Sexual assault charges are complex and carry severe penalties if convicted. In Maryland, sexual assault charges may be punishable by up to life imprisonment. Whether you’re convicted or not, being accused of committing such a crime can cause damage to every aspect of your life and reputation.
With so much at stake, if you’re being falsely accused of sexual assault, you need to avoid some pitfalls that could harm your case. These include:
1. Talking to the police to tell your story
You may think that police officers will help you if you cooperate with them during the investigation. However, when the police officer reads your Miranda Rights and says, “You have the right to remain silent,” heed their advice. (In fact, don’t even wait until you’re reminded.) Providing the police with more information than necessary will only increase your risk of saying something self-incriminating.
2. Getting in touch with the accuser
If you’re accused of sexual assault, you may think the entire thing is a misunderstanding and attempt to work it out with the accuser. But whatever you do, don’t call or even visit your accuser. First, this will likely put you in violation of a protection order. Second, this may be interpreted as an attempt to intimidate the victim, which could lead to additional charges.
3. Posting details about the charges on social media
People post almost anything on social media, including videos and photos. However, while you may use social media to stay connected with family and friends, avoid posting details about your case on social media platforms. Trying to plead your innocence online will only make matters worse. What’s more, whatever you say online can be used against you in court.
Anyone can falsely accuse you of anything. However, when accused of sexual assault, your actions may affect the outcome of the case. Seeking legal guidance can help you protect your rights and future.