Being accused of sexual misconduct or other sex offense comes with many plane loads of baggage, as well as the social stigma of being called a “sex offender.” False allegations can arise because of a misunderstanding or miscommunication. Your first reaction might be to tell the world- the police, the media, on social media platforms, that you are innocent.
If you find yourself falsely accused of a sex offense or other inappropriate behavior, it is imperative that you speak with a criminal defense attorney. Sex offense accusations are followed by a criminal investigation. It is critical that you avoid making any statements that can be used against you. Engaging in any conversation with authorities, news outlets, or on facebook will become part of the investigation. This is the time to use your right to remain silent and to use your right to have an attorney present during any questioning.
First, you need to remember that an investigation for a possible sex offense does not mean you are guilty. It is normal if you feel overwhelmed from receiving notification from the police, as you begin to realize the very real implications of that accusation for yourself, your family, your employment, and your reputation. It is absolutely critical to have an advocate on your side who knows the lay of the legal landscape. This is where the aggressive advocacy the Nielsen Group can help.
Here is a list of key actions you need to take when falsely accused of a sex offense or other inappropriate behavior.
- Gather and save any evidence in your possession which may relate to your relationship with the alleged victim. This includes photos, videos, emails, voice mail messages, and text messages. Generally, any records that contradict details of the allegation will be very helpful.
- Write down a list of possible witnesses who can help you. When you meet with and hire a lawyer, it will be good to have a list of people who have information about the accusation, the alleged victim or your relationship with the alleged victim that can help you.
- Remember, Maine District Attorneys must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the alleged crime. Many Maine Sex Offense charges are based upon a victim’s testimony that the incident occurred. There may or may not be physical evidence, such as fingerprints, DNA evidence, etc. If you made statements to the authorities, your “explanation” can also be used as evidence. As a Maine Criminal Defense Attorney, I will work with you to prepare your legal defense strategy, evaluating the credibility of the evidence, and advising you in the criminal proceedings. It is always best to move forward with an attorney when accused of sex offense or other crimes.
I know how to defend clients against sex offense charges. As we work together, I make a point to know the ins and outs of your case. I have built a reputation of aggressively advocating with the District Attorney and defending clients in court and all the way through trial if needed. If you choose to hire the Nielsen Group, you are more than just another case to us. We put your interests first and in the end, wouldn’t you agree that is more valuable?
Our committed legal team is determined to take immediate action to seek a positive case outcome. I encourage you to contact The Nielsen Group for your free legal consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. We will take the time to answer your questions and to put your mind at ease as we work with you to determine a defense strategy.
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