The Truth About Internet Sex Stings
I have been blogging on internet sex stings for years. It still amazes me how effective the undercover cops are in seducing and enticing unsuspecting men on the Internet.
Many TV Networks and Newspapers reported the fact that Orlando Area Theme Park employees have been arrested in Internet sex stings. Most people see ‘Theme park employee’ and automatically assume guilt and that an actual child may be involved. The impression given on national television is that the park is crawling with child sex predators. I really wish CNN had focused a little more on the way Sheriff Grady Judd is running the stings. Everyone has seen Grady Judd on television bragging that he is keeping his County safe from pedophiles. The truth is that with the grant from ICAC he is justifying the millions received from the Department of Justice. The task force comprised of various members of the Florida Sheriff’s Association has run numerous stings, many of which originate in Polk and Lake County near the Disney park. The sex stings in many instances involve conduct that is clearly entrapment. They are not preventing crime in Polk and Lake county in Florida, they are creating it. These cases are not totally hopeless. There have now been a number of Court decisions finding that the police conduct constitutes entrapment as a matter of law. A few of the courts have actually dismissed cases before trial.
How to find a good sex sting criminal defense lawyer
If you or a loved one had been arrested, finding and hiring a good lawyer is a daunting task. You cannot rely on advertising alone. Being good at marketing or advertising does not necessarily mean that the lawyer is good in the Courtroom or effective in negotiating with prosecutors. Some lawyers advertise all over Florida and claim to have multiple offices in each County. Generally, these lawyers will speak with you on the phone and then refer your case to some local relatively inexperienced lawyer. You need to know that the lawyer you are talking to, the lawyer you are hiring, is the lawyer who will be by your side in the Courtroom. Experience and reputation are huge.
Things you need to know
Look into a lawyer’s education, background and experience. How long has he been defending cases? Does he have law enforcement experience? Does he practice in State and Federal Court? Has he ever been a prosecutor? Has he or she handled my type of case before? Does he specialize in certain types of cases? What role did they have in the cases they list as experience? All lawyers are not created equal. Insist on meeting personally with the lawyer. Does he make a good professional appearance? Does he understand the law? Does he listen to your problem? Does he understand your concerns? Is he being honest or just telling you what you want to hear? Does he promise specific results? Do not be tricked or fooled by false promises….Every person wants to hear things will be OK
Sex cases are tough but not impossible
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. No two sting cases are the same. If you have internet sex sting questions that need answers and you want an evaluation of your case, call Sex Crimes Criminal Defense Attorney Peter Aiken 941 366 3506 for a free consultation.