How to defend yourself from false allegations?

Get to work right away while the evidence that will help you is fresh and still available. Start to work on protecting yourself. Contact an attorney who can begin an investigation immediately.

If there is surveillance video to obtain, get it before it is erased. Print out a record of text messages, phone calls and emails. Screen shot text messages and don't delete them. Get anyone's name and contact information who has information about the false allegations.

It is very important to obtain as much information as soon as possible because memories fade and speaking to people soon after the allegation is critical to your defense.

What to do if you are charged with a sexual assault?

Call a lawyer right away if the police call and ask you to come in for questioning. Only an experienced attorney can determine whether speaking to law enforcement is helpful to your case.

Call a lawyer right away so they can begin any necessary investigation.

Will I have to Register as a Sex Offender?

In some cases, the law requires that a sex offender be placed on a registry or database of convicted sexual offenders. This is commonly referred to as Megan's Law.

It is the registrant's responsibility to regularly notify law enforcement about where they are living, working and going to school. It also means that the community will be notified about this information. In some cases, the registrants photograph will be on-line.

There are different levels of registration and community notification and the level is determined in a confidential closed-door hearing, called a Megan's Law tier hearing.

All sex offenses do not require registration. Whether or not you will have to register depends on the outcome of your case.

The most serious sexual assaults all require registration. For example, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child by possessing over 1000 images of child pornography, criminal sexual contact if the victim is a minor are some of the charges that require registration.

Sexual offenses that do not require registration include criminal sexual contact if the victim is not a minor, lewdness, invasion of privacy, prostitution, possession of less than 1000 images of child pornography.