Being falsely accused of a crime, especially one as volatile and severe as sexual assault, can cause irreparable damage to a person's life. Under some circumstances, trying to repair this damage can be compared to trying to un-ring a bell: it simply cannot be done.
However, there are ways to try and minimize the damage of a false allegation to make it easier to move forward.
The most important thing to do if you are falsely accused of a sex crime is to work with an attorney to defend yourself. Securing legal representation sooner rather than later can help you avoid doing or saying anything to make your situation worse, and an attorney can also file motions to protect your privacy and try to minimize the public fallout of the situation.
You can also deal with the psychological damage of a false accusation by seeking counseling. With this type of support, you can learn various ways to cope with the stress, anxiety, embarrassment and pressure of being wrongfully thrust into the spotlight and accused of unlawful behaviors.
It is also wise to deal with the situation rather than try to run away from it. When it seems like the odds are against you or that others have decided you are guilty, it can feel like a good idea to just run away. However, dealing with the unfortunate situation to clear your name can be far more beneficial to you and your future than fleeing.
The attorneys at Lindsey & Ferry P.A. know that false sex crime allegations have the power to do considerable harm to a person's life. However, we have worked with people all across Florida to minimize the fallout of these terrible situations. For more information on our approach to these situations, please visit our website.