Gainesville Internet Solicitation and Computer Sex Sting Lawyer
Board Certified Alachua County and Gainesville Criminal Trial Expert
Internet sex crimes have become increasingly common within the last decade. While you may not think that you can be arrested for having a conversation in an online forum or using a chat feature on a social network, the reality is that you can. Law enforcement devote much time and resources into setting up these online stings to catch those that are suspected of trying to engage in sex with minors. Police will often start these conversations in chat rooms and then try and get the other party to exchange their phone number and continue their chats via text. This will often lead to pictures being swapped, more in-depth conversations with sexual undertones, and then ultimately, a meetup will be discussed. Even if you never have any intentions of meeting up, you can still be arrested and charged with a sex crime.
If you have found yourself caught up in an undercover Internet sex sting and facing very serious charges, you are not alone. Our Gainesville Internet Solicitation and Computer Sex Sting Lawyers at Whittel & Melton have represented numerous clients in similar situations that are now looking at years behind bars and a lifetime on the sex offender registry. When possible, we do everything we can to negotiate with prosecutors to have these offenses reduced to non-sex offense. We know that being labeled a sex offender means that landlords won’t rent to you and that you will have a lot of trouble obtaining employment. We do not want to see your life ruined, so we encourage you to act fast and let us help you develop the best possible defense strategy for your needs.Former Prosecutors Defending Those Accused of Sex Crimes in Gainesville
As former prosecutors, we know the inner workings of the legal system and how these cases are built. We can put our knowledge and experience to work for your case. We will negotiate on your behalf and are not afraid to see your case through to trial if need be. Our goal is to make sure you are informed of your rights and keep you updated throughout every stage of your case so that together we can be successful. We want to achieve an outcome that you can live with.
If you have been arrested for Internet solicitation in Gainesville or elsewhere in Alachua County, please let us help defend you from these charges. We know the severity of your situation and that you are likely scared of the potential consequences of a conviction. We are on your side and want to help you through this dark time in your life. We strongly encourage you to act fast and call us at 352-264-7800 or contact us online to learn more about how we may be able to help you. A consultation with us is always free of charge and we will be open and honest with you about your case.Gainesville Internet Sex Crimes are All Fact Specific
Internet solicitation cases all boil down to facts. Who made contact first? Who suggested a sexual encounter? Was the age of the “victim” made clear? What evidence is there that you were the one on the other end of the chat? What words were actually used? What was the context? Were pictures or images swapped? Was a meetup ever actually planned? What IP address was being used and where? These are just some of the questions that will come up and how we will build a defense strategy unique to the facts for your case.
If you are the target of an Internet sex crime investigation, then our Gainesville Internet Solicitation and Computer Sex Sting Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help. We cannot stress how important it is for you to invoke your right to remain silent following an arrest. We know that you may want to clear up your name, but trying to talk your way out of the situation can backfire and your words can be twisted to be used against you. We strongly recommend that you be polite and just request to speak with your lawyer. This is the best way to protect yourself and avoid making your situation worse. In a majority of cases, once we are involved, we can avoid any formal charges from being filed by explaining possible misunderstandings and how you wrongly became a suspect. If your case does move forward, then we will fight aggressively to pursue the best possible outcome.Contact Us Today
We welcome you to call our Gainesville Internet Solicitation and Computer Sex Sting Lawyers at Whittel & Melton today at 352-264-7800 or contact us online for a completely free, no-obligation consultation. We will sit down and go over the facts of your case and listen to your version of events. From there, we will give you our honest feedback and answer all of your questions. Again, your initial consultation is free of charge and confidential.