Readers of this criminal defense blog about sex crimes know that a suspect still has rights after an arrest. First and foremost, an accused has the right to request legal representation. Having an attorney present may help prevent violations of a criminal defendant’s procedural and constitutional rights.
However, one Florida youth spent 35 days in jail before the police mistakes resulting in his wrongful arrest came to light. Apparently, the Clay County officers who were investigating an alleged sexual assault against a minor may have been too invested in the alleged victim’s account to follow proper protocols.