There are many different types of sex crimes, and they come with varying degrees of legal penalty. The one thing that they all have in common is the social stigma and implication of simply being accused. In Louisiana, just like the rest of the country, a person is innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law. Unfortunately, when it comes to sex crimes, it can seem like someone is guilty until proven innocent in the eyes of the people.
Whether you are accused of sexual assault, statutory rape or any of the many other sex crimes, it is in your best interests to enlist the aid of an attorney as quickly as possible. Not only can an attorney help you establish your case to plead your defense, an attorney can also quickly come up with a solid defense before the community has time to form an opinion of guilt.
Sex crimes have perennially been similar to other physical crimes, such as assault or homicide, in the sense of forensic evidence playing heavily into the case. If someone is accused of rape and their fingerprints are found on the victim’s body or clothes, it becomes much harder for them to deny physical relation. However, the advent of the Internet has made some sex crimes more complex from both sides.
It is very difficult to erase things from the Internet, thus incriminating photos or conversations can be much more threatening to a legal defense. By the same token, if no such incriminating evidence exists, it can be that much easier to prove that you are innocent. Enlisting the aid of an attorney is crucial in handling the complexities of a sexual assault cause and helping innocent people avoid wrongful convictions.