Top 10 Things to do when falsely accused of child sexual abuse, domestic violence, child abuse. Flase sexual abuse allegations.

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO WHEN FALSELY ACCUSED

  • You have to begin by realizing the level of trouble you are in

Understand the consequences if you underestimate the legal ramifications for your life if you make the wrong decisions. Unfortunately most people go into some level of denial and minimize the trouble they are in. As a consequence they fail to do things they must and find themselves in much deeper legal troubles than they started out with. For an example, say child sexual abuse allegations rise during a divorce case, and you feel they mean little. Or your attorney says "they have no case." So you do nothing or bumble along, and then you find criminal charges filed, or a juvenile court action filed against you, or worse find yourself in the three ring circus of all three at the same time. Had you reacted properly the eventual cost would be a fraction of what it will cost if things get out of hand.

  • Select the right attorney and staff to represent you

There are many fine attorneys in America. Attorneys good at drug cases or speeding tickets, or good at representing women in custody cases, but who you may learn the hard way will send you down the toilet because they aren't good on the kind of case YOU have. You should begin by checking out the lawyer and team you are considering hiring. It is wise to ask for the lawyer's CV (resume) and perhaps determine how many cases like yours he has handled. It is often best to find the best lawyer on this kind of case, often he'll be from out of state.

  • Build a war chest

Most people don't want to hear that this kind of case will be expensive. When you are falsely accused of child abuse, rape, or domestic violence you are facing a high probability of criminal charges, and if you are facing criminal charges in one of these areas you are facing a very high probability of conviction unless you take strong steps to prevent the issues from getting out of hand. This will require taking some steps such as getting specialized psychological testing and a properly designed polygraph or similar testing. As well as lining up other necessary evidence and experts. All of this will cost. You need to adjust your thinking to tens of thousands of dollars instead of hundreds of dollars. There are those who promise cheap, quick and easy solutions. However you'll likely find that they will not wind up really being cheap, quick nor easy. They can send you away for a long time.

  • Educate yourself

In selecting ANYONE to represent you, it is always a matter of Caveat Emptor, (let the buyer beware). You should never rely solely on anyone, not even ME! You can't help defend yourself from a place of ignorance. You'll need to educate yourself on the subject area of the allegations you are facing. When your team tells you that you need to do "A" it is important that you understand why you need to do that. Lots of time can be wasted trying to explain every step to you, and often the effort spent "selling" you on the need to do "A" or "X" becomes so tiresome that anyone will decide to stop trying. You need to understand why the things are necessary and not just be a cash cow and a passenger along for the ride. The best results come from a fully involved and informed client. Many lawyers don't like that, but the better ones demand it. Beware and don't snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.

  • Do a time line

You will need to put a time-line in writing. Start from day 1 and go through to today in as much detail as you can recall. This will be a great aid to your defense team.

  • Begin working on a witness list

You will need to start compiling a witness list. The best form I have found is 3 by 5 cards, or in some cases 5 by 7 cards. Include the people's name, addresses, phone information, as well as their employment and a brief biography. And also a brief bit on what they can testify to. Outline form is best. Don't limit yourself on who you have down, use bad witnesses as well as ones on your side. Let us decide who is important and who isn't. Often people you think are unimportant turn out to be the key to the case.

  • Check Yourself

Often people in your shoes become their own worst enemies. You will have to watch what you say and do. An ill-considered comment can send your case into the toilet. One very key thing is getting you prepared to handle yourself as early as possible. A good team has someone who can do that, and assigns them from day one.

  • Scientific testing

If this is a sex case, you will want testing that tends to disprove the allegations against you. Tests that relate specifically to what you are being accused of. So specialized testing is necessary. The same tact must be taken for domestic violence or any other allegation of misconduct. Show that YOU don't have what it takes to be guilty.

  • Witness Preparation and interviews

You'll need a team with a staff member that has a track record for doing interviews on potential witnesses, making recommendations to the lawyers, and preparing your witnesses to testify. Usually using a video process.

  • Jury selection

Your team should include someone who has the capability of scientifically selecting a jury. One with a good track record in doing that. It's one of the things you should look for.

  • Get a Lawyer Immediately

When law enforcement or social workers request that you be interviewed by them either at your home or at their offices, decline to speak with them without your attorney being present. Insist that they cease efforts to question you unless you have a lawyer present.

  • Do Not Answer Questions

If you are arrested, DO NOT answer ANY questions other than your name, address and date of birth.

  • If You are Not Arrested — Leave

If they don't arrest you - you have the right to leave an interview

  • Keep Your Mouth Shut

Anything you say WILL be used against you, what you do not consider a "confession" police or social workers are likely to. NEVER EXPLAIN anything you have ever done. It WILL be used against you.

NOTE: In our careers we have seen many thousands of cases that would never have seen a courtroom had it not been for the things the accused said that were twisted into being a confession. REMAIN SILENT! You HAVE that right, USE IT!

If you demand an attorney, and you cannot afford one, police CANNOT continue to question you if you want one appointed free for you. On June 26, 2000 the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed ALL the provisions of the Miranda decision. Police CANNOT continue to question you when you have asked for a lawyer to be present. If they persist they risk contaminating a case. REMAIN SILENT!

Top 10 Things to do when falsely accused of child sexual abuse, domestic violence, child abuse. Flase sexual abuse allegations.


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