Being accused of any crime at all is difficult to deal with, but allegations of sex crimes can be particularly devastating. A successful conviction on charges related to sex crimes can cost you your freedom and have a profoundly negative effect on your personal relationships. Such a conviction can also make it difficult to find employment and housing even after you have paid for your alleged crime.
We know how serious these allegations are, and we know defendants desperately want to clear their names. However, taking the wrong steps could make the situation even worse for defendants in Colorado. Before doing anything, it is wise to speak with a criminal defense attorney for advice about your unique circumstances.
Doing so can provide you with a solid foundation for your defense, as well as advice about what to do and what not to do following allegations of sex crimes. Below are a few examples of behaviors that could worsen your situation even if you have not yet been charged.
Do not attempt to contact the alleged victim, and avoid interacting with him or her under any circumstance. Although it is tempting to try to work out the issue, contacting the other party could worsen any charges against you. Do not give your consent to undergo any kind of DNA or other forensic testing without speaking to a defense attorney. Even if you believe such testing will prove your innocence, you still need the protection an attorney offers.
Finally, avoid making a statement or engaging in an interrogation with law enforcement officials until you have acquired legal representation. This protects you from having your words used against you by police officers and aggressive prosecutors. If you need to learn more about creating a defense against sex crimes and other serious offenses, we invite you to explore the information on our website.