False Allegations Of Child Sex Abuse
I have lived my life, and I have fought my battles, not against the weak and the poor — anyone can do that — but against power, against injustice, against oppression, and I have asked no odds from them and I never shall.
– Clarence Darrow
Sexual abuse of a child is a criminal act that can carry profound consequences lasting a lifetime, both for the victim and the perpetrator. The problem is that people are wrongly charged with child sexual abuse, rape and similar crimes all the time. Falsely accused individuals can suffer harm when it comes to their reputation, their careers and their relationships with children and other family members.
Under the harsh provisions of Jessica’s Law, even a first-time conviction in Oregon can mean a mandatory sentence of 25 years’ imprisonment. High stakes necessitate strong legal representation.
Being accused of sexually abusing a child is one of the most devastating things a person can experience. When the allegations are false, the sense of unfairness and the frustration can be overwhelming. Your whole life can be put under a microscope; you may feel like you are the subject of a witch hunt; you may feel like you are considered guilty until proven innocent.
In such situations, the need for aggressive, effective criminal defense should be one of your highest priorities. That’s where I can help.
Have You Been Wrongly Accused?
At the law office of Steven J. Sherlag, P.C., in Portland, Oregon, I represent clients who are the subject of false accusations regarding child abuse, including child sexual abuse. As a criminal defense lawyer with more than two decades of practice experience, I can represent you strongly and fight aggressively to protect your rights and your reputation if your situation involves:
- The desire for leverage in a divorce case or child custody conflict
- A spouse, stepparent or ex-spouse
- A grandparent or neighbor who has drawn conclusions about you and a child
- Concern about the formation of false memories in a child through the use of suggestive questioning
- Misinterpretations or lies about you
- Events from many years ago
- Involvement of the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS)
The statute of limitations on child sexual abuse allows for delayed reporting. Whether you are facing charges or you are under investigation, get the assistance you need.
Client Testimonial: False Accusations, Bullying And Strong Trial Defense
I am a 35-year-old father of three girls who was falsely accused by a neighbor and detective of child sexual abuse. Neither the detective nor the prosecutor investigated the case, but relied on bullying instead. A two-year ordeal ended with a quick jury acquittal.
I hired Steven Sherlag to defend me when my local attorney was overwhelmed. He researched recent cutting-edge legal decisions, presented articulate legal motions, arranged family visitations and marshaled exceptionally expert testimony on my behalf, finally defending me through a long trial. I doubt I would be free without him and his team.