Should I Take a Deal in a Sex Case?

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Probably one of the toughest decisions you will ever have to make is whether or not to accept a negotiated plea, a plea bargain, in a sex crime case. When you are charged with a sex crime like traveling to meet a minor, Internet solicitation of a minor, child pornography or date rape, ultimately you have to make a decision as to whether or not to go to trial or negotiate some type of plea. Unlike other types of crimes like possession of cocaine, possession of pill or driving on a suspended license, no two sex crime cases are alike. Every one of them are different. Deciding what to do is a hard call.
Most serious sex crime convictions have terrible consequences. All of them carry possible State prison sentences. That is not the big consequence. The real problem is becoming a registered sex offender. The real problem is becoming a registered sex offender. It affects where you can live, where you can work, where you can travel and your real personal freedom for the rest of your life. Sex offender probation is also tough. You have curfew, have to wear an electronic monitor, cannot live within a thousand feet of designated places like schools and have to go to all kinds of therapy, evaluation and counseling.
You only get good plea deals when you have an attorney that knows how to raise good defenses and negotiate with the prosecutors. You only get good deals from a position of strength and having a good chance of winning if you go to trial. The prosecutors almost always start off offering State time in prison as well as a sex conviction. It all depends on how strong the case is, whether or not the witnesses are strong and how bad the evidence is against you. Sex cases are tough but not impossible. Even when the cases seem hopeless and the evidence is against you, a good lawyer may be able to do damage control and get you a plea deal for a lesser offense or a lower sentence. Never give up hope.
I have resolved dozens of sex crime traveler cases in the last few years. In half of them we were able to get the charges reduced to non sex offenses like attempted child abuse, unlawful use of a two way communication device or some other computer crime. This is important because in those cases the client did not become a registered sex offender. In the non sex offense resolutions most of the men got probation. In the remaining cases where the evidence was overwhelming we were still able to get low sentences when we could show that the men were not really sex predators but merely made a terrible mistake in judgment.
You have to weigh the strength of the State’s case against the consequences of losing. The State also weighs the strength of their case against the defense lawyer they are coming up against. If the lawyer has not handled sex sting cases and is not familiar with defending them, generally, he will not get as good a deal. If the lawyer has not raised good defense issues, he will not get a good offer. In these types of cases the experience of the lawyer really matters a lot. Not all cases are winners. In some cases it is damage control. Having a good damage control lawyer can make a difference in years of your life. If you want to talk about your sex crime case feel free to call at 941 366 3506 or visit

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More Arrests Coming of Possession of Child Porn in Florida

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Law enforcement all across Florida has geared up and is now aggressively pursuing child pornography investigations, particularly cases involving peer to peer file sharing applications. They are now using modern computer technology to document and track kiddie porn to each and every computer. Innocent people can find themselves under investigation even if they have not done anything wrong. There is a problem with Comcast Infinity. Did you know that Comcast now makes your home a public “hot spot”? Take a look at the Comcast Infinity commercial now running on television. They advertise “millions of hot spots”. This is a huge problem for the general public. If your IP address is a public “hot spot”, a neighbor or even someone parked on the street can access child pornography using your IP address and to the police, it looks like it is coming or going to your house.
All Child pornography images have “hash values”. Law enforcement has identified thousands of existing images by these hash values. If a computer sends or receives a video or a photograph of child pornography, that fact is recorded and now law enforcement, using advanced technology can track incoming and outgoing images directly to households. For all you know, a member of your household could be viewing illegal images without your knowledge. They can view internet child pornography delete it and it is still on your computer. Your next door neighbor could be using your IP address without your knowledge and before you know it, the Sheriff or the FDLE will be at your door. There is a major push going one right now coming down on possession of internet child pornography, downloading child pornography and viewing internet child pornography in Manatee, Sarasota and Lee Counties and over the next several months there are going to be a lot of arrests. Do not become an innocent victim.
In America, you have the right to remain silent and the police are supposed to advise you of your rights. They get around this by tricking you into talking and not telling you about this important right. Never submit to a police questioning without talking to a lawyer first. The truth will not set you free and what you say can be twisted and deemed to be an admission. If you think you are under investigation for possession of child pornography or transmission of child pornography or if a loved one has been arrested on a possession of child pornography charge, call today for a free consultation with an experienced Sex Crimes Attorney : Sarasota 941 366 3506 Bradenton 941-366-3506 and Fort Myers 239-334-8890

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