Defending Clients Against Rape Charges
Accusations of sexual assault can be extremely damaging from the moment they are made. You may feel like you are in a "he-said, she-said" situation where there is little you can do to stand up for yourself. However, you do have rights. One of your most important rights is the right to a lawyer.
I'm attorney Jim Pokorny, and I have been representing criminal defendants in California for more than 30 years, including many people who have been charged with sexual assault. Contact me at my offices in San Diego for a free phone consultation.
Protecting Your Presumption of Innocence
Sexual assault is a broad term for a number of different sex crimes, including rape and other allegedly nonconsensual sexual contact. The rape laws are complex, and the exact allegations the prosecutor must prove to convict you depend on a number of factors.
It is important to remember that you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. You should not give statements to the police; instead, you should let your lawyer assert your rights, including your right to remain silent.
I have a strong background standing up for people facing rape charges and other sexual assault charges. I will make sure your side of the story is heard at the appropriate time and in the appropriate venue.
Evaluating All the Potential Consequences
The two main concerns most people have if they've been charged with sexual assault are whether they will end up having to serve jail time and whether they will have to register as sex offenders. You may have additional concerns, such as the impact of a conviction on your professional license.
I will carefully go over the potential consequences with you so you can make informed decisions about the best strategy for your criminal defense. If you've been charged with sexual assault, don't hesitate to contact me to discuss your options.