Probably unlike any other type of criminal charge, experience matters when it comes to defending a person accused of committing a sex crime. Even the best and most talented criminal defense attorneys will struggle when defending these allegations until they have significant experience dealing with the chaos of sex offense allegations. Unfortunately, the psychology and strategy involved in these types of cases can’t be learned in law school or even in a seminar, in our opinion. It takes years and years of handling sex offense cases to properly understand how different the strategy can be when compared to other types of criminal allegations. When an accuser has made up a story, for example, even when lies have been exposed, it is very difficult for prosecutors and victim’s advocates to stop believing the accuser. This is especially true when the accuser is a young child. Learning the family dynamics, and finding the possible motivations of the accuser are just two essential matters that need to be investigated. The style of the criminal defense lawyer when dealing with the accuser in depositions is so critical to the success of the case, that the wrong approach could seriously damage the chances of victory. Should the defense lawyer be nice during the deposition? Should he be aggressive? should he reveal facts that he knows to be true in order to scare the accuser into telling the truth? Should the defense lawyer choose to reveal to the prosecutor what are believed to be the motivation behind the accuser’s lies, or wait until trial? These are just a few of the important questions. The answers aren’t learned in law books. They are learned on the job and from experience. The lawyers in our firm have represented hundreds of clients accused of these crimes and every case adds to the knowledge base.
Over the course of 90+ years of collective experience, The Criminal Defense Team has successfully defended clients accused of such life-altering crimes as rape, child molesting and other related charges. Some of those victories have involved charges that have been dismissed. Other victories have involved winning at trial. We have combined experience in more than 300 jury trials. Of course, our criminal defense lawyers would tell you that no charges will ever get dismissed unless you are ready, willing and able to actually push the prosecutor to participate in the ultimate high stakes game – jury trial. If a person accused of a sex crime is being represented by a weak-kneed defense lawyer who has little experience in sex crimes, the seasoned sex offense prosecutor will have no fear that a trial will actually take place and will run roughshod over the defendant. Using our experience and reputation as trial lawyers, we fight for our clients freedom and reputation. There are many strategies we employ to aid in victory. These are strategies that we have picked up over decades and decades of combined experience. If you or a loved one is accused of such a life-altering crime, please contact the Criminal Defense Team as soon as possible before you make mistakes that could forever alter your life. Don’t bury your head in the sand and hope everything goes away. Also, it is our opinion and experience that talking to anyone, especially police who will want to fool you into believing that they have your best interest at stake, is a huge mistake. We have seen these statements used against our clients time and again. If you hire our team quickly, we will deal with the police. Once you find out that an accusation has been made, you should immediately contact experienced lawyers who will know what to do in those early crucial moments. Let us use our experience to obtain the best practical outcome.
The Criminal Defense Team always is mindful of the life altering effects of a criminal conviction for a sex offense, including the debilitating effects of having to register as a sex offender. Sometimes the sex offense registry becomes a deal breaker in terms of working out a plea agreement with the lawyers of the Criminal Defense Team. Very often our experienced criminal defense lawyers will advise our clients to push a case to trial unless the prosecutor agrees to drop the charge to something where the client will not have to register as a sex offender. This request is usually met with heavy resistance from the prosecutor and leads to very contentious plea negotiations. Sometimes we actually find ourselves trying to convince our clients to trust our judgment and push to trial rather than be saddled with a plea that will include a sex offense registry. For example, often we will receive a plea agreement on a sex offense case where, in order to avoid trial, the prosecutor will offer a plea where the client will receive absolutely no prison time, however the client will have to register as a sex offender. It is a tempting offer to accept. However, many times we have talked our client out of accepting the plea in order to receive a better plea in which the client will also not have to register as a sex offender. Often, the prosecutor will relent to avoid trial and alter the plea so that our client avoids the registry. In some instances the prosecutor has even dismissed charges when we have rejected their plea offer. Imagine that, because of the aggressive nature of our lawyers, the client not only avoided prison, but even the debilitating effects of a sex offense registry. Ultimately, it is the client’s decision whether to accept a plea. However, having experienced and aggressive lawyers that are willing to push a client to find courage to fight for a better outcome and reject a plea involving no prison is a rare thing and should give comfort to our clients that we have their best interest at heart. Having a trial reputation is an incredibly valuable asset for our clients. We can recount story after story where pushing the case toward trial ultimately resulted in dismissed charges or a plea in which the sex offense registry was not required as a term of the plea. Experience and trial reputation are the key ingredients to those types of outcomes. The Criminal Defense Team has both. Let our experienced, board certified attorneys fight for you.