College students in Rhode Island who have been accused of an act of sexual misconduct will find that federal law, Title IX, will impact their case by pressuring their school to take their accuser seriously. This can lead to an investigation and hearing that seem designed to find that you violated the law. With a Title IX hearing advisor like Joseph D. Lento at your side, you can take control of this unfair process and make sure your side of the story is heard.
Preparing for the Hearing With a Title IX Advisor
One of the most overwhelming and frustrating parts about facing a Title IX allegation for sexual misconduct is preparing for the hearing. Finding and developing the evidence you need to defend against a charge that your school is eager to rubber stamp is stressful. By hiring a Title IX hearing advisor like Joseph D. Lento, you can bring in a professional to:
- Determine your best line of defense, based on the facts of your case and your unique set of interests
- Gather evidence of your innocence, including expert testimony and character witnesses
- Find reasons to doubt your accuser's case or credibility
- Write opening and closing arguments that are geared towards the particular members of the hearing panel
- Predict what lines of questioning you will face during the hearing, and coach you to answer them with conviction, integrity, and a credible demeanor
- Provide the emotional support that students who have been accused of a serious offense need
Additionally, a Title IX attorney can negotiate on your behalf with your school's Title IX officer and attorneys, furthering your interests outside of the hearing and showing your school that you mean to protect your rights and your future. In many cases, the active role of a lawyer can convince your school to step back from an overly aggressive prosecution, review their case to see whether it is worth pursuing in the face of such a strong defense and decide to drop the charge.
At the Hearing: Trial Advocacy at Its Best
The skills and preparation of a Title IX hearing advisor and attorney really shine during the hearing, itself. From the professional opening argument to the closing statements that highlight your innocence, Joseph D. Lento can advocate on your behalf in the middle of a difficult hearing atmosphere. By vigorously cross-examining the other side's witnesses and pushing your side of the story, attorney Lento can make it clear that you are innocent.
Appealing a Adverse Disciplinary Outcome in a Rhode Island School
In some cases, even the best defense is not enough to overcome a hearing process stacked against the accused. However, the bias inherent in the system can be its own downfall: Title IX defense attorney Joseph D. Lento knows to cite specific instances of bias to show that the hearing was unfair, an affront to due process, and appeal your case to a higher hearing body that will take your rights seriously.
Joseph D. Lento Shields Rhode Island Students During Title IX Hearings
If you have been accused of an act of sexual misconduct in Rhode Island, call Title IX hearing advisor and defense lawyer Joseph D. Lento at (888) 535-3686 or contact him online for the help you need.
- Brown University
- Bryant University
- Community College of Rhode Island
- Johnson & Wales University – Providence
- Naval War College (exempt from Title IX and the Clery Act)
- New England Institute of Technology
- Providence College
- Rhode Island College
- Rhode Island School of Design
- Roger Williams University
- Salve Regina University
- University of Rhode Island
Winning a Title IX hearing can mean the difference between achieving one's academic and professional goals or having these goals upended. When accused of sexual misconduct, it is critical to not take the matter lightly and to instead vigorously defend against the allegations. Title IX cases can be won, and Joseph D. Lento has a decade of experience passionately fighting for the future of his clients at colleges and universities throughout the nation and winning. 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 Rhode Island and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National Title IX attorney Joseph D. Lento today.