If you have been falsely accused of committing a sex-related crime, this can be devastating for you, your reputation and your family. There are huge consequences that come with being accused of these types of crime, and this is why it is important to get legal help from a sexual offence solicitor as soon as possible.
Why do people falsely accuse?
It is becoming more and more common for people to use accusations about people for their own gain. Some people who have not experienced this type of trauma don’t understand how damaging it is, so they use it to their advantage. It can change someone’s whole life if they are wrongly accused of these things. One of the reasons why people falsely accuse is because of financial gain. Sometimes, victims of sexual assault and rape can receieve compensation, this can be a motive to falsely accuse someone. Gaining attention can also be a reason as to why people falsely accuse. When someone is a victim of this type of crime, it can mean people feel sorry for them and want to comfort them. For someone who doesn’t have much of a social aspect in their life, this can be desirable. People who have mental health problems may also crave attention, causing them to wrongly accuse to gain that need.
How this may be affecting you
Being falsely accused of something such as rape can be extremely hard and stressful to deal with, and can cause many different issues. The damage that comes from being falsely accused can be long-term, or even last a lifetime. Your sexual offence solicitor will understand this, and do the best they can to help you throughout the process.
Some people may never recover from being wrongly accused of these crimes. Some people may lose their jobs, temporarily or permanently whilst going through an investigation like this, which is a big part of why this can be damaging.
People that know you may think of you differently after going through something like this, even if you are proven innocent. The thought of the accusation can sometimes stay in people’s heads, which can really affect your mental health, as people may avoid you.
It can be terrifying when you are facing an accusation like this, especially when you feel like you are not in control. A lot of the time, the jury and court may favour the victim, due to the nature of these allegations. They will feel sympathetic for the victim because sexual related crimes are traumatic, this is good if the accuser is guilty, but not if they have been wrongly accused, which happens more often than you may think. If this sympathy is felt by the jury and the court for the person who is wrongly accusing you, this can massively slim your chances of winning the trial.
Your solicitor will do everything they can throughout the entire process to ensure your innocence is proven as much as possible. From the moment you are arrested to the court trial, they will be here to guide you and build the best defence possible.