Phoenix Child Sexual Abuse Lawyer
Phoenix Child Molestation Attorney and Child Sexual Abuse Lawyer
Molesting a child is considered by most people to be the most heinous of crimes, a child molestation attorney and sexual abuse lawyer will be necessary for both the victim and the accused. Child molestation, a class 2 felony, is a crime covering various sexual activities between an adult and a child under the age of consent. In Arizona’s criminal law statutes, a person commits molestation of a child by engaging in or causing another person to engage in sexual contact with a child under the age of fifteen. The fact that the child lied to you about his or her age cannot be used as a defense.
Don’t Be Reluctant to Ask for Legal Help
If you have been accused of child molestation, you are undoubtedly suffering from fear, humiliation, and anxiety over your reputation and your future. You may be so embarrassed that you are reluctant to speak about the charge to anyone, not even a lawyer.
But an experienced Phoenix sex crimes attorney knows that there is often more to the story than meets the eye. Because of society’s attitude toward sex crimes and child abuse, you may find that your normal support system has dried up, as friends and family members look upon you with undisguised revulsion. It is absolutely essential that you hire a seasoned child molestation attorney to investigate the charges and uncover any evidence that could exonerate you. This is not something you should attempt to face alone.
Your Right to Be Presumed Innocent
Some lawyers will not accept a child molestation case, leaving you feeling defenseless, as life as you know it seems to be disappearing before your eyes. But help is available. In Arizona, you can find the experienced and specialized representation you need by calling our Phoenix child molestation attorney and criminal defense lawyer Howard, A. Snader. Howard understands that an accusation is not the same as a conviction, and he will treat you with the respect and presumption of innocence that is your right.
False Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor
A child molestation accusation, and indeed any sex crime allegation, may be false; in fact, by some estimates, as high as 60 percent of all allegations of child sexual abuse may be untrue. Innocent people are accused every day, and some are convicted. Howard Snader will search for evidence that will tend to create the reasonable doubt that may secure your freedom and reputation.
In many cases, there is no credible physical evidence. The accusation may come from an unreliable source or someone with a clear agenda of their own, perhaps a parent in a bitter custody battle who is attempting to gain sole custody of a child. Occasionally a therapist or social worker will question a child such a way as to elicit a statement that might be wrongly interpreted to indicate that the child has been molested. Or a child may be coached by an adult to answer questions in a certain way that can be interpreted as an implication of improper behavior by the accused.
In some cases, where molestation has actually occurred, the accused may be developmentally disabled or have some other type of mental illness or incapacity, and either does not understand that what he has done is wrong, or is mentally ill and incapable of resisting an overpowering compulsion; such a person is in need of psychiatric treatment, rather than incarceration. A skilled Phoenix child molestation attorney can sometimes make a case for treatment, sparing the person prison time.
Get Help Immediately
If you or a member of your family has been investigated or questioned by law enforcement or Child Protective Services, do not attempt to explain what happened or answer any questions without your lawyer present. Call the Snader law offices and remain silent until Howard, a top rated, board certified Arizona Criminal Law Specialist and former prosecutor, arrives to protect your rights.
In some cases, Howard may be able to prevent the State from filing charges. If charges have already been filed, he will look for reasons to have them dismissed or to have evidence suppressed, for example if police procedure violated your constitutional rights. If he feels that a plea bargain is in your best interest, he will insist on the best terms for you. And if you want to prove your innocence in a jury trial, he will work tirelessly to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and then aggressively present the arguments and alternative theory that will be most likely to result in a full acquittal.
Don’t risk loss of your freedom and reputation without a fight. Call Howard Snader today. The first consultation is free, and Howard will work out payment terms that you can afford.