Sex Offenses / Rape Charges in Pinellas County

St. Petersburg Sex Crime Lawyer

The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger upholds your presumption of innocence and your right to challenge sex crime accusations. As a former prosecutor, our experienced criminal defense attorney has handled the most serious and highly sensationalized sexual offenses.

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Defense of Sex Crime Allegations

Trial lawyer Timothy Hessinger was a long-time prosecutor in the Pinellas County State Attorney's Office. In the Major Crime Division, Mr. Hessinger handled numerous high-profile sex cases — serial rape, child abduction and capital sexual battery, and other sex offenses involving teachers, police officers, clergy, youth organization leaders and others in the public eye or positions of authority.

If you choose the proven defense of our firm, you can be confident that:

  • We vigorously represent you on the criminal charges.
  • We fight to keep you from having to register as a sex offender.
  • We have experience dealing with the media in sex cases.

Experienced Representation in High-Profile Sex Offenses

Contact us immediately if you are charged or under investigation for:

  • Sexual battery (rape) and date rape
  • Aggravated sexual battery (bodily harm or special victims)
  • Lewd or lascivious acts (sex crimes against children under 16)
  • Unlawful sexual activity (statutory rape)
  • Internet solicitation of minors
  • Child pornography
  • Soliciting/prostitution/pandering
  • Indecent exposure

Preparing your defense requires an understanding of how law enforcement investigates sex crimes. (In fact, Mr. Hessinger wrote the manual currently used in child sex cases.) Because of the high stakes, we have to scrutinize the evidence and the victim's credibility: DNA rape kits and chain of custody, identification procedures, inconsistent stories or motivations to fabricate accusations, and constitutional issues relating to searches and arrest.

Our team's experience and our familiarity with the state investigating agencies that assist law enforcement (D.C.F., C.P.I.D., Help-a- Child) helps us (a) avoid unwarranted charges that destroy careers or (b) work out reduced charges and sentencing alternatives. We are proactive with psychological testing and counseling to convince the authorities that our client is not at risk to re-offend.

Contact us by e-mail or call us (888) 863-7415 for a free initial consultation. We handle sex crime cases in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County.

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