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32 - What is piecemeal disclosure and how does it affect my sex case?

Piecemeal disclosure refers to a term of art used by psychologists and other experts in sex crimes cases to explain why the victim of sex crime may continually change or add to his or her accusations.  Although you might expect the victim’s changing story to help your case, often times the opposite is true.  This is because the state has a number of expert witnesses that they can, and will, call at trial to explain why the victim reported the separate acts in piecemeal fashion.  These experts are often so qualified that they not only explain away any “bad facts” that hurt the state’s case against you, but they also strengthen the state’s case through their testimony.  Piecemeal disclosure is a significant legal issue that requires the expertise of an experienced criminal defense attorney who specializes in sex crimes to adequately combat the state’s expert witnesses.  

FAQ - Sex Crime Charges in Arizona