If your child is facing a Title IX case at their high school in Rhode Island, you need to take the necessary precautions before you engage with the school in any capacity. Too much is at stake. You need to understand that although the Title IX rule allows for a more structured and arguably equitable process than previous guidance, you cannot assume it will be a fair process. It will take a dedicated effort for an accused student to be found not responsible.
The Title IX Final Rule will allow a high school to address an adjudicated case either through an investigation or a live hearing model. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages and needs to be responded to accordingly. You need to present the strongest possible defense over the course of the case. You need to be familiar with the school's policies. It will be a high-stakes and an involved process.
Having an experienced attorney advisor in your son or daughter's corner from as early as possible in the process, if they're facing a Title IX case at their high school in Rhode Island, will allow for the best prospect of success because it will allow the attorney advisor to work towards trying to ensure a fair process and a favorable outcome.
Rhode Island high schools where Joseph D. Lento can help as your child's student's Title IX advisor during investigations, hearings and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following school districts:
- Barrington School District
- Bristol Warren Regional School District
- Burrillville School District
- Central Falls School District
- Chariho Regional School District
- Coventry School District
- Cranston Public Schools
- Cumberland School District
- East Greenwich School District
- East Providence School District
- Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District
- Foster Elementary School District
- Foster-Glocester Regional School District
- Glocester School District
- Jamestown School District
- Johnston School District
- Lincoln School District
- Little Compton School District
- Middletown School District
- Narragansett School District
- New Shoreham School District
- Newport School District
- North Kingstown School District
- North Providence School District
- North Smithfield School District
- Pawtucket School District
- Portsmouth School District
- Providence Public Schools
- Scituate School District
- Smithfield School District
- South Kingstown School District
- Tiverton School District
- Warwick Public Schools
- West Warwick School District
- Westerly School District
- Woonsocket School District
It is critical to make certain the Title IX investigation at your child's Rhode Island high school is handled properly and that the accused student's interests and rights are protected from as early as possible during the sexual misconduct investigative process. One major reason is because even at high schools 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 high 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 student is found responsible or not responsible for Title IX charges.
Unfortunately, some parents make the mistake of not taking the necessary precautions as soon as possible when accused of sexual misconduct. Some people will mistakenly believe that if they "just explain what happened," their school 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 allegations and Title IX charges would not exist.
Fighting passionately for the future of his clients at schools 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 high school student's academic 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 New Jersey, Pennsylvania, 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 Title IX attorney advisor to high school students facing sexual misconduct investigations and disciplinary cases in Rhode Island and throughout the nation. Make certain your or your student's interests are protected - Contact National High School Title IX Attorney Joseph D. Lento today at 888-535-3686.