Crime victims receive a lot of sympathy which makes taking on the role of a victim attractive to some people. A desire for compassion is one of several motivations for making false accusations. What attention seekers don’t or won’t consider is the extensive damage false criminal charges cause for Baltimore defendants and an overburdened legal system.
Anyone who has been tied directly or indirectly to an arrest, imprisonment or criminal court appearance knows the legal process is stressful. True and false allegations can generate media attention, which can destroy a defendant’s professional and personal relationships. Made up charges cause real problems for law enforcers, courts, defendants and, ultimately, for the false accusers.
Sympathy isn’t the only reason people lie about crimes. Some false accusations are brought by people with mental health issues, while others make allegations for financial gain, revenge or to provide an alibi for true wrongdoing. Making false adult crime claims is a crime itself.
Researchers have studied patterns among people who file bogus allegations, particularly in sexual assault cases. The accusers are, more often than not, females who use the legal system rather than traditional methods to seek attention and help. Females tend to claim they are victims of sexually violent crimes, while males more often make accusations of nonsexual assaults – falsified theft crimes are typically linked to profit motives.
Police officers take criminal allegations seriously. However, authorities like the FBI may conduct secondary, behind-the-scenes behavioral investigations when accusers’ stories and evidence seem dubious. Police investigators are obligated to treat cases as if a crime occurred but sometimes also seek proof of the accuser’s honesty.
A criminal defense attorney can assist officials with the effort to clear a falsely accused defendant’s name. James E. Crawford Jr. & Associates defense lawyers also can dispute thin evidence prosecutors use to try to convict a defendant for a crime he or she did not commit.