Title IX Defense Attorney
Protection from College Sexual Assault Accusations
In recent years, there has been a growing problem on university campuses nationwide. Male students, faculty, and school administrators are being accused of sexual assault and rape by members of the female student body, and they are not being given a fair chance to defend themselves. Before they know it, a hearing has been completed and the educational institution is penalizing them harshly. Even more concerning, traditional criminal defense strategies might not be enough since universities are technically not conducting a criminal investigation and trial (but, most often they are working hand-in-hand with the police).
When a student or faculty member is accused of sexual assault, the university or college may:
- Withhold key evidence
- Prevent cross-examinations
- Bar legal counsel from participating at hearings
- Making arbitrary decisions not based on any evidence
If you have been accused of a sex crime as a faculty member, student, or an employee of a institution of learning, you need an experienced lawyer who thinks outside of the norm to protect your rights. Richmond Defense Attorney Debra D. Corcoran can ensure you are treated fairly and given the chance to protect your reputation, your liberty and your future.
What Is Title IX?
According to the United States Department of Justice, Title IX is a federal law that prevents discrimination based on a person’s sex in regards to a federally funded education program or related activity. Since colleges and universities are the ones doling out the immediate punishment upon the accused students or faculty, and doing so without a full trial or investigation, in reality, Title IX discriminates against males.
Penalties universities or colleges frequently use against the accused include:
- Suspension (up to a year)
- Defamation of character
- Inability to continue education or employment
This comes as an interesting take on Title IX, which was once only used to protect the rights of the accuser, who historically was nearly-always female. Legal professionals believe Title IX started being abused and exploited around 2011 when the Education Department lowered the burden of proof for accusers, sometimes penalizing men with only an allegation.
Stand Strong When Your Education is Under Attack
Parties quick to bring Title IX claims against an accused, often claim that lawyers are bringing too much formal litigation into a process that is not a criminal prosecution. What they fail to realize is that, criminal or not, the outcome of the hearings and the weight of the accusation will heavily and negatively impact the lives of the accused. Due process, solid evidence, and a fair trial, so to speak, are necessary if justice is to be achieved, not assumed. People also don’t realize that schools get money, lots of money, from the Federal Government for pursuing Title IX claims.
At The Law Office of Debra D. Corcoran, our defense attorney has 26+ years of criminal defense experience, including a wide array of experience in sex crimes. This gives our firm a unique advantage when an individual is accused. By bringing formality and tenacity to your case, we hope to not only defend your rights as an individual, but also protect your educational opportunities.