Sex abuse and other types of sex-related misconduct are very serious allegations that people across Florida can end up facing. These cases can be particularly complicated because the often boil down to one person’s word against someone else’s.
Figuring out who is telling the truth is something that is typically left up to a judge or a jury. In these situations, a defendant’s character, sexual history and relationship with an alleged victim are put under a microscope, which is something that can be extremely difficult to deal with alone, especially when you have a relationship with the person making the accusations.
Generally speaking, there are five different types of people who are often named in claims involving sexual abuse.
- Religious leaders
- Significant others/spouses
- Friends or acquaintances
Of course there are cases involving strangers, but people in these roles are often named because of an existing relationship with the alleged victim, which can add further complications to a claim of abuse.
Any person who is accused of a sex crime faces enormous consequences of a conviction, from loss of a job to loss of parental rights. It is important to discuss the specifics of your case with a defense attorney familiar with these types of offenses.
If you are in this situation currently, there is no doubt that you are extremely upset and nervous about the road ahead. Even the suspicion that you may have done something wrong can be enough to destroy relationships, your career and your reputation. However, staying focused on defending yourself and working to clear your name is something that the attorneys at our Orlando law firm can provide critical guidance with.
It can be difficult to know where to turn and who you can trust when someone in your life accuses you of a sexually-related offense. We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about our firm and why we can be a critical ally and source of support during this difficult time.