Defending Students Who Are Facing Significant Penalties
Title IX is a federal civil rights law that requires schools to investigate and address any accusation of sexual assault. The college or university’s investigation must occur independently of any criminal charge. Unfortunately, in their haste to comply with Title IX regulations, it is not uncommon for these institutions to miss or mishandle evidence.
At Sheppard Law Firm, P.C., we are dedicated to protecting college students accused of sexual assault or misconduct. We are devoted to ensuring that our clients receive the benefits of due process while we make every effort to shield them from the devastating impact of the potential outcomes they are facing.
A student who stands accused of these serious allegations must work quickly to protect himself or herself. Accused students might face severe consequences that could follow them through their lives. Our firm stands ready to defend clients in Chicago and communities throughout Illinois who have been accused of rape, date rape or other disciplinary matter. Let our firm fight to protect your college career and your future.
We understand that a student’s academic career is on the line due to these serious accusations. Since the college’s investigation is handled independently of any criminal case, the student might face suspension or expulsion even if they were never ultimately charged with a crime. Since each college and university develops their code of conduct independently, it can be challenging to gain a clear understanding of various policies — including consent. Our defense lawyers have the experience necessary to thoroughly investigate your charge and develop a strong, effective defense.
We have a strong history in a wide range of Title IX and related criminal cases.
Recent Results in Title IX Proceedings
December 13, 2021 — University of Chicago — Student held “Not Responsible” on all counts. The charges alleged sexual assault.
August 3, 2021 — University of Chicago — On the eve of the formal hearing, Sheppard Law Firm was able to meet with the complainant’s advisor and the complainant ultimately agreed to drop the formal complaint and proceed by way of the informal resolution process which would not result in a disciplinary action on the respondent’s record.
April 9, 2021 — Washington University — Student found “Not Liable” on all counts after a 2-day hearing. The charges alleged sexual assault.
Contact Sheppard Law Firm, P.C.
If you are facing an accusation of sexual misconduct and have questions centering on Title IX proceedings, it is crucial that you act quickly to protect your future. Contact Sheppard Law Firm, P.C., to discuss your defense needs with experienced and dedicated Chicago sex offense attorneys. Call 312-443-1233 for an initial consultation.