Sexual assault allegations have significantly increased within the past year, since the start of the #MeToo movement. Immense damage to a person’s life and reputation can occur with mere accusation, even before criminal charges are filed unfortunately. There are several mistakes people often make which can harm their case during the investigation. We at Kajioka & Associates, Attorneys at Law would like to take the opportunity list these common mistakes today.
What Not to Do if Accused of a Sex Crime
1) Ignoring the claims. Some people that are falsely accused of sexual misconduct, do not take the claims seriously enough to take legal action to protect themselves, leaving them vulnerable to the criminal justice system to take its course. Ignoring the criminal investigation can leave you exposed to the prosecutors. If convicted of a sex crime, you will likely face prison time, fines, and have to register as a sex offender, and possibly for the rest of your life.
2) Interviewing with law enforcement. If you cooperate with the investigation, many believe the police will help you. Some think that not talking to law enforcement makes them appear guilty in fact. Do not act on your impulses should you have the urge to tell “your side of the story” to the police. In a trial, keep in mind that anything you say can and will be used against you as evidence. Invoke your right to remain silent and only speak to them with an attorney present in the event that law enforcement wants to ask you questions.
3) Speaking with the accuser. Do not communicate with your accuser, even if it seems you have the opportunity to set the record straight. Your conversation may be recorded in an attempt to gather evidence which supports the accuser’s claims, whether you reach out to the person or they reach out to you.
4) Using social media to share your investigation. Where social media has become a part of our lives, from posting photos and videos to staying connected with friends and family, people use these platforms frequently. During the criminal investigation, you should avoid the social media and never attempt to plead your innocence online, doing so will only make matters worse.
5) Representing yourself. You need to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer due to the severity of such accusations. To fight the charges against you, your attorney can protect your rights throughout the criminal justice process, conduct their own investigation into your case, and build an effective defense plan. Though you can use a public defender for legal representation, they frequently have an extreme caseload to work with and do not have enough time to properly handle your defense.
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When you have been accused of a sex crime, call Kajioka & Associates, Attorneys at Law and let our team of experienced attorneys fight for you in court. Before speaking with law enforcement, be sure to speak with us first and we will help defend you throughout the entire process. Call Kajioka & Associates, Attorneys at Law today for your consultation.