Being accused of sexual assault is no joke. If you have been wrongly implicated for sexual assault, and your defense is inadequate, you could be pinned with a felony — not to mention all of the expenses and social consequences that are bound to affect your life. Before you hire a lawyer to clear your name, there are a couple of things you should prepare for and consider:
1. Gather any evidence
When you’ve been accused of sexual assault, it’s important to have physical evidence to defend your case. If you were accused by someone you know, make sure to keep any clothing or other items used while interacting with the accuser during the alleged sexual assault in a safe, accessible place. It is also important to save any documents (texts, photos, videos) that indicate you were not present during the time of the sexual assault. You should keep a record of any previous correspondence between you and your accuser, as well.
2. Keep your case private
Talking to your accuser about the charge or attempting to sort things out with law enforcement without a lawyer present could negatively affect your case. You need proper representation to mitigate these conversations and reduce the possible harm on your case that could be accrued from any information you release.
3. Wait for DNA tests
Although you may think this is a surefire way to close your case, asking for any DNA testing, or agreeing to any DNA testing, without the court’s mandate is not the way to go. You might be positive these tests will disassociate you from the charges, but there is a possibility the results could incriminate you further. Consult a lawyer before you give any information to law enforcement.
If you or a loved one has been wrongly accused of sexual assault, or you’re looking for a sexual assault lawyer in Las Vegas, contact defense attorney Brian J. Smith at (702) 380-8248.