Backed by 15 Years' Experience as a Former State Prosecutor Specialized in Criminal Defense

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.

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.

Proven Record of Results

Award-Winning Experience on Your Side
  • All charges dropped. 2 Counts Battery
  • Reduced to 3 Counts. Wh/Adj 3 years probation. 5 Counts Possession of Child Pornography
  • Reduced to 2 counts. Wh/Adj and probation. 9 Counts - Possession of Child Pornography.
  • Not Guilty after Jury Trial Aggravated Assault with a Firearm
  • All charges Dropped. Aggravated Assault With Motor Vehicle
  • Reduced to Felony Battery, dismissed, sealed. Aggravated Battery
  • Reduced to Misd. Battery. Adjudication Withheld. Aggravated Battery
  • Case Dropped Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon)
  • All charges dropped. Aggravated Child Abuse
  • Case Dropped Aggravated Child Abuse

Our Clients Share Their Experience

Your Story Matters & We're Here to Help You
  • “Far surpassed my expectations”

    Jim

  • “Mr. Hessinger is an excellent Attorney.”

    Brittany R.

  • “Tim is well respected within the legal community.”

    Legal Professional

  • “Overall rating 5 STARs-Excellent!!!!”

    Anthony

  • “All charges being dropped”

    David

  • “We are so grateful beyond words as to hiring such a dedicated attorney who always had our back.”

    Vivianna

  • “Helped put a mistake I made behind me”

    Former Client

  • “One of the finest defense attorneys in the Tampa Bay”

    Legal Professional

  • “Tim is one of the best prosecutors & one of the best trial attorneys I have ever worked with.”

    Legal Professional

  • “He helped our entire family feel secure”

    Former Client

  • “He was professional, patient, knowledgeable, kind, helpful, and compassionate.”

    Diane C.

  • “He met every single goal that we had set.”

    Former Client

  • “I could have not made a better investment on my future and that of my family.”

    Former Client

  • “I have referred clients to him over the years with the confidence”

    Legal Professional

  • “Tim Hessinger has an impeccable back ground in law with years of experience and it was demonstrated many times during the case in which he represented me.”

    Robert

Benefits of Choosing Tim Hessinger for Your Case

Why Clients Are Choosing Us
  1. Confidential, complimentary initial consultations
  2. Accepting calls and cases 24 hours a day
  3. Exclusively devoted to criminal defense
  4. Impressive track record of charge reductions, acquittals, and dismissals
  5. 15 years of experience in the State Attorney's office
  6. Named Prosecutor of the Year in 2004
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