Tampa Solicitation of a Minor Defense Lawyer
Sex Crimes Attorney Representing Tampa
The sex crime of solicitation of sex with a minor can be extremely hard to fight. You will be up against not only the full weight of the legal system but facing tremendous battles on social and personal fronts. The public and the courts judge these offenses quite harshly and is very much inclined to prosecute them to the utmost. To keep out of prison and avoid being labeled a sexual offender or predator you are going to need the best possible Tampa sex crimes defense attorney that you can.
Keep in mind that the crime of solicitation occurs by the asking for sex, the suggestion of performing sexual actions or any such communication to lure, entice or invite a minor into some form of sexual activity. An actual meeting, physical contact or the performance of a sexual act does not need to take place. This means even sexually explicit text messages to a minor can be solicitation and can be prosecuted as a third-degree felony. If you actually travel any distance to meet the minor then the crime is treated as a second-degree felony and you could be looking at up to 15 years in prison.
Attorney Timothy Hessinger has 15 years of experience in the State Attorney's Office prosecuting such crimes. In fact, Mr. Hessinger wrote the manual that is currently used by prosecutors for sex crimes involving children. In his service as a prosecutor he worked on a daily basis with such agencies as: Help a Child, Inc., the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Child Protective Investigation Division of the Sheriff's Office (CPID). We understand how to build defenses that best counter the charges brought without creating sympathy or damage by appearing to attack the child.
Act Early, Act Fast
If you have been charged with an act of soliciting a minor it is critical that you act fast. The longer a time period between arrest and the actual start of a defense attack the lower your chances are of getting a case dismissed, getting charges reduced and avoiding a courtroom trial.
The need to act rapidly is critical. We know from our experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney that our early intervention can have a positive impact on the outcome of your case. We take proactive, pre-filing steps towards the following:
- Getting the charges dropped entirely
- Working to get the charges altered or reduced to prevent a sex offender designation
- Negotiating to avoid a felony charge and record
If you are up against charges of this nature then you must act quickly and contact a Tampa solicitation of a minor defense attorney
without delay. The sooner you act, the better your chances are that we can intervene and get charges dismissed or reduced.