Being accused of a sex-related offense is not an easy experience. Even allegations alone have the potential to tarnish your name and reputation, create repercussions in your personal and professional life, and expose you to criminal charges and penalties. If the allegations made against you are false, you need to ensure you choose the right legal representation to make your side of the story heard.
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our Miami criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience representing clients accused of serious crimes, including sex crimes involving allegations ranging from sexual assault, statutory rape, prostitution, molestation and more. Whether allegations are handled by state courts or in the federal criminal justice system, you need to understand that these are among the most serious accusations you can face, which is why working with a proven lawyer as soon as possible should be your top priority.
If you have been made aware of sexual allegations, a pending investigation, or have already been charged with a crime based on false accusations, taking immediate and decisive action is in your best interests. This includes taking the following steps and remembering the following:
- Don’t sit back – While waiting for the truth to come out may seem like an appropriate response, bear in mind that you cannot control how law enforcement and others interpret a situation without you providing details and evidence about your story. Additionally, without representation, you risk saying things that could possibly be used against you, even if you are entirely innocent. To protect your rights throughout the process, and to receive the representation you need to disprove the allegations, you need to take action.
- Contact a lawyer as soon as possible – Taking action should begin with contacting an experienced defense attorney like those at Hager & Schwartz, P.A., both during an investigation and when charges are filed. Although allegations may be false, these are serious charges that demand a great deal of work, including meticulous investigations, interviews with witnesses, collection of evidence, and preparation for cross-examination or trial. Prosecutors have discretion to bring cases without much evidence, including an absence of forensic evidence, and those cases can be effectively challenged with the help of a lawyer if charges are filed.
- You are innocent until proven guilty – Although many people subjectively tend to think people accused of sexual misconduct are automatically guilty, you need to remember the criminal justice system’s presumption of innocence means you are to be treated innocent until proven guilty. As such, it becomes the government’s burden to prove any case against you. You also have the right to challenge their narrative, and to have a lawyer by your side when doing so.
- Defense in a variety of scenarios – Depending on the allegations made against you, you may need to explore various defense strategies that disprove them. This includes evaluating evidence in cases involving child abuse or molestation, issues of consent, whether arguments of issues of family law play a role, and more. Exploring your defense options is a case-by-case matter.
If allegations have been made and police are investigating, or charges have already been filed, now is the time to protect your rights and future by contact our legal team at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. as soon as possible. Our former prosecutors turned defense attorneys have decades of experience handling serious allegations in both state and federal court, and are prepared to begin immediately working on your behalf. Contact us for a FREE consultation.