Conducting an Investigation for Your Defense

Students who have been blamed for committing an offense such as sexual assault often times don't fully comprehend the severity of the repercussions they face. This notion is especially prevalent in cases when a student believes that these accusations are false. Students who minimize the impending repercussions they could experience if found responsible for this offense are at a disadvantage. As a result of being in denial, students may fumble along during school processes without making necessary preparations for a hearing. This is a huge mistake that could cost respondents their current educational career, their shot at continuing their education and in some cases, their freedom.

If you have been accused of sexual assault, it is crucial that you have a clear and comprehensive understanding of the potential ramifications of being found guilty. Despite what occurred between you and an accuser, you should do everything in your power to present a strong defensive statement at a higher education institution hearing. The only way to do this is to initiate a diligent investigation immediately after receiving notice of the sexual assault claims. The more quickly an investigation ensues, the higher the likelihood of the truth coming to the forefront. The truth is only useful to you if you preserve it.

If you are a student who has been accused of sexual assault on a college campus, here are a few tips that could help you in conducting an investigation that will be effective:

Gather Evidence

Once you have been informed of the charges brought against you, it would be in your best interest to promptly save and collect every text message, email or any other form of communication that is relevant to the allegations. Since most college students use some variation of technology to converse with their peers, it shouldn't be difficult to screenshot a Facebook message or photo related to a case.

Also, this proof doesn't necessarily have to fall within the confines of communication between you and an accuser. Providing evidence that gives a panel an idea of the tone of the course of events near the time of the perceived sexual assault could prove to be beneficial.

Hire an Attorney

Attempting to carry out an investigation alone is not recommended. Going about the investigation process without the assistance of an attorney is very risky. As a college student, you have most likely never conducted an investigation, and aren't sure how to obtain the information that would be crucial to your case. However, legal professionals with extensive experience have worked closely with investigators numerous times, and are keen to ask the right questions to get useful information that strongly supports your case. Although an attorney may not be required to speak during a college or university hearing, he or she can still be actively involved when interviewing witnesses, gathering evidence and providing you with different methods to present your case.

Experienced Defense Attorney

If you are a student who has been accused of sexual assault, you should consult with an attorney immediately. Despite what actually occurred, it is not enough to sit back and let other people dictate your educational future. Reaching out to a legal professional that is dedicated to protecting your rights will maximize your chances of a favorable outcome. Contact attorney Joseph D. Lento today.

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