Avoiding Sex Offense Charges in Michigan
If you are being accused of committing a sex crime such as possession of sexually abusive materials, criminal sexual conduct, or public indecency, then it can feel like a crushing weight. There are instances where some people have come under attack of false, fabricated, and deceptive accusations. This is undoubtedly unfair and not something any person should ever have to deal with. However, with any scenario the solution is proactive navigation using the law, facts, and evidence to successfully maneuver your position to your advantage beyond the allegations, investigation, and charges with the relevant people and courts.
The main objective at the pre-file stage is to avoid charges ever being filed. There are many options, tactics, and approaches to preventing a prosecutor from filing charges. However, you will need to work with a qualified and experienced trial attorney to illuminate the most favorable path towards success in your particular situation. There is no single right answer, but the sooner you get involved in a dialogue with an attorney, the more options and opportunities you will have available.
Grabel & Associates has been practicing in all 83 counties across the state of Michigan for nearly 20 years. The opportunity to appear before so many prosecutors, juries, and judges across the state has afforded our team the time, experience, and opportunities to develop the strategies, tactics, and innovative approaches to win.
We empathize with the obstacles and challenges you, the person you care about, or your family may be facing. Grabel & Associates seeks to reunite and restore families, which has led to a robust practice specializing in the often corresponding Child Protective Services investigations. These cases become complicated when they have multiple components and proceedings in different courts and in front of various judges. Consequently, the definition of a positive outcome is largely determined by the character of the legal team associated with orchestrating the results. Justice, freedom, and an invigorated future are what the real objectives for winning are.
Declining the First Request for a Police Polygraph Examination
It is important not to agree to an initial police polygraph examination because you do not know if you can pass a polygraph examination yet. If you decide to take a police administered polygraph examination, then the results will be used against you even if the questions were confusing or there were distractions. Therefore, it is important to begin with a private polygraph examination before deciding whether to continue onto a police polygraph examination.
A private polygraph examination can be a valuable pre-file tool to help convince the prosecution of your innocence and the uselessness of pursuing charges against you. Once a person decides that taking a private polygraph examination is in their best interest, then the next most crucial decision is what private polygraph examiner should conduct the examination. You want a locally reputable polygraphist that the prosecutor is likely to recognize and value. The best polygraphist in Wayne county won't necessarily mean much if your case is in Ingham County. Grabel & Associates appears in all of Michigan's 83 counties and knows the most reputable, respected, and professional polygraph examiners in each area.
Results from a private polygraph examination may be used to negotiate with the prosecutor to avoid ever having charges filed. This is a favorable outcome because it can prevent the unnecessary hardship, stress, and cost of a protracted legal battle. There is also the possibility that the prosecutor will review the results of a private polygraph examination and request that a person submit to a police polygraph investigation.
After passing a private polygraph examination, a police administered polygraph examination may be a good idea under the right circumstances. Police polygraph examiners are trained to obtain admissible information. It is essential to understand that the results of a polygraph examination are not admissible in court except under the limited circumstances of motions to suppress evidence and for post-conviction relief motions for a new trial. However, even though the results of a polygraph examination are not admissible at trial, admissions of guilt are admissible. Therefore, if a person makes an incriminating statement during the course of a polygraph examination, it may be used against them at trial, even though the corresponding results demonstrating truth or deception are not admissible.
Consequently, police polygraph examiners are skilled at phrasing questions in a way to illicit admissible evidence against a person suspected of a sex crime. Therefore, it is crucial when deciding to submit to a police polygraph examination to have an attorney review all the questions before the test. Additionally, Grabel & Associates insists on being present for any police polygraph examination.
Offering The Accuser a Polygraph Examination
After a person passes one or multiple polygraph examinations, then it may make sense to provide the accuser an opportunity to take a private polygraph examination. Typically, Grabel & Associates offers to pay for the examination and allows the accuser to decide to choose any polygraph examiner they want. Providing an accuser, a polygraph examination is a potent tool because if the accuser refuses the polygraph examination, it weakens their testimony and implies that they may be deceptive, and if they do agree to take a polygraph examination then they could fail the examination. Grabel & Associates has employed this tactic on numerous occasions, and accusers have broken down and admitted that they lied about the entire circumstance. Failed exams or an admission of fabricated allegations can be used to convince the prosecutor to drop or dismiss the charges.
Grabel & Associates Approach to Avoiding Sex Crime Charges
Grabel & Associates is the premier legal defense firm specializing in sex crimes in Michigan. If you have not yet been charged with a sex crime, then the primary objective is to avoid charges from being filed. If charges have already been filed, then the objective shifts to winning at trial. Grabel & Associates can help at any stage in the legal proceedings. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-883-2138 for free consultations and case assessments.