Sexual Assault, commonly referred to as “rape,” is perhaps the most stressful allegation with which to be faced, particularly if the allegation involves a child. Most often the State will proceed to trial with uncorroborated statement of the alleged victim and the trial boils down to a “he said/she said” case. As a result, this is one of the crimes for which a person stands the most chance of being falsely accused.
Nevertheless, many are convicted of sexual assault, especially when the alleged victim is a child. The simple fact of the matter is that, just as in the days of the Salem Witch trials, people are predisposed to believe children no matter how fanciful their claims. Individuals with spotless records and substantial life achievements may find themselves spending twenty years or more in prison. If a defendant is convicted of one of these kinds of crimes and given a sentence of probation, the defendant will be a registered sex offender for life and be required to successfully complete a challenging sex offender treatment program. If the defendant does not admit he committed the crime, he will often be deemed to have unsuccessfully completed the program, his probation will be revoked, and he will then be confronted with a lengthy prison sentence.
Although it is not uncommon for a jury to find someone guilty based on an uncorroborated accusation, it is also not uncommon for the jury to find the accused not guilty. Broden & Mickelsen has enjoyed considerable success representing individuals charged with sex crimes. Many of our clients have had their charges dismissed or have been found NOT GUILTY by juries.
These are difficult cases and take a lot of work on the part of the attorney to successfully defend. An investigation is paramount. Indeed,even though the cases were brought in Dallas, our attorneys have traveled to North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri as part of investigating sexual assault allegations and preparing for trial.