In today’s society, all of us want to believe the victim when an alleged crime has occurred. However, not all accusations are true. Despite the well-known phrase, “Innocent until proven guilty,” many of us will probably agree that in most cases, this simply isn’t how the public or the media often view accused criminals.
Accusations of sexually assaulting someone are taken very seriously. But when you are the person being falsely accused of this crime, do you know your rights?
If you have been falsely accused of a crime, it is very important to understand your rights and take steps immediately to protect your future.
You have the right to remain silent, even before the police have officially read you your Miranda rights. Do not say anything to the police because it can be used against you in a criminal case. It is also important to remember not to discuss the accusations against you with anyone else as he or she could be required to testify about what you told them if your case goes to trial.
In addition to remaining silent, it is vital to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can protect your rights when you are being questioned or interrogated by the police. He or she can also explain any charges you may be facing and what options are available when defending you.
One important note is that anything you say to your lawyer is protected through attorney-client privilege so you can discuss everything regarding the accusations and any pending charges.
Your future is at stake. Do not wait to contact an attorney if you have been falsely accused or charged with a crime.