An arrest for a sex crime is often a felony, which comes with the potential for severe penalties.
Someone who is arrested and charged with a sex crime will want to make sure they avoid any mistakes in handling the case.
Contacting or talking to the wrong people can have a devastating impact on the outcome of the case. Instead, it’s important for the arrested person to only speak with their lawyer about the case.
Do Contact a Lawyer for Help
The first step anyone should take after being arrested, especially for a sex crime, is to talk to a lawyer about the case.
Those who are arrested can contact the Kenny Perez Law Firm for a consultation.
Conversations with a lawyer are protected by attorney-client privilege, so the arrested person can talk honestly with their lawyer without worrying about that information being used against them.
This is the only time the arrested person can be sure that their conversations will be fully confidential.
Do Not Contact the Prosecution
Many times, someone who is arrested will attempt to contact the prosecutor to ask about having the charges dismissed or to try to tell their side of the story.
This is never a good idea. This will only lead to the arrested person’s own words being used against them and will hurt the case.
Instead, it is better to let a lawyer handle any discussions with the prosecution. The lawyer knows exactly what to say to avoid inadvertently saying something that can compromise the arrested person’s defense.
Do Not Contact the Police
Similar to trying to contact the prosecution, it’s not a good idea to try to contact the police. Trying to tell them what happened is just going to create more evidence against the arrested person.
Trying to get the alleged victim in trouble is going to look poorly on the arrested person and can lead to further evidence that can be used in court by the prosecution.
Even if the police request an interview, it’s far better to refuse to say anything to the police without representation.
Do Not Contact the Alleged Victim
Often, an arrested person will attempt to contact the alleged victim to ask for them to drop the charges. The victim doesn’t have this power.
Even if they refuse to testify, if the prosecution believes they have enough evidence, the case can proceed.
On top of this, trying to talk to the alleged victim to have the charges dismissed or to get them to refuse to speak at trial can be considered witness tampering.
It can also be considered breaking a restraining order if there is one in place.
Do Not Contact Family or Friends of the Victim
With these types of cases, it’s possible an automatic restraining order will be put in place to forbid contact between the arrested person and the alleged victim.
If this is the case, contacting the friends or family of the victim can go against the restraining order and lead to another arrest.
If there is not a restraining order, contact with the family or friends of the alleged victim can be seen as witness tampering.
If you’ve been arrested and charged with a sex crime, do not speak with anyone except your lawyer about the case.
If you do not have a lawyer, set up a consultation as soon as possible to learn more about how they can help.