Being accused of a crime can be frightening for any Tennessee resident. The penalties associated with many crimes such as sexual assault can be severe and alter your life forever. If you are facing sexual assault charges, contact an attorney right away.
Sexual assault includes crimes such as rape and sexual abuse. Anyone convicted of such crimes could be incarcerated and ordered to pay restitution and/or fines. However, serving time and making payments is far from the end of how such a conviction can change your life and how you live it.
Many people convicted of a crime such as rape are required to register as a sex offender, which is public record. Restrictions on where you can live could also be ordered. Furthermore, you could spend the rest of your life under mandatory supervision.
Regardless of the sensitive nature of sexual assault charges, you are still entitled to specific rights. Even though the courts dictate that you are to be presumed innocent until and unless proved guilty in a court of law, police officers might not feel that way when you are taken into custody and they are interrogating you. In their zeal to build a case, they could violate your rights or make procedural mistakes that could affect the outcome of your case.
Therefore, it is typically crucial that you observe your right to remain silent and contact an attorney right away. Sexual assault charges often involve laboratory testing, witness and victim statements and other physical evidence that will need to be scrutinized. Your criminal defense team will review all of the evidence that Tennessee prosecutors intend to present to the court and formulate a defense strategy that is focused on providing you with the best outcome possible to the sexual assault charges.