There is rarely a criminal case where the truth is absolutely certain. This is especially true in sex crime cases, where witnesses and physical evidence are often nonexistent, and the word of the victim goes against the word of the accused.
In these cases, the deciding factor is whose version of the events is more believable.
When the case against you hinges on the alleged victim’s accusations, you will want an attorney who has the skill and tenacity to attack your accuser’s credibility. Your attorney’s ability to expose your accuser as untrustworthy can often make the difference between going to prison and being found not guilty.
Finding the Holes in Your Accuser’s Story
Sex crimes are emotional cases, and jurors often sympathize with the alleged victim. To defend you against these allegations, your attorney will want to show that the alleged victim:
- Has changed his or her story over the course of the case,
- Has a history of lying or of criminal activity, or
- Has motivation to lie in this particular case
At the same time, we will attempt to bolster your credibility by showing that you are trustworthy and law-abiding citizen. One of the best ways to do this is by getting you a psychological evaluation. If this evaluation is good, it can show that you do not have a sexual interest in children.
Examples of Attacking the Credibility of Your Accuser
Suppose you are a teacher and one of your students fails a test you gave. Out of spite, he accuses you of molesting him. During the police interview, he tells detectives that you performed a sex act on him, but during the trial, he says you forced him to perform the same act on you. This change in story could show that he is not a believable person.
Suppose your accuser is a woman you met at a party. She tells you that she is a lawyer who graduated at the top of her class, but in reality, she works as a barista at a local coffee shop. On top of that, she was previously convicted of embezzling money from an employer. A skilled attorney will be able to use her history of lying and her criminal record as a way to show that she is not trustworthy.
Perhaps your accuser stands to gain from accusing you of a crime. You are both involved in a child custody case, so your child’s other parent accuses you of child molestation so that he or she obtains primary custody. Revealing this motive to lie could increase your chances at obtaining a favorable result in your case.
Contact the Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich
If you are accused of a sex crime, you will want an attorney who is willing to do the hard work to investigate the facts about the alleged victim’s story and past so that your accuser’s word will be seen as untrustworthy. At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have over 35 years of experience successfully defending clients facing sex crime charges. We know how to attack the credibility of your accuser.
With offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Victorville, West Covina, San Diego, Torrance and Sherman Oaks, there is an experienced Wallin & Klarich attorney available near you no matter where you work or live.
Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will get through this together.