If your son or daughter is facing a college sexual misconduct hearing in Hawaii, you need to bear in mind that certain steps have to take place as early as possible in the process. As soon as a student is notified of the concerns, there is the prospect of a hearing depending on the school in question. At the given time, an accused student, when they respond to the allegations, it needs to be done as effectively as possible, bearing in mind the prospect of a hearing.
Witnesses would need to be presented to the school to provide a corroboration for an accused student's version of events. Documentary evidence would need to be presented, text messages, social media posts, pictures, videos, emails, anything that could help support the accused student's version of events. Expert reports may need to be obtained and an investigation report would be completed and provided to the hearing panel before the hearing takes place.
In most instances, the hearing panel that would review that would have a good understanding or at least their view of the case before the hearing even takes place. For purpose of the hearing, an opening statement will need to be prepared, a closing statement, questions for the witnesses, the complainant cross-examination questions as appropriate. An experienced attorney advisor can help best prepare an accused student both leading up to the hearing and also can best attend to a hearing itself. If a hearing were to take place, they should be involved as early as possible if your son or daughter is facing a sexual misconduct allegation at a college or university in Hawaii.
Hawaii colleges and universities where Joseph D. Lento can help as your or your student's college sexual misconduct 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
It is critical to make certain the college sexual misconduct investigation at your Hawaii school is handled properly and that the accused student's interests are protected from as early as possible during the sexual misconduct investigative process. One major reason is because even at colleges and universities where a finding of responsibility for sexual misconduct charges is made at a hearing, the investigation will set the stage for what the hearing panel is provided prior to a hearing (and what the hearing panel will in large part rely on at a hearing), and at schools where the finding of responsibility is made solely through the investigative process, what takes place during the investigation itself will determine whether the accused is found responsible or not responsible for college sexual misconduct charges.
Unfortunately, some students, families, and college employees make the mistake of not taking the necessary precautions as soon as possible when accused of sexual misconduct at college. Some people will mistakenly believe that if they "just explain what happened," their college or university will be fair and impartial and will arrive at the truth. In a perfect world this may be the case, but in a perfect world, sexual misconduct cases would not exist.
Fighting passionately for the future of his clients at universities and colleges throughout the nation for many years, Joseph D. Lento knows how important it is to mount the strongest defense because he understands that an accused's academic and professional future is on the line. 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, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted as an attorney pro hac vice in state and federal court if needed when representing clients nationwide, and serves as a college sexual misconduct advisor to students and others in academia facing sexual misconduct investigations and Title IX disciplinary cases in Hawaii and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National College Sexual Misconduct Attorney Joseph D. Lento today at 888-535-3686 or by completing our online form.