Have you been wrongly accused of a sex crime? If so, you are likely feeling a range of emotions, from confusion and fear to anger. Instead of trying to ignore the charges or hoping that they simply go away, you need to be proactive in order to prove your innocence. The following are some things to know if you have been wrongly accused of such a crime.
Don't Talk to Authorities
If you are formally arrested and charged, or simply brought in for questioning, you do not have to answer anything that the authorities ask unless you have an attorney present. Even if the questioning seems informal, avoid divulging any information about the events leading up to the accusation until you have secured legal council. Anything you say can be used as evidence against you, and without legal council it can be all too easy to say something that will be misconstrued or even twisted in a way that makes you appear guilty. By law, the authorities must allow you to have a lawyer present when you are being questioned.
Retain a Lawyer
The first thing to do is to retain a lawyer as soon as you are notified about the accusation. A lawyer can help you gather the pertinent facts and evidence, as well as make sure that any line of questioning is legal and not leading you into confessing any form of guilt. They can also help you formulate the best defense for the situation. For example, if there was intimacy between you and the accuser but consent was given, then your lawyer will help prove that consent took place.
Don't Contact the Accuser
No matter how tempting it may be to try and contact the accuser and handle the situation on your own, chances are that the accuser will not be reasonable and you will end up in more trouble. Furthermore, do not try to talk to the accuser through a third party, such as a mutual friend. Avoid any contact with the person, whether it's at events or even online through social media.
Gather Your Evidence
You will need to work with your lawyer to gather the evidence necessary to prove your innocence. This may require developing a timeline or statement regarding the events leading up to and following the accusation. You will also need to get witness information for anyone else that was present, or for those that can vouch that you weren't even near the accuser when the crime occurred.
For more help, contact a sex crimes attorney in your area.