False accusations can hurt your reputation from the moment the accusation
is made. Before you’re ever arrested or charged, the authorities
may already have one side of the story on which to base a bias. Even though
the allegations may be false, it’s up to you to prove that you didn’t
commit a crime, just the same as it’s the other person’s job
to prove you did.
Your attorney can help you focus on the details you want to provide in
your story. Why couldn’t you have committed the crime? How common
is it for alleged victims to make up stories to get others in trouble
with the law?
Here’s a good example of something that could affect you. One 18-year-old
woman alleged to police that she was
raped by five men. However, later, she recanted her entire story. Some studies
show that between 8 and 10 percent of all rape accusations are falsified;
they could be made by spurned lovers or those who get the identity of
a so-called rapist wrong.
What can you do when you’re on the wrong side of the law, according
to another person’s testimony? Fight back. You can show that you
weren’t present, that the other party was willing to participate in a
sexual act with you or even show how the other person is setting you up. If you have
evidence of a relationship with the other person or can prove that the
other person has been bragging about wanting to falsely accuse you, both
can be used to defend your innocence.
Our website has more information about false accusations and what to do
when your life is put on the line. You deserve to tell your side of the
story without facing a legal bias.