Being accused of committing an act of sexual assault or harassment is a very serious claim, and it could have a major effect on a young person’s life. Indeed, not only may the individual face criminal charges for the alleged act, but may also face disciplinary actions from a college or university as well, even if the act didn’t occur on school grounds or no criminal charges are pressed.
You Need an Attorney Experienced in Both Criminal Cases and Campus Sexual Assault Defense
If you are a college or university student who is attending a Title IX school (any educational institution that receives federal funding), the school has a duty to investigate any alleged sexual offenses. Unfortunately for the accused, these investigations often end in the accused student being expelled or penalized in another aggressive manner, after often an investigation and hearing that isn’t exactly just. In fact, the burden of proof is much lower in cases that go before a university’s disciplinary board, and the “beyond a reasonable doubt” burden is not applicable. Those accused of a sexual assault involving another student may not be informed of their rights, including the right to be represented by an attorney, may not be able to cross examine witnesses, and may not be able to view the evidence against them.
Campus Sexual Assault and Criminal Charges Often Go Hand-in-Hand
In addition to facing potential expulsion from an educational institution if you are a college student accused of sexual assault, there is a strong chance that you will also face criminal charges as well. If a person is convicted of sexual assault, they may face jail or prison time, large fines, and other penalties, including a recording as a sex offender on their permanent record, which could prevent them from obtaining housing, employment, or education in the future.
Secure the Counsel of an Experienced Sexual Assault Attorney
If you are a university student who has been accused of sexual assault, it is important that you understand that you may face criminal charges from the state, as well as a disciplinary action from the educational institution that you attend. In order to avoid expulsion, prison time, and a huge setback for your future, it is strongly recommended that you contact a Massachusetts campus sexual assault defense attorney as soon as possible. The experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Paul R. Moraski will help you to protect yourself, build your defense, and hopefully secure a positive outcome for your case.
Being accused of sexual assault as a young person could change your life, and prevent you from having the future you’ve been dreaming of. To start building your defense and protecting your rights today, call our law firm now at (978) 397-0011, or send us a message using the online form on our website. Our phone is always on – reach out to us at any time, day or night.