Attorney Paul Key
Over 20 Years of Experience

Sex Offenses

I can't tell you how many people--smart people, people who you would think would know better--ask me, "Paul, how can you defend those people?" "I defend them with all my ability and all my heart," is the answer. It's like the concept that someone could be wrongfully accused of a sex offense is not possible. These otherwise smart people think it's not possible because they don't know how easy it is to make the allegation and how hard it is to defend it. I know that false allegations are possible, and I know it happens. The only thing I can think of that is worse than a child being sexually abused is someone who is wrongfully convicted of a sex offense.

If you've been accused of a sex offense in Collin County, especially an allegation involving children, then you probably already know what I'm about to tell you: These cases are hard, hard to defend and need defending worse than just about any other. These cases are difficult because the allegation, often based on nothing more than someone's word, is so horrible that most people are ready to simply assume the worst immediately upon hearing it. That's the crux of the problem right there: The evidence against you is someone's--often a child's--word, but everyone, including your jury, wants to believe it. The presumption of innocence and proof beyond a reasonable doubt seem to go straight out the window as soon as anyone hears what the allegation is. It should not be that way, but it is.

If the evidence is only someone's word but everyone, including your jury, wants to believe it, then what can you do?

If you think that someone suspects you of a sex offense in Collin County, then my first advice is to shut your mouth immediately. It's very counter-intuitive because you want to explain that you didn't do this, that there's been a mistake. If the police believed that, then they wouldn't be interested in talking to you, and there is probably very little you're going to do to talk them out of it. Remember, they don't have hardly any evidence but the word of someone they want to believe. Most likely you have no evidence but your word, and they don't want to believe you. It is very likely you will unwittingly provide them information that they would not have had otherwise and that they will use to hurt you. You won't realize it because the information you are giving them is all innocent enough, but they will selectively use what you tell them to fit their needs.

My next advice is to call me immediately. Do not wait. Let me get between you and law enforcement as soon as possible.

This is not going to be cheap. My minimum fee for a child sexual abuse allegation is $25,000.00 and goes up from there. I know that it is a lot of money, but these cases take a lot of work. You do not want to try to defend one of these cases on the cheap. I absolutely will not.