Title IX Investigations And Sexual Misconduct Charges
College campuses take allegations of sexual assault seriously. Even if no criminal charges are filed, college administrations are legally obligated to investigate any alleged instances of sexual assault under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act. The University of Maryland has a Title IX coordinator and an office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct, which is charged with investigating all alleged incidences of sexual misconduct on campus. If the college determines that sexual assault likely occurred, it must take steps to ensure that it does not happen again.
Unlike in criminal cases, school investigators do not need to base their findings on the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard. Instead, schools just have to find it more likely than not that sexual abuse occurred to take corrective measures.
This means a student could be facing expulsion after the investigation is concluded. And in recent years, more students are being investigated and expelled for sexual misconduct, even without being convicted of any crime.
If You Are Facing Criminal Charges
For students facing criminal charges related to sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, the situation is even more frightening. A conviction can result in significant time in prison, mandatory registration as a sex offender and other penalties.
Experienced criminal defense lawyer Ronald L. Schwartz has been defending against criminal charges, including sexual offenses, for 35 years. He can clearly explain your rights and legal options. When faced with the penalties associated with sex crimes, you need a knowledgeable, tough advocate on your side.
You Have The Right To A Strong Defense
Regardless of the criminal status of your case, you have the right to an attorney and the right to a strong defense. You can present evidence that corroborates your testimony. You can have an experienced criminal defense attorney speak on your behalf.
Conveniently located in College Park, Maryland, The Law Office of Ronald L. Schwartz has been helping college students, particularly University of Maryland students, with criminal matters and school investigations for over 20 years. Call us at 301-892-3410 to schedule your initial consultation. You can also reach us confidentially online.