At Lotze Mosley, LLP, our criminal defense attorneys in Washington D.C. and Maryland represent clients who have been accused of sex crimes under any circumstances — whether they committed the offense or not.
Unfortunately, false allegations are common, and when someone is innocent of the charges waged against them, they often believe that talking with the police or their accuser alone is perfectly safe. After all, they haven’t done anything wrong.
The reality is your right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty will be under attack from the moment the accusation is made and proving your side of the story is not something you should take on yourself.
Why Would Someone Falsely Accuse Another of a Sex Crime?
Sex crimes are serious charges that can tarnish your permanent record and interfere with your ability to work, secure a lease, or even volunteer. It can also land you on the sex offender registry, visible to anyone who has access to an Internet search.
So, why would someone falsely accuse another of a sex crime, when the consequences can damage their reputation and livelihood?
Common false accusations of sex crimes can include, but are not limited to:
- Regret: There are times when someone consents to a sexual relationship and may regret their involvement later, which can lead to a fabricated story regarding the interaction.
- Cover: When people are caught in a compromising position, which can include an extramarital affair or facing punishment from their parents, family members, or even friends, they can resort to false sexual assault allegations to cover their worry.
- Revenge: Accusers can apply pressure to the accused because of perceived wrongdoing or a dispute.
- False Identification: Sex crimes can occur anywhere, at any time, but often occur in poorly lit areas, or when alcohol or drugs are involved. This can lead to an individual being falsely identified as the perpetrator.
- Unawareness: Accusers may be unaware of how serious sex crime allegations can be. Children, adolescents, and even some adults may fabricate sexual assault stories to rid their home of a step-parent, a school of a teacher, a co-worker, or their neighborhood of an individual they simply do not like without understanding how damaging these accusations are.
Being accused of a sex crime is a very serious incident that will not go away on its own. If you or someone you love is the target of false allegations of sexual misconduct, contact our Washington D.C. defense attorneys right away to discover how we can protect your rights and build a case to absolve you of these heinous accusations.
What Are the Most Common Types of Sex Crime Accusations?
Sex crimes are always pursued aggressively by police and prosecutors and can be applied as a misdemeanor or felony charges, which require an accomplished attorney to refute.
These crimes can include:
- Child Pornography
- Child Sexual Abuse
- Indecent Exposure
- Pandering or Pimping
- Possession of Child Pornography
- Prostitution and Solicitation
- Sexual Assault and Battery
- Statutory Rape
If you have been accused of any sex crime, it is important to limit your interaction with the accuser, their friends, or family members, and maintain a respectful stance of innocence before contacting an experienced sex crimes attorney right away for help.
Confronting your accuser in a hostile manner will not help your case. Avoid posting anything about these false allegations to social media, and never speak to anyone about the charges without your attorney.
These allegations will not disappear on their own. You are going to need help to prove your innocence. We will handle communications with law enforcement and the prosecution to protect your rights and make sure that your words and actions are given within the proper context.
Allow Our Washington D.C. Sex Crimes Attorneys to Do Their Job
If you have been falsely accused of a sex crime contact our Washington sex crimes attorneys at Lotze Mosley, LLP in Washington D.C. today by calling (202) 393-0535 to help you pursue a successful dismissal or acquittal of the charges.