The Consequences of Sexual Charges
When charged with a sex crime, the mere accusation of the crime can have a devastating effect on your life, including serious harm to your reputation, career and personal relationships. If convicted, you can face a lifetime registration as a sex offender usually is the result, as well as, severe criminal penalties. A sex crime conviction will more likely than not taint and tarnish you for the rest of your life, and convictions can occur even when the sole evidence is the complainant’s word, unsubstantiated by any other evidence, including the lack of any medical evidence to support the complainant’s word, as is often the case.
Casual comments made by a child, complaints by a student against a teacher or school administrator, a patient-doctor relationship gone bad or a difficult divorce / custody case can all result in potential sex crime charges. It is you and your attorney alone who can turn the tide in your direction.
Charges of sexual crimes; therefore, must be taken seriously and defended against aggressively. Because of the current public hysteria about these crimes, the sensationalism created by the media, and the misconception that the only proper remedy is the long term imprisonment of the accused, if convicted, there is a nationwide effort to pursue, prosecute, and imprison sexual predators relentlessly. Tremendous time and money has been spent by the government to set up sting operations; the news media and prosecutors are all playing on public fear.
Sex crime charges are generally "he said, she said" cases in which the jury must decide between the word of the victim and that of the defendant. Accusations are made even more complex when they involve children, who are highly impressionable.
Before you consider a guilty plea, be sure you fully understand all of the consequences of a sexual conviction!
Sex Crime Defense best starts immediately after the charge is made. The best way to defeat one of these charges is by aggressive pre-indictment and pre-trial investigation in order to gather enough defensive information to convince the prosecution that it is wrong. Sex Crime Defense is different from other areas of criminal law and requires very specific techniques and experience. An effective defense team often employs psychologists, computer forensic examiners, private investigators and an attorney with the expertise to use these tools in the most effective manner.
One defense strategy is to deny that the alleged sexual act occurred in the first place or that the sexual act did not involve the defendant. This requires a rapid response to the charge from the beginning, including massive investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the charge. DNA and other forensic evidence may be used to support this defense. With an adult making such a charge, another strategy is to argue that the act was consensual. These defenses each require skilled argumentation by your attorney and may depend strongly on the use of psychologists, character witnesses and expert private investigation services.
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