Unfortunately, a substantial number of reported rape cases in the United States are made under false pretenses. Although studies have been conducted to gain a better idea of just how many false allegations are made annually, there is really no way to tell with absolute certainty. While the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has estimated that approximately 8% of all forcible rape cases are made for illegitimate reasons, some experts believe that this number is actually much higher. In most cases, false accusations will arise out of spite, anger, jealousy or even revenge. Since many rape cases yield no more evidence that the statement of the victim, however, it can be difficult for the alleged offender to equip themselves with an adequate defense. Instead, it turns into a case of "he said, she said." Although this may not necessarily lead to a conviction, a single allegation could turn the accused's life upside down. But don't forget that many "he said, she said" cases do result in convictions.
When represented by a Portland criminal defense attorney, like Neal Weingart, the police will not be able to interview you without your attorney present. You and your attorney will discuss whether you wish to be interviewed, at all. In addition, Neal Weingart works with private investigators and experts that can help in your case. Sex crimes are complicated for the state. If you wish, you can present evidence to the state to prevent criminal charges. Such cases call for polygraph evidence. While a polygraph is not admissible in court, and Neal Weingart questions the accuracy of the instrument itself, it can be a valuable tool in convincing the state not to file charges. Mr. Weingart works with polygraphers on a regular basis, for the benefit of his clients.
For this reason, it is imperative that you take timely action in the interest of your defense if you have been falsely accused of committing a sex crime. Even if formal charges have not yet been filed, it is never too early to get ahead of the approaching storm. In fact, the sooner you involve a Portland criminal defense lawyer, the easier it may be to diffuse the situation. The legal team at Neal Weingart, Attorney at Law, LLC will work diligently and discretely to ensure that your case is resolved in a favorable manner, as we truly understand how damaging an accusation of this nature can be. Even when the case against you holds no weight, our firm will do everything in our power to shield you from the social ramifications that typically ensue. In the end, however, it will be up to you to retain the professional help that you will need. For this reason, we ask you to give us a call today for a free consultation.