Sexual assault accusations are a serious matter. Students who are facing these allegations at schools that receive federal funding will likely experience the processes detailed in their school's Title IX policy.
The Benefits of Choosing an Attorney as a Title IX Advisor
Federal law grants both the accused and accuser the option of an advisor to assist them through this ordeal. The selection of an advisor is especially important for the accused since their guidance and presence alone could substantially influence the results of a case. It is recommended that respondents choose an attorney as their advisor to have a fair chance of defending themselves. Although a student can choose who their school recommends, or decide to select another individual they feel is suitable to help them in this situation, they will not be able to lead a student to success like a lawyer can.
If you have been accused of sexual misconduct and have yet to choose an advisor to accompany you through this stressful time in your life, here are a few reasons why you should select an attorney to be your advisor:
The college or university that you attend likely has a Title IX policy that does not mirror the criminal justice system's treatment of the accused. Most students find that their school's policy is unfair to them by not granting them many rights, and by applying the policy in a way that disadvantages you. Although this policy is accessible to you in your school's code of conduct and you may understand how processes are intended to be carried out, chances are that you don't understand how to object to your school's practices. With the help of an attorney, these objections can be officially addressed in a legal document known as a “litigation hold” letter. This notice informs institutions that a student reserves the right to take legal action in circumstances when it is being unfair. The presence of an attorney sends an indirect message to a school that you will not let it mistreat you.
The school will likely offer you a school advisor that supposedly has been trained to understand the complexities of Title IX and its processes. What most school authorities fail to mention is that this individual is an employee of the school that is allowed to disclose the information that you confide in them. The one person that you trust to be on your side can turn on you at any time and use the information they've obtained from you against you in the Title IX investigation and even in a criminal trial. When you choose an attorney as an advisor, you will not have to worry about them turning on you. You and an attorney have a common interest: ensuring that your rights are protected and ensuring that you get a fair shot at defending yourself.
In addition to these reasons, a lawyer can also help you prepare for what is to come before Title IX processes are carried out. Before an investigation ensues, you must meet with the Title IX coordinator on campus to make a statement, interview witnesses, and essentially represent yourself in a hearing. An attorney already obtains the skills and expertise that are needed to present your account of events in an efficient and consistent manner. They also have trial experience, and can help you avoid the pitfalls that once stumped their clients in the past. Having a legal professional with vast knowledge and experience on your side will help you feel completely prepared for any question that school authorities, your accuser, or a panel member may hurl at you to incriminate you.
Experienced Hawaii Title IX Advisor
If you currently attend a Hawaii college or university and are recently facing allegations of sexual misconduct, you should consult with a professional dedicated to protecting your academic and professional goals. Skilled Title IX advisor Joseph D. Lento is here to help you every step of the way. Contact him today.
Hawaii colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your student's Title IX advisor during investigations, hearings, and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following schools:
- Argosy University Hawaii
- Brigham Young University Hawaii
- Chaminade University of Honolulu
- Hawaii Community College
- Hawaii Pacific University
- Heald College Honolulu
- Honolulu Community College
- Kapiolani Community College
- Kauai Community College
- Leeward Community College
- New Hope Christian College
- Remington College Honolulu Campus
- University of Hawaii at Hilo
- University of Hawaii at Manoa
- University of Hawaii Maui College
- University of Hawaii West Oahu
- University of Phoenix Hawaii Campus
- Windward Community College
Title IX violations and Title IX charges can change an accused student's life if not defended against properly and as early as possible during the disciplinary process, and Joseph D. Lento has nearly a decade of experience passionately fighting for the futures of his clients at universities and colleges throughout the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph Lento is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is admitted as an attorney pro hac vice in state and federal court if needed when representing clients nationwide, and serves as a Title IX advisor and educational consultant to students facing disciplinary cases in Hawaii and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Title IX attorney Joseph D. Lento today.