It’s a situation nobody ever wants to find themselves in: a “he-said she-said” argument with a former lover or significant other that snowballs into a rape allegation. These allegations can seriously impact your life, family, and your livelihood, and in the moment you may feel that you have no recourse to protect yourself from these allegations.
In this brief article, a rape defense attorney in Tampa with The Rickman Law Firm has shared tips to help you protect yourself if you are being accused by a former lover of sexual assault, sexual battery, or rape
Although you may be tempted to delete communications after a breakup, sometimes holding on to these communications can be important. For example, saving a text message chain or email chain wherein written consent is given for a sex act, can be helpful during a trial.
Another way you can be proactive in preventing a future significant other from accusing you of rape is to make sure that you get verbal or written consent before any sex act is performed. This sounds a little bit strange – after all, it is unnatural to ask for written consent – however, if you suspect that the person might make accusations later it is best to protect yourself however possible.
Allegations of rape are very serious. If someone has made such a serious accusation, then it’s best not to speak with them again without legal representation. This matters for a few reasons.
First because in a criminal case, this could be seen as tampering with witnesses or victims. Secondly, talking with the accuser can only fuel the fire – it may lead them to make further allegations or to add more serious allegations to their story.
If you need to communicate with a former significant other who has accused you of rape, for example, if you need to speak with them about a child custody situation during your sexual battery trial, you should always do so with the help of an attorney.
Don’t let the allegations of a disgruntled former lover or significant other ruin your life. Protect yourself by working with a skilled sexual assault defense attorney in Tampa with The Rickman Law Firm. Not only will your attorney help you defend yourself against these allegations, they will also be able to help you understand if your rights have been violated and will help you find legal recourse for false allegations.
Don’t leave your future to a public defender, especially when you know that you are not guilty. Call The Rickman Law Firm today.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.