I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that statement in reviewing the emails, texts and calls in Internet Sting cases. As a Sarasota criminal defense lawyer I have handled sex sting cases in Sarasota, Manatee, Polk, Seminole and Lee Counties. For some reason, people have the mistaken belief that if they ask someone if they are a cop, the undercover cop has to tell the truth. Nothing could be further from the truth. The police acting in an undercover capacity absolutely can lie. I see this in drug trafficking cases, traveling to meet a minor cases and Internet solicitation cases. In almost every sex sting case I handle, I see over and over the same thing in the chat strings. Why do people believe they have to tell the truth? Who knows?
The police regularly do all kinds of things to trick people into solicitation cases and traveling cases. They send suggestive pictures. They invite people over with sexy chats and emails. They tell them to bring condoms. They tell them to bring drugs. This is how they catch people. In many of the cases, it absolutely in entrapment but it takes a skilled experienced attorney to develop the evidence and get the case dismissed on win it in a jury trial. The big problem is most people do not have the money to hire a good experienced criminal lawyer. In most of the traveling cases, the State as a part of a plea offer wants at least 42 months in prison followed by sex offender registration and sex offender probation. A sentence like that will ruin your life forever. If a loved one has been busted in one of the operations like Green Shepherd in Bradenton or Operation Intercept in Sarasota and their case is still pending be sure they have real adequate representation. Unfortunately the public defender has an enormous caseload. They are good lawyers but terribly overworked. Call today for a free consultation. (941) 366-3506
More and more details are coming out about the latest sex sting in Polk County Florida. This is the ninth time the Sheriff there has run and Internet Sex Sting and the people still keep coming. Forty men and one woman were arrested in the latest sting. Most were charged with traveling to meet a minor and various other crimes relating to Internet sexting and use of a communication device to lure or seduce a child. As a sex crime lawyer, I have been blogging about this for almost two years warning people not to communicate with minor, much less cops. Sheriff Grady Judd is proud of the fact that he can lure people into his jurisdiction and arrest them. He claims to be protecting the citizens there. The truth is that the police are creating crimes, luring and entrapping people into coming into Polk County. Could it be because of the Federal Grant (money from the Feds) that is really at the bottom of this entrapment program? In the latest round up, many law abiding people were tricked into coming to Polk County only to get arrested and humiliated. The undercover detectives go on Adult sites looking for unsuspecting people to entrap. Entrapment occurs when the police lure and induce a person to do something they would not otherwise do. In Manatee County just this month (June 2013) two cases were dismissed by the Court based on the outrageous conduct of the police. The cases were dismissed based on entrapment as a matter of law. I have been defending sex cases for thirty years and am sickened at the way the police are doing these stings. The cops go on adult sites and lie about their age. They certify they are adults. They send enticing emails and texts. When they get the people hooked they mention that they are a minor. This is classic bait and switch. The problem is that they are destroying lives. I have learned not to judge people. I defend them, I don’t judge them. Many of these cases are defensible and no case is hopeless. If a loved one has been arrested you can call for a free consultation. To review my qualifications, visit my website at thesexoffenderdefender.com or call me in my Sarasota office at 941 366 3506