False Accusations of Child Molestation
Being accused of child molestation is very serious. We all want to keep children safe and out of harm’s way.
Sometimes during a difficult divorce or a contested child custody battle, accusations fly, with painful and terrible results. You may be accused because someone wants to “get even” or because someone “thinks” something bad is going on.
What can you do if you are falsely accused of child molestation?
I am attorney John R. Garey with offices in Dover, Delaware. If you are wrongly accused of child molestation, I urge you to retain competent counsel as soon as possible. The impact of a child molestation conviction is extremely serious, and may haunt you the rest of your life.
I am a lawyer with years of criminal defense experience—I know Delaware child molestation law and can mount a focused defense to protect your rights. My aim in child molestation cases is to reduce or dismiss all charges, depending on the evidence and the circumstances.
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What happens if you are convicted
If you are convicted of tier 1 sex crimes as an adult or juvenile, you must register with the Delaware State Bureau of Investigation once a year, so the police can keep tabs on you.
If you are convicted of tier 2 or tier 3 sexual assault, the impact is harsher. You will be listed on the Delaware Sex Offender Registry, which is searchable on the Internet. If you are a tier 3 sex offender, the police will knock on doors to advise community members that you live in the area.
Not only do you lose privacy, you may find it difficult to find a new job, keep your old job or find a new place to live if you are convicted.
How I can help
You may be accused of child molestation by a child. If that happens, my previous experience as prosecutor will be invaluable to you. I have attended seminars specifically designed to handle these cases. I understand the mental development of children and how they communicate and interact with adults. Confronting a child witness in court presents many unique challenges. I have successfully represented defendants charged with child sex abuse on false allegations and can do the same for you.
To schedule a free initial consultation, contact my law office.