First and foremost, when you have had accusations of sexual abuse against a child leveled against you which are untrue, you must understand the legal ramifications and the negative changes to your future should you be convicted or make a wrong decision during the legal process. Many people go into denial mode, believing that because they are truly innocent, nothing bad will happen and the truth will come out. Because of this “head in the sand” inaction, many falsely accused people actually end up in deeper legal trouble than they began with.
Take Your Charges Seriously and Heed the Miranda Warning
Take your charges seriously and hire a criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience fighting false allegations of child sexual abuse—your future may depend on that one action. Even though you are innocent of the charges, the very nature of charges of sexual abuse against a child can leave you with a high probability of a conviction unless you take strong, definitive steps from the very beginning. This includes never speaking to police or prosecutors without your attorney present. When you are initially charged you may feel as though you can speak to the police and simply “clear the matter up.” Don’t fall into this trap. We’ve all heard it time after time on television—“anything you say can and will be used against you.” Take the Miranda warning very seriously and speak to no one at all until you’ve talked to a criminal defense attorney.
Tactics Your Criminal Defense Attorney May Utilize
You may need to seek specialized psychological testing or even undergo a polygraph test. Your attorney may line up experts who can help prove your innocence. Even though you’ve chosen a highly experienced attorney, you never want to remain ignorant of what is happening on your case. After all, this is your life and your future, therefore education and information can be your greatest assets during this difficult time. Sit down and map out a comprehensive timeline with every single detail you can remember to help your attorney properly defend you. No detail is too small and could mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal. Search your mind for any potential witness who could testify on your behalf. Even those people you might consider unimportant in your case could turn out to be critical in your defense.
Watch What You Do and Say
During the time your attorney is putting your defense together, remember how important it is to watch everything you say and do. One ill-advised comment can end up completely tanking your case, so carefully consider everything you are about to say—before you say it. Don’t discuss your case with anybody other than your attorney as the most innocent comment can come back to bite you. And of course never, ever, discuss your case through social media such as Facebook or through e-mail or texts. Anything you do or say, no matter the context or intent, can cause you serious problems later on. A conviction of sexual abuse of a child can require you to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. This can have far-reaching ramifications on every aspect of your life and your future. Take your charges seriously and hire a criminal defense attorney who will do the same.