Sex offenses are one of the most frequent falsely alleged crimes. These allegations are particularly egregious in nature, which is why it is important to prove that allegations are false. A person accused of a sex offense faces the possibility of penalties such as sex offender registration and lengthy imprisonment. If you have been falsely accused of a sex crime, our San Francisco criminal defense attorneys can help. We help individuals whose pleas are “not guilty” by presenting reasonable doubt and strong evidence against the offense.
There are three major types of false allegations:
Some FBI reports indicate that up to eight percent of all assault crimes are false accusations while other statistics indicate at least nine percent of rape allegations are false. False allegations may be an attempt at revenge. For example, if a woman wanted to retaliate against her boyfriend then she might allege that sex that was actual consensual was an act of rape.
These types of cases would be focused on determining consent. The event happened, but whether or not the sex was consensual is questionable. False allegations are also common when children are involved. Children are extremely impressionable. Parents who believe that sexual abuse is going on could coerce their children into giving a false testimony. Statistics are difficult to come by, but known ones indicate that false allegations of child sex abuse are common.
According to the FBI:
A false allegation crime involves persons reporting a fabricated offense that has occurred against them to a law enforcement agency. Both men and women commit these crimes; however, women perpetrate the majority of them. A limited number of studies have focused on false allegation adult crimes, with the majority of research addressing cases of rape and to a lesser degree stalking.
To prove that an allegation is false, a sex crime attorney can attempt to build a case around motive. Does the alleged victim have any motivation to give a false allegation? Some common reasons for false allegations are mental illnesses, depression, craving sympathy, desire for financial gain and revenge. If you have been accused of a sex offense, your criminal defense attorney could fight to disprove your connection to the crime by combatting the evidence.
If you have been falsely accused of a sex offense, do not hesitate to contact a San Francisco criminal defense lawyer at Okabe & Haushalter. Our firm is one of the premier defense law firms in California and has gained national recognition for our effectiveness. Call today and receive a free and confidential evaluation of your case to see how we could help.