Student Criminal Defense Lawyer in Wake County

The Raleigh–Durham–Chapel Hill area of North Carolina became known as the Research Triangle largely because of the prominent universities that attracted scores of college students. Major institutions of higher learning in this region include Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), North Carolina State University (NCSU), Wake Technical Community College (Wake Tech), Meredith College, Shaw University, and William Peace University.

The risks are high and the consequences severe for anyone facing criminal charges. For college students, the collateral damages can often have a significant impact on their ability to remain in school. Colleges and universities often take disciplinary action that may include suspending or expelling a student.

Attorney for Student Criminal Defense in Raleigh

Are you a student at a college in the Research Triangle area who was recently arrested for an alleged criminal offense? You should exercise your right to remain silent until you are able to contact Coolidge Law Firm.

Raleigh criminal defense lawyer David Coolidge aggressively defends students in Raleigh, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, and several other surrounding areas of Wake County. You can have our attorney provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation. 

(919) 239-8448


North Carolina Student Criminal Defense Information Center


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Common Criminal Charges Against Students in Wake County

College and high school students in North Carolina can be arrested for any violation of a federal, state, or local law. In many cases, students are arrested for some kind of unlawful activity involving drugs or alcohol.

A few of the most common kinds of criminal charges that students often face in the Research Triangle include, but are not limited to:

  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Underage Possession of Alcohol
  • Identity Theft
  • Worthless Checks
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Reckless Driving / Aggressive Driving

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Additional Discipline for Students in Raleigh

In many student arrest cases, the criminal charges are one aspect that requires court appearances. Most students will also have to deal with separate disciplinary issues arising from alleged violations of their institution’s code of student conduct.

Not all crimes in North Carolina are necessarily violations of a code of conduct, and not every code of conduct violation is a criminal offense. Many acts that lead to arrests, however, end up being reported to student organizations and can result in possible disciplinary measures.

The role of a criminal defense lawyer can vary for a student depending on the type of college or university that he or she is attending. While students at most public universities are allowed to have legal representation, some private colleges may restrict attorneys to only acting as advisors—although the lawyer can still help students during possible hearings.

The method of discipline imposed will depend on the academic institution, but may include such measures as suspension, expulsion, or permanent notice on an academic record. Any one of these actions can have an extremely adverse impact on a student’s academic and professional career.


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North Carolina Student Criminal Defense Resources

Here are links to specific regulations and policies for many major institutions of higher learning in the Raleigh area:

  • University Policies | UNC Chapel Hill — View UNC-Chapel Hill’s Policy on Policies (POP) and other policies, procedures, and standards applicable to the UNC Chapel Hill community.

Call a Student Criminal Defense Lawyer in Wake Forest!

If you are a student in North Carolina who was recently arrested for an alleged criminal offense, it is in your best interest to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. Coolidge Law Firm represents students in communities all over Wake County, such as Wendell, Zebulon, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, and many others.

David Coolidge is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Raleigh who will work tirelessly to help you achieve the most favorable outcome to your case that results in the fewest possible consequences. Attorney Coolidge has more than a decade of experience helping students navigate through their institution’s student conduct process. Never talk to any university official without having your own advocate; the results can be devastating. Call (919) 239-8448 or fill out an online contact form below to have our lawyer review your case and help you understand all of your legal options during a free initial consultation.

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  • 5 stars
    David Coolidge is a wonderful attorney! I hired him twice for two different cases that I had which were only 2 months apart. He's very thorough and efficient. I was even able to reach him after hours through phone calls, texts, and email. Hopefully I never need his services again but if I am in a similar predicament I would most definitely hire David again.
    - Tiffany C.
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    Excellent Customer Service. I had a Speeding ticket and they resolved it positively with no points on my Driver License. They represented me in Court and by midday on the Court date, they had updated me on the outcome. Very efficient service. I highly recommend them if you are in need of Legal Services.
    - Stephen O.
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    I got a speeding ticket for going 17 over. They sent me a letter in the mail explaining that I could plead improper equipment and get no points on my insurance or license. They even gave me the fees straight out on the letter including court costs. They represented me and made the ticket go away.
    - David G.
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    I cannot say enough about Attorney Coolidge and his staff. He’s handed several matters for me and in every instance he has exceeded my expectations. He even answered a frantic call from me on a Saturday night. I called in desperation not really expecting an answer. Mr. Coolidge delivered on all that he promised and more. I highly recommend.
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