Why Did I Ever Plead Guilty to a Sex Offense?
This is a question thousands of people ask themselves every day. Every day more and more people are placed on sex offender probation as a result of the Sex Sting operations run almost every month in Florida. In Pinellas County just this week in Operation Home Alone, thirty five people were arrested and charged with sex offenses including traveling to meet a minor or solicitation of a minor over the Internet. Many of these people were victims of police entrapment. I have been handling sex sting cases now for many years. If you are facing a sex sting charge, ultimately you will have to make a very tough decision. You will either have to accept a plea bargain or go to trial. In some instance, there is a third option. Some of the Courts are now throwing out selective cases where the criminal defense attorney can establish Entrapment as a matter of law.
If you use the public defender, and in some cases you may not have a choice, you may get an attorney assigned to your case who has no experience in handling sex sting cases. You may be pressured to take a plea deal. You really need to think twice about pleading to a sex crime. The consequences will follow you for life. Sex offender probation is really tough and the terms and conditions are really easy to violate. As a sex crime lawyer, it has been my experience that the probation officers are just looking for a reason to violate you. If you are on sex offender probation, you know what I mean.
If you are on an electronic monitor, you know how often it give a false alert and how often you have to go outside and “walk the box”. You know how tough it is to get a job. You know how tough it is to find a place to live that is not within a thousand feet of a prohibited area. Before you take a deal, you need to explore all the possibilities of winning the case or getting a plea deal to a non sex offense. In some cases, the facts are so stacked against you that you may have no choice but your lawyer really needs to leave no stone unturned in finding a way out.
I have been handling sex crimes now for almost thirty years and lately been involved defending clients of Sex Stings in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Lee,Charlotte, Manatee, Seminole and Sarasota Counties. It is not a hopeless situation. Hard work, knowing the law and aggressive representation can make a difference. Call today for a free consultation at 941 366 3506