Criminal defense attorney Andrew Proto, a partner at Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP in White Plains, NY, outlines the immediate next steps that should be taken if accused of a sex crime. For more information please visit https://www.rpslawyers.com
— In a recent interview, criminal defense attorney Andrew Proto, a partner at Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP in White Plains, NY, revealed the immediate next steps that should be taken if accused of a sex crime.
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When asked for a comment, he stated, “The things that you do and don’t do at the very beginning of a sex crime accusation will have a major impact on the outcome of your case. Here are some important points to keep in mind if you ever find yourself in this situation.”
While the investigation is ongoing, the person suspected of a sex crime should avoid talking about the case, particularly to police, according to Proto.
When asked to elaborate, he said, “When law enforcement suspects you and builds a case against you, their main aim while speaking with you is to obtain a self-incriminating statement. So let’s say that you receive a phone call from the police department, and because you didn’t do anything wrong, you voluntarily sit down to tell your side of the story. In this case, police officers don’t need to read you your Miranda rights.”
Proto further added this is one of the several tactics – which also often includes lying about evidence that doesn’t exist – used by police officers to help build a case and finalize an investigation.
Immediately seeking legal counsel is a vital step to take when facing a sex crime accusation.
“These accusations are something that will follow you for the rest of your life. As soon as you learn that there’s an investigation taking place, you should consult and hire a lawyer, even if it’s before an arrest. What I tell a lot of people who are at this stage - either during an investigation or immediately after an arrest - is when you’re looking for a lawyer, you need to find someone who’s experienced in handling sex crimes and who can develop an immediate strategy for you,” he said.
Proto was quick to add that while many people are often embarrassed when disclosing certain details, it’s always best to be upfront and honest with an attorney to help build the best defense possible.
After retaining an attorney, according to Proto, the person accused should be actively involved as much as possible in building their defense. Creating a timeline of events surrounding the incident is a crucial aspect of this.
“What I usually recommend is that people use a calendar or a diary so they can start writing what happened on each day. Let’s say for a child pornography case, you were out of town on a certain day, so you couldn’t have been using your home Wifi at that time. This helps you maintain a record of what’s been going on and will help refresh your memory a year or so down the road when you really need it”, he said.
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