A Former Prosecutor Defending Clients in Wyoming and South Dakota
Sexual assault charges are one of the most serious, devastating things that can happen to a person. The mere accusation of sexual assault can leave you with a negative stigma that is hard to overcome. So learning about the best to defense to sexual assault charges in your case is critical.
A conviction for sexual assault in Wyoming comes with serious consequences, including a lengthy prison sentence, heavy fines, supervision upon release from custody, separation from family and, in certain cases, mandatory sex-offender registration.
Sexual assault charges are a very serious matter. You must deal with them decisively, and immediately. The first and perhaps most important step you can take if you or someone you love was accused of sexual assault is to hired a skilled and experienced Wyoming sexual assault defense attorney.
If you are facing sexual assault charges, cooperating with the police will not make things easier for you. The best thing you can do is inform the police that you want to speak with a lawyer, and tell the police that you are asserting your right to remain silent.
If the police try to question you, politely but firmly tell them that you are exercising your constitutional right to remain silent, and explain that you will not answer any questions until you have a lawyer present.
It is better to remain silent rather than inadvertently say something that could later be used to incriminate you during a trial for sexual assault charges.
As a former prosecutor, I know that many cases of sexual assault come down to a “he said/she said.” At The Law Office of Christina L.. Williams, my team of skilled and experienced sexual assault defense professionals will investigate the accuser to see if there might be ulterior motives for the allegation, which can be used show that the accuser is not a credible witness.
If your Wyoming sexual assault defense lawyer discovers that evidence against you was illegally obtained, this information can be used to have evidence suppressed, which means it cannot be considered by the court or a jury to determine whether you are guilty.
Sexual assault cases are often highly publicized. Do not talk to reporters. Anything you say could be taken out of context. Let your lawyer decide whether to speak to the press and, if so, what to say.
Consent is one of the most powerful defenses to an allegation of sexual assault. In many cases, there are no witnesses and no injuries such as black eyes, bruises, scrapes, or cuts. Heavy alcohol consumption is often a factor. In a case like this, where the alleged victim had lowered inhibitions, the alleged victim may have had second thoughts about consensual sex and the next day claim to have been a victim of sexual assault when, in fact, the sex was consensual.
A first time sexual assault offender may face up to 50 years in prison. Someone who has previously been convicted of sexual assault could be facing life in prison without the possibility of parole.
If the victim was a minor, penalties are more severe, and may include mandatory registration on Wyoming’s sex offender registry.
If you or someone you love has been charged with sexual assault, it’s critically important that you hire a skilled and experienced Wyoming sexual assault defense attorney as quickly as possible.
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this article is offered for educational purposes only. This information is not offered as legal advice. A person accused of a crime should always consult with an attorney before making decisions that have legal consequences.