Most people never expect to have cops show up at their door or workplace unannounced to arrest them for a sex crime they know they did not commit. Most people don’t understand what legal procedures are set in motion once an arrest is made. Most people also assume that if they are arrested for a sex crime they didn’t commit, a lawyer will magically swoop in and save you from ridiculous charges before the situation gets out of hand. Well, this might happen for a person that is already armed with a highly proficient and available lawyer. But what ends up happening in reality is that you find yourself not getting any helpful information or guidance from anybody while you sit in an interrogation room across from a police officer who believes you’re guilty while you know you’re innocent.
Tip 1 - Assessing your risk for being falsely accused of a sex crime:
Many people will assume their risk level is low for this terrible mistake to ever to happen to them when they’ve lead a fairly uneventful or virtuous life. They believe themselves to be of good character, have no police record, they have a fantastic career, they have a loving family, their friends are all of good character, etc, etc. Well despite of all these factors, anyone is still at risk – man or woman. However there are some factors that definitely increase a man’s risk which is what I’ll focus on here (although some may apply to women as well):
Tip 2 - Prepare yourself financially:
Tip 3 - Assign a surety now
Securing a surety has become a routine requirement by the Crown prosecutor in order for them to agree to let you out of jail on bail while you fight the charges. A surety is a person who will vouch for your whereabouts and compliance of the law while you are out on bail and dragged through criminal proceedings. They are also responsible for posting bail in your favour if you breach any bail conditions. Without a surety, you will stay in jail with limited access to a lawyer and contact with people or resources that could prove your innocence while the prosecution manufactures a case against you. Think of having a pre-assigned surety to be as important as assigning a power of attorney to a person you trust in case you ever become medically incapacitated in the future. Have a discussion now with your most trusted friend or parent or relative that is financially secure to know who you can rely on for a surety if such an arrest were to happen. Know that if the time comes, the crown prosecutor will have the opportunity to investigate and discredit your surety in order to keep you in jail. Consider all of these factors when thinking of who your surety could potentially be:
Tip 4 - Research a top-notch and respected criminal defence law firm:
So to sum up these tips to protect yourself from a possible future false accusation:
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