If your child is facing a college sexual misconduct investigation in Rhode Island, take the necessary precautions before you engage with the school or anyone else in any capacity. Too much is at stake. Being accused of sexual misconduct at college is incredibly serious. Every step in a college sexual misconduct case is critical. The early stages are especially critical because it'll set the stage for later aspects of the case. You, of course, do not want to do or say the wrong thing at any point in the process but especially early in the process.
Colleges and universities in Rhode Island are often in a rush to judgment, they'll often be in a rush to encourage a meeting or interview with the accused student not being cognizant of an accused student's rights and interest. You need to familiarize yourself with the school's policy as to how the case will be addressed and adjudicated. You have to get as much information regarding the allegations as possible. You have to get an understanding as to why this may be taking place.
You also have to prepare accordingly to respond to the school at a given time but only when it's appropriate and only when it's in an accused student's best interest. An experienced attorney advisor will be able to let you know when that would be. They'll be able to help you understand and navigate the process. They'll be able to let you know what should take place in a given case, what should not be taking place, what needs to take place. They'll also be able to work towards trying to ensure a fair process and a favorable outcome.
If your son or daughter is facing a college sexual misconduct investigation at his or her college or university in Rhode Island, make certain that they have an experienced ally in their corner from as early as possible in the process.
Rhode Island 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:
- 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
It is critical to make certain the college sexual misconduct investigation at your Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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.