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Sexual assault accusations can have serious repercussions

Being accused of a crime can be devastating, especially when the allegations are based on exaggeration or outright lies. In some cases, it can be relatively easy to expose misinformation by tracking down paperwork, scrutinizing security camera footage or testing DNA evidence. 

However, when the accusation being made is one involving sexual assault, it can be very complicated and seemingly impossible to know for certain what happened between two people. 

Sexual assault is generally defined as any sexual contact that occurs without explicit consent from all parties involved. Because the interaction often happens in private and can include factors such as alcohol, it can be very complicated to establish what actually happened since there are typically at least two very different sides to the story.

In many sexual assault cases, it is necessary to investigate medical records, police reports and the character of every person involved. There may be ways to establish that the accuser has a history of lying or that there is a lack of medical evidence to support the claims that are being made.

No matter what the case may be, it can be crucial to aggressively defend against allegations of any type of sexual misconduct. If a person is convicted, he or she could be sentenced to prison and be required to register as a sex offender. A conviction can also destroy a person's relationships, career and reputation in a community.

With so much at stake, it can be essential to seek legal representation to defend against sexual assault accusations. Criminal defense attorneys who work with people accused of a sex crime are familiar with effective defense strategies and can provide crucial guidance to people facing charges. 

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