Typically, sex crime cases begin with a tip or complaint to law enforcement about an alleged sexual offense. This complaint is made by either the alleged victim or his or her family. If law enforcement consider the complaint credible on its face, they will continue to investigate it, and at that point, they will begin treating you as a suspect. In most cases, law enforcement will then attempt to contact you and question you about the alleged offense. Remember that you have the constitutional right to remain silent. You are under no obligation to speak to any detectives or police officers about any matters related or unrelated to the alleged offense. Also remember that everything that you tell law enforcement can and will be used against you, and do not trust that the investigating officer will accurately memorialize what you tell him or her. Therefore, should you be contacted by law enforcement, it is absolutely crucial that you a) politely refuse to answer any questions and exercise your right to remain silent, and b) hire an attorney immediately. Your attorney can then protect you from any further questioning by law enforcement, ensure that your constitutional rights are safeguarded, and that the truth and facts of your case are preserved.