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Don’t Allow Rape Accusations to Ruin Your Life

Being accused of sexual assault is one of the most difficult things a person can face. Not only does this type of charge bring serious legal repercussions, but it often leads to the accused person’s reputation being irreparably damaged. Those facing this type of criminal charge should take immediate action to ensure the facts and evidence aren’t twisted and used against them in the courtroom.

Stand Your Ground

Don't Allow Rape Accusations to Ruin Your LifeA person who is accused of sexual assault will often find that everyone around them suddenly wants to pry into their private life and learn every detail, but this doesn’t mean they should be let in. There are three groups the accused will often find doing most of this prying, and they include:

  • Investigators – It is often easy for wrongly accused persons to see investigators as their allies since it’s assumed they will only come to a conclusion of innocence, but this isn’t always the case. Investigators are human and this means they may assume guilt and work towards proving it, and this is why defendants should insist a search warrant be obtained before any searches take place.
  • Attorneys – The attorney of the person making the claim will often work with investigators or private detectives to try and obtain information about the accused. Defendants should not be intimidated by any demands an attorney makes since this often indicates that legal action isn’t working to get the attorney what they want.
  • Family & Friends – There are even instances where investigators or an attorney will try to use family and friends to get information about a case. Defendants should be cautious when talking to others about the circumstances of their case, as this information may be relayed back to those prosecuting the case.

Proactive against Sexual Assault

Being innocent doesn’t mean a person should simply wait for the legal system to make a judgment. Being proactive during the investigation doesn’t suggest admitting guilt since this type of action simply ensures a false interpretation of the events. Some ways accused persons can assist in their defense include:

  • Gathering Evidence – Defendants should gather all evidence related to the alleged sexual assault and make copies or take photographs if possible before turning any of it over to investigators.
  • Gather Witnesses – There are many instances where a case involving sexual assault comes down to the character of the accused and victim. Defendants should gather witnesses that can attest to both their character and add any relevant insight into the events surrounding the charge.

Hire a Rape Lawyer

Accusations can destroy a person’s good reputation in a matter of minutes. If you are facing sexual assault charges, then it’s important that you get legal guidance…and fast. Allow Matthew Sharp to review your case for free by calling 713-868-6100.

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