Five Things To Do When You Are Falsely Accused Of Sexual Abuse
It’s no secret that sexual assault is terrible – one of the worst crimes that anyone can ever commit. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the worst crimes to ever be falsely accused of committing. And being false accused of these offenses can be so easy. Frequently it just takes one person’s word, and then you are charged in a she said/he said situation. What do you do? How do you show that you did not do this? How do you prove a negative?
Regardless of the reasoning behind a false allegation, being falsely accused of such a horrific thing can lead to all sorts of negative consequences, so it’s important that you know what to do in the event that this happens to you.
Here are five important things to keep in mind if you ever find yourself falsely accused of a sex crime.
First – Keep Yourself in Check and Talk to No One
Even though you have been falsely accused of sexual abuse, you need to be careful. Yes, it’s hard. You know you aren’t guilty, and you want to talk to EVERYONE and tell them you’re innocent – like friends, family, co-workers, CPS, and most importantly the police. Stop! Shut up! Do NOT talk – to anyone! Do not answer questions, do not try to offer an innocent explanation, and DO NOT APOLOGIZE. The phone call from your ex-wife, the girl you met at the bar last night, the father of your daughter’s BFF, or whoever is accusing you is likely a controlled call – that means the police are listening and recording it, and apologies are twisted into confessions by the police and prosecution. Yes, it is extremely important to keep yourself in check. This means that you will need to watch what you both say and do at all times, as saying one thing that could be construed as off-color could turn your case into a disaster. Working with an experienced Southfield sex crimes attorney in order to properly prepare yourself is a great way to help prevent something from being twisted, and stop that that from happening.
Select An Experienced Attorney such as Satawa Law
There are a host of great attorneys who are experienced in many different types of cases. But when facing these charges, take the time to speak to the Southfield sex crime attorney team at Satawa Law, whose sole goal is to defend your rights and protect your future when it comes to this accusation. Having an attorney who is a specialist and highly experienced in sexual assault cases, especially when it comes to representing those who have been falsely accused of such a crime, is an important first step in seeing a successful result for you in the end.
Establish a Timeline
Take the time to sit down and establish a timeline of the alleged events in writing. Begin from the first day and end at the current day, being sure to include as much detail as you can remember. Collaborate it any way you can, and as many different ways as you can. Do you have witnesses? Texts? Social media posts? Missed/made phone calls? Selfies? Pictures? Do NOT assume this information will remain available to you forever. This type of documentation will be an extremely useful tool to include as part of your defense, and can mean the difference between winning and losing, or freedom and prison.
Talk to your lawyer about testing
Since the case involves sexual abuse, it may or may not be a good idea to be tested. More specifically, talk to your lawyer about testing that could possibly help to prove your innocence, or disprove the allegation against you. You and your lawyer can first consider a polygraph, to verify you’re telling the truth. Maybe psychological testing or a sex offender risk assessment could be helpful. Certain medical tests could support you in the right case. It all depends on the unique facts of your case. So speak to your lawyer about how you can help establish or verify your innocence anyway you can.
Compose a List of Witnesses
As soon as the allegation surfaces, and even prior to meeting with your Michigan sex crime lawyer, take the time to compose a list of witnesses who can corroborate your version of events and can help to prove that you are not guilty of the sexual abuse crimes you’re being accused of committing. You should always be sure to include the following information about the witnesses:
- Phone Number
- Place of Employment
- Brief Biography
- What They Can Testify To
Once your list has been compiled, show it to your attorney, as they can then help to decide who will be the best witnesses to call to testify.
A Federal district court ruled last week that Michigan State University can temporarily suspend a student accused of campus sexual assault pending his Title IX hearing. Expect an appeal to the Sixth Circuit, as this seems to run contrary to the Sixth Circuit ruling last year on a case out of the University of Michigan that mandated that colleges and universities are required to provide due process rights to students in any Title 9 hearing. So the title 9 saga continues, and it appears that more litigation will be required before all of these rules and requirements are flushed out and finalized. In the meantime, if you are facing a date rape or campus sexual assault title IX disciplinary hearing, be wary and call Satawa Law for your confidential, no cost consultation. Satawa Law. Defending your rights, and protecting your future.
