The #MeToo movement has raised the consciousness of the entire country,
bringing to light once-unreported
sexual assault and misconduct and making space available for women who have been taken
advantage of by high-profile, powerful men. Although there is an abundance
of credible cases, there is a dearth of unfounded accusations.
For instance, ex-lawmaker Harold Ford Jr. was fired from his job at Morgan
Stanley, despite adamantly denying the accusations of sexual harassment
made against him. Even if the allegations are found unproven, does his
reputation return to normal?
Aziz Ansari was accused publicly, not of rape, but of a bad sexual encounter.
When he was asked to stop, he complied. However, according to the accuser,
he should have known to stop before that due to non-verbal cues.
Most people are familiar with the idea that in a court of law, a person
is innocent until proven guilty. However, these recent events have made
due process difficult to obtain for those accused of sexual assault and
So if you have been falsely accused of a sex crime, you need to start protecting
yourself and planning for your defense as soon as you suspect you are
under investigation by law enforcement. While it is natural to believe
that if you didn’t commit the act, you will be found innocent of
the charges once the investigation concludes or after you have been able
to tell “your side of the story.” Unfortunately, defending
oneself from these types of accusations is rarely, if ever, that simple.
You need to combat the allegations immediately, no matter of your opinion
on the credibility of the charges against you.
So what should you do? The following are several suggestions in order to
protect your rights and future:
- Obtain the legal services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer as
soon as possible.
- Prepare for the potential costs of your defense, such as expert witnesses,
special psychological tests, and other evidence that may benefit your case.
- Create a timeline of the events before and after the alleged incident and
include as much detail as possible, whether or not you consider them important.
- Educate yourself of the criminal offenses against you, your rights, and
the legal system.
- Compile a list of potential witnesses to can be your alibi to the alleged incident
- Enforce your rights, such as not speaking with police without a lawyer
present or being guaranteed the right to competent legal representation
by the U.S. Constitution.
The Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella, our
Milwaukee criminal defense attorney has successfully handled these types of cases. We understand how to develop
a strong defense strategy against these types of allegations and walk
you through the process. If you are facing any false accusations of sexual
misconduct, let our experienced legal team protect your rights, reputation,
For more information,
contact us and request a
free consultation today.