Title IX is a federal law that is meant to protect college and university students, namely females, from sexual harassment, assault, and discrimination on campus or during education related activities. Due to unusual stipulations in the law, though, Title IX has become easy for dishonest people to abuse by creating falsified or exaggerated claims of incidents in order to unfairly punish the alleged offender. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of the Trump Administration announced in 2017 her intention to have Title IX repealed or modified in order to stop fabricated reports.
Whether the proposed changes to Title IX are approved or not, hundreds, if not thousands, of college students around the country are falsely accused of sexual assault or rape each year. In Colorado, students in such a harrowing situation can turn to The Law Offices of Rachel A. Michael for legal protection during Title IX investigations and any criminal proceedings that could follow. As a former prosecutor, Fort Collins criminal defense Attorney Michael has insight, knowledge, and leverage that most defense lawyers do not, giving our clients a strong advantage in all sorts of cases.
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Title IX has been ridiculed since its creation decades ago due to its one-sided approach to investigations and punishments for alleged offenses. Most college and universities who find themselves accused of sex crimes against another student are never afforded the opportunity to adequately defend themselves, or even explain their side of the story.
The two most significant problems with Title IX claims and investigations are:
Due to the fact that a Title IX investigation is not a criminal investigation, both the process and the possible penalties will be different. Administrators can use some discretion when deciding if the defendant should be penalized, and, if so, to what degree.
Consequences that could arise due to a Title IX investigation and hearing include:
With the significant harm that can be done to the accused student’s education in mind, it is important to remember that criminal charges can still be filed and tried by the state. Even if the defendant is excused by Title IX investigations, he or she could be convicted by the state, and vice versa. For this reason and more, it is crucial to retain the services of a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Despite Title IX investigations not being part of traditional criminal processes, students targeted by such investigations are permitted to retain a criminal defense lawyer for counsel, guidance, and representation at hearings. Contact our law firm to speak with a trusted, experienced Fort Collins Title IX defense attorney today. Free initial consultations are available for prospective clients.