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Society's views may not follow the court's in sex crime cases

A person who is facing a sex-related criminal charge has a tough road ahead of them. In some cases, the social stigma that comes with these charges is worse than the legal issues that they have to deal with. Preparing to handle all of this together is going to take some work, but it is usually possible with proper planning.

One thing that you have to remember is that there are two very different trains of thought when it comes to criminal matters. The first is the stance that the court takes. This is that you are innocent until you're proven guilty. The second is the stance of society as a whole. This one is likely that "you're guilty until you show that you're innocent."

In this era beyond the #MeToo movement, it is all too easy for society to judge a person before they know what happened. The thing that makes some of these sex crime cases so challenging is that the defendant and alleged victim are usually the only two people who were there. With the exception of certain types of evidence, these intimate cases can sometimes come down to each party's word against the other person's.

Because these cases are serious and have major life impacts on the victims, anyone who's accused of a sexual crime should start working on their defense quickly. This may help to minimize the social consequences, and it could help you to determine how to address the legal matters. Your future might depend on how you handle the case since you're probably being watched closely as you move forward.

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Michael J. Thompson, Attorney at Law

Michael J. Thompson, Attorney at Law
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