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What to Do if You’ve Been Falsely Accused of a Sex Crime in New York

Lawyer advising his client who has been accused of a sex crime.

There are few things in life worse than being falsely accused of a sex crime. Even when you’re innocent, the accusation alone often results in a stigma that can follow you around for years. If you’ve been falsely accused of a sex crime, you need to know what steps to take to clear your name. Below is an overview of what to do if you’ve been falsely accused of a sex crime in New York. If you have additional questions after reviewing the information below, we recommend that you contact a New York criminal defense attorney as soon as possible for assistance.  

Keep Quiet

If you have been falsely accused of a sex crime in New York, the most important thing you can do is to keep quiet. In other words, don’t argue with your accuser, don’t attempt to justify yourself, and don’t attempt to plead your case. This can be difficult to do, as it is only natural to want to defend yourself against false accusations. However, you must remember that anything you say may be used against you later in court. Therefore, after being accused of a sex crime, the only person you should speak to about the matter is your attorney. An experienced sex crime defense attorney will advise you regarding what you should or shouldn’t say, who you should or shouldn’t speak with, and what you should do to combat the false allegations against you. 

Document Everything

From the moment you first learn of your sex crime allegations, you should immediately document your experience and interactions with the accuser. Write down as many details as possible, including the dates of events, where you were on the date the crime allegedly took place, who you were with on that date, and any other information that you believe is pertinent. In addition, you should compile a list of possible witnesses to the alleged event. However, it’s vital that you don’t allow anyone to get their hands on your notes. Therefore, it is advisable to document these details with the help of your attorney.

If You Have Been Accused of  a Sex Crime, Contact Barket Epstein Today

Finally, as noted above, it is imperative that you hire a New York criminal defense attorney as soon as you become aware of the sex crime allegations against you. And this applies even if you haven’t been officially charged with a crime. By working with a criminal defense attorney before charges are officially filed against you, you can immediately begin working to mitigate the effect of the allegations and preparing your defense should your accuser eventually file criminal charges against you. Please contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys of Barket Epstein today for a consultation.

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