Allegations of sex crime often occur on college campuses, often in the context of on or off-campus parties where individuals have been drinking. Some of the potential sex crimes that may arise on campus include rape, sexual assault, and indecent exposure, among others. These allegations can give rise not only to criminal prosecution, but also to college conduct proceedings under Title IX.
Under Title IX, college campuses that receive federal funding, which typically is the form of federal financial aid that college students receive, must disclose information about sex crimes on campus and enact strict policies to prevent it from happening. While these policies vary from one school to the next, the potential for a finding of misconduct in these proceedings is very high, even if there never a criminal prosecution or conviction arising from the incident.
Title IX hearings often can result in severe penalties for individuals whom colleges find have committed misconduct. They may be subject to probation, suspension, eviction from campus housing, and even expulsion. These disciplinary findings become part of the student’s criminal record and can hinder future career opportunities.
Furthermore, the Texas legislature enacted even stricter standards for college campuses handling allegations of sexual assault, passing several bills that the Governor Abbott signed into law this year. As a result, Texas now has laws that in some respects more stringent than those requirements imposed by Title IX. These laws are among the strictest in the nation.
Criminal charges for sex offenses likewise can have harsh consequences. Individuals can face years in prison, mandatory registration as a sex offender, probation, and fines if convicted of a sex crime. To avoiding these potentially devastating effects, individuals should not hesitate to seek legal advice.
If you or a family member is facing accusations of a sex crime or any other criminal charges, we may be able to help. As experienced Texas criminal defense attorneys, we have the knowledge needed to help you navigate through often-complex criminal proceedings. Call us today at (512) 474-4445 and schedule an appointment with one of our criminal defense lawyers and learn how we can assist you.