False sex offence allegations are a topic that comes up frequently in the news with public figures and celebrities appearing to be accusing almost daily, but in truth it can happen to anyone.
These sorts of allegations can have catastrophic results on the alleged perpetrator, damaging their career, their personal life and their health, and leaving their lives in tatters. Even if the allegations are not taken further or are proved false, the effect of the initial claim can leave a metaphorical black mark on their record for life. That’s why having a criminal defence solicitor that is an expert in sex offence law is essential.
But why do people make false sexual allegations?
Those that make false sexual allegation often have their own agenda.
Reports show that often they have a history of criminality. The may have made fraudulent claims in the past in other spheres and have experience in lying to authorities.
The accusation is usually a way to cover up other behaviour and it can even be that a third party such a parent or partner, reports the issue to the police. In these cases the claimant is usually pursuing an emotional gain. They may be trying to save a relationship or preserve their reputation.
What Can You Do?
Unfortunately, there is no way to protect yourself from an allegation, but if one does occur, seek legal advice at the earliest stage. This way you can take action before the case escalates.
You may feel that your innocence protects you, but the jury system is not perfect and you can still be found guilty. Overturning a guilty verdict through an appeal requires proving an error in the trial or fresh evidence, rather than arguing your innocence as would be done in the initial trial. It is much better to adopt a rigorous defence strategy early on.
However, the case needn’t go to trial. At Forrest Williams we have been very successful in pointing out weaknesses in the prosecution and getting case dropped at an early stage, before press and public become aware of the issue.
We operate across England and Wales with office in London, Nottingham and Birmingham. If we take on your case, you can be sure that we believe in your innocence and will put our heart and soul into fighting for you.
If you have been a victim of false sexual allegation, contact us today on 01623 397200 for an initial free discussion.