Welcome to Premier Defense Group

Defending Individuals Charged with Sex Crimes in States Across the Country

Premier Defense Group is dedicated entirely to defending individuals who have been charged with sex crimes. Attorney Tom Pavlinic is the founder and lead defense attorney for the Group. Tom has a total of 45 years of criminal defense experience, is licensed to practice in Maryland and has spent the last 20+ years of his career defending individuals nationwide in cases involving alleged sexual crimes, primarily those involving child complainants.

Additionally, Tom is joined by select criminal defense lawyers licensed in states across the country. These Group lawyers maintain their own independent law firms, but work as local counsel with Tom in sex crimes cases when such cases are in their respective jurisdictions. This “team approach” allows Tom to jointly represent clients as pro hac vice counsel on a national basis and creates a powerful defense team for clients.

Shown below are Tom and Group lawyers licensed in multiple states who work as local counsel with Tom. To see how this approach has benefited past clients in 14 states, please review our results page.

Premier Defense Group Attorneys

First Row [Attorney’s Name (Licensed in)] – Tom Pavlinic, Lead Counsel (Maryland), Nellie King (Florida), Richard Finci (Maryland, D.C.), Ryan M. Cardoso (Florida), Patrick Jennings (New York, New Jersey), Mark M. Mack (Pennsylvania), Jeff Coale (Virginia)

Second Row  – Maria Mena (Maryland), Heather Barbieri (Texas), Matthew Clark (West Virginia), Jim Wronko (New Jersey), Ronald D. Philipps (Delaware), Melinda R. Glaubke (Virginia), Melanie Morgan (Kansas)

Have You Been Accused of Committing a Sex Crime?

If you have been accused of committing a sex crime, whether against an adult or a minor, you are likely experiencing disbelief and are searching for guidance. Do not panic or lose hope. Anyone can accuse anyone of anything, but simply being accused or even charged does not mean that you will be stripped of your freedom and labeled a sex offender. Guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to a judge or jury, should a trial be necessary.

Regardless of how innocent you actually are, however, both the likelihood of a case dismissal and a judge’s or jury’s verdict as to innocence or guilt are driven by how well your attorney argues the applicable laws, the “evidence” against you, and your side of the story. One only needs to view the The National Registry of Exonerations to learn that innocent people can indeed be convicted of sex crimes based upon a false accusation.

Experience-Driven Legal Defense for the Accused

A conviction for a charge of sexual assault or rape (especially if the alleged victim is a child) can result in severe penalties such as a mandatory minimum prison sentence, or even a mandatory life prison sentence. When the stakes are this high, receiving an experience-driven legal defense from a skilled sex crimes lawyer is of paramount importance.

Like other types of cases, those involving alleged sex crimes can present inherent legal challenges that should be expected, and must be appropriately circumvented by defense counsel. Having been involved in so many such cases across the country, Tom has repeatedly encountered these challenges. He knows what to expect, especially in cases involving child complainants, and is able to overcome or minimize certain challenges prior to trial and during trial. You can read more about his legal experience with these specific types of cases here.

Tom and co-counsel defending a client at trial.

Tom and local counsel, Belinda Haynie, defend a WV magistrate against false accusations of sexual abuse. Click the image to see the case result.

Additionally, because each state has unique sex offense statutes, court procedures and rules of evidence, the Group lawyer who works as local counsel with Tom is equally important. Each criminal lawyer who works with Tom is highly experienced with the applicable laws that govern his or her local jurisdiction, and serves as a local point of contact for the client. Together, Tom and local counsel combine their skill sets and advocate for their client with sincerity, passion and assertiveness.

Achieving a Desirable Outcome for Each Client

In the end, all that matters is achieving the best possible outcome for each client. Because each client’s case is different and presents its own balance of strengths and weaknesses, there are three basic methods of resolving each case that can be explored.

CASE DISMISSAL: Although Tom is veteran trial attorney, his foremost goal in any sex crimes case is to have the case dismissed. Therefore, a thorough pre-trial investigation is conducted from the very outset of each case, which can involve private investigation, depositions and pre-trial taint hearings. In 2018, two of his clients’ cases were dismissed as a result of this undertaking (see State v. T.R., 2018; and Court Martial, 2018 in our case results.)

PLEA BARGAIN: Should a client desire to explore the possibility of reaching an acceptable plea bargain, Tom will negotiate with the prosecution after assessing the strengths of the client’s case and the weaknesses of the prosecution’s case. However, he will always carefully advise the client as to the pros and cons of forfeiting his constitutional right to a trial. Generally, Tom does not endorse plea deals that involve prolonged sex offender registration.

TRIAL: Should a client’s case proceed to trial, he will be directly represented by two defense lawyers: Tom and a Group co-counsel lawyer. Together, they will prepare a defense that capitalizes on the strengths of the case, and minimizes the impact of any weaknesses the case may have. As trial commences, each of the lawyers will have an integral role, and together will underscore every piece of evidence that raises reasonable doubt and gives rise to alternative explanations as to why the allegations might have arisen.

A thorough review of our case results and testimonials will make evident the level of preparation, commitment and legal savvy that each of our cases receives.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

Tom represents clients nationwide. If you have been contacted by police, believe that you are under investigation, or simply believe that you are being accused, please call 800-993-0632 or use our contact form. Our phone is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.