If you were accused of sexual assault, you must act fast to protect your future. Sexual assault allegations can have a devastating effect on your personal and professional life, even if they are completely unfounded. The problem with sex crimes is that people are quick to assume the worst and may judge the accused person as guilty before any evidence is produced. Even if you are innocent, it is important that you take any claims of sexual assault seriously, or you could face severe consequences.
Understand the Seriousness of Your Situation
The first step to fighting false allegations is to come to terms with the trouble you are in. Do not brush off any accusations of sexual assault, always take them seriously and respond accordingly. Innocent people are convicted of crimes they did not commit all the time, so even the falsely accused must be cautious.
Hire an Attorney
Immediately after learning, you are facing accusations, call a criminal defense attorney you trust. Make sure the attorney you choose has a thorough understanding of criminal law and experience working on sexual assault cases, like yours.
Take care to ensure that you act in a way that reflects your innocence. For example, if the crime you were accused of involved children, do what you can to avoid children for the time being. If your job requires it, make sure you are never left alone with children and have another adult present at all times to vouch for your appropriate behavior. Also, be careful what you say. If any jokes or comments might be misconstrued or taken offensively, keep them to yourself.
After you hire an attorney, he or she will discuss your situation and what information you may need to gather in order to help your case. You may need to create a witness list of individuals who can testify on your side. You should also begin doing your own research so that you understand the legal terms coming your way. Your attorney can do a great job of explaining these things to you, but doing your own research can go a long way toward giving you a more thorough understanding of your own situation.
If you are facing false accusations of sexual assault, don’t wait to defend yourself. Contact Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich today to discuss your situation with our firm.