Get the Best Attorneys for the Toughest Cases
For many people, avoiding jail or prison is not that hard to do.
Sure, there can be some minor scrapes with the law from time to time, but most individuals do not go out of their way looking for trouble.
That said sometimes people end up in trouble with the law, yet they did not start out their day or evening intending for that to be the case.
Take the example of being charged with a sexual assault.
One of the more serious allegations to be facing, a sexual assault conviction can lead to myriad of problems for someone.
From potentially spending years in prison to being labeled a sex offender for the remainder of one’s life, the penalties can be quite burdensome.
In the event you find yourself in a position needing attorneys who can handle a tough case, don’t waste a moment of your time.
Fight Your Case to the End
When faced with the possibility of going to prison for a number of years, not to mention dealing with a significant financial penalty etc. be sure you exhaust all your options.
For starters, you may already have used a criminal defense attorney in the past, so he or she might be your best option this time again.
On the other hand, if you have never been in this kind of trouble before, the experience of hiring a criminal defense attorney may very well be new to you.
Either way, a tough case deserves a tough fight.
The important face of defending a sexual assault case is trying to punch holes in the prosecution’s case.
Among the areas to focus in on:
- Story – First look at the other side’s story. Does it seem legitimate? Is this an individual who has made this accusation in the past against other people? If so, what was the outcome? While you never want to pile on the alleged victim, you do have to question their stories to a degree, albeit without there being overwhelming evidence to show you are guilty (see more below);
- Evidence – Is there evidence that shows you in fact are not guilty of the said charges? It could be anything from the alleged victim changing their story several times to an eyewitness or even video evidence that puts you in another location at the time of the alleged sexual assault. Make sure you can provide a full recap of where you were at the time of the alleged assault right down the hours and minutes of that time;
- History – If you have never had a significant brush with the law before, your legal team needs to make sure that is heard in the event the case goes to trial. Painting you in the best light possible is critical to having a shot at winning a not guilty verdict or at least receiving the best plea deal possible. Having had a solid career, volunteering in your community etc. are just some of the positives that your defense team can point out.
In the event it does not look like your criminal defense attorney can save you from a conviction, the next best thing to do is work out the best plea deal possible, something that is especially important to do if the individual is a juvenile.
As you may or may not know, a sexual assault conviction carries with it many years of problems.
As mentioned earlier, it isn’t just the prison time and fines involved (bad enough as they both are), it is also having to be labeled a sex offender for the rest of your life.
Even if you only serve a short amount of time in prison, the weeks and months once out of there can prove quite challenging.
From having trouble getting your career on track to potentially being ostracized by some family members and friends, life will definitely be different with a sexual assault conviction hanging over your head. Even if found not guilty of the charges, just the allegation alone can prove quite damaging for many individuals (men in most of the cases).
When the going gets tough, make sure you have the best attorney possible going to bat for you.