Protecting Your Future When You Are Charged With A Sex Crime
Our justice system is built on the presumption of innocence. But when it comes to sex crimes this ideal is often set aside. The mere allegation of a criminal sexual offense is enough to destroy a person’s reputation. Even family and friends may shun the accused.
That said, the cornerstone of our criminal justice system still holds true in these cases. The prosecution has the burden to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. You have rights and an experienced lawyer can help protect those rights while working to minimize the harshest consequences of a sex-related criminal charge.
You need an attorney who understands what is at stake when a person is accused of a sex crime and who will advocate for your rights under the law. Call Lenox Law immediately at 703-997-1600 if you or a family member has been arrested or investigated in connection with a sex offense.
Speak With An Attorney Before Speaking With Anyone Else
The shame and stigma of a criminal sexual allegation are so great that many people feel compelled to tell their side of the story as soon as possible. However, the police and the prosecution are not on your side. Their aim is to build a case for conviction, so they want to get a suspect talking to get a confession or catch the person in a lie. Nobody ever manages to talk themselves out of an arrest, but they do manage to get themselves in deeper trouble the more that they speak.
“You have the right to remain silent” and “you have the right to an attorney” are not just phrases used for dramatic effect on TV. These are your constitutional rights, and it is in your best interest to exercise those rights. Having an attorney present whenever you are speaking with the police can help ensure that your rights are protected and can only strengthen your defense when it comes time to answer to your charges.
During my almost three decades of legal experience, my clients have been accused of the full range of sex crime allegations, including:
- Rape and sexual assault
- Indecent liberties with a child
- Soliciting minors for sex
- Possession or distribution of child pornography
- Prostitution offenses
- Indecent exposure and other lewd and lascivious conduct
Sex Crimes Are Punished Severely
In addition to the public shame and the prospect of prison, the “sex offender” or “sexual predator” label is a heavy burden for the accused and their family. If convicted, you will have to register with local authorities whenever you move or change jobs. Sex offender registration is another reason to get legal counsel immediately.
My job is to explore all possible defenses. Are there holes in the prosecution’s case or the accuser’s story? Were your rights violated in searches, questioning or arrest? If charges cannot be dismissed or reduced, or a favorable deal cannot be negotiated on your behalf, you have a trial-ready attorney fighting for you. Let me be there with you at every stage of the legal process, even when no one else may be. You do not have to face this alone.
Contact Me To Begin Building Your Criminal Defense
Let me help give you a fair shot in the criminal justice system while working hard to minimize the potential consequences of a sex offense. For a free phone consultation or to schedule a free in-office consultation, call me at 703-997-1600. You may also contact me online. Located in Manassas, I defend people in Prince William County and throughout northern Virginia.