The accusation of sex assault in Florida could irreparably harm a person’s life. Families are torn apart. Your reputation is destroyed. You lose your job and your career prospects. In addition, the stigma of having to register on the state sex offenders list.
Many times, those accused of sexual assault have no experience with the legal system. We have all seen the TV shows and movies, but do not confuse fantasy with reality. If you’re asked to speak with the police or a detective, talk to an attorney Immediately! We have seen many try to be cooperative and plead innocence, only to have statements used against them later in court. You need an experienced Jacksonville sex crimes lawyer.
Sex Assault Crimes Are Different
Sex assault crimes are different from other criminal cases because, many times, there is often no physical evidence tying someone to the crime. Many cases just involve two people – he said, she said cases. These cases, built on the testimony of one or two people, are difficult to defend.
Other times, there may be evidence that authorities have obtained including DNA taken from or near the alleged victim. It is crucial to you and your case that you have a Jacksonville Sex Crimes Lawyer that will dig into how the evidence was obtained, how it was tested, and exactly who is testing it.
If police are talking to you, that means they’ve already talked to the alleged victim and he or she has led them to you. The detective is there to build a case against you and possibly arrest you. He is not there to help you. You have the right to remain silent – Exercise that right.
Tell the police that you want to speak to an attorney before answering any questions. Then call a Jacksonville Sex Offense Attorney at Harris Guidi Rosner at 904-777-7777 right away.
What To Do and Not To Do
If you are questioned or arrested:
- Be Respectful, but ask to speak to an Attorney now.
- Be Polite
- BE QUIET
- Do NOT speak to police (they do not have to be truthful and are NOT going to help you)
- Do NOT speak to anyone else
- Do NOT take any polygraphs tests
- Do NOT do anything without speaking to your Jacksonville Sex Crimes Lawyer first.
The authorities, by law, must allow you to speak to an attorney. You can have an attorney present any time that authorities are questioning you. Make sure that you take advantage of those rights.
We will be your voice and we will always be proactive in your defense. We will not sit back and wait for things to happen to our clients. We will fight for you. Jacksonville Sex Offense Lawyers, call today for a free consultation 904-777-7777.