In Need of a Vero Beach Lewd Lascivious Battery Lawyer?
On the week of December 7th, a 19-year-old man was arrested for sexually assaulting an underage girl. Indian River authorities charged the man with lewd lascivious battery. Because of these charges the man will need a Vero Beach lewd lascivious battery lawyer.
Deputies first heard about the rape on November 17th, when the mother of the 15-year-old girl took her to Sebastian River Medical Center after learning about the incident. According to the alleged victim, on the evening of November 14th her friend picked her up to go to a house party. They went to her friend’s boyfriend’s home where the alleged perpetrator lived at the time.
The teen said she was given alcohol and became intoxicated. The alleged perpetrator carried her to an upstairs bedroom where she fell asleep. She claims that he had sex with her without her consent. In a phone call with police, the alleged perp admitted to having sex with the girl and said he thought she was 16. He was subsequently arrested and taken to jail. He later posted a $5,000 bond and was released.
Defending Yourself in a Sexual Assault Case
Being arrested for sexual assault is serious. The moment that an accusation is made the police are compelled to investigate. Even before an arrest, even if police want to interview you about a sexual assault, it may be a good idea to hire a Vero Beach criminal lawyer. The big mistake the man in the story made was to speak to police without the presence of counsel. You may have done nothing wrong or do not believe you have done anything wrong. However, you can be arrested for giving certain answers to certain police questions. If the man in the story had consulted with a Vero Beach criminal lawyer before speaking to police on the phone, things may have gone differently.
If the police have arrested you based on the testimony of others and charged you with a sexual assault crime, then you should exercise your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. You will then need a Vero Beach lewd lascivious battery lawyer to help you through the process. If the authorities have enough to proceed with the case, then you will need to post bail so that you can prepare your defense.
Jeffrey Garland is a Vero Beach lewd lascivious battery lawyer who can help you. He has been board certified by The Florida Bar in criminal trial law since 1989 and has handled criminal matters of all sorts. The man in the story has a tough legal road ahead. If you or someone you know have been in a similar legal situation contact The Law Office of Jeffrey H. Garland, P.A. at 772.489.2200.