When you have been accused of a sex crime, it may seem as if no one believes in you. You may feel that everyone is out to get you, and even an innocent action can be misconstrued as a serious felony offense.
Whether you are accused of rape, sexual battery, lewd molestation, online solicitation of a minor, or any other state or federal sex offense, a competent and diligent criminal attorney can uncover the right defense for your case.
What To Do When You Are Charged
How can you help in your own defense? Start by invoking your right to remain silent. Do not say anything to investigators or police, and insist on having your attorney present during questioning. But don't just preserve your silence with law enforcement. It is critical that you speak with no one about your case. Do not attempt to "clear things up" with the victim. Do not try to explain your side of the story to your friends or family. Even people you think are on your side can be subpoenaed by prosecutors and forced to testify against you.
Often, you will not be read your Miranda rights until after an arrest, but you do have the right to remain silent even prior to an arrest. Police may not inform you of that right. They may tell you they "just have a few questions," and that you are not under arrest. If you are not being detained, you are free to go. Call an attorney at once.
Once you have been criminally charged, there are several defense options which may prove beneficial for your case. Your lawyer should carefully evaluate all circumstances of your arrest and the evidence against you to determine the best option for your defense. He should be willing to think creatively and to explore every avenue for a positive result.
Effective Sex Crime Defense Strategies in Oklahoma
Every case is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to sex crime defense. However, several strategies often provide successful results. To protect your reputation you should IMMEDIATELY talk with an Oklahoma City sex crime lawyer.
At Phillips & Associates, we have a longstanding record of successful outcomes in challenging sex crime cases, and that tradition of success continues. Among the defense strategies used to secure favorable results for our clients are both time-tested and innovative approaches:
- Demonstrating consent of the "victim" (learn more here)
- Highlighting a lack of evidence to support the charge
- Presenting factual evidence of the defendant's innocence
- Proving mistaken identity
- Providing reasonable doubt of accurate identification of a suspect
- Polygraph testing
- DNA testing
- Evaluation by forensic psychiatrists or psychologists
- Challenging the credibility of accusers or witnesses
- Suppressing illegally obtained or irrelevant evidence
- Showing that the accuser's testimony may have been tainted by leading questions or inappropriate interview techniques
- Demonstrating motive for a false accusation, including child custody disputes, financial motivation, revenge, or regret or shame after consensual sex
- and more.
The right defense strategies can let you walk out of a courtroom with your reputation restored and your head held high. Inadequate defense can mean years in prison, lifetime sex offender registration, and the destruction of your family.
You may be the victim of a false allegation. You may have made a serious mistake. You may struggle with an addiction you need help overcoming. Regardless of the circumstances that brought you to this terrible situation, the attorneys with Phillips & Associates are dedicated to providing the highest quality defense representation to each and every client.
At Phillips & Associates we are ready to help you today. To discuss your case and begin exploring the defense options available to you, call our Oklahoma City law office at (405) 418-8888, or submit the confidential case review form.
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