Being accused of a sex crime can be devastating. Not only are those crimes accessible by employers but also to the general public. Unlike other criminal charges, sex crimes come with the stigma of criminality and the stigma of being an alleged predator. These crimes are complex and their effects long-lasting, but are there defense strategies for the accused? Keep reading to find out.
Sex Crimes in Arizona Defined
Arizona defines sex crimes as those involving sexual conduct or contact with another person without their consent. The most common sex crimes include:
- Sexual assault
- Statutory rape
- Indecent exposure
- Child pornography
- Child molestation
These crimes are serious, and conviction often results in several years behind bars and a lifetime on the sex offender registry. Sex crimes, especially those involving minors, are punished harshly, and juries are less likely to view those accused of a sex crime sympathetically.
A reminder: Sex crimes can destroy the lives of those wrongly accused and the victims. Understanding how being wrongly accused can alter a person’s life does not diminish the trauma that results from a sexual attack.
Just because someone is accused of a sex crime does not mean their life is over. There are defense strategies that can provide insight and give the accused a second chance.
It Was Consensual
Most rape and sexual battery cases are legitimate, but there are instances where one person may use the accusation to tarnish another person’s reputation. This can happen when a couple breaks up, or a former admirer feels jilted. Because rape cases are so devastating and leave such deep scars, accusations of rape are serious and should never be used to undermine an innocent person.
Because these accusations are serious, proving that they may have been false and that the act was consensual can be a successful defense strategy in court.
In some cases, a victim may not have seen the perpetrator or do not have a name. It’s crucial to catch the right person to ensure justice is served, so the court needs to know who committed the crime.
With the help of an attorney, you may be able to prove to the court that you could not have been the person who committed this crime. This not only protects you from wrongful prosecution but also frees up investigators to search for the actual perpetrator.
Sometimes, someone may use accusations against you in retribution or ensure that you do not receive some benefit. This can happen during divorce cases when the court is determining child custody. Any parent found guilty of a sex crime will not be granted physical custody, so that these accusations can be very harmful to you and your child.
Don’t Leave Your Case to Chance
Accusations of sex crimes are incredibly damaging, so it’s vital to have an experienced advocate on your side. Territorial Law, LLC has the experience you need to protect your reputation. Our team understands what is at stake in these cases, and we work tirelessly to protect your future in court.
Contact Territorial Law, LLC to find out how we can fight for you.