Representing Students And Staff In Cases of Sexual Misconduct

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When your reputation and career are on the line, you feel as though you are being accused of committing a crime. You need an experienced sex crime lawyer to guide you through the internal investigation process that colleges and universities use.

It is an enormous mistake to sit through an interview without being accompanied by counsel. Seemingly innocent statements and admissions by you, or a denial by you of facts that the university can prove, can result in a university official finding you "responsible" for an act that you did not commit. You need a team of sex crime attorneys on your side.

NachtLaw will represent both staff members and students caught up in cases of sexual misconduct. These cases may involve coaches and players, professors and students, or students and students.

The stakes are incredibly high. What happens?

  • Students are being suspended and expelled from universities.
  • Applications to other colleges, graduate schools and jobs are harmed.
  • Professors and other employees are fired.
  • Referrals are now routinely made to police authorities for possible criminal prosecution for sexual misconduct.

Defending The Accused In University Investigations

The defenses to a university investigation are similar to those in defending a civil lawsuit.

Sometimes, the critical defense lies in proving something simple: The accusation must be false because you have an alibi.

Or we can find a corroborating witness through our independent investigation to support your defense and undermine the claimant's statements.

Sometimes, the critical defense strategy lies in establishing a due process violation in the investigation itself.

Many colleges and universities are "winging it" in creating new investigatory procedures, concerned more with keeping their own administrators out of trouble than with protecting the rights of the innocent and falsely accused.

We prepare our clients thoroughly before they are interviewed.

We have been doing this work for decades and understand the culture of higher education administration. Our sex crimes attorneys have saved many careers each year with our work.

What Is The Process?

The university investigates the accusations through a process governed by a federal law, Title IX. University investigations under Title IX have changed in the past few years in response to pressure from the U.S. Department of Education. New investigations give the accused fewer rights. For instance, most colleges have taken away the right to cross-examine the accuser. The accused must make efforts to prove that they are innocent by bringing new facts to light. There is often the potential for an appeal by either the accuser or the accused.

  • The mounting of a defense requires subtle judgment calls.
  • We are careful to consider potential implications for a criminal case or a civil lawsuit.
  • We present facts that from our experience will seem plausible to university investigators.
  • We must also act consistently with the university's own rules governing the process.

Contact NachtLaw

For more information or to schedule an appointment regarding a contractual or disciplinary matter in the education law field, please contact a lawyer at NachtLaw. We represent clients throughout Michigan and Ohio from our office locations in Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Traverse City and Toledo.

Our education law attorneys represent students, teachers and professors at all public and private Michigan and Ohio colleges and universities, including: University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Albion College, Washtenaw Community College, Concordia University, Michigan Technological University, The Art Institute of Michigan, Wayne County Community College, Wayne State University and Jackson Community College.

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