False Accusation of Sexual Assault: What Do I Do?
The definition of sexual assault varies by state, but, in general, it is defined as any conduct against another person which could be considered indecent or sexual in nature. While statistics show 1 out of every 5 women and 1 out of every 71 men are raped or experienced attempted rape at some point in their lifetime, there are those who make rape survivor’s lives harder by falsifying a sexual assault charge. If you’ve been entangled in a false sexual assault charge, you need to take action as soon as possible.
Though it may make you look guilty, the first thing you should do is hire an excellent criminal defense attorney. It is their jobs to ensure innocent people are not put behind bars on false charges or through negligent investigation. However, if it is your word against your accuser’s, you need someone on your team completely. Sexual assault charges can lead to severe consequences, so your attorney will start building your case immediately.
He or she will likely try and accumulate evidence on your behalf, such as character witnesses, social media posts, and any witnesses to the alleged event. You may also be required to write down as much as you can remember about the interactions between you and your accuser. By hiring an attorney, you may also be able to seek compensation in a civil suit later for the necessity of needing the criminal defense to begin with in the false accusation case. Litigation is expensive, and false charges of sexual assault are irresponsible and should be penalized.
If you’ve been accused, contact one of our experienced Florida criminal defense attorneys. Sex crimes are punished severely in the state. Make sure you’re well-defended. Our firm offers you more than 150 years of collective legal experience. Trust us to defend your rights and your freedom. Talk to us in a free consultation by calling (888) 497-0216 or filling out our online form with your case information. Let our skilled advocates see what we can do for you.