Although most people believe that they won't ever be arrested in their lifetime, the reality is that one mistake could have drastic legal consequences. DUIs and white collar crimes are rather common, but those are far from the only charges you might face. In fact, 70,000 to 80,000 people are arrested for promoting, soliciting, or performing prostitution every year in the United States -- and that doesn't include those who are arrested for other sex crime charges.
We hope you will never be faced with such a situation. But if you are, it's essential that you know how to protect yourself. That starts with knowing your rights under the law. These constitutional protections are known as your Miranda Rights. If you are charged with a sex crime or are arrested for any crime, you must be advised of these rights and have every reason to invoke them.
What Are Your Rights if You're Charged With a Sex Crime?
- The right to remain silent: You might assume that if you talk to police, you can clear up this misunderstanding or talk your way out of these charges. Unfortunately, this will likely make things worse. Avid viewers of crime TV will know that this warning is followed by, "anything you say can be used against you in a court of law." The truth is, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You are under no obligation to speak to the police and your silence cannot be used against you at trial. If you say nothing, you will protect yourself by not giving law enforcement any evidence to help them prosecute you. Protect yourself against potential self-incrimination by respectfully refusing to speak.
- The right to an attorney: In the U.S., you are entitled to have an attorney present during police interrogations. Before answering any questions posed by police, a suspect must be informed of this right and the fact that if they cannot afford one, a lawyer can be appointed for them. Police must also stop any attempt at interrogation if a suspect requests a lawyer.
If You're Questioned or Arrested, You Need a Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer.
Being charged with a sex crime is no laughing matter. In order to safeguard your reputation, your family, your career, and your future, it's vital that you contact a reputable sex crime lawyer to discuss your options. Your San Francisco sex crime attorney will ensure that your rights are protected throughout this process and that a viable defense can be mounted on your behalf.
Ultimately, protecting your rights actually starts with you. By educating yourself about your rights, even after an arrest, you'll be in a better position to fight the charges against you. For more information on how our law firm can help prior to or during police questioning, or after you've been charged, please contact us today.