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Steps to Take if You're Accused of a Sex Crime

Last updated 6 years ago

 

Thousands of people are sexually assaulted every year, under circumstances which often include the false accusation of sex crimes against innocent people. If you find yourself accused of a sex crime, follow these steps to obtain the best possible defense for yourself:

Don’t speak
Though you may be tempted to speak to the police to tell your side of the story or help them get the facts right, you will be better served by simply invoking your right to silence. If you have been accused of a sex crime, police officers may be prejudiced against you and may not have your best interests at heart. Anything you say can and will be used against you, so do not answer any questions until you have spoken to an experienced defense attorney.

Don’t Contact Your Accuser
No matter how hurt or upset you are, never contact your accuser for any reason. You will not change his or her mind, and you could potentially be accused of trying to influence or intimidate the plaintiff. Your only contact with your accuser should be through your lawyer, as he or she deems appropriate.

Educate Yourself
Research the crimes you’ve been accused of to discover their exact definitions and the possible penalties they carry. You need to be prepared to be an active part of your defense, and you cannot do that unless you are well-educated.

Write Down What Happened
Your accuser has accounted his or her version of events, and now it is time to collect yours. When you write down what happened on the day or days the alleged crime took place, try to remember as many details as possible. You may also want to make a list of people who could have been witnesses to your interactions with your accuser.

Blumberg & Associates has been defending people accused of sex crimes since 1988. If you or someone you know need our criminal defense services, call (602) 277-6180 to reach our Phoenix office.

 

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