Being accused of sexual assault can have long-term consequences. If you are involved in a situation which may lead to sexual assault allegations, or you have already been wrongfully accused, it is important to take steps to protect your rights. Sexual assault charges may lead to fines, prison sentences, registration as a sex offender, and other legal punishments. Thus, you should take sexual assault allegations seriously, even if you know you are innocent.
What Should You Do After Being Accused of Sexual Assault?
1. Hire an Attorney
The first thing to do is obtain knowledgeable representation by a criminal defense lawyer. An attorney can analyze your situation, gather evidence to build your case, and determine an effective legal strategy for proving your innocence.
2. Exercise Your Rights
If you are arrested for sexual assault, you have the right to remain silent. This means you don’t have to answer any questions or make any statements to the police until you have spoken with a lawyer. Being accused and arrested for sexual assault can be a stressful and confusing situation, and you may be tempted to talk about the situation and try to persuade the officers of your innocence. However, anything you say can be used against you, and if you have a slip of the tongue, this can greatly hurt your case. It is best to remain silent until after you have spoken with an attorney.
3. Investigate to Build Your Case
Evidence is necessary to prove your innocence. This may involve surveillance videos or pictures of the incident, written communication with the plaintiff, witness statements, and other documentation. It is important to gather evidence as soon as possible, and your defense attorney can conduct a thorough investigation to build your case.
Call Our Seminole County Criminal Defense Attorneys Today at (407) 326-0650
The Law Office of David A. Webster, P.A. is dedicated to meeting clients’ legal needs. If you have been accused of sexual assault, we can gather evidence on your behalf as you try to get the charges dropped. Our legal team will keep you informed throughout the process and will fight diligently for your case.
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