Important Steps to Take If Accused of a Sex Crime

Important Steps to Take If Accused of a Sex Crime

Whether you are charged with sexual assault or child pornography, being accused of a sex crime is a complete nightmare. Although criminal law says a person is innocent until proven guilty, even mere allegations of sexual misconduct can cause significant damage to an individual’s personal and professional reputation.

If you experience false allegations of a sex crime, it is imperative to protect yourself and build a strong legal defense as soon as you learn about your criminal investigation. While you may simply ignore trouble you are in because you believe you are innocent, failing to take action can result in further legal trouble.

The following are the proper steps to take after being accused of sexual misconduct:

  • Hire a lawyer – The best action to take is hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and reputation. Just because you obtain legal representation doesn’t mean you admit guilt. Because of the high stakes involved in these types of cases, a lawyer can help mitigate the damage, guide you through the complexities of your case, and use a wide range of defenses to prove there is a reasonable doubt to these allegations.
  • Do not speak to law enforcement – Just because you stay quiet about the allegations, doesn’t make you appear guilty. In fact, exercising your right to remain silent can do more good than harm. People often make the mistake of trying to explain “their side of the story”. However, what you say to police and the prosecution can be used against you in court. You will have an opportunity to explain yourself once you discuss the details with your attorney.
  • Collect evidence and potential witnesses – In order to prove your innocence, you must gather evidence which supports your claim. You and your lawyer can obtain supporting evidence such as scientific tests or testimony from expert witnesses, create a timeline of the events leading up to the alleged incident, and contact anyone who could corroborate your story. If you encounter evidence which doesn’t support your case, destroying or hiding it can result in more legal trouble. Your attorney can determine the proper course of action and build an effective plan to maintain your innocence.
  • Do not contact the accuser – While it may be tempting to reach out to the accuser in order to work things out without involving the authorities, do not take that risk. Contacting the accuser can be used against you. Anything you say in the conversation can make you appear guilty of intimidation or the crime itself.

At the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, we know what it takes to protect the rights and future of our clients when they are facing sex crime allegations. With more than 25 years of experience, our Baltimore criminal defense attorney can help you obtain the best outcome possible and get your life back on the right track.

Contact us for a free consultation today. We are available 24/7 whenever you need us.

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