Frequently Asked Questions by Those Being Investigated or Charged with a Sex Crime
- When do I need a lawyer?
Answer: Immediately when it becomes apparent that law enforcement has started an investigation. A lawyer is needed to advise on questions concerning cooperation and assistance as well as to begin their own investigation on behalf of the client.
- What type of lawyer do I need?
Answer: These are highly specialized and technical cases. They require a skilled and experienced trial attorney who knows and understands the technical nature of sex crime cases yet also can take that knowledge to the courtroom. Ask questions that address level of experience and trial history.
- Why is trial history and experience important in choosing a lawyer in sex crimes cases?
Answer: The unfortunate reality is that because of the severe sentences upon conviction it should be expected that a case might quite possibly go to trial. The rest of the answer is self evident.
- How concerned should I be that the police took my computer?
Answer: That depends on what the police are looking for and what they find. One thing is certain, if there is objectionable material on the computer the police will find it, even if it has been deleted. The technology available to law enforcement is that sophisticated.
- When will I know if I am going to be charged with a crime?
Answer: As a very general rule, these cases take time to investigate. Computer forensic examination and DNA forensic examination can sometimes take weeks to months. This is why some people prefer to have an experienced sex crimes attorney working on their behalf while the investigation is going on.