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What to Do If You Have Been Falsely Accused of a Sex Crime

Published April 15, 2021 by ADRAS & ALTIG, Attorneys at Law
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Even if you are ultimately vindicated in court after being falsely accused of sexual assault, just the mere accusation of a sex crime can have a devastating impact on your reputation and personal and professional relationships. If you’ve been falsely accused of a sex crime, it’s vital to respond to these allegations quickly. Here are some steps to take immediately to protect your rights.

Make No Statements to Anyone

When you are falsely accused of a sex crime, always remember your right to remain silent. Anything you say to someone about the accusation, especially statements you make to police, can later be used against you in a criminal proceeding. Even if you talk to family or friends, they can later be required to testify in court about what you’ve said.

If you have been falsely accused, you may be tempted to try to explain yourself or prove your innocence. However, you’re much more likely to say things that will hurt you later. Keep silent and let your criminal defense attorney do the talking for you.

Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney

You need experienced criminal legal representation as soon as you learn that you’ve been accused of sexual assault or another sex crime. A criminal defense attorney can help you understand the charges against you. They can develop a legal strategy to defend you after you’ve been falsely charged with a crime. Your conversations with your attorney are privileged, so you can be open and honest with your lawyer.

Take Accusations Seriously

Even though you’ve been falsely accused, you shouldn’t assume that you’ll automatically be vindicated and that the accusations or charges will eventually go away. Act quickly to get legal representation from an experienced sex crimes attorney to help you protect your rights and interests.

Educate Yourself about Legal Proceedings

Although you should hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible, you should also take the time to learn about the criminal justice process and what you can expect if you are facing sexual assault charges or other charges for sex crimes. If you understand what is going on in your case, you can better assist your lawyer with preparing your defense. You’ll be better informed when you need to make decisions that can affect your rights and interests.

Contact the Sex Crimes Attorneys at Adras & Altig

If you are falsely accused of sexual assault, the time to act is now. Seek experienced legal representation to protect yourself from the negative consequences of an arrest or conviction for sex crimes. Turn to the experienced criminal defense attorneys of Adras & Altig. We genuinely care about our clients and about helping them through the stressful experience of facing criminal charges.

Our goal in each case is to secure the best possible outcome for our clients based on their individual needs and goals. We know our clients’ lives are affected by their case, so we never treat our caseload like a numbers game. Every case is important. When you choose our firm to help you with your charges, you’ll have the benefit of our partners’ team approach to working on cases.

Contact us today for a free initial case review and to begin mounting your legal defense.

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