How Can You Represent Someone Charged With Sexually Assaulting A Child?
“How can you represent someone accused of sexually assaulting a child?” is a question we are often asked. For starters, unless/until there is proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the disclosure is true, we are representing men accused of one of the most heinous crimes in the world. The only thing worse than a person accused of sexually assaulting a child is a person being falsely accused of sexually assaulting a child.
The dynamics of representing an individual (usually a man or young man) charged with a sexual assault of a child is one of the most daunting and specialized areas of criminal law. Sexual assault cases are, by nature, emotionally charged and typically rise and fall on the credibility of the accuser.
However, allegations against children are even more unthinkable. And, as this area of criminal investigations develops, more and more men are falsely accused of the unthinkable – a sex crime against a child in their care or custody. But, why would children lie? They aren’t necessarily lying nor are they necessarily telling the truth. Every expert in this field knows of the dangers of suggestibility, leading questions, and other forms of “tainting” the memory of a child. In fact, scared parents who question their son or daughter about an allegation can inadvertently do great damage to a case thereby converting an innocent person into a suspect and a child into a lifetime of victimhood.
Teachers, coaches, grandfathers, friends of the family and even fathers are ripe targets of false sex abuse allegations.
At Koffel Brininger Nesbitt, we are all parents. But, we are also guardians of our client’s freedom and reputation. Only after a very thorough examination of the case and presentation to a jury can any of us truly conclude whether or not a man is guilty of this heinous act. Our job is to make sure innocent men are not convicted.
To inquire about representation, call (614) 675-4845.