May 5, 2014 By Matthew Wallin

What is Stipulated School Expulsion?

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A stipulated school expulsion will allow you to remain in school

If your child is expelled from school, it can have a significant effect on their future and an immediate impact on your life. Expulsion from school can hurt your child’s chances of being accepted to college and your family may have to move to find a new school suitable for your child.

If your child is facing expulsion from school, you may be able to reach a stipulated expulsion agreement with the school instead of going through a school expulsion hearing. A stipulated expulsion is an agreement between your child and the school with alternative consequences rather than full expulsion from the school district. An experienced Wallin & Klarich attorney can review your child’s case and may be able to negotiate a beneficial stipulated expulsion agreement for your child.

Stipulated School Expulsion

When a student is facing expulsion from school, he or she must go through an expulsion hearing. At an expulsion hearing, a panel of three teachers from different schools hears testimony from school officials, your child or anyone speaking on behalf of your child(including a skilled attorney). If the panel decides to expel your child, the case is sent to the school board to confirm the decision.

Before the school expulsion hearing, the school district or parent may offer a stipulated expulsion. A stipulated expulsion is a written expulsion agreement made outside of the expulsion hearing process. The student essentially admits that he or she committed a violation of school code that would qualify for an expulsion recommendation. However, instead of going through an expulsion hearing that could result in full expulsion from the school district, an alternative agreement is reached.

Alternatives to a full school expulsion include, but are not limited to:

  • A behavior contract between the student and the school district in which the student is allowed to return to school and agrees not to commit further violations of the school code;
  • An involuntary transfer to another school in the district or
  • A suspended (probationary) expulsion with minimal terms.

Once a stipulated school expulsion agreement is reached, your child waives his or her right to a school expulsion hearing.

Why You Need an Attorney Present When Negotiating a Stipulated Expulsion

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Our skilled school expulsion attorneys can help you or your child.

If the school district offers your child a stipulated expulsion or the school district agrees to your offer for a stipulated expulsion, you may feel that you have avoided potential hardship and you do not need an attorney to help you through the process. However, not having an experienced attorney can result in unfavorable terms for your child.

In most cases where a stipulated expulsion is offered by the school district, the terms usually do not benefit the child. For example, the school district may offer your child to attend a community day school (schools for students who have been expelled or have behavioral problems). This agreement would offer very little to your child and only benefit the school, as your child would no longer be attending that school.

Call the Los Angeles School Expulsion Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich

If your child is facing a stipulated school expulsion, it is imperative that you retain a Wallin & Klarich attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can review all aspects of your child’s case and advise you every step of the way. If a stipulated expulsion agreement is determined to be best for your child, your attorney will fight for terms that will be most beneficial for your child and family.

At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have over 40 years of experience handling school expulsion cases in Southern California. With offices in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Tustin, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville, there is an experienced Wallin & Klarich attorney near you no matter where you work or live.

Call us today at (888) 749-7428 for a free phone consultation. We will be there when you call.

AUTHOR: Matthew Wallin

Matthew B. Wallin is an experienced and knowledgeable attorney at Wallin & Klarich. He approaches each case as an opportunity to help an individual at a time when they need it most and understands that he is the one they have turned to for help.   Mr. Wallin has represented hundreds of our clients in cases involving DUI and DMV hearings, domestic violence, assault and battery, drug crimes, misdemeanors and serious felonies. With extensive experience handling DUI cases, Mr. Wallin is one of the premiere DUI defense attorney in Southern California.

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