Any type of criminal charge can be a frightening and stressful experience. However, when those charges are related to sex crimes, such as sexual assault, even allegations alone can potentially ruin your personal and professional reputation.
Since sex crimes are among the most serious charges one can face, and because they are associated with a harsh social stigma, it is critical for those facing false allegations to take the proper steps to protect their rights and future.
Keep in mind, the prosecution needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a sex crime was committed, which can be difficult if the only evidence of the incident is the story of the alleged victim.
The following are several steps you can take when facing false accusations of sexual assault:
- Understand the severity of the allegations – Unfortunately, those who are falsely accused go into a certain level of denial and minimize how much trouble they are possibly in, which can lead to more legal troubles than originally before.
- Hire a lawyer – You would want an attorney who has years of experience handling sex crimes. He or she can conduct a thorough evaluation of your case and determine all of your legal options in order to get your charges dismissed.
- Formulate a timeline – A timeline is an effective tool which can provide a solid alibi. Start from the day the incident occurred and end with today. Ensure you are as detailed as possible.
- Create a witness list –Include each person’s name, contact information, address, and what he or she can testify to.