There is no criminal charge that can have a more profound effect on your life than a sex offense. While you will serve life in prison if convicted of first- or second-degree murder, a strong argument can be made that those penalties are lighter than those faced by some convicted sex offenders. If convicted of a serious sex offense, not only are you facing significant jail time but upon release, the community stigma, inability to obtain employment or to be around minor children, and the requirements of Megan’s Law, can make society your own prison and a living nightmare.
Therefore, you need Philadelphia sex offense attorney Brian M. Fishman by your side when faced with these charges. Mr. Fishman was a former prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office’s Family Violence & Sexual Assault Unit. There, he prosecuted individuals charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse (IDSI), sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child (EWOC), statutory sexual assault, corrupting the morals of a minor (CMOM), and many other serious sex offenses. He learned how to prepare a child witness to testify against her alleged attacker. He knows the strategies employed by prosecutors and therefore knows how to counter-attack with cross-examination that can destroy a sex offense witness’ credibility.
When charged with committing a sexual offense like rape, IDSI, statutory sexual assault, guilt or innocence usually hangs on the credibility of the witness. Why? Because there are generally no other witnesses to a sex offense. They often do not occur out on the street for others to see or get caught on video. They are crimes that occur behind closed doors. Whether the complainant is believed or not, is absolutely vital to the case. Therefore, you need a criminal defense attorney who is prepared to use prior inconsistent statements to police or during a preliminary hearing, conflicting statements about the actions of the victim after the alleged crime, the body language, and manner of testimony on direct examination and all other evidence at his disposal, to attack the credibility of the witness. And, most importantly, you need a lawyer who is not afraid to go after and attack the alleged victim. Brian M. Fishman is the criminal defense attorney you want standing next to you if you want the best chance of hearing the jury say, “Not Guilty” at the end of your sex offense trial.
Convictions for sex crimes can ruin a person’s reputation and good standing in the community. If you have been charged with a sexual assault offense, you need an attorney who is capable of protecting your rights as well as your reputation. Attorney Brian M. Fishman has devoted his career as an attorney to protecting his clients from undue harassment and the stress that often accompanies being charged with these types of offenses.