If you are accused of a sexually based offense in Ohio, you are likely already aware of how quickly your world can cave in around you. With one accusation, you can lose your job, your standing in the community, relationships with your loved ones, and your freedom.
This fallout can make it seem like you have already been found guilty, and you may just feel tempted to give up. However, before you do that, you need to remember three things.
- You are innocent until you are proven guilty, which means that it will be up to the prosecution to make their case. You don't need to help them by talking to them without your attorney or offering up DNA samples; you need to help yourself by ensuring they don't violate your rights during an investigation.
- You can fight to avoid the harshest penalties. With these charges, it's not necessarily all or nothing. You can negotiate a plea deal, or challenge witness statements and evidence to have some of the charges dropped or reduced, which can have an enormous impact on penalties you may be facing.
- You do not have to go through this alone. In light of sex crime charges, your friends and family may cut ties with you or distance themselves from you. You can feel alone and abandoned, but you must remember that you can work with an attorney who is on your side and who will fight on your behalf.
Sex crime allegations are among the most serious and upsetting that a person can face, but we urge you to not lose hope or give up if you are in this situation. Instead, you can talk to an attorney at our firm about how you can fight back and protect yourself. For more information about our approach to this area of law, please visit our website.