f your child is facing a college sexual misconduct investigation in Washington DC, you need to take the necessary precautions before you engage with the school or anybody else possibly involved in any capacity, too much is at stake. Being accused of sexual misconduct at college is incredibly serious. Every step of 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 say or do the wrong thing at any point in the process, but especially early in the process.
Colleges and universities in Washington DC, unfortunately, are often in a rush to judgment. They are not cognizant of an accused student's rights and interests and they'll often be in a rush to encourage an interview or a meeting with the accused student before the accused student may have an appreciation or even an understanding as to what's taking place. That meeting or interview should not take place until the necessary precautions have been taken.
You need to familiarize yourself with the school's policies as to how the case will be addressed and adjudicated. You need to get as much information as possible about the allegations.
You need to try to get an understanding as to why this is taking place in the first place. At the given time, you have to prepare to respond accordingly to the school at that interview or meeting, but only at the appropriate time.
An experienced attorney advisor can help you understand when the appropriate time would be, can help you understand and navigate the process. They'll be able to let what should be taking place in a given case, what should not take 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 their school in Washington DC, make certain that you have an experienced ally in their corner from as early as possible in the disciplinary process.
Washington, D.C, 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:
- American University
- Catholic University of America
- Corcoran College of Art and Design
- Gallaudet University
- George Washington University
- Georgetown University
- Howard University
- Potomac College Washington
- Trinity Washington University
- University of the District of Columbia
- University of Phoenix - Washington DC Campus
It is critical to make certain the college sexual misconduct investigation at your Washington, D.C., 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 Washington, D.C., 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.