If I’m Accused of a Sex Crime, Will It Make Me Look Guilty If I Hire a Lawyer?
This is a question a lot of people ask themselves when they are being investigated for, or they are arrested for sex crimes. Often times, they call our criminal defense attorneys to ask that very same question. Even if the crime they’ve been accused of isn’t a sex crime, like possession of an illegal drug, or assault, most people still wonder if they’re doing the right thing by hiring an attorney.
And why would they waste time wondering if they’re making the right choice by protecting themselves and exercising their Sixth Amendment rights? Why Should I hire an attorney if I did nothing wrong? The police will treat me fairly and I can just tell them my side of the story. They will surely know that I am innocent and drop these charges. This completely incorrect idea that only guilty people need legal help is repeatedly proven wrong. As with any kind of criminal case, having a good lawyer on your side is critical!
Sex crimes are taken very seriously here in Mississippi!
Sex crimes are no joke. Whether you live in Jackson, Biloxi, Southaven, Tupelo, or anywhere in Mississippi, being accused of a sex crime is a life altering event. Naturally, you’d be stressed out, angry, and frightened. That’s when you say things you shouldn’t, and make choices that can seriously hurt your case. Here is your most important choice: SHUT UP AND LAWYER UP.
That’s why a good defense attorney is critical – not only to build a strong defense on your behalf and make certain that your rights are protected, but also to help keep you from making emotionally charged decisions that could land you behind bars, and on the registry of sexual offenders for the rest of your life.
What can a defense attorney do to help me if I’m accused of a sex crime?
There are lots of things that a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney can do to help you if you’re ever accused of a sex crime in the State of Mississippi. For example, a criminal defense attorney may be able to access information about the alleged event before the police seize evidence or confiscate your computers, police records, or any other information. That can be a huge help in building your defense quickly. This early and quick effort is often a key element in strategizing and planning your defense.
Also, the sooner you have a great lawyer by your side, the sooner they can start putting together your defense strategy. From experts who will testify at your trial, to possibly a private polygraph and character witnesses, there are lots of people who could be called upon to help fight the allegations against you. And the sooner they’re on board, the better your chances are!
How do I make sure my sex crime defense lawyer is top-notch?
If you’ve been accused of a sex crime here in Mississippi, you’re going to need excellent legal representation. You’re up against possible prison time, serious damage to your reputation, and the very real possibility that you’ll end up a registered sex offender. It’s a big deal, and you need to take it seriously! Lots of innocent people are in prison right now for Criminal Sexual Conduct, sex assault crimes, child molestation and statutory rape. With over 75 years of combined legal experience at the Carmody Law Firm, we are more than prepared to help fight for your rights.