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False Memory Syndrome (FMS) a condition in which a person's identity and interpersonal relationships are centered on a memory of traumatic experience which is objectively false but in which the person strongly believes. Note that the False Memory Syndrome is not characterized by false memories as such. We all have memories that are inaccurate. Rather, the False Memory Syndrome may be diagnosed when the memory is so deeply ingrained that it orients the individual's entire personality and lifestyle, in turn disrupting all sorts of other adaptive behavior.
In some cases False Memory Syndrome causes a person to accuse other innocent individuals of crimes. Many times these crimes are sexual crimes. When individual start to file lawsuits or report crimes to police solely based on claims of recovered repressed personal memories of childhood molestation, many legal issues are raised. Statutes of limitation, validity of testimony, corroboration of evidence and expert testimony can be contested in civil and criminal court. A conviction of sexual crime regardless if the charges started as False Memory Syndrome, carry jail and prison time, fines and sexual registration.
In order to protect your rights and freedom from charges evolving from a False Memory Syndrome charge, the assistance of an experienced criminal lawyer is important. A criminal defense attorney can challenge testimony, opposing expert witnesses, evidence and present your defense. An experience criminal defense attorney can also defend you against False Memory Syndrome charges from a minor that are manipulated by an over-zealous parent, guardian or therapist.
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