Maryland Sex Crimes Lawyer

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 wrongly accused of 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.


Attorney Tom Pavlinic during trialShould 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. This “team approach” benefits clients by creating a defense team that incorporates Tom’s sex crimes expertise with a local Group attorney’s jurisdictional law and procedure knowledge. 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.


Maryland sex crimes lawyerSex 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. One cannot overstate the importance of hiring legal counsel who routinely represents individuals charged with sexual offenses, particularly those against children.

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 include the ‘Rape Shield Law’ (§ 3-319), ‘Sexual Propensity Exception’ (Rule 5-404(b); see also Thompson v. State, 412 Md. 497), ‘Child Hearsay Exception’ (§ 11-304), “Prompt Complaint of Sexually Assault Behavior” (Rule 5-802.1(d)), ‘Expanded Indictment Exception’ (see Harmony v. State, 88 Md. App. 306), and “Wire Tap Exception” (§ 10-402(c)(2)(ii)).


If you have been charged in Maryland with Rape, Sexual offense in the 3rd or 4th degree, Sexual abuse of a minor, Continuing course of conduct with child, or any other sex crime 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, confidential consultation at 800-993-0632, or email us to schedule one. Our office is located at 1906 Towne Centre Boulevard, Suite 265; Annapolis, Maryland.