Attorney David Coolidge of Raleigh, North Carolina understands the enormous impact that a criminal conviction can have on high school and college students. An arrest and/or conviction can lead to disciplinary proceedings, suspension, expulsion, denial of financial aid, loss of scholarships, and even reduced career opportunities. For this reason, any criminal charges filed against high school or college students need to be handled with special care to protect the student’s constitutional rights in the criminal court, while still allowing the student to potentially submit a satisfactory response to a school’s disciplinary board inquiry.
Due to the potentially far-reaching impacts of criminal charges on students, David Coolidge believes that professional legal guidance should be sought by any student facing a criminal charge in an effort to minimize the detrimental effects that could result from an arrest or conviction. Time is of the essence–students and their parents should contact a criminal defense attorney who understands the special issues surrounding students as quickly as possible.
David Coolidge is just such an attorney. Coolidge graduated in the top 5 percent of his class at Duke University, one of the top law schools in the nation. But instead of going to work for a corporation or government agency, David chose instead to dedicate his career to representing people like you–students, professionals, retirees, and other individuals charged with a criminal offense who have suddenly and uncomfortably become defendants in a criminal case. David looks into all legal options–he’s a tough negotiator who is willing to seek reasonable plea agreements if they serve his client’s best interest, but he’s also prepared to put his trial skills to work in the courtroom. As an attorney, David Coolidge is committed to protecting his client’s rights and securing the best outcome possible.
Attorney David Coolidge has one last piece of advice for students: remain silent when questioned by any law enforcement officer. If questioned, a student should politely say, “Officer, I mean no disrespect, but my lawyer has instructed me not to talk about my case nor about anything else. On his advice, I hereby invoke my right to remain silent. I do not consent to any search of my person, vehicle nor my personal effects. I do not waive any of my legal rights. I request that my attorney be notified and allowed to be present if any identification, confrontations, tests or examinations are conducted in my case. If I am under arrest, I invoke my Miranda rights and demand an opportunity to consult with my attorney before any questioning. I do not consent to any impoundment of my property, and I request a reasonable opportunity to secure same. If I am free to leave, please tell me immediately so that I may go about my business.” The reason is simple: you will never talk them out of arresting you. If they have made that decision, it does not matter what you say and all you will do by talking is help them prove their case.