A sex crime conviction carries severe punishment, typically including prison time and expensive fines. That doesn’t account for the life-long punishment you could receive if you are required to register as a sex offender. So how can you avoid a conviction for a sex crime?
An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you fight the charges against you. The best way you can help your attorney is taking a proactive approach.
Don’t Sit on the Sidelines, but Don’t Be Overly Aggressive
During this difficult time, it may be hard to move on to the next step of your defense, but the best thing you can do is help your lawyer as much as possible. Few people know the details of your case better than you, which means you could serve as an important part in your defense.
By collecting information that is important to the case, answering any questions your attorney has and being prepared, you could help build an effective defense strategy to fight the charges against you.
What you shouldn’t do is attempt to contact the accuser or speak to anyone else regarding the incident. Trying to apologize or convince your accuser that they are wrong could lead to more accusations or cause irreparable damage to your case. Also, it is imperative that you do not speak to investigators or offer any evidence without first consulting your attorney.
Do Your Homework
When you are a client of Wallin & Klarich, we ask that you do your “homework” to help us build your defense. So what kind of information should you provide to your attorney to help you with your case?
Most sex crime cases involve an alleged victim. Write down as much detail about your accuser and any details regarding the alleged incident that you can remember. Doing so could help your attorney determine the best defense strategy in your case. Your lawyer could also attack the credibility of the accuser if we know more about that person’s background.
You may also need to create a profile of yourself that will paint you in a positive light. Testimonials and letters from family members, coworkers and friends could be character evidence of your good personality.
Additionally, completing a psychological evaluation may go a long way in determining if you are the kind of person who would commit a sex crime. Juries tend to trust medical experts, and a good attorney will work with doctors who know the right questions to ask you. You should cooperate with any requests your attorney makes to hire an expert who can perform tests determining if you fit the profile a person who is capable of committing the crime you’re being accused of.
Contact the Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich
To build the best possible defense to sex crime charges, you need an experienced attorney who will work with you and aggressively fight these charges. At Wallin & Klarich, our criminal defense attorneys have been successfully defending clients accused of sex crimes for over 30 years. Let us help you now.
With offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Ventura, Victorville, and West Covina you can find a dedicated Wallin & Klarich attorney no matter where you are located.
Call us now at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will get through this together.