schools
  • Terrell County Public Schools
  • Thomas County Public Schools
  • Thomaston-Upson County Public Schools
  • Thomasville City Public Schools
  • Tift County Public Schools
  • Toombs County Public Schools
  • Towns County Public Schools
  • Treutlen County Public Schools
  • Trion City Public Schools
  • Troup County School System
  • Turner County Public Schools
  • Twiggs County Public Schools

U

  • Union County Public Schools

V

  • Valdosta City Public Schools
  • Vidalia City Public Schools

W

  • Walker County Schools
  • Walton County School District
  • Ware County Public Schools
  • Warren County Public Schools
  • Washington County Public Schools
  • Wayne County Public Schools
  • Webster County Public Schools
  • Wheeler County Public Schools
  • White County Public Schools
  • Whitfield County Schools
  • Wilcox County Public Schools
  • Wilkes County Public Schools
  • Wilkinson County Public Schools
  • Worth County Public Schools

It is critical to make certain academic misconduct charges at your child's Georgia high school are handled properly and that the accused student's interests and rights are protected from as early as possible during the investigative and disciplinary process.  One reason, among many, is because even at high schools where a finding of responsibility for academic misconduct is made at a hearing, the investigation will set the stage for what the hearing panel is provided prior to a hearing (and what the hearing panel will in large part rely on at a hearing), and at high schools where the finding of responsibility is made solely through the investigative process, what takes place during the investigation itself will determine whether the accused student is found responsible or not responsible for academic misconduct.

Unfortunately, some parents make the mistake of not taking the necessary precautions as soon as possible when their child is accused of academic misconduct.  Some people will mistakenly believe that if they "just explain what happened," their school will be fair and impartial and will arrive at the truth.  In a perfect world this may be the case, but in a perfect world, being called to answer for alleged academic misconduct would not exist.

Fighting passionately for the future of his clients at schools throughout the nation for many years, Joseph D. Lento knows how important it is to mount the strongest defense because he understands that an accused high school student's academic future is on the line. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph Lento is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted as an attorney pro hac vice in state and federal court if needed when representing clients nationwide, and serves as an academic misconduct advisor to high school students facing investigations and disciplinary cases in Georgia and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National High School Academic Misconduct Defense Attorney Joseph D. Lento today at 888-535-3686 or by completing our online form.

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