If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with and Internet sex sting charge like traveling to meet a minor or Internet solicitation of a child or attempted sexual battery on a child you are probably in shock. In all likelihood a judge has set a really high bond or no bond and the entire family is in turmoil. The Sheriff has probably appeared on television describing your loved one as a sexual predator. Do not panic. The first step is to hire a good qualified experienced lawyer that has an actual history of defending sex crime charges. We live in a world of paid advertising and it is really hard to tell which attorneys genuinely have experience.
Just because an attorney claims to have experience in this type of case doesn’t mean it is so. You need to find out how many Internet sex crime cases the attorney has actually defended. Talk is cheap. Ask for a list of sex crime and sex sting cases actually defended by the lawyer himself. Do not be bashful. Your future or the future of your loved one is in his or her hands. With a lawyers bar number you can actually look up and review real results, not just claims of success. No lawyer can ethically claim to be the best at anything. In criminal law, not every case can be won. What you need to be looking for is an attorney with a proven track record in defending tough sex crime charges. The Internet now is full of lawyers claiming experience in this area of sex stings and sex crimes. You need to find a lawyer experienced in actual sex crime defense, not just experience in advertising. Do not be buffaloed by claims or ratings or fancy titles. Do your homework.
When it comes to Internet sex stings, I have been defending “traveler” cases ever since Chris Hansen started his “To catch a predator show”. In the past three years alone I have defended over 25 actual sex sting cases in Lee, Sarasota, Hillsborough, Seminole, Brevard, Manatee and Pinellas Counties. I know how the police run the stings. I know exactly how sex sting task forces sidestep the ICAC guidelines and I know which cases stand a chance at trial and which ones do not. In all cases the goal is to not become a registered sex offender. Sex offender or sexual predator registration is a lifetime punishment. The goal is to stay out of State prison and hopefully even out of County jail. The goal is to not be on sex offender probation. There are lawyers that will tell you what you want to hear. I am not one of them. I will give you honest answers and help you set reasonable goals. Experience does make a difference in finding technical loopholes and defenses and in negotiating reasonable settlements with the prosecutors in a sex crime. “Our goal is to achieve the best possible result in your case” .Juries are tough in sex crime cases and you start off with two strikes against you. Public opinion and prejudice is against you in sex stings and crimes against children. Older jurors simply do not understand the modern Internet dating pitfalls. The truth is, nothing on the Internet, when it comes to dating or hooking up, is true. In the latest set of stings in Volusia and Manatee counties the undercover chatters pretended to be parents offering children for sex.
Each case has to be approached realistically with skill, determination and a thorough knowledge of the law. Beware of any attorney that promises a result. If you want straight answers and can handle the truth about sex crimes and their defense, call for a free consultation at 941 366 3506
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