What to Do When Falsely Accused of Sexual Assault
False allegations of sexual assault can ruin reputations, complicate relationships, and typically result in prison time, fines, civil lawsuits, and registration as a sexual offender. However, prosecutors need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a sex crime was committed, which can be difficult if the only evidence is the story by the alleged victim.
In order to protect your right and future when facing false accusations of sexual assault, you should take the following steps:
- Realize the amount of legal trouble you are in – Unfortunately, most people go into some level of denial and minimize how much trouble they are potentially in, resulting in even more legal issues than originally before. Understand the legal ramifications if you make the wrong decisions in your case.
- Get an attorney on your side – Obtaining legal representation from a lawyer who has experience handling sex crimes can help you get your case dismissed. He or she can evaluate your case and determine all of your available legal options to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
- Create a timeline – A timeline could be a great aid to your defense. Start from the day the incident occurred and end on today in as much detail as possible.
- Build a witness list – Ensure to include each person’s name, addresses, contact information, a brief biography, and what he or she can testify to.
- Conduct scientific testing – Test results confirming you innocence will disprove the allegations against you.