Falsely Accused Criminal Sexual Conduct

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Falsely Accused of a Sex Crime?


GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT?

A conviction for criminal sexual conduct or a sex crime could lead to a lengthy prison term, GPS monitoring, sex offender registries, residency and occupational restrictions, loss of children’s custody – the list of direct and collateral consequences of a sex offense conviction grows more alarming every day.

False allegations of sexual misconduct can come from a wide variety of sources: A contentious divorce proceeding, battles over child custody or support, a vindictive ex-spouse or significant other, or allegations resulting from false memories.

The Constitution of the United States guarantees that all criminal defendants are innocent until proven guilty. Allegations of sexual abuse are often treated differently by police and prosecutors. Because claims of sexual abuse against a partner or child are so stigmatized and condemnable, oftentimes defendants find themselves perceived as guilty until proven innocent. After all, why would a partner or child make the allegations if they are not true? How would a child know such heinous details? Why would children say such horrible things? Children don’t lie…. Or do they?

Tonya Craft: A Successful Defense Using a Masterful Integration of Science and Law

In 2008, Tonya Craft, a pretty 37-year-old single mother working as a kindergarten teacher in Georgia, was arrested and indicted for a 22-count indictment. The prosecutors were baying for her blood: asking for a sentence of 480 years. After two years of preparation and a superb defense put forward by our team encompassing areas of Normal Child Sexuality, Rumor Formation, Parental Influences on Children’s Memory, Hymen Morphology in Abused and Non-abused Girls, Delayed Disclosure, Suggestibility coupled with aggressive cross examination of State’s experts, resulted in a landmark Not Guilty verdict on all of 22 counts.

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Saving Tonya Craft: An Integration of Science and Law 
(Team Member, trial lawyer, and legal scholar Demosthenes Lorandos’ article publishedin the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ publication, The Champion)

Criminal defendants accused of sex crimes – especially child sexual abuse – are at incredible risk of being falsely convicted. The State does not need “hard” evidence – no forensic evidence, no medical evidence, no DNA is needed to secure a conviction. All it takes is a false allegation to begin the nightmare and from there on, it’s a circus: Child Protective Services personnel, forensic interviewers, school teachers, police officers, prosecutors, experts, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, physicians….the fight is intensive and it’s a battle every inch of way!

Our team approaches sexual misconduct cases with this reality in mind – it is NEVER enough to simply try and undermine the prosecutor’s case. It’s never a defense that the kid doesn’t have her story straight. It’s never a defense that the medical exam doesn’t prove anything. It’s never a defense that the State does not have DNA evidence…

To successfully win a sex crime allegation, defense lawyers need to educate the jury about following issues:

  • Why would little kids say the defendant sexually abused them if nothing happened?
  • How could a child lie about something as serious as digital penetration?
  • What does research say about children’s normal sexual behavior?
  • Do children lie about these things? Why?
  • What about medical evidence? What about that “tear” or “perforation” of hymen? Anal tear?
  • What does medical science tell us about these “signs”?
  • What does science say about children making allegations of sexual abuse?
  • Does “Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome” have scientific underpinnings and support? Or, is it junk science?
  • Was the complaining witness interviewed? Was the interview as per the proper forensic protocols? Was it suggestive?
  • Is the complaining witness “tainted”? What does that mean? Issues of taint are crucial in cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct with children and a successful raising of the taint defense could result in outright dismissal of criminal charges!
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Taint Hearing: Scientific and Legal Underpinnings
(Team member and trial lawyer Ashish Joshi’s article published in the National
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ publication, The Champion)


In preparation of your case, our team works to answer these questions.

By intense investigation surrounding the facts and circumstances, we put forward the best possible defense using a blend of cutting edge science and forensics and the law.

Have you been falsely accused? Contact us today.