There is nothing in the world worse than being falsely accused of child sexual abuse. This is a crime that has a very unique – and very dangerous – stigma attached to it. If you are a parent or caregiver who has been falsely accused of such a heinous act, you need to take action immediately. This is not the kind of charge you can ignore or take lightly.
What to Do if You Have Been Falsely Accused of Child Sexual Assault
The first thing you need to do if you are falsely accused of child sexual assault to contact a Southfield Michigan child sex crimes lawyer, such as Attorney Mark Satawa from Satawa Law PLLC. You can schedule to meet with us for a confidential, initial consultation with an expert in child sexual crime defense.
The sooner you hire a specialist attorney to represent you, the better. It is extremely important to put these accusations to bed before they can get out of hand. These charges can result in you losing your family, friends, job, and any prospects for a future career before you even get to court. A lawyer from our firm can help get this issue taken care before it destroys your life.
Contact a Southfield Michigan Child Abuse Lawyer Today
Don’t let a false accusation of child sexual assault stop your life in its tracks. This is an ugly charge that can have permanently damaging consequences. This is not the time to play it safe, hope the problem resolves itself, or look for a quick plea bargain.
Your best bet is to hire Mark Satawa from Satawa Law PLLC to handle your case. Get in touch with us today to learn more about what we can do to help you beat this ugly and false accusation.
MSU just can’t get this Title IX sexual assault hearing thing right. 1 step forward, 2 steps back. Of course, most Universities don’t get it right, at least in Michigan.
A few weeks after letting Michael Talbot go, Rob Kent, the new director of MSU’s Title IX hearings, announced sweeping new changes in the University’s hearing policies. The hearings will take place electronically, and representatives, rather than the people directly involved in the complaints, will pose questions “Nobody’s actually going to have to confront the person through the cross-examination,” Kent said. Bad news for Kent and MSU – the changes are illegal.
In a 2018 decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the right of students accused of violating university rules to use cross-examination in a live hearing. So, the law now requires colleges to protect the due process rights of their students in these hearings, by allowing rights such as cross-examination. These protections serve an important check against false accusations, and prevent innocent students from being suspended or expelled.
If you are faced with such an allegation, do not leave your education or future to chance. Call the experienced Title IX Michigan sex crimes lawyers at Satawa Law for your confidential, no cost review of your case. Satawa Law. Defending your rights, protecting your future.
Larry Nassar is a bad guy. That is not the issue. But Title IX reforms for campus sexual assaults are not about Nassar. Not even at Michigan State. They are about students accusing other students, and ensuring a fair hearing to both sides – accuser and accused – before someone is kicked off campus.
At last, a rational op ed about this issue, that understands this very important distinction. And yes, as the article discusses Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is frequently on the hot seat. And never as much as for reworking Obama-era guidelines governing Title IX campus sexual assault investigations. She’s been called a defender of rapists, and much worse.
In light of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin held a meeting last week with survivors and experts to talk about strengthening Title IX protections and the impacts of the proposed changes. She called on DeVos to meet with victims of Nassar, and remember the “lessons we learned from what happened at Michigan State.”
But there’s the catch, what Nassar did at MSU is not the typical Title IX case. Those involve cases where a student accuses another student of a “date rape” type sexual assault, following a date, or a night of drinking at the bar. Under the old rules, the accused students received almost no due process. They were unable to be represented by a lawyer, confront the accuser, ask her questions, or even be in the same room or hearing. This lead to students being suspended or expelled, without any ability to defend themselves.
No more. Not only are Title IX guidelines changing, but in a case out of U of M, the Sixth Circuit federal court of appeals held that all colleges must protect the due process rights of their students in these hearings, by allowing rights such as cross-examination. These changes are long overdue. They serve an important check against false accusations, and prevent innocent students from being suspended or expelled.
