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Chicago College Stalking/Cyberstalking Attorney
Stalking and Cyberstalking
Stalking and cyberstalking are related offenses that involve unwanted communication or contact between one party and another. Traditional stalking generally involves a pattern of following a person, showing up at his or her school or work when unwelcome, sending unwanted gifts, or making unwanted phone calls. Cyberstalking, of course, involves using electronic means to engage in repeated unwanted communications.
College and university codes of student conduct generally have provisions that prohibit this type of behavior and, in many cases, it may also be in violation of state law. For this reason, if you are a college student who has been accused of stalking or cyberstalking, it is extremely important for you to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
The sanctions that a college or university can impose on you for violations of code of conduct provisions prohibiting cyberstalking or stalking can be extremely serious. Some of the more commonly imposed penalties include the following:
- Disciplinary probation
- Formal reprimand
- Exclusion from university or college housing
- The loss of a financial aid package
- Mandatory psychological counseling
It is critical for you to realize that a disciplinary violation has the potential to affect you for the rest of your life. In addition to these serious consequences, if you are accused of stalking or cyberstalking, you will likely be facing criminal charges and penalties, as well. These penalties may include probation, fines, community service, mandated anger management classes, and even jail time. Once this type of violation is documented, it will be accessible to anyone that may have an interest in reviewing your academic record. This can include graduate programs and potential employers, meaning that a violation may affect your chances of continuing your education post-college or obtaining employment. An experienced lawyer can help minimize the exposure and ensure that your privacy and other rights are protected.
There are many defenses that an experienced attorney may be able to raise in your college cyberstalking or stalking case. In many instances, these allegations are simply a case of misunderstood intentions or miscommunication. One of the most important things that you should do is preserve any communication between you and your accuser in order to defend against allegations that such contact was unwelcome.
Chicago College Stalking and Cyberstalking Attorney
The Law Office of William Carlos Weeden is a zealous advocate to clients facing Campus Disciplinary Proceedings and Title IX hearings. We will provide you with competent advice and communicate with you every step of the way throughout the disciplinary process, and will tirelessly defend your rights.
William Carlos Weeden is licensed to practice law in Illinois. Your school cannot prevent you from selecting the advisor of your choice, including an attorney or other professional. Outside of Illinois, Mr. Weeden’s assistance is educational advice, and does not constitute legal advice or the practice of law.
Law Office of William Carlos Weeden
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