Sex crimes committed in Michigan are all public record and can be found, but whether or not it appears in a local newspaper really depends upon the particular town, the police department and its newsworthiness, especially if the defendant is somebody well known in the community. But in many cases it just goes through the system and doesn’t get any public attention. Clearly, the more serious the charge, the more likely it is that word will get out about it
How Would You Advise Clients That Are Worried About Hiring An Attorney As It Makes Them Look Guilty?
There is no reason to fear hiring an attorney, as an admission of guilt, because the attorneys who practice these types of cases completely understand the importance of somebody contacting them. It’s just as important if you are innocent as if you are guilty. Sometimes, people call up and argue that they know they are guilty. Maybe they already know that there is evidence that will show up, but still there are some very wide ranging things that can occur that can affect the outcome of these cases, and attorneys want to work with them from the very beginning to minimize problems for them. It’s possibly even more important for somebody who is not guilty to contact an attorney early on because these cases can quickly go in a bad direction if the accused is caught off guard.