Accusations of sexual assault under Title IX can have serious consequences and follow someone for the rest of their life.
If you have been accused, you need professional legal representation on your side. A qualified Title IX sexual assault lawyer can protect your rights as a defendant and help you get a fair outcome.
But how does Title IX work, and how does it define sexual assault? How can a lawyer help you if you have been accused? Today, we discuss these questions and why you should call a lawyer like Mike G.
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal civil rights law that is intended to protect students from discrimination based on sex.
Any educational program that receives federal funding must comply with Title IX requirements. This can include public and private schools of any grade level (elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges/universities, etc.).
Title IX was first passed in 1972 as a way to ensure men and women had equal access to educational programs and facilities. Over the years, however, Title IX has expanded its definition of sex-based discrimination. It now designates sexual misconduct as a form of discrimination.
As a result, the act requires schools to adhere to strict policies. That includes having a designated Title IX coordinator and clear procedures for students to file sex discrimination complaints.
Even if someone does not formally file a sexual assault complaint, schools are legally obligated to investigate all suspected instances of sexual misconduct. These investigations are separate from criminal investigations, but there may be overlap if someone decides to press charges. You should consult with a defense attorney even if you are not facing criminal charges.
How Title IX Defines Sexual Assault
Under Title IX, sexual assault has a broad definition. It includes any and all instances of sexual violence, as well as other forms of harassment. Here are some common examples:
- Rape/sexual assault
- Attempted sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Sexual harassment
- Unwelcome requests for sexual favors
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Any other offense that involves unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical sexual conduct
- Having sexual contact when the other party is too intoxicated to consent
“Unwanted sexual conduct” can include phone calls, text messages, and emails.
What to Do If You Have Been Accused of Sexual Assault Under Title IX
If you have been accused:
- DO NOT contact your accuser
- DO NOT give into the first plea deal offered to you
- DO contact a defense attorney who has experience with Title IX and criminal defense
If someone is accusing you of sexual assault, your first instinct might be to defend yourself and try to work things out on your own. But it is NEVER a good idea to contact the person who is accusing you or the person who reported you.
If you contact your accuser, they may be able to bring further complaints against you. Courts might see your communication attempts as malicious, threatening, or coercive.
So, do not initiate contact for any reason or by any means. Do not cave to the temptation to send a text, email, social media message, or another seemingly harmless form of communication. Do not ask a friend or family member to contact your accuser on your behalf. You can and will come to regret it later.
Instead, you should reach out to a professional attorney like Mike G Law. Our team has years of experience representing defendants who have been accused of sexual assault. We have what it takes to build your case and ensure you have access to fair proceedings—and keep you out of further legal hot water.
Consequences of Being Found Guilty Under Title IX
A guilty sentence under Title IX can come with lasting consequences. They may include:
- Suspension or academic probation
- Expulsion from school or extracurricular organizations (clubs, frats, etc.)
- Being denied admission to colleges
- Denial or loss of housing on campus
- Denial of student loans
- Being hit with criminal charges
When a sexual assault case goes to criminal court, defendants also face other consequences, like jail time, fines, probation, and more.
All of this means that it is important to have a Title IX defense attorney who is experienced in handling cases on campus and off.
How a Qualified Title IX Lawyer Can Help Your Case
If you or your child are facing accusations, you need a qualified Title IX sexual assault lawyer. A lawyer can ensure your rights are respected and help you understand the defense process.
An attorney can also do the following:
- Protect your rights. Defendants deserve protection and have legal rights that must be respected. We help protect your rights and ensure all proceedings are prompt, fair, and impartial to prevent schools from mishandling your case.
- Handle communication on your behalf. Schools and prosecutors may try to use your own words against you. We can speak on your behalf to ensure your voice is heard but not misconstrued in a way that could undermine your defense.
- Lift some of the mental burden. Students can become so stressed by proceedings that they lose their focus on schoolwork. Our team will handle paperwork as we organize your defense, which takes off some of the burden from you or your child. Most importantly, you will be able to rest knowing that your case is in good hands.
Contact Mike G Law
If you or your child is facing sexual assault accusations under Title IX, contact Mike G Law today. Our experienced attorneys are here for you during these difficult times. We offer expert representation and ensure you get the fair trial you are entitled to.
Our team at Mike G Law has experience with sexual assault cases under Title IX and defending the accused. We work hard to protect your rights and future.