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What should I do if someone accuses me of rape?

If you have been accused of rape in Ireland, it's important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Seek legal advice: Contact a qualified criminal defense solicitor who has experience in handling sexual assault cases. They can advise you on your legal options and represent you in court.

  2. Do not talk to the police without legal representation: It's important to exercise your right to remain silent until you have legal representation. Anything you say to the police can be used against you in court, so it's best to wait until you have spoken to a solicitor.

  3. Gather evidence: If you have any evidence that can support your defense, such as text messages, emails, or witnesses, gather them and provide them to your solicitor. They can use this evidence to build a strong defense on your behalf.

  4. Be prepared for a long legal process: Sexual assault cases can be complex and may take a long time to resolve. It's important to be patient and cooperate with your solicitor throughout the legal process.

  5. Take care of your mental health: Being accused of a serious crime can be extremely stressful and can take a toll on your mental health. It's important to seek support from family, friends, or a mental health professional to help you cope with the stress and anxiety.

  6. Attend court hearings: It's important to attend all court hearings and follow the advice of your solicitor. Failing to attend court hearings can have serious consequences for your case.

It's important to remember that everyone has the right to a fair trial, and you are innocent until proven guilty. A qualified solicitor can help protect your rights and ensure that you have a fair trial.

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