What a Vanderbilt Student needs to know if charged with a Student Conduct Violation or Violation of the Honor Code?

1. Take it very seriously. Many students are consumed with their class schedule, exams, and writing assignments and fail to give these things the proper attention that they deserve. A student should consider that a violation could lead to suspension or even expulsion. Certainly they deserve as much attention as a mid-term exam.
2. Tell your parents. I have found that many students are embarrassed by their conduct and too ashamed to tell their parents. In your early adult years, it may be hard to recognize this, but your parents have your best interest in mind. While they may at first be upset, they will want to help you avoid having a permanent mark on your personal or academic background and will try to help you as best they can. They will be informed of the result of your hearing so better to tell them while they can still help you.
3. Prepare yourself for the hearing. You need to present all available evidence on your behalf and if you have a helpful character witness that can speak for you then you should make sure that such person can be at your hearing. If you fail to present evidence that may have been reasonably available at your hearing then you will likely not be able to present that in your appeal.
4. Talk to an attorney or someone that will be very honest and objective with you. Your rights to appeal are limited. You need to have someone that can analyze the best way to present your case right the first time.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for a postponement of your hearing date. The worst thing that can happen is that they will deny this request. Whether it be time to make sure that an important character witness can appear at the hearing, extra time due to pending school assignments, or simply time to prepare and analyze how to present your case, a few extra days or week may make a difference in how well you present your case.

David Raybin Representing Prison Inmate Believed to Have Been Killed by Prison Guards

Nashville CBS Affiliate Channel 5 recently reported on the ongoing investigation into the death of Charles Toll, a prison inmate at Nashville Tennessee’s Riverbend Maximum Security Institution. Prison officials had previously reported that the 33 year old Toll had died of natural causes, but the State Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide. The inmate was believed to have died from “suffocation” and “asphyxia during physical restraint.”

“Fighting for your rights” Contact David Weissman and the law firm of Hollins, Raybin & Weissman for a confidential consultation of your case today at 615-256-6666.

David Raybin Interviewed on Nashville NBC News WSMV Regarding Felony Bus

The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office has a new mobile booking unit aimed at getting police officers back on the street faster after an arrest. Such unit has everything required to fingerprint, take mugs shots, and holds up to 9 detainees. The unit is designed to allow officers to quickly complete an arrest without physically leaving the street for an extended period by eliminating the need for the officers to physically escort the detainee downtown and appear before a magistrate judge. Some have questioned whether the appearance before a magistrate can be avoided without raising constitutional issues.

Did your Insurance agents do all they could to get you flood insurance before the Nashville flood?

Now that the flood waters are receding, we as Tennesseans have to start dealing with the aftermath of the greatest natural disaster to ever hit Middle Tennessee. As we assess the damage, we are encountering problems from places we never even considered- our insurance companies.
Many Tennesseans, being forced to confront dramatic life-altering events, are trying to pick up the pieces. Unfortunately, a large number of people are contacting their insurance companies, only to find they are not covered for water damage caused by the storm. A great many homeowners wrongly thought they were protected, only to find their insurance agent neglected to sell them the proper and necessary insurance.
What are you going to do if you are not covered from water damage? Did your insurance agent fail to tell you about flood insurance? Did he or she explain the difference between damage from flood waters and damage from surface water? Did he or she tell you that you could have been protected from the storm? If he did not, and you are damaged as a result, you may have recourse in court.

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