Being accused of a sex crime can be a frightening and devastating burden to bear. As experienced criminal defense lawyers, we know that sex crimes cases are unlike any other case when it comes to mounting a strong defense strategy. That is why it is crucial to seek counsel from seasoned legal professionals who possess firsthand experience fighting for the rights of defendants in these types of cases. Although devising a defense strategy can be challenging, the following have proven successful under certain circumstances.
Defense Strategy #1: Claiming Innocence
This defense strategy requires a strong alibi that can be supported with credible evidence that links you to a different location than where the alleged sex crime occurred. Evidence to support claims that you weren’t present to commit the alleged crime can include receipts for various establishments, plane tickets, credit card bills, and witness corroborations that show you were where you claimed to be.
Defense Strategy #2: Consent
In certain sex crimes cases, it’s possible for a defendant to admit to the behavior in question while arguing that act was consensual, thus negating the charges. One of the elements of sexual assault is that the sexual act was against the will of the victim. If a defendant can demonstrate that the victim consented to the sexual contact, it can cast reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case. However, in some sex crimes cases, such as those involving minors or the mentally disabled, victims can’t legally consent to a defendant's actions.
Defense Strategy #3: Insanity or Mental Incapacity
Defendants in sex crimes cases can also argue that they had a mental disease or defect when the crime occurred that should technically eliminate criminal liability for their actions. This defense requires proof that the accused is mentally challenged and had no understanding that unwanted sexual contact is prohibited by law.
We Are Familiar with the Challenges of Sex Crimes Cases
At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, our experienced legal team has unfortunately seen far too many people falsely accused by spouses and exes of various sex crimes. That is why we are committed to providing the clients we represent with aggressive defense strategies that will allow them to fight for their rights and save their reputations. Our firm has over 50 years of combined experience defending clients in sex crimes cases, and we are prepared to put our skills to work for you.
Contact our Los Angeles law firm today to set up a free case consultation with one of our sex crimes lawyers.