If your child is facing a Title IX case at a high school in Washington, D.C. 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 Final Rule allows for a more structured, and arguably equitable process than under 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 allows a Washington, D.C. high school to address and adjudicate a 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 familiarize yourself with the school's policies, and over the course of the case you need to mount the strongest possible defense.
Each step in the process needs to be calculated. It is 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 will allow for the best prospect of success. An experienced attorney advisor will help work with your son or daughter. They'll be able to help fight for a fair process and a favorable outcome, and they should be involved as early as possible in the process.
Washington, D.C., high schools where Joseph D. Lento can help as your child's Title IX advisor during investigations, hearings and appeals include, but are not limited to, the following high schools:
- Anacostia High School
- Ballou High School
- Bell Multicultural High School
- Benjamin Banneker Academic High School
- Booker T. Washington Public Charter School
- Cardozo Education Campus
- Coolidge Senior High School
- District of Columbia International School
- Duke Ellington School of the Arts
- Dunbar High School
- Eastern High School
- Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School
- D. Woodson High School
- McKinley Technology High School
- Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School
- School Without Walls
- Theodore Roosevelt High School
- Thurgood Marshall Academy
- Washington Latin Public Charter School
- Woodrow Wilson High School
It is critical to make certain the Title IX investigation at your child's Washington, D.C., 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 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 Title IX attorney advisor to high school students facing sexual misconduct investigations and disciplinary cases in Washington, D.C., 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.