If you are faced with such an allegation, do not leave your education or future to chance. Call the experienced Title IX Michigan sex crimes lawyers at Satawa Law PLLC for your confidential, no cost consultation. Satawa Law. Defending your rights, protecting your future.
The Michigan Sex Crimes lawyers at Satawa Law recently won another child sexual assault case at trial. A loving father was charged with sexual assault of 12 year old friend of his son, that he took into his home, and raised for years as his own son. He became a father figure to the young man, who even asked the client to formally adopt him. Shortly after the bio dad came back into the picture, the client called the police and CPS when he saw bio dad picking his son up from school while high. A few days later, client found himself charged with multiple criminal sexual conduct charges. Through an aggressive motion practice, the Southfield sexual assault attorneys of Satawa Law were able to acquire the boy’s school and psychological records, and discovered that as recently as 2 days before the allegations he told his therapist, teachers, school counselor, and CPS that he felt safe with client, and wanted to live with him. Following a multiple day trial, client was found not guilty and acquitted of all charges. The client’s response: “Hiring Mr. Satawa was a game changer and saved my life!,” “he was relentless in preparing and learning the truth,” and “I am so grateful for Mr. Satawa and his team for saving my life! ” His full testimonial will follow in a few weeks.
When it comes to false allegations of sexual assault, we will defend your rights, and protect your future. Don’t leave your fate to chance. Schedule your confidential and complimentary case review today.
So let me get this straight. After fumbling this issue at every turn, including replacing Simon with Engler, MSU now hires a former judge with ties to Engler to oversee its title nine sexual assault compliance.
As @amandathomashow tweeted:
Everyone: MSU cannot possibly screw this up anymore
MSU: hold my beer
Campus sexual assault is a real problem. Those who have been sexually assaulted deserve a hearing that will guarantee their safety and ability to stay in school. Those falsely accused deserve the right to a fair hearing where they have a real opportunity to challenge the allegations and clear their name.
And before any one thinks that this appointment will somehow benefit those accused in these cases, just remember that Talbot was one of the most conservative and anti-defendant rights judges in the state when he was in Wayne County. It just keeps getting better, and you cannot make this stuff up.
If you find yourself falsely accused of a campus sexual assault in a title IX hearing, do not leave your education or your future to chance. Call the experienced Michigan sex crimes lawyers at Satawa Law today for your complimentary, confidential, 30 minute strategy strategy session about your case.
Satawa Law, defending your rights, protecting your future.
Satawa Law, PLLC recently prevailed on a writ of habeus corpus based on ineffective assistance of counsel filed on behalf of a client in Spaulding v. Larson. The client had been convicted at trial of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was sentenced to conncurrent terms of 3 to 15 years’ incarceration and for the second-degree charge and6 to 30 years’ incarceration for the first-degree charge.
Client was convicted of these crimes in 2010. The case involved the client’s stepdaughter, a teenager at the time of the events described in the case. Client’s stepdaughter had alleged that client had made illicit sexual advances toward her on multiple occasions.
Appeal Contends Ineffective Counsel & Witness Testimony
The State Trial Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the Michigan Supreme Court had all rejected this ineffective assistance of counsel argument when it was presented to them in a state 6500 Motion. Satawa Law then brought forth the argument that his defense lawyer was constitutionally ineffective when he failed to seek out/consult with an expert witness with a background in allegations of child sexual assault, forensic interviewing, and forensic psychology.
Satawa Law, PLLC relied on the opinion of Dr. Katherine Keefer Okla, who was a clinical psychologist and had extensive experience as an expert witness in child sexual assault cases. Dr. Okla noted that the stepdaughter had many inconsistencies in her stories and testimony, reducing the reliability in the State’s evidence.
Ultimately, the United States District Court granted the writ of habeus corpus and found that the client had received ineffective assistance of counsel, in direct violation of the Sixth Amendment.
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