TCU, Baylor, UNT, UTA, Student Defense | Texas Title IX Defense Attorneys

College or University students that become involved with sexual misconduct and code of conduct violations face a variety of complex concerns: informal student conduct hearings, potential criminal charges, and Title IX investigations. Unfortunately, a momentary lapse in judgment, which happens from time to time with college students, can have a major impact on a student’s future.

At Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC, we counsel and defend college students at university disciplinary hearings, Title IX investigations, and misdemeanor or felony criminal cases associated with alleged student misconduct. Our goal is to ensure that the incident does not end up on the student’s permanent school or criminal record.

We offer experienced and compassionate representation for students at TCU, UNT, UTA, TCC, Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech and other educational institutions across Texas. From the moment an allegation is made, throughout the entire process, we counsel students facing these situations and help them navigate through university procedures as well as the potential of the criminal justice system. An allegation of sexual misconduct or assault can be an intimidating and scary time for a student and his or her family. We strive to calm your fears as we help you understand what you will be facing over the coming weeks and months.

Our criminal defense attorneys are former state and federal prosecutors, so they know the criminal justice process inside and out. In addition to this background, we have handled numerous cases involving college and university students, shepherding the student through both disciplinary and potential court proceedings. We will take the time to answer all of your questions along the way.

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We found Jason to be very open and honest with us going in about the realities of my daughter's case and what possible outcomes we were facing. It was clear to us that he had her best interest at heart.

J.C. - Parent of Student Defense Client

Barnett, Howard and Williams came highly recommended and believe me, they did not disappoint. I can sincerely testify that Luke Williams gave over 100% to my son's issue.

L. - Parent of Student Defense Client

We hired Brandon the day before my daughter's court date. He was there the next morning and had already handled several issues. I was constantly impressed.

B.W. - Parent of Criminal Defense Client

What is Title IX?

“Title IX” refers to U.S. federal law and specifically the Title IX Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX was enacted to protect people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.

Specifically, Title IX states that:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

This law makes it incumbent on schools and universities that receive federal funding to operate in a non-discriminatory manner. Most, if not all, schools and universities receive federal funding (even if by way of their student’s loans being obtained through Federal Student aid). Ultimately, if an institution receiving federal funding does not follow the guidelines – interpreted and ostensibly enforced as mandates – of Title IX federal funding can be withdrawn.

University Title IX cases primarily deal with allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. The federal mandates regarding Title IX sexual assault cases are not extensive. Much is left to the individual educational institutions to design and implement. Our experience has been that regardless of the school involved, there are significant differences in how an investigation and hearing will be conducted.

Every educational institution has a student code of conduct that includes the written rules for initiating, investigating, adjudicating and appealing Title IX claims.  Some of the local Texas schools Title IX policies are linked below:

The Federal Title 9 Rules will change in August 2020. Learn more about the changes HERE.

Proven Results for College Students And Parents

Our attorneys offer compassionate and patient counsel to students and parents.  We have developed a proven track record of positive results for student defense cases, both at the university level and in the criminal justice system.  When a student’s future is on the line, you need experienced, local representation.  You can turn to Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC with confidence in matters involving:

Some Young Offenders May Be Eligible For A Pretrial Diversion Program

In June 2015, the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office made significant changes to its “Deferred Prosecution Program.” Please ask us about this program in Tarrant County!

This program may allow you to avoid court disposition altogether, with the opportunity to try to resolve your case by complying with certain terms set out in a written agreement between you and the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office. If the terms of the pretrial diversion program are completed within the required time frame and you do not violate the agreement, then the diversion program typically provides for the dismissal of your case. In most cases, the student will then be eligible to have the case and arrest expunged from their record so that it cannot be seen by future employers or graduate school.

For young university students with a clean criminal history, a diversion program can be a great option. If you hire our student defense attorneys and you are interested in applying for a diversion program, the first step will be to prepare the application and additional information we will provide to the District Attorney’s Office.

Proven Results in Student Defense Cases | Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers

Criminal defense for Texas Christian University students and those attending other institutions in North Texas is a conscious, highly developed strength of our law firm. Our attorneys engage closely with our clients and their families and actively prepare them for specific university disciplinary processes as well as the criminal justice system. Our constant goal is to help students stay in school and on track in life.

We are dedicated, proven student defense lawyers. At Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC, you can depend on personal attention from lawyers who genuinely care about you or your child. For a FREE consultation of your case, please call (817) 993-9249 or send us an email now.


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