A common theme with Sex Crime Cases and children is the phenomenon of “Delayed Disclosure”. A “Delayed Disclosure” is when the accuser reveals and/or talks about what he/she claims happened with the accused days, weeks, months or even years later. While a “Delayed Disclosure” can happen at any age, there are different considerations and arguments to be made if the person disclosing is an adult or child. Once a child makes a “Delayed Disclosure”, there are several strategies for figuring out if the child’s statements are in fact a “Delayed Disclosure” or NOT.
Blank Law, PC has been intimately familiar with “Delayed Disclosure” issues for over ten (10) years! This phenomenon of “Delayed Disclosure” plays a VERY important role when it comes to the rest of your life. The accused must have someone who has dealt with “Delayed Disclosures” over and over again! Do not let just anyone defend your future when it comes to “Delayed Disclosures”, hire Blank Law, PC so they can put their years of observing, dissecting and testing the “Delayed Disclosure” process.
HOW CAN AN ACCUSER COME FORWARD DAYS/WEEKS/MONTHS/YEARS LATER AND NOW I’M CHARGED WITH A CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT CHARGE?
A police officer may be allowed to give expert testimony in interpreting evidence regarding “delayed disclosure” at trial. Expert testimony will be allowed in this manner so long as he/she has had training and/or experience in investigating numerous Criminal Conduct Cases involving “delayed disclosures”. (Does this statement have to do with the question?)
If a case involved delayed disclosure of sexual abuse, during the selection of a jury, the state can question the jury regarding its experiences with delayed disclosure. This questioning is permitted because it serves the valid goal of “elicit[ing] sufficient information from prospective jurors to enable the trial court and counsel to determine who should be disqualified from service on the basis of an inability to render decisions impartially.
Delayed disclosure may be due to the fact that a child/adult’s story has been fabricated or the child/adult’s story has been suggested to them. The number of defenses to this charge is infinite. Now is the time to have Blank Law, PC look at the “Delayed Disclosure” and figure out the best defense for your specific case.