Phoenix Sex Crime Lawyer
Arizona’s Department of Public Safety has reported that there were about 14,500 sex offenders in the state in 2012. Sexual offenses are widely considered to be particularly heinous. Because the mere mention of a sex crime evokes a negative emotional response, simply being accused of committing one is often enough to cause friends and family alike to turn their backs on you. But an accusation is not the equivalent of a conviction—far from it. You have the right to be considered innocent in the eyes of the law unless you’re proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Avoid the Stigma of a Sex Crime Conviction
Regardless of your legal right to be presumed innocent, when the crime you’re accused of is sexually based, you may feel as if you’ve been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion, without the benefit of a trial. Being accused of a sex crime may feel like your worst nightmare, but being convicted of one is worse. If you are convicted as a sex offender, you will be required to register wherever you live. Your name, photo, address, and a description of your charges will be public information, readily available for the world to view on the Internet and various other places. As a registered sex offender, you may be kept from living in certain areas and prohibited from certain types of employment, and you will carry the stigma of a sex crime conviction with you for the rest of your life.
False Allegations of Sex Offenses
In some cases, the allegations are entirely false. Sex crimes usually take place behind closed doors, with no witnesses present. An arrest may be made simply on the basis of an uncorroborated accusation, which could have an ulterior motive, such as revenge for infidelity or some other offense in a relationship, or the desire of one divorcing parent to gain sole custody of a child by discrediting the other with an accusation of a sex crime.
Because the far-reaching negative consequences of a sex crime conviction, you need to bring a legal specialist on board at the first indication that you might be accused. Sometimes people delay in hiring legal counsel because they are embarrassed to talk to an attorney because of the nature of the charges. But it is important to have a good criminal defense lawyer by your side whenever you are being questioned. It can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
Possible Defenses to a Sex Crime Accusation
These are some of the defenses that your lawyer might be able to raise in your behalf:
- You have an alibi, proving you were elsewhere when the crime took place.
- You lack the physical ability to perform the act of which you’ve been accused.
- The victim was mistaken in identifying you as the perpetrator.
- Your accuser (assuming that person was not a minor, mentally impaired, unconscious, or intoxicated) consented to sex with you.
Choose a Top Rated Arizona Sex Crime Lawyer for Your Defense
If you’ve been accused of a sex crime in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or anywhere in Maricopa County and beyond, or believe you are about to be, you can find experienced and specialized legal representation by calling the law offices of Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist Howard A. Snader.
Howard understands that just because you are being accused does not mean you are necessarily guilty. Regardless or the nature of the crime you are accused of, you have the right to the presumption of innocence and to be represented by the best lawyer you can find. He will investigate the allegations, examine police procedure, interview witnesses, and look for possible motivations for your accuser to have lied, and identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.
Maricopa County’s nationally acclaimed Sex Crimes Bureau consists of a team of specially trained prosecutors who vigorously pursue convictions in sex crime cases, including sexual abuse of children and adults, sex trafficking, child pornography, child prostitution, and internet sex crimes.
As a former prosecutor, Howard has the experience and knowledge of the criminal justice system to know what works, and he will use every means at his disposal to spare you from the worst consequences of a sex crime conviction. He can sometimes even prevent charges from being filed, if you bring him on board very early on. If charges have already been filed, he is often able to have them dismissed or reduced. If you are prepared to go to trial to prove your innocence, Howard is a superb trial lawyer who is at his best in the courtroom, where he has won numerous acquittals for his clients in jury trials. He has an outstanding record of obtaining the best available outcomes for thousands of clients accused of various types of crimes, including sex crimes, and has earned the highest possible AVVO rating—10 (Superb).
A delay in obtaining counsel could be lethal. Call Howard Snader now to protect and preserve your rights, your reputation, and your freedom.