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What Can I Do If I Am Falsely Accused Of A Sex Crime?

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2023 | Sex Offenses

If you are falsely accused of a sex crime, you are the victim of a major injustice. You probably know how much a sex crime allegation can ruin your life and reputation.

A sex crime conviction comes with serious potential penalties, including prison time and probation, but even if you are ultimately not convicted, the consequences of the allegation can haunt you for years.

The losses from a false allegation could be enormous

You may lose your job and any professional licenses you hold and have trouble finding work in the future. Your friends and family could turn against you and the damage to some relationships might be irreparable.

If you have children, you might find yourself suddenly banned from school or community events. You could lose your spouse and struggle with getting even partial custody of your children after a sex-crime accusation.

Act fast and understand the elements of the charge

These are all reasons that you need to act fast and aggressively after a false accusation. There are many different types of crimes that qualify as sex crimes in Texas, including sexual assault, statutory rape, sex trafficking and sexting with a minor.

A conviction for any criminal charge requires the prosecution to prove each element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Every crime has its own set of elements.

Do not talk to the police

You should not talk to the police about the charge under any circumstances. Exercise your right to speak with an attorney and say nothing to the police.

When it comes to sex crimes, many defendants believe telling the police the sexual encounter was consensual will cause the charges to be dropped. In fact, the prosecutions case has just been made easier because they have a confession to a sexual act and now all they must do is prove it was not consensual.

There are many ways to attack a false sex crime accusation. The circumstances of your case must be thoroughly explored to determine which defenses are available.