What to Do if Accused of Child Molestation

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If you are accused of child molestation, unless you act fast to defend yourself, you can be in serious trouble. If convicted, you can be sent to jail.

Child molestation

Child molestation is a serious criminal charge that should not be taken lightly. Child molestation is generally defined as a non-penetrative activity with a minor for the purpose of sexual gratification. It can include inappropriate touching and physical contact between an adult and a minor where the adult has power or control over the minor. Child molestation is punishable by prison term and huge fines. You may also be required to undergo counseling. The court can also order you to do community service.

What to do

First of all, you must remember that in a child molestation case, people tend to believe the victim (or alleged victim). You may be innocent and the allegation against you false but no one will believe you. So there is no point in wasting your time screaming your innocence. Instead the first thing you should do is contact an experienced child molestation attorney. Never give any statement to the police or the investigating agencies without an attorney being present. Do not answer any questions. In their attempt to prove you guilty, the police and the investigating agencies will use everything you say against you. Child molestation cases receive huge media attention. You will be hounded by the media but avoid speaking to them in the absence of your attorney. Again whatever you say may be used against you. You should collect evidence that you can present to the court to prove that you are a person of good moral character including your record, certificates and awards received for your contribution towards social activities, character letters from present and past employees, etc. Make a list of people who have known you for years and who can give testimony about you in the court. Work with your attorney and hire the services of an expert witness to beat the testimony of the prosecution witnesses.

Stigma

The law says presumed innocent until proven guilty. This may sound nice but when it comes to child molestation cases it does not hold true in practice. You have to prove your innocence. Due to the sensitive nature of child molestation cases, the courts tend to believe the victim (or the alleged victim). Your family and friends might not support you and may desert you but you must not react in anyway. If you react, the prosecution will use your reaction to show you as a person of bad character.

Getting legal help

Never take a child molestation charge lightly. Contact an experienced child molestation attorney immediately. If you do not take proper steps, you will have to face the consequences of conviction.

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