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Allegations of Sexual Assault are some of the most serious charges a person can face. Make no mistake, to many people, an allegation alone is enough for them to believe someone is guilty. But the truth is that just because some accuses another person of sexual assault doesn’t mean it’s true.
Finding yourself accused of Sexual Assault can leave you with nowhere to turn. You may lose friends. You may lose your job. Your family may not want to speak with you. All of these things can happen because these types of allegations are so serious. And after all, over the last few years, there has been a dramatic change in how society as a whole sees these types of cases.
But just because an allegation is made doesn’t mean you did anything wrong. Like every other criminal case, the State still has to prove every part of its case beyond a reasonable doubt. And despite the fact that it’s uncomfortable for many people to acknowledge, accusers in cases of Sexual Assault do lie. They do have incorrect memories. They do have ulterior motives for making accusations. We always want to think that those cases will get screened and dismissed before it’s too late, but we can’t count on that because it doesn’t always happen.
Even though it’s not the law, the State in these cases will almost always try and make you answer the question: “Why would she lie?” It isn’t fair and it’s not what the law is, but at the end of the day juries are going to want you to answer that question as well. A good lawyer knows this, and will always know that this is hanging over almost every case.
Every case is different, but they’re all serious. And no matter the facts of your particular case, just know that it is never, ever hopeless. Our most recent Sexual Assault trial resulted in a verdict of “NOT GUILTY,” and despite what the State felt were very strong facts, we prevailed and our client kept his good name and was exonerated in the end. This was a quote from one of the prosecutors in that case:
“In this case, we had a cooperative victim, significant evidence supporting her immediate outcry, and DNA evidence contradicting the defendant’s statements to police. Despite this, the jury found the defendant not guilty.” – A Question of Compassion for Travis County’s Family Violence Court, Austin Chronicle Volume 39, Number 42, June 19, 2020.
The bottom line is that you should never give up, and never believe that things are hopeless. We believe in our clients and know that they have a story to tell. The rights of the accused don’t just disappear because of what they’ve been accused of. Let us help you tell your story, clear your good name, and fight for the justice you’re entitled to.
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