Of course, there are always people that get charged with crimes – even though they did nothing wrong! One of the questions people ask me a lot – when I tell them that I am a Criminal Defense Attorney – is how can I defend rapists?
It’s interesting that that’s the first question out of their mouths! First, and foremost, everyone is entitled to a defense – if they are in fact guilty. One of the fantastic things about being in the United States is that you are innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Just being charged with any crime can impact a persons reputation – their job, their family and their career. It’s often guilty until proven innocent.
For obvious reasons, being charged with a sex crime, such as rape, indecent assault and battery, or statutory rape is particularly devastating. Regardless of whether or not you are being held in jail (where you may end up needing to be placed in protective custody) you are deemed guilty in the court of public opinion.
All it takes to be charged with rape (not convicted) is for someone to accuse you. They go to the police, they come up with a credible story and often, before you know it, you are defending yourself. You may be a high school kid who did (or didn’t) have sex with his girlfriend. A father or grandfather trying to get custody or visitation. Imagine, that you’re innocent and suddenly a girl tells a story (for whatever reason) and suddenly your entire life is turned upside down.
The best way to fight sex offenses charges is to retain a lawyer as soon as possible. If you can’t afford one in Massachusetts – one will be appointed for you at arraignment. Please feel free to contact me if you have been charged with a sex crime at 866-981-7888 or firstname.lastname@example.org