Steps to Take after False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
January 13, 2021

From child pornography to sexual abuse, individuals confronting false accusations of any sex offense involving minors must know how to respond to such fabricated claims. They must understand that saying the wrong thing to law enforcement may have damaging consequences to their case and that partnering with trusted legal counsel is vital.

Experienced Montgomery County child sexual abuse lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., have the answers you need to resolve your situation with the most favorable outcome. Contact them as soon as possible to learn how they may benefit your case.

What Should I Do If Falsely Accused of Sexually Abusing a Minor?

The first thing you should do as soon as you’re aware of a false claim against you is to contact an experienced attorney who has defended against such accusations in numerous other cases comparable to yours.      

It’s ill-advised to assume that truth will prevail and you’ll automatically be cleared of any false allegations. Remember, even false claims can permanently damage your reputation and employment situation, so they need to be addressed immediately before the case moves on to a courtroom trial, which may or may not settle to your advantage.

With a seasoned criminal defense attorney such as those at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., on your side, you have your best chance at getting a child sex abuse offense reduced or even dismissed before the case goes to trial.

What Should I Avoid Doing If Falsely Accused of Child Sex Abuse?

If you face false charges for sexually abusing a child, there are few things you should avoid doing that may harm your case, including the following:

Upsetting Your Children

Even when discipline is appropriate, do not cause your children or others’ children any form of physical or emotional distress. Avoid any actions that may be construed by others as being abusive towards children.

Posting on Social Media

During any criminal trial, it’s best to avoid social media generally. Seemingly innocent posts may be misconstrued and used against you. As a rule, avoid posting online as much as possible, especially posts or photos concerning your relationships with any children. It’s best to avoid speaking to anyone about your case until the matter is settled to avoid hurting your defense through misinterpretations.

Engaging in Activities Involving Children

Do not participate in any activities involving children that could place you under further suspicion. That might include going with a child into a bathroom or helping a child change clothes. While your case is pending, it’s best to trust your spouse or a trusted friend with these activities until your issue is resolved.

Losing Your Temper

Try to never lose your temper when communicating with law enforcement, child protective agencies, or others involved in your situation. No matter how distressing the false claims may be, you must not give anyone reason to believe that you may have been guilty because of an outburst of anger. Remain as calm as you can and refer anyone with questions to your lawyer.

Admitting to Acts or Statements

Lastly, never admit to or acknowledge any acts you did not do or statements you did not say. Law enforcement may try to coerce you to accept guilt by acknowledging such actions or statements. However, once you acknowledge one statement or act, it may be challenging to deny others you did not do.

Victims of False Sex Crime Accusations Deserve a Strong Defense

The #MeToo movement has focused on a culture of sexual harassment and assault, particularly in the work environment, which has resulted in a dramatic rise in claims of a sex crime. While a large number of these claims are valid, the tremendous number of total claims in today’s intense political environment may suggest that more adults who are wrongly accused have their voices stifled and lost in the movement.

Consequently, it has been made easier and more common for false sex crime allegations to be made. Though most assertions may have a strong foundation, that doesn’t mean those who are wrongly accused of sexually abusing children don’t also deserve justice and a strong defense.

Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with an Experienced Sex Crimes Attorney in Montgomery County, PA

No matter how severe or insignificant the claims you face may seem, you need experienced and qualified legal representation. A conviction for sexually abusing a child could ruin your life. Beyond the time you may serve incarcerated, you could have a permanent criminal record and be required to register as a sex offender. A false accusation can permanently harm your character. You need a robust defense against these charges.

The seasoned defense lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg, & Gifford, P.C., bring over 150 years of combined experience and are here to help provide the fierce advocacy you need. The sooner we become involved in your case, the more likely it is that we can affect the outcome. If you face false accusations for sexually abusing a child in Montgomery County or Pennsylvania, contact our office as soon as possible.

To speak with an experienced sex crimes defense attorney about your situation, schedule a free consultation by completing a contact form or calling (215) 822-7575.

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
Pennsylvania Attorney's
January 13, 2021
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