False accusations can hurt your reputation from the moment the accusation is made. Before you’re ever arrested or charged, the authorities may already have one side of the story on which to base a bias. Even though the allegations may be false, it is up to you to prove that you did not commit a crime, just the same as it’s the other person’s job to prove you did.
Your attorney can help you focus on the details you want to provide in your story. Why couldn’t you have committed the crime? How common is it for alleged victims to make up stories to get others in trouble with the law?
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Here is a good example of something that could affect you. One 18-year-old woman alleged to police that she was raped by five men. However, later, she recanted her entire story. Some studies show that between 8 and 10 percent of all rape accusations are falsified; they could be made by spurned lovers or those who get the identity of a so-called rapist wrong.
What can you do when you are on the wrong side of the law, according to another person’s testimony? Fight back. You can show that you weren’t present, that the other party was willing to participate in a sexual act with you, or even show how the other person is setting you up. If you have evidence of a relationship with the other person or can prove that the other person has been bragging about wanting to falsely accuse you, both can be used to defend your innocence.
If you have been falsely accused of a crime, don’t hesitate to contact us for help. Our team is comprised of legal professionals who have vast experience assisting people just like you. Contact the Law Offices of James E. Crawford and Associates for a free initial consultation.