If your child is facing a college sexual misconduct investigation in South Dakota, you need to take the necessary precautions before you engage with the school or anyone possibly involved 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 they'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.
South Dakota colleges and universities are often in a rush to judgment. They're often in a rush to encourage an interview or a meeting with the accused student. They're not mindful of an accused student's rights and interests. Before that takes place, you need to get as much information as possible about the allegations. You need to get an understanding as to why this may be taking place. You need to familiarize yourself with the school's policies as to how the case will be addressed and adjudicated. At the given time, you have to prepare accordingly to respond to the school, but again, only at the appropriate time.
An experienced attorney advisor will be able to help you understand when an appropriate time would be, what would be appropriate to the circumstances. They'll be able to help you understand and navigate the process. They'll be able to also work towards trying to ensure a fair process and a favorable outcome. If your son or daughter is facing a college sexual misconduct investigation in South Dakota, make certain that you have an experienced ally in their corner from as early as possible in the process.
South Dakota 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:
- Augustana College
- Black Hills State University
- Colorado Technical University Sioux Falls
- Dakota State University
- Dakota Wesleyan University
- Globe University Sioux Falls
- Kilian Community College
- Lake Area Technical Institute
- Mitchell Technical Institute
- Mount Marty College
- National American University Ellsworth AFB Extension
- National American University Rapid City
- National American University Sioux Falls
- Northern State University
- Oglala Lakota College
- Presentation College
- Sinte Gleska University
- Sisseton Wahpeton College
- South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
- South Dakota State University
- Southeast Technical Institute
- University of Sioux Falls
- University of South Dakota
- Western Dakota Technical Institute
It is critical to make certain the college sexual misconduct investigation at your South Dakota 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 South Dakota 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.