I hear that all the time, and most of the time, my answer is the same…keep your mouth shut.
Almost every day innocent people get falsely accused, and some get unjustly convicted and some spend decades in prison for a crime they did not commit.
Our criminal justice system is not perfect and innocent people sometimes are arrested. When it comes to sex crimes, false accusations often made. Unfortunately, all it takes is a false accusation, which the police generally assume is true, to ruin a life.
Most sex crimes are a one on one, he said, she said situation.
A woman can engage in consensual sex and the next day claim rape.
A jealous step daughter may hate her new “dad” and falsely accuse him.
A jealous former girlfriend may make a false accusation or an ex wife in a custody dispute may make an allegation of sexual abuse on one of the kids.
False accusations are made all the time.
As a sex crime lawyer, I do not charge for an initial consultation. If the police contact you, pick up the phone and talk to a lawyer before you say a word. You may not understand the law and you may not understand the damage an admission will make in your case. The police are masters at getting people to make admissions and confessions. They do not have to advise you of your rights until they arrest or detain you, and by then, it may be too late. The damage may have been done and you may have provided the key piece of evidence in the form of an admission. Sometimes they twist what you say and when you read the police report, what you said and what they say your said are two different things. Play it safe, lawyer up, keep your mouth shut and let a professional do his job.
As an Experienced Sex Crime Criminal Defense Attorney,in sex cases, like:
an admission often makes the difference between winning and losing.
If the police show up at your door and start asking questions about your computer usage, sites you have visited or worse yet ask you to surrender your computer call a sex crime lawyer immediately. Never surrender your computer, even if they threaten to get a warrant. Exercising a constitutional right does not mean you are guilty. If you do not exercise it however, it might make the difference between being found guilty or going free. If the cops are at your door…they have a reason and purpose…it is no accident.
If you have questions, call for a free consultation, before you make a huge mistake.
In Sarasota my number is 941 366 3506 or in Ft. Myers, the number is 239 334 8890