Child Protective Services (CPS)
When a child is thought to have been sexually abused, Child Protective Services will get involved. Although they are not the police, there are still important things that you should know about them. Like law enforcement, do not talk to them without a lawyer by your side.
With the advent of the Internet, law enforcement has made this a focus of prosecution in the last decade. With the proliferation of the Internet, child pornography has become ubiquitous. I remember when this was a non-existent crime. Although it was always against the law to possess photos of children engaging in sex acts, the difficulty in obtaining such images made the crime rare. That has changed with the Internet.
Most individuals arrested for prostitution are victims of police stings. Officers pose as prostitutes, walking the streets or prowling hotel bars. They also pretend to be prostitutes on online services such as Craigslist.com. The purpose of these “stings” is to catch would be purchasers of sexual services.
Often, the police are interested in arresting as many people as possible in one operation. As a result, they can get sloppy. Although they may attempt to record the transaction, I have found that the recordings are often of poor quality and incomprehensible. In addition, because of their zeal in making their quota of arrests, the information produced in their offense reports is usually inadequate or confused. It is important that anyone arrested for prostitution hire a lawyer who is willing to do the necessary investigation to determine whether the prosecution actually has sufficient evidence to make their case. Many times, they do not.
Employers, future love interests and even divorce lawyers check the criminal record of their applicants and adversaries. There is hardly any crime more embarrassing than prostitution. It is absolutely necessary that a lawyer who represents a client charged with this crime be sensitive to this reality. I don’t take this crime lightly. In every criminal case, including prostitution, I defend clients as if their life and future is at stake!
You may have learned that there is a warrant for your arrest accusing you of aggravated sexual assault against a child, or you are about to be sued for monetary damages after an alleged sexual assault and are afraid you are about to be arrested. If there is an investigation in progress in its pre-arrest phase, I can monitor the investigation and prevent you from being arrested at work or in front of your neighbors or family. The best advice I can give anyone who is accused of sexual misconduct is to seek qualified criminal representation.
At trial, I vigorously present your defense and challenge the state’s case. I use my cross-examination skills to expose exaggerations, falsehoods and lies. I urge you to contact me for a confidential interview.