Title IX Defense Lawyers Decatur, IL
Representation for Title IX Investigations
At Johnson Law Group, we believe every individual has the right to exercise his or her legal rights, including anyone facing a Title IX investigation. Students facing charges of sexual misconduct on a high school or college campus are often thrown into a tumultuous battle that could jeopardize their education.
If your child is facing accusations of sexual misconduct, it is especially important to defend his or her rights. Many institutions have come under fire for their unjust treatment of the accused, which is why it is important to contact an experienced legal representative the moment you suspect an official complaint has been made.
Our firm is passionate about protecting the rights of the accused, and we have more than 100 years of experience doing just that. We are not afraid of taking on big institutions in order to defend your rights and secure your future. In order to pursue the most favorable outcome for your case or the case of your child, we encourage you to seek legal counsel from our qualified firm.
For a free case evaluation, call our Decatur, IL Title IX defense lawyers at (217) 727-7047.
About Title IX Actions
All public educational institutions must abide by the Education Amendments Act, which includes the Title IX guidelines. Under this rule, all students have the right to an education free of sexual discrimination. If any student is believed to have violated this rule, even if the allegations are unfounded, the accused student could face serious repercussions both from their university and from criminal court.
Understanding Your Legal Rights as a Student
Every student under investigation for a disciplinary reason, such as Title IX, has a right to understand certain important aspects of their case.
Students facing disciplinary action that could result in suspension or expulsion have the right to the following basic privileges:
- The student shall have his or her case heard under regular procedures used in similar cases.
- The student will receive notice of the charges he or she faces.
- The student has the right to hear a description of the school’s evidence against him or her.
- The student has the right to explain his or her side of the story to an impartial hearing officer.
While all of the above rights must be honored, certain circumstances may allow students additional privileges. Some students may have the right to review the records related to their charges before the disciplinary hearing, and may also be able to have a lawyer present during the hearing.
University Disciplinary Hearings
Students facing a Title IX investigation should take immediate action to protect themselves however necessary. One of the most effectual ways to fight sexual misconduct allegations is to familiarize yourself with the university’s procedures and student code of conduct. Each school may handle disciplinary cases differently, and it is important that individuals facing charges be ready for whatever comes next.
If you are facing charges, seek answers to the following questions:
- By what means are students notified if they are charged with a disciplinary case?
- How long do accused students have to prepare their defense?
- What opportunities do accused students have to present their defense?
Because the actions in a disciplinary case vary by school, knowing what to expect from the process is crucial. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys can provide you with the legal guidance you need to better prepare you for your disciplinary hearing.
Conducting an Investigation for Your Defense
If you are involved in an incident that may lead to a complaint against you regarding sexual conduct, it is important that you take immediate action to defend yourself. While your criminal defense attorney can help you gather evidence and conduct an investigation on your behalf, there are still a few things you can do to help your case. '
Save any text messages or emails between yourself and the accuser indicating your relationship, making hard copies if possible. Also, collect statements from witnesses of the incident, and any text messages or emails with acquaintances that pertain to your case.
Contact Johnson Law Group Today
Title IX investigations can be extremely difficult to bear and may lead to serious legal repercussions. Mere accusations of sexual misconduct, even if they are unfounded, can significantly hinder your education and may jeopardize your diploma. In order to avoid these setbacks and secure the most favorable outcome possible, make sure you trust your case to our skilled criminal defense attorneys.
To get started building your legal defense, contact Johnson Law Group. Our Decatur, IL Title IX defense attorneys serve clients accused at Richland Community College and Millikin University.
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