One of the worst things that can happen to you is to be accused of a crime you did not commit – especially if it is an alleged sex crime such as statutory rape. In the state of Massachusetts and many other states, statutory rape is the crime of having sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 16, even if they allegedly consented. Accusations of statutory rape can inflict irreparable damage to your reputation and expose you to harsh criminal consequences upon conviction, including a lengthy prison sentence and lifetime registration as a sex offender. Aside from retaining the services of an aggressive criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible, there are several things you can do to stay in control of your situation and maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome.
- Obey any restrictions: Statutory rape charges are frequently paired with a restraining order of some kind which can prohibit you from seeing or making contact with the allegedly raped party. Even if you have done nothing wrong, it is imperative that you completely follow these and any other restrictions. If you fail to comply with the orders of the police or courts, you may end up worsening your situation and face additional charges.
- Gather evidence: Gather and preserve any physical evidence related to the alleged victim and the incident, as well as any records or documents which may be useful to prove where you were at the time of the alleged rape. This includes text messages, emails, letters, receipts,
- Stay silent: You will likely be questioned by the police, your employer, or news organizations regarding your case. Exercise your Fifth Amendment rights and do not answer questioning without the presence of your attorney. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Do not give the prosecution the chance to misinterpret and twist your words to your detriment.
Call Brad Bailey Law for a Hard-Hitting Defense
Any sort of sex crime allegations are extremely serious and must be handled by an experienced attorney in order to be successfully defended against. At Brad Bailey Law, our team of Boston sex crime lawyers have more than 30 years of legal and trial experience defending the accused and can provide the aggressive representation you need during this frightening time. Backed by numerous awards and accolades for our unparalleled advocacy, including an AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® and a 10.0 “Superb” Avvo Rating, we are a formidable force inside and outside the courtroom and can ensure your wellbeing is guarded at all times.
Call (617) 500-0252 today to get started towards building your defense.