What should I do if I have been falsely accused of sexual assault?
If you have been falsely accused of sexual assault, you should immediately seek the assistance of a criminal defence lawyer. Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe that if there is no direct evidence against them that they cannot be convicted of sexual assault, so there is no reason to be worried about the charges. This is simply not true, particularly in cases where there is very little to no objective evidence of the assault. For example, in alleged cases of unwanted touching, or when it is being alleged the assault happened a long time ago. Notwithstanding the fact that there is no evidence aside from the complainant’s allegations, the police and the Crown Prosecutor will still treat the allegation very seriously and will likely seek your conviction if the matter goes to trial.
At trial, your ability to establish your innocence can rest largely, if not almost entirely, on your word against the word of the defendant. In such a situation it is more important than ever that you have a criminal defence lawyer representing you at trial. Through skilled cross-examination, your defence lawyer can poke holes in the complainant’s allegations, thereby weakening, if not destroying, the case against you. A defence lawyer can also help you properly enter evidence that can show that the alleged offence was improbable or impossible, and that the complainant’s allegations are too inconsistent or incompatible with reality to be true.
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