Child sexual abuse cases often turn on the word of the child. Why would a child make up such a story? Why would a child who had not been abused even know about such things? These questions constitute a major hurdle for a defense attorney to overcome. Juries look at the child, and they look at you, and it is clear whose side they are on, emotionally. A lawyer cannot just attack the child in cross-examination for lying. And yet, there is reason to believe the child is telling a story that is not true.
At Rivers Law Firm, P.A., we walk this delicate walk in sexual abuse cases. The challenge often is to ask jurors to put themselves at the heart of the question: How would you defend yourself if a terrible and untrue accusation were made against you? Let them see what a difficult position the defendant is in, unable to mount a vigorous defense because a child is involved.
The truth is that we know that child sexual abuse is real, but that false allegations are made sometimes, for reasons that are often complex. Our job as your defense counsel is to walk that line respectfully and with great care.
Not all sexual abuse cases come down to the child's testimony versus yours. We utilize the defense strategy that is strongest and most applicable for your particular case: mistaken identity, having a solid alibi, being under duress or coercion, and not being of sound mind.
It is a source of enormous satisfaction to be able to set people free against such painful accusations. Your arrest and trial will still be supremely painful moments in your life. But a solid defense will go a long way toward restoring your reputation and your faith in the law.
Sex crime defense lawyer Bruce Rivers is board-certified in criminal defense by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and as a criminal trial specialist by the Minnesota Bar Association.
There is a tendency for people arrested on sex charges to plead guilty and beg for mercy. Don't do this! Call Minneapolis sexual offense attorney Bruce Rivers for sensible, sympathetic defense against charges of sexual impropriety. Contact him using this email form, or call his office at 612-915-0355.