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Under Investigation for a Sex Crime in Las Vegas, Nevada? 4 Things to do and not do

Posted by Charles Goodwin | Feb 04, 2022 | 0 Comments

4 Insanely Simple Ways to Improve Your Position When

Under Investigation for a Sex Crime in Las Vegas, Nevada

I think everybody will agree with me when I say:

Finding out that you are under investigation for a sex crime in Las Vegas is one of the worst things you can hear. Just the allegations of a sexual assault or lewdness with a minor (that's what Las Vegas calls touching children) are enough to ruin your life. 

It's tough to stay cool, calm, and collected when you find yourself on the wrong side of a sex crime investigation in Las Vegas.

Well, it turns out, there are steps you can take (and NOT take!) that can help improve your position. 

In fact, following these four things can be the difference between clearing your name and spending the rest of your life on the sex offender registry - or in prison. 

TIP #1: DO NOT Speak to the Police

 It is human instinct to want to defend yourself against false allegations of rape or sexual misconduct. When a Las Vegas Detective contacts you, they know that as well. And who wouldn't want to set the record straight when they were being accused of such a heinous crime?

And therein lies the trap. Please DO NOT fall for it.

Metro Detectives investigating sex crimes in Las Vegas know how to manipulate people. They also know advanced interrogation techniques.

And what's worse?

Procause Cause is a meager standard in the law. All that a Las Vegas police officer needs to arrest you are articulable facts that a crime was committed and you committed it. Check out the infographic for probable cause to understand how low that standard is. 

A few other essential pieces of information to know:

  • Las Vegas Police officers are legally allowed to lie to you. And they will. They will say whatever it takes - threats, promises, and lies - to get you to sing like a bird or trap you in your statements.
  • Detectives in Las Vegas are there to solve crimes, not clear names. If they are investigating you, THEY ARE NOT ON YOUR SIDE! Telling your side of the story will more often than not HURT you, not help you.
  • You probably do not know what officers are looking for in an interview. They could be simply looking to place you in the same place at the same time or for you to acknowledge that there was some interaction with the person accusing you and do not need any other information. 

The detective investigating you either has probable cause to arrest you, or they do not. 

If they do not have probable cause, speaking with a detective may give them probable cause, and you will be arrested.

If they already have probable cause, speaking with them accomplishes nothing because you will be arrested anyway.

It is imperative to understand that when you are a suspect of a sex crime in Las Vegas, speaking to the police will never help you. It will probably hurt you. I cannot say it enough:

DO NOT SPEAK TO THE POLICE. NOT EVEN ONCE.

TIP #2: Lawyer Up

I know, I know. "Oh, how convenient. A lawyer is writing a blog telling people they need to hire a lawyer." But if you are being investigated for a sex crime in Las Vegas, then the reality is YOU NEED TO LAWYER UP.

There are several reasons why you should hire a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer when you are being investigated for a sex crime. The most obvious is you are way over your head.

I want you to understand that. You are way over your head. The consequences of a sex crime conviction in Las Vegas are harsh. Really harsh. Ten years to life with no chance at probation harsh. Forever on a sex offender registry harsh. Never being able to coach your kids' sports team harsh.

I'm not saying this to get you to hire an attorney, either. I'm telling you this so you are in touch with how serious sex crimes are in Las Vegas and the importance of not making mistakes.

There are other reasons as well:

  • Your Las Vegas defense attorney can act as a liaison between you and the detective and advise you if you should or should not give a statement.
  • A criminal defense lawyer has fought these cases before and can give you some peace of mind when facing these charges.
  • You have attorney-client privilege with your Las Vegas sex crime defense lawyer.  He is one of the only people you can tell everything to without fear that it will lead to your arrest.

Retaining a lawyer in the investigation phase of a sex crime is not necessary. But it is a smart move.

Plus, detectives do not like it when you agree to an interview, and a lawyer calls back to cancel it. So, there's that, too.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS. HIRE AN ATTORNEY!

TIP #3: DO NOT Speak to Your Friends and Family About This Situation

This one is hard. And counter-intuitive. 

Some of the first people we reach out to in crisis are friends and family. But you can't.

Subpoena Sticker

That is because being accused of a sex crime in Las Vegas is unlike any other situation you have been in before. A detective is investigating you. And your entire life. They are going to find your friends, family, and

potentially your co-workers and ask them questions. 

Innocent questions.

But those innocent questions can tip the officer off to who you have and have not been speaking to. Which can result in a subpoena for them to testify in court. They will be testifying against you.

In Las Vegas there is no privilege for friends and families (though there is one for a spouse!). This actually goes back to tip #2 about the lawyer. There is a privilege with the lawyer. The attorney-client privilege. So a lawyer can never take the stand against their own client about anything that was said - with some caveats (immediate threats to another person's life). 

What that means is if your friends or family are subpoenad to testify against you, they have to talk. About everything. Truthfully. Not testifying truthfully can result in perjury. That makes it a difficult position for both your friends and yourself. 

That is why you cannot talk to your friends and family about these allegations. The best thing to do is to speak with only your attorney.

If you think there are people there that can help you with your case run it passed your attorney. They have the ability to send out an investigator or speak with them personally to make a determination on whether that individual can help.

WHEN UNDER INVESTIGATION, REMEMBER: MUM'S THE WORD.

Tip #4 - STAY CALM!

This is a simple tip, but also the hardest. 

It's easy to lose it when you find out that you are being investigated for a sex crime in Las Vegas. And it's understandable why. We've all seen how false allegations can ruin a person's life. There are several knee-jerk reactions that we want to take.

We want to clear our name. We want our side of the story to be heard. We want to commiserate. Sometimes, we want to run or confront the person.

None of those are helpful. They are only harmful.

There are a lot of different ways for your post-investigation behavior to be seen as indicative of guilt. And some of those are admissible in court. 

It's a proverbial land-mine field. 

As hard as it may seem, the most important thing to do when a detective contacts you about a sexual offense in Las Vegas is to follow tips 1 - 3 and continue to live your life as if nothing is happening. 

I know, it's hard. But if you want to be in the best position you can be, then you must.

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON.

Now Put It Into Practice

I hope this guide gave you some helpful information if you're being investigated by a Las Vegas Metropolitan Detective for a sex crime.

Now I'd like to turn it over to you:

Do some of these tips raise questions for you?

Does something here sound counterintuitive?

Have you already spoken to a detective or somebody else about your situation?

Or maybe you simply had a question about something you read.

Either way, let me know by leaving me a comment below or by reaching out to my office. I would be happy to discuss your situation or somebody else's situation with you. My phone number for a confidential consultation is (702) 472 9594. 

About the Author

Charles Goodwin

Managing Partner at Goodwin Law Group, PLLC Criminal Defense and DUI Defense lawyer Charles Goodwin is dedicated to his clients because he understands what they are going through. Charles got into trouble when he was 18 years old and was sent to the Nevada Department of Corrections Boot Camp o...

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