January 17, 2020

What Does it Mean to Be Accused of a Title IX Violation?

Frequently, college students are informed that they have been accused of a Title IX violation and they have no idea what this means. A Title IX infraction is typically sexual harassment, assault, dating violence or stalking. Often the school administration makes the notification by email or by letter, but the accused is given little information about what exactly it is they have been accused of doing. The typical college student is also reluctant to tell their parents; and once the student is over 18, parents are not notified.

If you (or your child) is accused of a Title IX violation, it is critical to get advice immediately. Reach out to your parents, seek legal advice and get as much information as possible from the college about the exact nature of the complaint against you. You also need to learn what your rights are.

The Title IX process varies from school to school, based on that school’s written policies and procedures but you can read an overview of the general process here. It is key to have an experienced defense attorney working with you as an advisor to help you navigate this complex process. If the college finds you guilty of a Title IX violation, the consequences can follow you for the rest of your life, affecting your opportunities to finish college, prevent you from going to graduate school and it can even affect your job opportunities in the future.

If you are accused of a Title IX violation, don’t try to defend yourself alone. In order to help ensure that your life is not changed forever, you need to secure a proven criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. If you have been accused of a Title IX violation or need legal help of any kind, call or text us. Contant Law 617-227-8383.

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January 3, 2020

Juvenile Criminal Law: Helping Kids Navigate the Legal System

Children need to be protected, and if they get into trouble with the law, they need help, guidance and support. In our practice one of the areas where we specialize is juvenile criminal law. We view this as a very critical area of our practice. By helping the youngest and most vulnerable when they find themselves in trouble with the law, we can spare them from a record that follows them for their entire life. In addition, our youngest clients often learn an important lesson from the experience and make better choices going forward; which of course helps them become responsible, law-abiding members of society. Listen to our podcast on defending juveniles to learn more about how the process works.

Impulsive Decisions

Many cases involving juveniles start with a bad choice or impulsive decision, very natural behaviors for adolescents. We recently had a case where a young man and two friends decided to trespass on school property and break into a locker. It was nothing more than a prank to the boys. But when the school pressed charges our client came to us for help. Read more about the case here.

Family Obstacles

Occasionally, we have clients whose parents do not put their child’s best interest first. When we are faced with such situations, we work very hard to be sure the parents understand what their child needs from them. If they do not follow our advice, we devote our energy to seeking the best resolution we can get for the child. A recent case involved a ten-year-old girl accused of injuring her cousin. We were able to help her despite obstacles her family put in the way. Read more about the case here.

If your child or another juvenile family member finds themselves in trouble with the law, get them legal help right away. Having an advocate in your court can make a huge difference to the outcome of the case. A successful outcome can save a child from a record that follows them throughout their entire life. If you or someone you know finds themselves in legal trouble, contact us. Call or text us at Contant Law 617-227-8383.

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