Hello everyone. Recently, a dear friend of mine was falsely accused of sexual abuse of a minor and arrested about 8 days after the allegation was made. It is a FALSE ALLEGATION, and from the research I have done, false allegations of sexual abuse, more commonly occurring during divorce and custody cases, but also happening in other situations, are becoming an alarming epidemic.
I am aware that in matters of false sexual abuse allegations, anyone accused is assumed to be guilty until proven innocent. And most people who deliberately make such accusations, knowing them to be false, are fully aware of that. There are also no criminal penalties for those who purposely and maliciously make false accusations, which has made the problem even worse, and has served to lock up completely innocent people for crimes they never committed.
My question is, how can he fight effectively against these allegations when his public defenders are advising him to remain silent until the trial? I have found, from attorneys and private investigators who specialize in defending false allegations, that juries expect innocent persons to mount an aggressive and assertive defense on their own behalf, not adopt a "wait and see" attitude. Such a poor legal strategy is only going to result in a wrongful conviction. I'm not about to stand by and allow that to happen. D has a preliminary hearing scheduled for next month. By law, all defendants are entitled to confront their accusers, and have their attorney(s) question them at the hearing, to see if there is sufficient grounds to proceed to trial. They are also entitled by law to produce witnesses on their behalf. Does he not have those same rights as well? Thanks in advance for any insights or suggestions you can offer.