What Should I Do Once I’m Arrested And Charged With A Sex Crime?
Once you’re arrested for a sex offense, you should not talk to the police. Instead, you should immediately ask for a lawyer and start looking for one to hire.
When you meet with me, one of the things that we’re going to do is to start gathering all of the evidence about the relationship that you had with the person who is accusing you. That includes text messages, phone records, and social media records. It includes interviewing your friends and family members who may have interacted with your accuser and doing research to see if your accuser has ever accused anyone else of something similar in the past. It includes finding out any mental health history of your accuser that might be relevant. We’ll hit the ground running and do everything to preserve any evidence that might be favorable to you.
It’s not uncommon for someone who has accused another person of sexual assault to immediately start clearing their social media accounts of things that tend to contradict their accusation or make them look bad. For example, if an alleged sexual assault occurred on a particular day, and shortly afterward the accuser was observed smiling and having a good time at a party, then that’s some evidence that a sexual assault didn’t occur. You’ll be surprised how often evidence like this pops up.
I would not advise anyone charged with a sex offense to try to remain calm and to not, under any circumstances, start deleting emails or social media posts. Not only could you be charged with tampering with evidence if the police find out, but it always makes you look bad. It’s far better to deal with seemingly incriminating texts and social media posts rather than explain why you deleted them if they aren’t actually that bad.
If you’re charged with a sex crime, you’re going to have the same rights as anyone else charged with a crime. Just because you’ve been charged with a sex offense doesn’t mean that you are going to have to register as a sex offender. All of the negative legal consequences of a sex charge come only after a conviction. While the case is pending, you may be ordered not to have any contact with the accuser, but that’s standard in any criminal case involving an accuser and, frankly, it’s never a good idea to talk with your accuser during a criminal case anyway.
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