Tom Pavlinic has been a practicing criminal defense attorney for 40 years. About 20 years ago, the focus of his practice shifted to representing those falsely accused of child sex abuse and other sex crimes. He has since then devoted his practice exclusively to winning sex crime cases, and has successfully defended numerous clients in over 20 states across the country. Read Tom's complete biography to get a more in-depth look at his experience.
Recognizing the need for those charged with sex offenses to have the very best representation, Tom developed the group concept that characterizes his practice today. Because he has a boutique criminal defense practice, he handles all of his cases himself, but always with a competent co-counsel. When those cases are in the State of Maryland, Charlotte Weinstein co-counsels with him.
Out-of-state cases are handled differently. Because Tom is admitted to the Maryland State Bar, when he practices in other jurisdictions, he must associate with a local lawyer who can admit him to the court pro hac vice. This is a legal term that permits an out-of-state attorney to represent a client in conjunction with an attorney licensed to practice in that state. Only highly seasoned, competent and experienced attorneys are selected to serve as local counsel with Tom. Each of these lawyers has a strong reputation and a proven track record in his or her home state.
When these attorneys are brought on board to serve as co-counsel, a team is formed for the client's benefit. There are no bickering or ego issues between the attorneys about how the defense will be handled. Rather, the client benefits by having input from both counsel, working in tandem. Each lawyer plays a role that best emphasizes his strengths and suits the needs of the client's case.
Review our sex crimes defense success stories to see how this concept is implemented for your benefit.
The Right Kind of Experience
Every criminal case is different. The skills and strategy that work in one type of case may be completely different from those needed to win another type of case. We know first hand how important the right type of experience is to winning cases.
We understand how important it is to have Tom work with the best local counsel possible, a lawyer who has had prior experience defending cases like yours. We don't subscribe to the "Jack-of-All-Trades" model for criminal defense attorneys. Certain types of cases require a degree of sophistication. One only has to see that prosecutors are assigned to specific areas of the law. There are different divisions for murder, drug, property and, of course, sex offenses. If the right team cannot be assembled, then we are unwilling to assume the responsibility for your defense.
Collectively, the attorneys in our Group have over 250 years of experience in criminal defense, earning outstanding results in literally thousands of criminal cases. There is no substitute for this vast pool of real-life experience when building a defense team. We have represented others for the same charges that you may now be facing.
We are every bit as careful in selecting our attorneys as we are in selecting our clients. We know from our association on previous cases that our co-counsel are (i) competent, (ii) experienced and (iii) in good standing with their respective Bars. Our Group has spent many years working together. We treat every attorney-client relationship as a lifelong commitment. This is reflected in our reputation among our clients and throughout the legal community.
Our Code of Ethics
Use the most experienced and successful attorneys in the nation.
Tom takes great care to select proper local counsel for each of his cases. We do not use "junior" or entry-level attorneys. Every client deserves a vigorous defense, and each member of the group provides this as a matter of pride and principle.
Build a complete defense team for each case.
The prosecution has nearly unlimited resources to prosecute its cases. Mounting an effective defense requires a team approach of investigators, defense attorneys and experts that can level the playing field and defeat the prosecution. Our experience and legal network allow us to affordably build a proper defense team for each of our clients.
Never subcontract cases to other firms.
The Internet is full of marketing entities that present themselves as law firms. They accept your money and then farm your case out to outside counsel, who is often selected for financial reasons. Tom takes direct and personal responsibility for every case and does not believe in this deceptive business practice.
Prepare to win in court.
When facing criminal charges, you generally get one chance to defend yourself. Taking the time to prepare a case for trial can often be the best way to avoid a trial in the first place. We will never rush to a plea bargain that sacrifices your rights and freedom for the sake of convenience or to save money. Our trial strategy, regardless of how time-consuming, must protect and promote your best interests.
Contact Us Now
If you or someone you know has been charged with or suspected of a crime, call us immediately at
800-993-0632 to speak with an experienced attorney 24 hours a day. We are ready to help.