Hire an attorney QUICKLY
Perhaps more than any other sort of criminal offense, it is imperative that you consult with and hire a defense attorney quickly. Time is absolutely of the essence if you are charged with a sex crime.
First, your initial instincts can betray you; you need guidance, someone with experience to give you objective advice and clear directions. This is especially true when you know you are innocent. The instinct many people have is to simply explain what really happened, under the false belief that the police are interested in exonerating an innocent person. Sadly, this is rarely the case. Instead, anything you say about what happened—even simply admitting to knowing what the police might be asking you about—can and most definitely will be used to make you look guilty.
Second, there are steps which an experienced, qualified, aggressive criminal defense attorney can take to help preserve the best evidence available. When something as serious as a sex crime is alleged, it is important to put together the right defense team—a lawyer, a licensed private investigator, potential expert witnesses—right away. Evidence can be destroyed or simply lost; memories fade, digital records get erased or recorded over, and eyewitnesses disappear or become uncooperative.
Charges don’t just “go away” on their own
It is often extremely tempting to lull oneself into a false sense of security about accusations around sex crimes. People sometimes make the mistake of thinking that it’s ‘just a he-said/she-said’ matter, and that the case therefore won’t be pursued aggressively by law enforcement. This is generally not true. There is also a natural human impulse to simply hope that a serious problem will go away on its own, and this impulse is especially strong when the accusation is embarrassing and difficult to confront.
Don’t fall into that trap; stick up for yourself and ensure your rights are being protected by hiring a qualified lawyer.
Even minor sex offenses can carry a lifetime of consequences
Even minor sex related offenses can result in a defendant being required to register as a sex offender. That is an incredibly serious consequence. Sex offender registration imposes drastic burdens on the registrant and makes even the simplest aspects of daily life – things the average citizen takes for granted – incredibly difficult. For that reason alone, it is extremely important that you seek out and hire a qualified, aggressive criminal defense attorney immediately. Call our Torrance office today.