Anyone can find themselves falsely accused of wrongdoing. Maybe you happened to miss the same test questions as a classmate, inspired vengeful wrath in a former romantic partner, or were just in the wrong place at the wrong time—if your college or your university is investigating or accusing you, you must take swift and sure action right away, even if you know you did nothing wrong.
It's critical to know what to do—and what not to do—so you can take action and protect your reputation, education, and future.
Don't Attempt to Control the Narrative
When you're falsely accused, you may feel as if the entire college campus is judging you unfairly. It's very tempting to try and control the narrative by telling your side of the story to as many people as you can to sway the opinion of your peers. However, it will almost always backfire.
- Don't post on social media
- Don't speak with friends, teachers, or school administration
- Don't contact your accuser under any circumstances
If you do any of these before or during an investigation, you could inadvertently torpedo your case. It's imperative that you exercise your right to remain silent in this situation.
You should hire an attorney who specializes in student defense. Their job is to speak on behalf of you in all situations. They are the experts.
Don't Destroy Evidence
Even if you feel that there is evidence that might look incriminating, an attorney could use it to prove your innocence in the case.
- Don't delete emails or text messages
- Don't destroy notebooks, papers, or pictures
Moreover, destroying evidence will most likely make you look guilty.
Take the Situation Seriously
Handle the situation with the seriousness it deserves, even if it's based on false pretenses. If a student is accused of misconduct, punishments include probation, suspension, and expulsion from the school. Moreover, if a student is expelled, a notation on their transcript can prevent them from enrolling at other universities.
Call a Student Defense Attorney
If you are accused of wrongdoing, immediately call an attorney like Joseph D. Lento, who specializes in student disciplinary cases, sexual misconduct, and Title IX law. Attorney Lento and his team at Lento Law Firm are empathetic and understand what false accusations mean, and have unparalleled experience defending clients and protecting their reputations. To reach the best possible outcome in your case, call 888-535-3686 to discuss how the Lento Law Firm can defend you.