Considering all the crimes of which people are accused, sex crimes likely carry the biggest social stigma. Even long before any charges are filed, suggestions or suspicions reported in the media can cause the alleged offender to be at a significant disadvantage. A 25-year-old female teacher at a Wisconsin school has been suspended after allegations related to sex crimes were made.
The imminent case arose from allegations that surfaced suggesting inappropriate conduct by the teacher toward a 17-year-old female student. Authorities say the teacher is cooperating with the sheriff's office. Although investigations into the incident of alleged inappropriate contact are still underway, and the teacher has not had an opportunity to defend herself, her reputation may already be ruined.
These crimes are extremely sensitive in nature, and charges are sometimes filed with little evidence and no witnesses other than the one claiming to be the victim. Nevertheless, this may be enough to burden the accused person with a label of sex offender in the eyes of the public. Even if found not guilty, the mere suspicion may have life-changing consequences.
Wisconsin residents who face accusations of sexual misconduct may benefit from retaining the service of an attorneys who focuses on defending charges related to sex crimes. A lawyer will immediately start his or her own investigation by examining police reports and gathering evidence, such as DNA reports where applicable and information on computers. An attorney will develop a defense strategy and endeavor to achieve the best possible outcome. Only when, and if, guilt beyond reasonable doubt is proved on all charges can a conviction take place.
Source: twincities.com, "Western Wisconsin teacher suspected of improper student relationship", May 5, 2015