In defending any criminal case including sex crimes cases where there is forensic evidence, eyewitness testimony, or personal testimony, it may on its face sound damaging. Generally, our way of defending seemingly damaging evidence is to do what some people call legal jujitsu – where rather than just bluntly attacking everything that’s coming your way, you actually absorb your opponent’s power, and then evaluate it and reverse it. You use their power, their evidence, to your benefit.
There are really two kinds of main types of evidence in sex offense cases. There is forensic evidence, which is scientific evidence like a lab analysis and a SART Exam (a rape analysis done by a doctor and a nurse, where they draw a map of the body and examine various parts of the body, and then they fill out a form). They can tell you whether there’s evidence that’s at least consistent with force or various forms of sexual assault.
Then there is an eyewitness or personal testimony. That’s either the alleged victim or other people describing what they’ve been through or what they saw. Rather than just saying it’s all a big lie and none of it’s true and pounding away at it at every point, what you do is accept what can’t be defeated in terms of its truth or falsity. Maybe they did know each other, maybe they were friends. There are those things that never going to change. Maybe they did go out one night together.
You take those things, you concede what can’t be defeated just factually, and then you absorb the difficult parts and reverse them, so you point out what’s not there. For example, in the case of the false confession mentioned earlier, it was very persuasive to point out that there was no fiber, no hair, no semen, nothing on the carpet, nothing on the couch where this supposedly happened, no medical exam, and no medical findings.
You point out all the things that if this is really true you expect would be there that aren’t. You also point out not so much that the person recanted, let’s say, or that they changed their story, which is pretty obvious, but why they might have done that, and why it seems so unusual that they are doing this. You find the one or two or three, usually, it’s three maximum weaknesses that really might have some powerful effect to choose the right battles to fight.
The Nieves Law Firm is dedicated to providing aggressive criminal defense representation to working professionals who have found themselves in trouble with the law. We show up to win, and we’re not afraid to fight aggressively to accomplish our client’s goals.
We understand that being accused of a crime can be a scary and confusing experience. That’s why we take the stress off our clients by handling the full scope of their legal situation from the initial consultation to the final outcome. Our bilingual attorneys and staff are here to ensure that our clients feel heard and understood every step of the way.
As one of the largest criminal defense teams in Oakland and the Greater Bay Area, we have the resources and experience to handle even the most complex cases. Our experienced team examines various aspects of your case and, perhaps most importantly, we genuinely care about our clients and their future. We take the time to learn about their goals and priorities so that we can achieve an outcome that allows them to move past their mistakes and focus on the future they want. When you work with us, you become part of our team.
Our skilled criminal defense attorneys have experience handling a wide range of criminal cases. With a deep understanding of the legal system and a track record of successful cases, our lawyers are committed to achieving the best possible outcome in your case.
When facing a criminal charge, having dedicated and experienced attorneys on your side is critical. At The Nieves Law Firm, we understand the gravity of your situation, and our criminal defense attorneys provide unwavering support and legal guidance.
From the moment you reach out to us, we prioritize your well-being and legal interests. Our criminal lawyers are with you every step of the way, from arrest to hearings and beyond, to ensure that your rights are protected. Whether you’re facing charges related to DUI, drug offenses, assault, sex crimes or any other allegation, we have the knowledge and courtroom experience to fight vigorously on your behalf.
We believe in the power of collaboration and will actively involve you in the decision-making process, ensuring you are well-informed and empowered to make the best choices for your defense. Our goal is not only to navigate the legal complexities but also to provide you with the peace of mind and reassurance you deserve during this challenging time.
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Case Dismissed after Completion of Drug Court
All Charges Dismissed and Property Ordered to be Returned to Client
Deferred Entry of Judgment
Case Dismissed without Trial
Motion to Vacate Granted
Restraining Order Denied and Sealed
Both Cases Dismissed Prior to Trial
No Charges Filed
No Criminal Charges Filed & Detention
No Jail Time & No Sex Offender Registration
Pled to 1 Petty Misdemeanor and Not Required to Register as Sex Offender
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