Investigations of sexual assaults at colleges and universities have gained
significant attention from news outlets throughout the country. According to a
2017 report from the Department of Education, there were more than more than 300 open
investigations of sexual assault cases. The Department of Education also
noted that the following schools in Florida were under investigation:
- Full Sail University
- Stetson University
- The University of South Florida
- The University of Miami and Florida State University
Police records show that 55 rapes were reported at Florida’s public
universities between 2012 and 2013. However, only five arrests were made.
3 of the cases were ultimately dismissed.
Although many people feel the way universities handle sexual assault cases
is flawed, police departments at Florida universities and colleges take
rape allegations very seriously. Several officers investigate these types
of cases and interview witnesses and suspects. They also review security-camera
videos and check entry card-readers. Clothing and other forms of evidence
are then sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for DNA testing.
In addition to police investigations, universities also have noncriminal
student-discipline programs. These programs have a significantly lower
standard of proof and the punishments they hand out usually don’t
result in criminal charges. This is because many college parents worry
about the stigma their children will face if they have to register as
a sex offender.
Speak to a Criminal Defense Lawyer in St. Augustine
Have you been accused of sexual assault? If so, you should immediately
get in touch with our legal team to discuss your options. Sexual assault
charges carry harsh prison sentences and other penalties that will substantially
impact your future. Our lawyers will review the details of your case and
explain all of your rights under the law. We can build a strong legal
strategy that will protect your rights, and we are prepared to fight for you.
Call (904) 450-5313 to
set up a free consultation with a
St. Augustine sex crimes lawyer.