Being accused of a Title IX violation is serious. If you are accused you need to learn your rights but unfortunately, the process can be confusing. We often find that clients who come to us for help with Title IX violation accusations have not been properly informed of the charges by their college and do not know what rights they have in the process. Trying to defend yourself on your own is a terrible idea. Going it alone and not knowing your rights can lead to some terrible and life altering outcomes for you. Read more about the consequences of going it alone here.
If you are accused of a Title IX violation, there are a few simple steps to take immediately to protect yourself.
- Call Your Parents
If you are over 18, your parents – even if they are paying your tuition – will not be informed of the accusation. Call your parents and tell them what is going on; ask for their help. If, for some reason, your parents are not available to you, call a trusted friend.
- Call a Lawyer
Then find yourself legal help. Your college Title IX administrator is supposed to explain your rights to you; but you are better off talking to a lawyer and making sure you completely understand the accusations against you, your rights in the situation and the best course of action to take to defend yourself.
- Learn Your Rights
You have legal rights if you are accused of a Title IX violation. Sit down with your lawyer and be absolutely sure that you understand your rights. In addition, have your lawyer go over the restrictions that may be placed on you as you wait for your case to be decided.
Don’t try to defend yourself against Title IX violation charges alone. You need help to ensure that your life is not changed forever. Contant Law specializes in defending the rights of the accused in Massachusetts. We are leaders in the defense of Title IX accusations. If you have been accused of a Title IX violation or need legal help of any kind, don’t go it alone, call or text us. Contant Law 617-227-8383.