Does the Jury System Work in Sex Crime Trials?

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Does the Jury System Work in Sex Crime Trials?

Anytime a person goes to trial in a sex crime trial they face the reality that jurors generally come into the Courtroom with prejudices created my years of misinformation.  This is true whether you are charged in an Internet Sex Sting or some other sex crime like sexual battery on a minor.  As a sex crime lawyer I deal with this prejudice on a regular basis.  In my last trial, out of the first 35 jurors questioned, over one third had to be dismissed for “cause”, their inability to sit fairly and impartially.  If you are facing a criminal trial for any type of sex offense your lawyer need to be aware of just how tough it is to get a fair trial.  When you get charged with a sex offense, everyone presumes you are guilty.  Your employer, your relatives, your spouse and your friends generally walk away.  What people need to understand is that false accusations are made all the time.  I have seen cases where women, days weeks or months after a sexual encounter claim that it was nonconsensual.  Being falsely accused of a sex crime is a terrible thing.  Being found guilty is even worse.  You face lifetime registration as a sex offender or worse yet a sex predator.  You face doing time in prison where the possibility of jail rape is very real.  When the going gets tough, the tough get going and you really need to exhaust every possibility before making a decision to plead guilty.  Sex cases can be won and not all cases are hopeless.  Thorough investigation, an understanding of the law and good trial skills can make a difference.  The very sad truth is that in America, many times you get as much justice as you can afford.  The Public Defender is appointed when you cannot afford a private criminal defense lawyer.  Unfortunately, the public defenders carry an enormous case load and simply do not have the time and resources to tackle time intensive cases.  If you or a loved one are charged with a sex crime you need to find a way to hire a really good sex crime lawyer.  It can make a huge difference.  If you have questions, call for a free consultation at 941 366 3506