Welcome to Premier Defense Group

Have you or a loved one been accused of committing a sex crime involving a minor or child? If convicted, severe penalties such as a mandatory minimum prison sentence and lifetime sex offender registration requirements can be imposed. When the stakes are this high, receiving an experience-driven legal defense from a skilled sex crimes lawyer is of paramount importance.

A Law Firm Focusing Exclusively on Defending Individuals Charged with Sex Crimes

Premier Defense Group is dedicated entirely to defending individuals who have been charged with sex crimes, primarily those involving alleged child victims. Attorney Tom Pavlinic is the founder and lead attorney for the Group, and has spent the last 20+ years defending individuals only in cases involving alleged sexual crimes.

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

To see how this “team approach” has benefited former clients in 14 states, please review our case summaries on the results page.

Premier Defense Group Attorneys

First Row – Tom Pavlinic (Lead Counsel), Nellie King, Richard Finci, Ryan M. Cardoso, Patrick Jennings, Mark M. Mack, Jeff Coale

Second Row  – Maria Mena, Heather Barbieri, Matthew Clark, Jim Wronko, Ronald D. Philipps, Melinda R. Glaubke, Melanie Morgan

Do Not Panic or Lose Hope – We Are Here to Help You

If you have been accused of committing a sex crime against 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, the truth is that you are now in a position where your innocence must (in reality) be proven. Both the likelihood of a case dismissal or a judge’s or jury’s verdict as to innocence or guilt will be driven by how well your lawyer 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 be convicted of sex crimes without proper legal counsel.

Experience-Driven, Team Approach to Overcoming Sex Crime Charges

A mediocre legal defense for sexual abuse criminal charges is insufficient. Cases involving alleged sex crimes against minors or children can present inherently complex and sometimes unique legal challenges. Furthermore, should a trial be required for your case you will likely be facing a team of two prosecutors who are routinely assigned to these specific types of cases.

This highly effective approach used by prosecutors incorporates team effort and sex-crimes-specific experience, and in fact is the same approach that Attorney Tom Pavlinic utilizes when defending his clients. Tom’s extensive experience with these specific types of cases is a tremendous asset for his clients. Having been involved in so many such cases across the country, he knows what challenges to expect and is able to overcome or minimize certain challenges prior to trial, as well as during trial.

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 jointly as local counsel with Tom is equally important. Each Group criminal lawyer who works as a team 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 experience and advocate for their client with sincerity, passion and assertiveness. Attorney Tom Pavlinic is always the lead attorney in each case.

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.

CHARGES NOT FILED: When possible, Tom becomes involved at the very outset of a law enforcement investigation. Providing certain information at this stage has and can lead to a decision being made to not file charges.

CASE DISMISSAL: If charges have been field, the goal in any sex crimes case is to have the case dismissed. Therefore, a thorough pre-trial investigation is conducted 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 and local counsel will negotiate with the prosecution after assessing the strengths of the client’s case and the weaknesses of the prosecution’s case.

NOT-GUILTY BY TRIAL: Should a client’s case proceed to trial, he will be directly represented by two defense lawyers: Tom and a local co-counsel lawyer. Exhaustive pre-trial preparations will be conducted. As trial commences, both lawyers will work in tandem and underscore every piece of evidence that raises reasonable doubt and gives rise to 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

Attorney Tom Pavlinic and his team regularly represent clients in a multitude of states and jurisdictions. 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 day and night. We look forward to addressing any questions or concerns you might have.