As you may already know because of the statistics surrounding the issue, a very small percentage of sexual assault cases are false accusations. In fact, according to research, about 2 to 8% of sexual assault allegations are false. However, for the defendants in these false cases, it means everything – because their lives could be on the line as they face immense financial penalties and time in prison for a crime they did not commit. This is why it pays to know what to do if you were falsely accused in one of these cases.
The Ugly Reality
Because sexual assault is so serious, there are too many cases where a defendant in a false accusation case still receives prison time and fines. The reason why? These cases are extremely touchy and the prosecutor may side with the “victim” in the case just because of how the case looks, despite the evidence involved. Prosecutors and law enforcement do not want actual rape victims to feel as if there are no penalties for defendants in these cases, and do not want to deter them from reporting legitimate sexual assault. This is why, even though a case has enough evidence to be a false claim, very few of these cases are charged criminally.
For the accused, a false accusation can be devastating in many ways. There are very few ways to protect your reputation, as mug shots and websites go viral with your name linked to the crime. This could lead to a loss of employment opportunities, public ridicule, and so much more. If you are proven innocent, you have options. If false testimony was made, there may be civil charges as you received emotional harm and perjury was involved. More of these cases being charged sends a message that these cases are taken very seriously and the victims deserve rights.
When you have been wrongfully accused, you may feel as if you have limited options based on case results you have seen. You should immediately speak to an attorney to retain your rights. You may be able to receive relief if you can prove that the plaintiff engaged in malicious conduct designed to harm you from the beginning. Call us today at The Law Office of Peter Blair for more.