You’re probably familiar with your presumption of innocence until you are proven guilty. And if anyone ever accused you of committing a crime, you know a judge or jury requires enough evidence to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt during a trial. That way, they can hold you accountable for your offenses.
However, that’s the legal system. Once other people in your community learn about your allegations, they might automatically consider you guilty. And regardless of the truth, you may not be able to convince them otherwise. But do you know how to protect your reputation once your alleged offenses become public?
What can you do to change the public’s opinion after an arrest?
You probably agree you shouldn’t need to accept punishment for an offense you didn’t commit. Though, despite how a court rules, others may maintain access to information about your brush with the law.
The internet provides a wealth of information, much of which can benefit your life. However, a quick Google search will likely make a potential client, date or employer wary of your background.
Whether a court expunges your criminal record or rules you innocent, there are some additional steps you may want to take to protect your reputation. These include:
- Request that a publication remove an article about you from the internet
- Block search engines from indexing your arrest in their search results
- Ask a publisher to update an existing report with an anonymous name, rather than your own
Unfortunately, your defense may need to extend beyond the courtroom. However, taking the initiative to change publicly-accessible information should improve people’s opinions with time. Meanwhile, your integrity can prove their previous assumptions wrong.