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What to Do When You’re Accused of Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a serious allegation, and as seen in the media today, even allegations can prove to have severe ramifications to one's livelihood and reputation. While it pays to always put yourself in an ideal situation, accusations can still form, even if you feel that you are innocent.

 

In these situations, it is extremely important to be prepared and there are essential steps that you should take should an accusation come your way. Here are some ways to protect your rights if you find yourself accused of sexual assault.

1. Cooperate With The Investigation.

Innocent or otherwise, your priority should be to cooperate with the investigation that will take place. With or without you, an investigation will take place and any criminal defense attorney will tell you that not cooperating will make things worse on you.

 

The intentions of the person who accused you may not be legitimate, but regardless, you should still be willing to contribute. Whether this is a list of witnesses or colleagues who can back you up, any information that is pertinent should be considered.

2. Know What You Can Refuse to Answer.

Cooperating with the investigation does not mean giving up information that can be used against you, but it does mean that you should know what questions you do not have to answer. Even something that seems innocent to you could be used against you in a court of law.

 

Understand that ANY unwanted advance that can offend someone could be considered sexual assault, as the conditions of the crime would be satisfied. You do not always understand how someone else may perceive something until the behavior is actually carried out. Even simply saying you are sorry could be used against you by the prosecution to prove guilt.

 

Do not answer any questions without your criminal defense attorney present to guide you on the best ways to protect your rights moving forward.

3. Hire An Attorney.

Because of how serious allegations of sexual assault are, it is most likely in your best interest to hire a criminal defense attorney who can defend you in a court of law. The truth tends to manifest itself rapidly, and the investigation may end up clearing any charges. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and any accusal can cause damage that could be irreparable.

 

Your attorney will have knowledge of the specific laws in your state and they will be able to guide you through the process. Sexual assault is a serious accusation, and you must make sure all safeguards are put in place so that you can preserve your reputation and ensure your rights are protected in and out of court.

 

If you’ve been accused of sexual assault, you need to take immediate action. Contact Mark Raymond McDonald at (909) 443-1599 for aggressive representation in your corner.


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