Unfortunately, some people may use the severe charge of rape as a weapon to exact revenge, obtain power or cause harm to another person. Even if the person falsely charged is ultimately found not guilty, the repercussions of such a false accusation can be disastrous.
A false rape accusation can destroy a person’s life. Whether the charge was made out of malice or mistaken identity, the reality remains that an innocent person is currently facing trial for a crime they did not commit.
What To Do If Someone Accuses You of Rape
Your future could be at risk if you have been wrongfully accused. Therefore, as with any criminal case, you must hire a criminal defense lawyer who can represent you to protect your reputation and your rights.
With over twenty years of experience representing clients in criminal defense cases in Atlanta, attorney Jeff Manciagli can provide the representation you need to have your criminal charges dropped or reduced.
The lawyer you choose should be someone you feel at ease with. Aside from that, there are other things you can do to support your case.
Consider Your Actions Carefully and Avoid the Accuser
A careless comment can have unintended consequences. Avoid making any rash statements on your social media accounts.
You should stay far away from the person accusing you of rape. Learning that you have been charged with rape will likely cause you to become upset and angry. However, until your case is determined, you must refrain from giving in to these emotions.
It can be challenging to altogether avoid an accuser if you know and see them frequently. If you must see them, ensure someone else is there and never try to talk to the other person about their accusations. In addition, keep all your receipts from restaurants, shops and other establishments as proof of your whereabouts.
Document Every Detail Early
Make sure to provide your lawyer with a complete explanation of what occurred on the day or night in question while your memory is still fresh. Your memories will become less sharp as you wait longer. In addition, you have a better chance of recalling something that can undermine the case against you if you write down everything that happened as soon as this allegation is made.
Make a Thorough Witness List
You should compile a complete list of everyone who could testify on your behalf. If you have a witness, write down their name and how their testimony could benefit or jeopardize your case. In addition, you will need a list of character witnesses, witnesses the opponent might call and people who can attest to your presence during and around the claimed incident.
Schedule a Case Evaluation Today
If you have been unjustly accused of rape, do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Jeff Manciagli to schedule a free case evaluation. We will fight hard to protect your rights, reputation and future.
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