Talk is cheap and you sometimes cannot rely on what you see on the Internet. Many of the paid ads are from lawyers who make a living signing up business and referring it to local lawyers. This is particularly true when it comes to out of town big city lawyers from Tampa and Miami. If you have a “lewd and lascivious with a minor”charge or a “sexual battery” charge here in Sarasota, Punta Gorda or Ft. Myers, you need to have someone with local knowledge, familiar with the local system and procedures.
Ask the lawyer to give you a list of the actual cases he has defended.
Many lawyers are fresh out of the prosecutor’s office and although they may have experience in prosecuting cases, they may have little experience in defending them. There is a world of difference between prosecuting and defending. Not all criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience defending sex crime allegations.
If you find yourself under investigation or under scrutiny because a step daughter, granddaughter or neighbor child has falsely accused you and you have not yet been arrested you need to talk to a real experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately.
The police will often make a “controlled call” from the young girl, secretly recording it, to get you to make admissions. Do not wait until the police call you to seek legal advice.
If you can afford your own lawyer, hire a good one. Some people jokingly refer to the Public Defender as the Public Pretender. This is not fair. There are some really good experienced lawyers in the Public Defender’s office that do a fantastic job. There are also some who have little real experience and new on the job. It is a lot like going to the public health clinic. You can’t pick the one you want. When it comes to private lawyers, there is one that advertises,big time, but seldom sees the courtroom. Make sure the lawyer your hire is the one who will try your case. Get that in writing.
Experience comes only with years and years of courtroom battles. I have been doing this for thirty plus years and the last thing you want is a sex offender defender pretender. Call an experienced sex crimes attorney.