Being falsely accused of having committed a sex crime is an emotionally taxing experience. What’s more, if you should actually be convicted of the alleged crime, your life and reputation could be irrevocably damaged. Given the seriousness of such charges, it is hard to believe that anyone would actually issue false allegations against another person. Unfortunately, it does happen.

The FBI’s website gives information regarding the possible motivates an individual may have for accusing another of having committed a so-called “adult crime.” According to the FBI, the majority of false accusers of adult crimes are women, though men can make such accusations as well. There are a variety of possible reasons that someone may make false accusations, including:

  • To receive sympathy or attention.
  • To secure a financial gain.
  • To exact revenge.
  • To establish an alibi.

It is also possible that the accuser is suffering from depression or some form of mental illness. In some cases, there may be more than just a single motivating factor.

Being charged with any crime can put your life in a precarious state. However, if the charges are crimes of a sexual nature, you may face a litany of very serious consequences. First, there are the social ramifications. Such allegations could undermine your relationships with friends and family members.

There is also the very real potential of having to serve time in prison. If convicted, you will also be bound to register as a sex offender and submit to the constant scrutiny of the authorities. This situation is daunting, but if such a nightmarish set of circumstances was set in motion on the basis of false allegations, you have every right to fight the charges.

If you have been falsely accused of committing a sex crime, a New Jersey criminal defense attorney may be able to look at the facts of the case and determine the possible motives your accuser may have had. The attorney may then work to form a defense strategy aimed at supporting your innocence.