Virginia Sex Crime Defense Lawyers

Welcome To the Leading Sex Crimes Defense Law Firm

If you or a person you know has been or could be charged with a sex crime in Virginia such as rape, forcible sodomy, sexual battery, or taking indecent liberties with children please continue to read. Our law firm is unique in that we specialize exclusively in defending individuals who have been accused of sexual crimes against adults, and particularly against children and minors.

Our specializing in this area of law enables us to provide the level of legal defense that is often necessary to overcome the expertise of Virginia’s sex crime prosecutors. Choosing the sex crimes defense lawyer who is going to stand between you and the prosecutor in charge of your case is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.

Meet Attorney Tom Pavlinic

Should you decided to have Premier Defense Group on your side, your lead defense lawyer will be Attorney Tom Pavlinic who is a nationally recognized sex crime trial attorney with over 40 years of experience.

About 25 years ago he became increasingly concerned about the legal injustices and bias that individuals accused of sex crimes faced. Knowing that so many good people’s lives were being destroyed by accusations of child sexual abuse or other sexual acts, Tom decided to form a criminal defense law firm that would specialize in sex crimes defense. Since then, the expertise he has developed throughout his decades of representing clients facing such charges has made Premier Defense Group one of the nation’s top sex crimes criminal defense law firms.

Sex crime lawyers

First Row – Tom Pavlinic, Matthew Clark, Richard Finci, Charlotte Weinstein, Patrick Jennings, Robert Reno, Jeff Coale

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


Virginia Law FirmAlthough Premier Defense Group’s headquarters is located in Annapolis, Maryland, Attorney Pavlinic routinely represents individuals who have been charged with sex crimes in Virginia due to his ability to be admitted as defense counsel pro hac vice in any state in the U.S. Tom has practiced law for over 40 years, has navigated the court system in 13 cities/counties in Virginia, and is widely known by Commonwealth’s attorneys and judges. He has appeared in the following venues: Chesterfield, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hanover, Henrico, James City, Loudoun, Lynchburg, Norfolk, Northumberland, Northampton, Prince William, Portsmouth, Radford, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Washington.

When representing individuals in Virginia, Tom selects one of the Group’s seasoned sex crime lawyers or other local lawyer to work in conjunction with him. This has a twofold purpose: 1) it allows Tom to be admitted as defense counsel pro hac vice, and 2) it creates a team approach whereby Tom’s sex crimes expertise and local counsel’s local law expertise come together. He works only with lawyers who are well-known and highly respected in their local jurisdictions. Our firm has well-established co-counsel lawyers in Emory, Manassas, Norfolk and Richmond Virginia. It is important to understand that Tom is always the lead defense attorney who will represent you throughout your case and at trial should one be necessary.


Sex crime cases are very unique, and therefore require an attorney who through experience has developed a thorough understanding of the issues that make such cases so unique and challenging. One cannot overstate the necessity of hiring defense counsel who routinely undertakes the representation of individuals charged with sexual offenses, particularly those involving children.

Virginia law contains numerous legal exceptions that apply specifically to crimes of a sexual nature, particularly those involving minors – these exceptions are sometimes allowed with great latitude or inappropriately. Such exceptions include the “Rape shield law” (§ 18.2-67.7); “‘Prior sexual acts” (Va. Sup. Ct. R. 2:404); “Evidence of similar crimes in child sexual offense cases” (§ 18.2-67.7:1); “Child abuse hearsay exception” (§ 19.2-268.3); “Recent complaint of sexual assault hearsay exception” (§ 19.2-268.2, see also Wilson v. Commonwealth, 46 Va. App. 73); and “Multiple ‘victim’ merger” (Rule 3A:6(b), See Minor v. Commonwealth, 267 Va. 166, 591 S.E.2d 61).

Additionally, an understanding of specific legal statutes alone is insufficient to properly conduct a sex crime trial, should one be necessary. The necessity of legal expertise extends into other aspects of a sex crime case such as voir dire during jury selection; witness selection and preparation; demeanor and methodology during cross examination of alleged “sexual victims,” particularly children; inclusion of Defense medical and psychological experts; and a comprehensive yet effective closing argument delivery.


It is generally understood among defense lawyers that due to the complexity, difficulty and conviction consequences of sex crimes cases, one’s attorney should ethically attempt to resolve such cases should an acceptable plea bargain be offered. While this is true, an “acceptable” plea bargain often is not offered by prosecuting attorneys. It is especially in these instances that the accused should seek the representation of a seasoned sex crimes trial attorney such as Attorney Tom Pavlinic.

Some of our clients have come to us after getting a gut feeling that their current attorney just did not seem to have a proper understanding of the scope of their case, and/or was pressuring them into taking a questionable plea deal. This feeling tends to approach as the trial date approaches. While obtaining more-suitable counsel is always advised, making the right decision from the onset of your case is best.


If you have been charged in Virginia with Rape, Forcible sodomy, Aggravated sexual battery, Sexual abuse of a child, Carnal knowledge of a child, Taking indecent liberties with children or any other sex crime please do not hesitate to contact our office. You must immediately speak to a lawyer who has an expertise in this area of law in order to avoid making common mistakes. Call our law firm 24 hours/7 days a week at 800-993-0632 or SECURELY EMAIL US for a free, confidential legal consultation.