Sexual abuse claims are something not to be taken lightly. Of late, there have been several high-profile accusations and with the #MeToo movement it has become all the more evident that many people have been ashamed to admit that they were victims of sexual abuse. It is unfortunate when people want to capitalize on the movement and make unsubstantiated claims of sexual abuse. In my opinion, not only do these false claims have adverse impacts on the people being accused of the crime but also it adversely affects real victims of sexual abuse further victimizing them. When it is revealed that some claims were in fact lies, it causes a public perception that all such claims could be a lie. Sexual abuse claims are not something we take lightly at Kevin Hickey Law Partners, however, we do believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and we want to make sure everyone has a fair day in court. When false allegations are intentionally raised in order to harm the subject of the allegations, it is strongly advised for that person to seek legal counsel, as it can be an uphill battle. Unfortunately, we have seen false allegations in cases such as a bitter divorce when the custody of the children is contested. If you find yourself in a situation like this, it is important that you take immediate counter-action.
One of the most important steps is to contact an attorney immediately. Do not be passive when these false allegations are raised. You absolutely must take immediate action to protect yourself and hire a family law attorney with the necessary background and experience to defend you. At Kevin Hickey Law Partners, I never want my clients to be embarrassed or afraid to ask questions. Another reason to retain legal counsel as soon as possible is that many people that find themselves in these types of situations will admit to the allegations even though they did not commit the abuse. In their minds, it seems simpler to admit to the claims rather than defending themselves. You can be convicted based on a false confession. Don’t give up. Kevin Hickey Law Partners is here to help. Contact our River Valley office at 479.434.2414 or our Northwest Arkansas office at 479.802.6560. Remember, things are about to get better.