Being accused of sexual abuse or misconduct can destroy a person's life. Even before a case heads to court, the person accused can face the judgment and scrutiny of the public, an employer and even his or her loved ones. However, in the eyes of the law, you are innocent until proven guilty.
The importance of defending yourself against wrongful allegations of sexual misconduct cannot be overstated. However, too many people feel like they are fighting a losing battle or they assume they will lose because they don't know how to defend themselves. Thankfully, there are criminal defense attorneys who can help people in this situation by crafting a defense strategy. In some cases, the best defense can be proving that the offense is simply too weak.
In order for a person to be convicted of a criminal offense, there needs to be evidence. This can include witness statements, digital communication trails, behavioral analysis, a criminal history and a whole host of other clues that might establish a link between a person and unlawful activity.
If this evidence is weak, the prosecution's arguments could fall flat and leave them without a case.
However, the evidence won't challenge itself. You and your defense attorney will need to find the holes and vulnerabilities in the prosecution's case. This can involve:
- Contradicting the chain of events.
- Scrutinizing searches.
- Offering explanations for potentially questionable materials.
- Challenging the accuracy and reliability of witnesses.
- Capitalizing on tenuous links that may exist.
In many of these cases, it is one person's word against yours. If you can make your word stronger and the other person's weaker, you could be successful at having the charges against you dropped or reduced.
However, in order to do this in a legally effective and acceptable manner, it will be wise to have an experienced defense attorney by your side. Not only can this person give you the guidance and advice you need, he or she should also have the extensive resources and knowledge you do not, which can be priceless.