Sex crime allegations are nothing to be taken lightly. When accusations
are made, the government will take them seriously and will devote extensive
resources into investigating the situation, substantiating claims, and,
when they feel they have a case, prosecuting the accused. As such, anyone
facing a criminal allegation involving a sex crime needs to also take
accusations as seriously as possible. Even if the accusations are false
and you feel you can explain the true nature of the situation, you are
still at risk of suffering severe penalties in a system that may lose
sight of your story in the fervor of pushing for charges and convictions.
At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., our criminal defense attorneys
have represented numerous clients throughout Minneapolis and Minnesota
who faced allegations for
sex crimes that ranged from misdemeanor prostitution and indecent exposure charges
to the most serious state or federal allegations of child pornography or
criminal sexual conduct. While every case is different, they all pose serious and life-altering
consequences, and demand the attention of experienced lawyers.
Amid rapidly evolving views on sex crimes, allegations, and how they are
handled by the criminal justice system, conversations about false accusations
may sometimes receive criticism. However, false accusations can and do
happen. In fact, following dropped charges when allegations could not
be corroborated, a University of Minnesota law professor recently filed
a lawsuit for defamation after what he claims were false accusations tarnished
his name and reputation.
Similar stories of false allegations happen throughout the country, and
while vindication of some accused individuals may come before charges
are filed, during a case, or after conviction, it may never come for others
who have been falsely accused. Because sex crime allegations themselves
can greatly harm your wellbeing, and because convictions can drastically
alter your future, addressing these issues as thoroughly and immediately
as possible should always be a top priority.
There are a few things that can become crucially important when being falsely
accused of a sex crime:
Right to remain silent – When false accusations are made, it becomes critically important
to know and understand your legal rights. Most importantly, this includes
your right to remain silent, and it should be exercised. Even if the allegations
are false and you feel that you can explain things away, talking puts
you at risk of saying things that could be misinterpreted or used to connect
you with knowledge of a crime, even if you were not involved. Ultimately,
talking to law enforcement will not help; you won’t be able to talk
yourself out of an arrest. Instead, you should exercise your Fifth Amendment
right and ask to speak with a lawyer.
Presumption of innocence – Although societal opinions regarding sex crimes may make some
quick to judgment, it bears reminding that our criminal justice system
is founded on the presumption of innocence. This means you are innocent
until proven guilty, and that it is the government’s responsibility
to prove the allegations made against you. If they are unable to corroborate
evidence when a false accusation is made, and you and your attorney are
able to present a clear and convincing defense for what actually occurred,
it makes the prosecution’s task of gaining a conviction exceedingly
difficult and can be grounds for dropping an investigation or pending charges.
Get Legal Help Immediately – Legal representation is important in any criminal case, but it
becomes nearly essential to your future when sex crime allegations are
involved. As sex crimes are among the most serious offenses, they pose
severe penalties, including considerable terms of imprisonment. They also
result in numerous life-altering consequences that limit your opportunities
in life, require offender registration and monitoring, and tarnish your
reputation. When there is a lot on the line, you cannot rely on allegations
being false alone to resolve the situation. Having a proven advocate in
your corner can ensure the correct steps are taken and that the accusations
made against you are disproven. By taking immediate action to get the
involvement of a lawyer, you may also be able to address false accusations
early on and prevent criminal charges from being filed.
At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., our award-winning sex crime lawyers
fight for the accused during all aspects of investigation and criminal
cases. We also represent individuals facing Title IX hearings in connection
to sexual misconduct allegations. Backed by decades of experience and
top attorneys, we understand the seriousness of these cases, and dedicate
our full efforts and insight into helping our clients navigate their legal journeys.
Our team is available 24/7 to help.
Contact us today for a free consultation.