Being accused of committing sexual assault is a very serious allegation. Further, even if the accusation is false, if there is any evidence against you whatsoever – including the testimony of the supposed “victim” – fighting charges may be very difficult, and you may find yourself behind bars. If you have been falsely accused of a sexual assault crime in Massachusetts, protect yourself by reaching out to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
False Reports of Sexual Assault
A person may file a false report of sexual assault because they are psychologically unstable, are malicious and want to punish someone whom they believe has wronged them for whatever reason, or even for protection – for example, a woman who is a victim of domestic violence in the form of verbal threats may file a report of sexual assault to have her male partner removed from the home. Whatever the reason that a report of sexual assault is falsely made or/and filed, a conviction for sexual assault is serious.
Penalties for Sexual Assault in Massachusetts
There are two types of sexual assault in Massachusetts: indecent assault and battery, and aggravated sexual assault. Indecent assault and battery refers to an incident in which the defendant offensively – and without the victim’s consent – touches the victim’s breast, genitals, or buttocks. When the assault causes harm to the victim, it becomes an aggravated indecent assault crime, which carries more serious consequences. Depending upon the victim (including the victim’s age, status of disability, etc.) and the harm that befalls the victim, penalties can range from 2.5 years in jail to life in prison.
How to Defend Against False Sexual Assault Accusations
If you have been falsely accused of sexual assault, such accusations can harm your reputation, your relationships with your family, and myriad other elements of your future. It is essential that you work with an experienced sexual assault attorney who can disprove allegations by:
- Gathering any physical evidence that is essential to your crime;
- Helping you to construct an honest alibi;
- Interviewing witnesses to support your alibi;
- Working with experts and professionals who may provide insight into a motive for false accusations (i.e. the accuser’s psychologist); and
- Any other evidence relevant to your case.
The sooner that you call an attorney, the better; waiting too long may jeopardize your chances of collecting evidence or accurately remembering details related to your case and the accusation.
Contact The Law Offices of Paul R. Moraski Today
If you have been accused of sexual assault, it is very possible that you will be charged and tried for the crime. To protect yourself, call our experienced criminal defense lawyer of The Law Offices of Paul R. Moraski today for a free and confidential case consultation. Your future is on the line – let us help you to protect it. Reach Paul R. Moraski now at 978-397-0011.