Victims Recanting Allegations in Fort Worth Sex Crimes Cases
That is interesting if a victim recants their story. If that happens early on in the case, that can lead to the case being dismissed, or not going any further. However, what happens in most of these sex crimes cases is that the case can go all the way to prosecution; a person may be convicted and even imprisoned, even before the alleged victim comes forward, and admits that they had lied or decides to recant their testimony. In those situations, people have been exonerated or released, but quite often, it usually is too little, too late, and nothing can be done.
If it is earlier at the beginning of a case, and depending on the age of the alleged victim, it can possibly lead to the matter being dropped, but generally, the younger the victim, the less likely a recantation is going to be admitted. Often children, especially very young children are used as pawns in situations of divorce, or an ill will between two parties, or parents. Quite often, the child is used as a pawn and may be convinced to make up a story, or convinced to recant one.
Are People Hesitant In Retaining An Attorney For Fear Of Looking Guilty?
Some people feel that retaining an attorney in a sex crimes case, might make them look guilty, and that is a huge mistake. Detectives try to discourage a person from contacting an attorney and receiving proper representation sometimes, they use this as a psychological tactic. Most of the law enforcement knows that if a person has an attorney, and that they are being properly represented, they are less likely to incriminate themselves. If they do not have an attorney then the detective usually has a greater chance of success in getting the person to confess or say something incriminating, or something that helps the detective’s case, and maybe getting a person to falsely confess to the crime.
A Step By Step Breakdown Of The Sex Crime Process
The first and most important process when involved in a sexual crime, is hiring an experienced attorney. Make sure to exercise your right to remain silent. This can even start before being arrested. Quite often in an investigation, a detective will want to try to talk to a person first. They will frequently visit the person, or more often even invite the person to come to the police station, and visit with them. Most law enforcement will just say “come on down, and let’s talk, you do not have any need for an attorney at this time. Usually, in this situation, this detective wants the person to give a confession, say something incriminating, or just give some information that corroborates or strengthens the case that they have against them, even though the person may maintain their innocence.
Even though they may maintain their innocence, they can say a thing that strengthens a detective’s case. The detectives know this, so they love to get the person to come in without representation before they have been arrested. At that point, it is imperative, and the most important thing they can do is not go to that meeting. They need to say, “I cannot answer any questions without an attorney”. A case will not get any worse if a person does not answer questions.
That is something that can never be used as the circumstance against a person. It is their constitutional right to remain silent, and not offer any information, answer any questions, or give any incriminating information. If the detective has enough information to arrest the person, they are trying to get more information to make their case stronger. Therefore, the best thing they can do is to remain silent. However, they can make their case worse by answering questions, even if they are repeatedly saying they are innocent.
After an arrest, they should maintain their right to remain silent, and they should hire an attorney as soon as possible. The attorney can investigate the allegations and determine what exonerating evidence, or evidence of their innocence be developed, or determine what investigations need to take place, and what steps can be taken to possibly get the matter dismissed, or to prove innocence. Most importantly, retain good representation and exercise their right to remain silent.
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