Title IX Hearings
I have the deepest respect for the Title IX vision, but I also believe that a single mistake or misunderstanding should not threaten a student’s entire future. Most of the students I work with live in or near Lubbock, Texas, but no matter where you are in the Lone Star state, I implore you to reach out today if you need help preparing for a Title IX hearing.
The Title IX statute was created with a clear and honorable purpose — to make education and educational programs equally accessible to male and female students. Unfortunately, though, Title IX enforcement is sometimes excessive. Students who make a simple mistake — like publicly fighting with a boyfriend or girlfriend — can face criminal charges or be expelled based on Title IX rules.
That’s where I come in. When you find yourself faced with a Title IX hearing at your university, I am here to explain your rights, prepare you for your hearing, and coach you through the steps that come before and after the hearing. Many times, one of the penalties considered will be expulsion from your institution. Expulsion is serious – do not walk in unprepared.
“Dating Violence” and Title IX
Many of the students I work with on Title IX cases are surprised that their actions got them in trouble in the first place. For instance, let’s say you’re 20 years old and at a college party. You walk into a room and see your boyfriend or girlfriend kissing someone else. A fight ensues, and your significant other (or, more likely, your new ex) gets hit in the crossfire. Next thing you know, your presence is being requested at a Title IX hearing.
Why did this happen? Because your actions are considered “dating violence” — which, in my experience, is one of the most common causes of Title IX hearings at Texas universities. In other words, your boyfriend or girlfriend is considered a victim of sex-based discrimination in this and countless similar scenarios.
Consequences of Title IX Accusations
Your Title IX hearing gives you a chance to clarify misunderstandings, explain what really happened, and ultimately fight to clear your name. If you come unprepared, or if for any reason your story is not believed, you could face a number of consequences. Depending on the circumstances that led up to your hearing, those consequences could include one or more of the following:
- Expulsion from the university
- Suspension from the university
- Criminal charges, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, stalking, trespassing, assault, battery, and/or others
- Heavy fines
- Jail time
Please be aware that even if you do not receive criminal charges, you can still be expelled from the university because Texas schools take these accusations very seriously. To ensure you’re well-prepared to defend yourself properly, it is best not to take any chances. Work with an experienced Title IX attorney before attending your hearing.
Getting Ready for Your Title IX Hearing
One of the most important things you need to know before a Title IX hearing is that you will be representing yourself. An attorney can prepare you for what’s to come, coach you on how to present yourself, and even write notes to help you during the hearing — but they cannot speak for you. That’s why it’s crucial that you contact an attorney immediately. After all, the sooner you reach out for help, the more prepared you’ll be to defend yourself.
I was falsely accused of harassment, a violation of Title IX policy, at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. I had never been in trouble with anything before so I was really scared as to what my options were and what would happen to me, as I had worked so hard for my degree and it seemed that one false allegation could ruin my future. Luckily, I found Mr. Carrizales.
His representation was superb. He helped me navigate all the ins and outs of the opaque Title IX process, and he was always available to answer any questions I had. He prepared me perfectly for investigative meetings and the hearing itself.
Even in the face of an accuser who attempted to influence witness testimony and recruit over a dozen people to tell investigators her side of the story, the truth prevailed. I really don’t think it would have if I would have gone into this process alone or hired someone else.
Today I owe my good name and reputation to Mr. Carrizales. He is an excellent attorney and a good man, and I cannot recommend him highly enough. Thank you Austin!!!
Austin was extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and candid. He wasted no time taking care of me. I am very satisfied with his service and I highly recommend this law firm.
I highly recommend Mr. Carrizales as a attorney. He’s an experience, knowledgable, caring , up foward, fast acting and observant attorney . He is truly for the resident of Lubbock county. I am very pleased with his service he provided in my son’s case. Thank you Austin you’re awesome
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