If you are under investigation or have already been charged with a sexual offense in Maryland, now is the time to consult with an experienced Maryland sex crimes lawyer. Lead by Attorney Thomas A. Pavlinic who specializes in sex crimes defense, our law group’s sole focus is defending individuals who have been accused of alleged sexual crimes against adults and particularly against minors. We understand what you are going through, as we have represented numerous people who have been in your unfortunate situation.
If you are now in the process of seeking legal counsel, be careful and choose wisely. Choosing the sex crime defense attorney who is going to stand between you and the prosecutor in charge of your case is one of the most impactful decisions you will ever make. Also known as “state’s attorneys,” Maryland’s sex crime prosecutors are often assigned solely to sex crimes cases and work as a team; therefore, their expertise and team approach presents a formidable challenge to any defense attorney.
MEET MARYLAND SEX CRIMES ATTORNEY TOM PAVLINIC
Should you chose Premier Defense Group to undertake your legal representation, your defense lawyer will be Attorney Tom Pavlinic who leads the Group. Tom is a nationally experienced sex crimes trial attorney with over 40 years of experience, including 20+ years of sex crimes defense experience. He resides locally in Annapolis, Maryland where he began specializing in sex crimes cases in the mid 90’s.
Because Attorney Tom Pavlinic has the ability to be admitted as defense counsel pro hac vice in any state in the U.S., he has tried cases throughout the county. However, Premier Defense Group’s headquarters is located in Anne Arundel County, Annapolis, Maryland. Tom has navigated the court system in 23 counties throughout Maryland, and is widely known by state’s attorneys and judges.
Depending upon your preference, Attorney Pavlinic can be the sole defense lawyer in your representation, or can work in conjunction with another seasoned Group attorney in your local area who serves as co-counsel. Whether working alone or as a team, Tom is always the lead defense attorney who will represent you throughout your case, including at trial should one be necessary.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HIRING AN EXPERIENCED SEX CRIMES ATTORNEY
One cannot overstate the importance of hiring legal counsel who routinely represents individuals charged with sexual offenses, particularly those against children. Sex crime cases are very unique; therefore, your attorney should have a thorough understanding, and ability to overcome, the obstacles that make such cases so challenging.
Among the unique obstacles that such cases present is Maryland’s law, which contains numerous legal exceptions that apply specifically to crimes of a sexual nature (particularly those involving minors). These exceptions are prosecutors’ most powerful weapons.
Such exceptions in Maryland’s law include:
- the ‘Rape Shield Law’ (§ 3-319) which can shield evidence of an alleged victim’s prior sexual conduct (or misconduct);
- the ‘Sexual Propensity Exception’ (Rule 5-404(b) which can permit evidence of other crimes, wrongs, or acts committed by a defendant (see also Thompson v. State, 412 Md. 497);
- the ‘Child Hearsay Exception’ (§ 11-304) which can permit into evidence out-of-court statements (otherwise considered hearsay) by children;
- the “Prompt Complaint of Sexually Assaultive Behavior” exception (Rule 5-802.1(d)) which can permit into evidence prompt complaints of sexually assaultive behavior (otherwise considered hearsay); and,
- the ‘Expanded Indictment Exception’ (see Harmony v. State, 88 Md. App. 306) which provides that prosecutors are not required to prove, when the alleged victim is a child, that a certain act happened on a specific date.
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Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor sex offense in Maryland such as Sexual offense in the 4th degree, or have been charged with a serious felony offense such as Rape, Sexual abuse of a minor, or Continuing course of conduct with child, any conviction could carry a lengthy prison sentence as well as sex offender registration requirements.
Please do not hesitate to contact our office. The earlier you act, the sooner we will be able to begin planning and preparing your defense. You can reach us 24/7. Call for a free consultation at 800-993-0632, or email us to schedule one. Our office is located at 1906 Towne Centre Boulevard, Suite 265; Annapolis, Maryland.