How Should I respond to Sexual Assault Allegations?
The whole campus has turned against you and no one will help. Guilt is presumed. Administration discipline is quick, harsh, unforgiving, and often without the protections of the criminal justice system. Remember that you are innocent until proven guilty even with the reactions around you. All of your subsequent actions will be scrutinized in length by school authorities who have the ability o convict you.
Review this list of “Do’s” and “Don’t” if you have been accused. Following these steps can greatly increase your chances for a favorable outcome:
Talk to a Trusted Acquaintance
Whether a friend, family member or a counselor, you will need to vent to a trusted adult. The allegations of sexual assault can take a remarkably massive toll on you. When everyone around you assumes guilt, even when you are innocent, it can leave such a heavy burden that you find yourself admitting guilt! You need to have support while we work to protect your rights. Even just venting the emotions and not talking about the main issue can benefit greatly. Do not isolate yourself after allegations.
Seek a Professional
Legal counsel in a sexual assault case is imperative. Hiring an experienced defense attorney like Manchester and Associates greatly increases your odd for a favorable outcome. We have the tools, resources and experience to make a difference in your case. Every conversation is completely confidential.
Make Contact or Talk to the Alleged Victim
The U.S. Department of Education mandates that you will be issued a no-contact order. Even if you are not guilty, any violation of this order is a serious offense and can greatly diminish your reputability in the eyes of the school officials and the law.
Record All Evidence Accurately
Be very specific if you are documenting witnesses. Inconsistencies between what you have documented and what they have said will be considered against you, even if it was unintentional. After an allegation, you are assumed guilty by the school and actions like this will be labeled as intentional and devious. You cannot tell people what to say. Any intervention on your part can cause authorities to become skeptical.
Never Threaten or Intimidate Witnesses
Frustration and lack of resources can make you feel helpless. Even if it seems that no one is on your side, it is never a good idea to intimidate witnesses. Actions like these will backfire and they will hurt your case even more. You may not feel like it can get any worse, but it can.
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Contact Manchester & Associates today for help if you are facing sexual assault charges. You don’t have to do this alone.