The most important fact to remember after being accused of sexual battery or any other sex crime is that an accusation is not a conviction. The unfortunate truth is that it may seem like a conviction once accusations hit the paper or the grapevine, but remember that you are still innocent until proven guilty. If you begin to think of yourself as guilty, you may not take the appropriate actions to prove your innocence. Remember, never speak with police on the subject without strong legal counsel present. Your defense from a sex crime charge can be won or lost on the strength of a casual word by you or your accuser. You need to be very careful about everything you say to law enforcement. Avoid angry or otherwise negative statements about your accuser as these can be turned against you in court. Your defense may also depend on the precise circumstances under which evidence is collected in your case. To protect yourself, avoid giving police permission to search you, your car, and your home. At The Cochran Firm South Florida, we have experience defending people from many types of criminal charges and may be able to help you. To learn more, please contact us for a case evaluation in the Miami area.