A false allegation of sexual abuse can be absolutely devastating. A person accused could have their personal life tarnished, career ruined and family destroyed. Worse yet, if the person is convicted, they can face extreme repercussions such as prison time, sex offender registration and hefty fines. Fortunately, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person committed sexual abuse, which can be difficult when the only evidence is a story.
Many times, the person making false accusations of sexual abuse is someone close, such as an angry family member or spouse or a disgruntled employee. False sexual abuse allegations come about for various reasons, including revenge, anger, or even a financial reward. These are a few examples of why false allegations occur:
- An ex-spouse using sexual abuse for leverage in a divorce.
- A disgruntled employee that had their sexual advances denied.
- A teenager who is upset at their parents or step-parents.
- A child who wants attention.
- A person who seeks revenge and to ruin another’s reputation.
False allegations of sexual abuse are not to be taken lightly and require proper legal representation. If a person is convicted, they may face 2 to 99 years in prions, along with hefty fines upwards of $10,000. In addition, a person may have to register as a sex offender, which makes it tougher to get a job and prohibits someone from living in certain areas, making it harder to find a home.
Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers
If you have been falsely accused of sexual abuse or any other sex crimes, please contact our Okemos criminal defense attorneys immediately. At White Law PLLC, we put our clients’ needs as our first priority and we bring a diverse legal background and extensive knowledge of the law to each and every case.
Call (517) 316-1195 or contact us online for a free consultation.