You Just Received a Call From a Detective About a Sex Offense Investigation – What Do You Do?
One of the scariest things that can happen to you is receiving a call from a Collin County police officer conducting a sexual assault investigation. Even if you know you did nothing wrong, convincing the police of that is often a futile effort. Many sexual assault cases pit the accuser’s word against that of the accused.
Sexual Assault Allegations Can Lead to Very Serious Criminal Charges
The difficulty in proving sexual assault cases explains why more than in any other category of crime, a detective will make the effort to either visit or call the target of the sex offense investigation with the hope of scoring an admission or confession from a scared suspect – because without it there may simply be no other usable evidence to support a criminal charge.
If you are considering allowing an officer or detective to interview you, more than likely you not learn anything about the charges or accusations. They are trained in getting information from you, and only giving the necessary information to get you to talk. Additionally, if detectives are overly concerned about getting a statement from you, it is quite possible that it is only because they do not have enough evidence to have you charged with a crime. Again, at this point, you can only hurt yourself by speaking with a detective.
Facing Texas Felony Charges
Sexual assault charges are a serious matter. In Texas, sexual assault is a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment from 2 to 20. There are even more serious sexual offenses that are first degree felony cases with a punishment range of 5-99 years or life in prison. This means you should not be foolish enough to think you can talk you way out of a charge or that the investigation will simply go away.
You have a constitutional right not to speak with the police. You also have the right to assistance from a Collin County criminal defense lawyer in any dealings with law enforcement. Do not worry that refusing to speak or hiring a lawyer will only make you look guilty. If the police have contacted you, that means you are already a suspect. Asserting your constitutional rights can only benefit you at this point.
Fighting Sexual Assault Charges with a Sex Crimes Lawyer in Collin County
If you are a suspect of a crime and have detectives asking to speak with you, contact an attorney immediately to help you through the process. While no attorney can stop you from being arrested or charged, it is always best to have someone on board early on to advise you of your rights, tell you what you should do and get working right away if you are in fact arrested.
A Collin County sex crimes attorney knows how to deal with police and can prevent you from inadvertently saying something that will only make your situation worse. Contact the offices of Rosenthal & Wadas today at (972) 369-0577 to schedule a consultation with one of our Collin County criminal defense lawyers.