Many of us have seen reports in newspapers or on television about a sexual assault and assume that the alleged perpetrator is guilty of the crime. However, a number of those accused of sexual assault may be innocent.
If you or a family member is falsely accused of sexual assault, you you may feel like you are fighting an uphill battle to prove your innocence or that your actions do not match the charges you face.
Although the legal system guarantees a presumption of innocence leading us to believe that we won’t be convicted of a crime that we did not commit, unfortunately that is not always the case. Consider the following tips:
- If you are being questioned by the police or you are being investigated in connection to a crime or you have been arrested and charged, it is crucial to invoke your constitutional rights immediately upon questioning and to secure the help an experienced criminal defense attorney.
- Realize the importance of false or trumped-up accusations. Don’t assume that just because the charges are false or inflated that you do not need to deal with them or that you don’t need an attorney.
- Start thinking about the costs of defending yourself or a family member, which can vary depending on the unique circumstances of your case.
- Document as many details as possible about your situation while the information is fresh. Do this whether or not you consider them important. Include names, contact information and, if possible, written accounts from possible witnesses to your whereabouts and activities surrounding the alleged incident.
- It is important to educate yourself on your constitutional rights. Learn how the legal system works and research the criminal charges you face. Internet and library resources are a good place to start. A good criminal defense attorney will provide you with information and strategies helpful to your defense also.
- Exercise your rights under the law. If you are questioned, you are not required to say anything. You are guaranteed the right to competent legal representation, so it is advisable that you speak to your attorney before making any statements to police or investigators despite assurances that the police are there to help you.
When Falsely Accused of Sexual Assault
Protect Yourself – Contact an Experienced Waukesha Criminal Defense Attorney
A conviction for sexual assault in Wisconsin can have very serious and life changing consequences. If you or a family member has been falsely accused of a sexual assault, contact the Waukesha criminal defense Law Offices of Andrew C. Ladd LLC for help today at 262-542-3900.