How understandably harrowing it would be to be a victim of sexual assault or any other sex-based crime. Waves of empathy and, equally, sadness, flow out from any sane and reasonable person to every individual who is harmed by the predatory act of another.
Conversely, though, and in closely reciprocal fashion, doesn’t — and shouldn’t — a tremendous amount of empathy arise for any person who is unjustly accused of a sex crime such as assault or rape?
In either case, an element of “there but for the grace of God” is writ large. A sex crime could happen to you; indeed, victims are sometimes targeted indiscriminately. Likewise, and for some people, a false assertion that they perpetrated a sexual crime is made, to their nearly incomprehensible detriment. Understanding and compassion would seemingly — and in a logically compelling fashion — flow both ways.
As we note on our criminal law website at the Bay Area-based Law Offices of John W. Noonan, an individual accused of a sex crime is often judged in the court of public opinion even prior to having the chance to mount a defense. “People often assume you are guilty,” our site notes, “just because you have been accused of a crime.”
Indeed, many people accused of a sex offense are found guilty of that crime. Notwithstanding a finding of guilt, though, our legal system affords them the right in the first instance to legally defend against the criminal allegations they are facing.
That is important in every instance, because guilt is often a matter that is centrally at issue and far from clear in some cases alleging a sex crime.
Our law firm believes that every person accused of a crime has the right — and certainly the need — to secure experienced legal counsel to dispassionately and thoroughly examine the facts in evidence in a case and to provide advocacy that is sorely needed in an atmosphere where prejudgment is often on clear display.
We invite readers with questions or concerns about any aspect of a criminal charge or case to contact our firm. The right to counsel is a fundamental prerogative of an accused person that is critically important for ensuring fundamental fairness in any criminal matter.