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Crestview Sex Crimes Attorney

There is no easy way to say it, but people assume the worst when someone they know is accused of a sex crime. This is especially true in a small town like Crestview. The only way to win back your reputation and get your life back on track is to fight. The State will not roll over. This will not just “go away”. Your freedom and your good name must be taken back.

I don’t care what you’re accused of doing. You are a human being and you deserve to have someone in your corner who will fight for you. I will not judge you; I’ll defend you.

My name is Tim Flaherty. I have been defending Crestview residents, military members, and visitors accused of sex crimes since 2001. Over the years, I have learned what works, and what doesn’t work, when it comes to fighting these charges. A very meticulous approach is required, with a high degree of skill. That level of skill only comes from years of experience defending sexually related charges.

What should I say if the police want to talk to me about a sex crime in Crestview?

If the police want to talk to you about an open investigation for a sex crime, that means they already think you are guilty. It also means they have talked to the alleged victim, and they believe their story.

My advice is to tell the police that you will not talk to them with your attorney. This advice is more important in sex crime investigations because these types of cases are usually he said/she said. So don’t do their job for them by incriminating yourself. Politely, but clearly, tell them that you will not answer any questions without your attorney.

If you have already given a statement, and the police want to talk to you again, call me anytime, day or night, at (850) 243-6097. I will call the officer and tell him/her that you are represented by counsel and they are not allowed to talk to you without me there.

Sex Offenses In Crestview

There are numerous different sexually related crimes in Florida, but the following are the 4 most common ones I see in Crestview. Click on each of them for more detail:

What are the penalties for a sex crime in Crestview?

All sexually related crimes in Florida are felony charges that carry a potential prison sentence. All of the ones listed above also require a designation as a sexual offender that will stay with you for the rest of your life if you are convicted.

There are several factors that can affect the potential sentence. If you click the links above, I have specific information about the possible sentence for each of them.

To summarize, Sexual Battery and Lewd or Lascivious crimes will be charged as either a first or second degree felony.

  • A second degree felony has a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
  • A first degree felony has a maximum sentence of 30 years to life in prison.

Protect Yourself after an Arrest for a Sex Crime in Crestview

I understand that it may seem hopeless when you see that you’re facing such a long prison sentence. You might be feeling like there is no way out of this and that your life, as you know it, is over.

Please do not let yourself fall into that trap. If you give up, the system will run right over you and take you away from your loved ones.

As you think about your options, keep this in mind: Right now, you have only been accused. You are presumed innocent under the law and you have NOT been convicted of anything yet. In other words, you still have a chance to prevent the worst case scenario from happening.

Should I just let the public defender represent me?

If you are considering just going with the public defender, that is fine, but before you decide, please take a minute and review the page I wrote about a public defender vs a private attorney. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How much is my freedom worth?
  • How much is getting to see my kids grow up worth?
  • If you’re a young person just starting out in life as an adult, how much is your future worth?

I want to hire an attorney, but I don’t know how to choose the right Crestview attorney?

If you have decided that you want to hire a private attorney, but you don’t know how to choose, here is a suggestion: Call several attorneys. Meet with them. Get a sense of how they approach their cases. See if they will treat you like a person, or just a case number.

All attorneys are NOT the same. Whether you hire me, or someone else, you need to hire the best criminal defense attorney you can find. This decision will have a bigger impact on the outcome of your case than anything else.

I would like to be one of the attorneys that you call. I’ll be glad to meet with you, no charge, and explain your options and what I offer.

The next step is up to you.

If you have been accused of a sex crime in Crestview, call (850) 243-6097.

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