School Sexual Assault on Campus
Parents are often the first people that contact our offices about their son being investigated or charged with sexual assault. They often believe that the situation is less serious because the boy is a juvenile and believe that juvenile convictions automatically drop off your record when their son turns 18 years old. This is not correct. A juvenile accused of sexual assault often faces a lifetime of discrimination from educational institutions, rental apartments and employment.
Police talking to your child
Police often go to school and find children on campus to interview them about a allegation of sexual assault. Many parents believe that police are required to inform the parents if they want to interview a child. This is not true. Police often go to campuses to interview students and generally receive the cooperation of principals and school officials to interrogate children at school.
Allegations of sexual assault can often result in expulsion from campus, juvenile criminal charges or adult criminal charges being filed in an adult court. These allegations can also result in a on campus disciplinary hearing to determine if your student will be suspended or expelled from the school. You have a right to have a hearing in these cases and have a right to have an attorney present.
As a general rule you should never allow your child to talk to police
Teenagers 16-18 years of age
It is important to understand that if a 16, 17, or 18 year old is charged with Felony Sexual Assault that they will be charged as an adult and go to adult court for their case. The Superior Court in Washington State has exclusive jurisdiction over 16-18 year olds that are charged with felony sex crimes.