Few crimes damage your reputation like child molestation. If you’ve been falsely accused of acting inappropriate with a child, everything is on the line. Child molestation charges affect your career, your personal life, your reputation in your community, and more. You could end up on a sex offender registry for the rest of your life.
If you have been accused of molesting a child or you suspect you could be, you need to reach out to an attorney immediately.
Despite the protections offered by the law and the idea that someone is innocent until proven guilty, you face an uphill battle if you’re accused of child molestation. The so-called court of public opinion won’t bother examining evidence or considering all of the factors involved in your case.
The smartest thing you can do in this situation is to contact an experienced attorney.
What Can You Do to Reduce the Risk of False Accusations?
If you work with children or spend time around kids, there are several things you should do to protect yourself from false accusations. For example:
- Behave respectfully and professionally with children and their parents.
- Avoid speaking about anything inappropriate, even if you are joking.
- Make sure your interactions with children are public. If you must be close to a child, make sure other people are around to see your interactions.
- If you are in the midst of a divorce and concerned your spouse might accuse you of something, do your best to act as amicably as possible. False accusations of molestation occur more frequently than most people realize in family law disputes.
- Limit interactions with children on social media. People take comments out of context and use them against you, especially if false accusations arise.
- If accused of wrongdoing, request that your attorney handles all communication with law enforcement and prosecution. Law enforcement and the legal system use comments made by innocent people against them. Don’t assume that anyone is on your side, other than your attorney. Do not think that being innocent means you won’t face charges or be convicted.
There is very little you can do to prevent people from making accusations against you. The best thing to do is build a strong defense.
What Can You Do to Protect Your Rights If You’re Falsely Accused of Child Molestation?
The smartest thing you can do when facing false accusations of child molestation is to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Even if there are no charges yet and law enforcement only wants to speak to you about a situation, you need to have an attorney assisting you.
You shouldn’t hope that the situation goes away or wait until it resolves itself on its own. Nor should you wait until it escalates. The best thing you can do is to have professional legal support protecting your rights. As difficult as your situation might be, your attorney will not judge you. They are there to help you and support you through this challenging time.
For more information or to discuss your case with a legal professional, contact David Lindsey.