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False Media Reports Destroy Lives: Sexual Assault Allegations

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Nov 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

False media reports can destroy lives in Colorado. Read more in our blog.
False sexual assault and rape allegations destroy people's lives. Even if a person is proven innocent, the backlash and stigma from the public is overwhelming. When a person is accused of Sexual Assault – C.R.S. 18-3-402, the media often reports false information or allegations as fact and lives can be ruined in Denver, Adams and Douglas County. Because of the sex offender stigma, it is important that you work with an experienced criminal lawyer who will fight to protect your reputation.

False Media Reports Destroy Lives

The media is quick to report when a “predator” or alleged rapist is arrested. They fail to inform the public in a fair way, however. Often, the information they print is incorrect, and it is often wildly biased. For example, a college football quarterback in Florida is being investigated for involvement in a sexual assault case. According to police, he is not considered the primary suspect, but the media and public are approaching these allegations as if he is guilty. The problem is, he hasn't even been charged with a crime. There are many inconsistencies between the police report and the story the media is printing. For example, the suspect's height and weight don't match the quarterback, but news sources state that they have confirmed that the suspect is indeed the quarterback. What else doesn't fit is that police haven't arrested or charged the quarterback – in fact, he hasn't even been question by the police. The alleged assault took place over a year ago. If there was evidence that the QB was a real suspect, he would have been questioned and charged long ago.

Public Stigma is Overwhelming

Once a person's name is printed in connection with a sexual offense in Arapahoe, Larimer and Jefferson County, it can be difficult to rebuild the person's reputation. Whenever anyone searches for the quarterback's name – they will see his name in connection with a sexual assault case. He hasn't even been charged with a crime, but his name has been slandered regardless. If you or a loved one is under investigation of a crime such as sexual assault or rape, it is very important that you work with an experienced attorney. You may think: “I'm innocent. I have nothing to fear.” Yet police will assume your guilt and question you with that bias. Even if you are innocent, the media will report false information about your case and the public will not presume you are innocent. The concept of “innocent until proven guilty” is largely ignored in our hypocritical, hyper-sensitive culture.

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Don't stand alone in court. If you have been charged with a sex offense in Garfield, Jackson or Broomfield County, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880, or submit the “Get Help Now” form. Together, we can protect your future.

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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