Being charged with a sexual offense is among the most stressful and frightening legal situations possible. You may be entirely innocent of the accusations, but even so, you will be forced into the position of defending yourself and clearing your name. At Hickey & Chung, we provide a team approach to defending our clients and have PIs and other professionals ready to get to work.
Charged with a sexual offense in the Bay Area?
The penalties imposed for sexual offenses can be life-altering, affecting every area of your life, from the personal to the professional. If you are under investigation or are already facing charges, the most critical action to take is to retain the services of a defense lawyer who knows the system and has the resources immediately available to craft a strong case for your defense.
Defending the rights of the accused in sexual offense cases
The first step in planning a strategy is to evaluate the facts in the case. Various options may be available, including a case dismissal, motions to suppress evidence, a plea deal, reduced charge, or alternative sentencing. Determining how best to proceed will require a full review and evaluation of the evidence against you. Should the evidence be strictly a claim by another party, you may be the victim of false accusations brought by a former or embittered relationship partner.
To convict an individual of a sexual offense, it is required that specific legal elements are proven beyond a reasonable doubt, supported by evidence. A verbal assertion that you threatened another person can be challenged in court. You can trust our legal team to seek out the most compelling evidence and testimony to support your defense and to present your case persuasively and with confidence and skill.
Accusations regarding a sexual offense on campus
Our firm also offers Title IX defenses to individuals accused of sexual offenses on a university or college campus. These cases can destroy your professional standing and reputation and must be defended carefully and with skill. We have extensive experience defending such cases and advise you to reach out to our firm to discuss what occurred.
Why choose Hickey & Chung LLP for your defense?
The repercussions of a conviction can last a lifetime. A convicted individual may be required to register as a sex offender, with the information about where they live, their image, and the crime available to all in the community. An accusation of sexual assault can lead to penalties, including jail or prison time. It is imperative that you are defended by an attorney that has the skills to pursue a better outcome, including:
- Reduced charge
- Dismissed charge
- Alternative sentencing
Your future freedom, reputation, and ability to practice your profession may all be at risk if you are accused of a sexual offense. You have the right to an attorney and should be represented by a talented litigator that will pursue every option to mitigate the damage.
Our approach and resources
We offer a team approach at Hickey & Chung, and our attorneys are exceptionally talented litigators with a reputation for legal excellence. Attorney Brendan Hickey is a graduate of Harvard and formerly served as a federal defender. Naomi Chung is a seasoned trial lawyer, recently listed as a SuperLawyers Rising Star. We offer immediate assistance from our talented private investigators to seek evidence to help establish a compelling case for the defense. We urge you to exercise your right to remain silent and contact our firm immediately if you are under investigation or facing charges for a sexual offense.