Premier Defense Group

Premier Defense Group

Premier Defense Group is a highly unique law firm that has devoted its entire law practice to aggressively defending individuals across the U.S. who have been charged with sexual crimes.

Firm Overview

A sex crimes criminal defense law practice dedicated to defending individuals falsely accused of child sexual abuse, molestation, rape, sexual assault, or any other sex crime.

Most notable cases: Com. v. Delbridge, 885 A.2d 27, State v. Plaskett, 27 P.3d 890

States of Past Cases: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia.

A Message from Premier Defense Group

When an individual is charged with a crime that is sexual in nature, he or she will likely not initially understand the gravity of the situation and the difficulty that lay ahead. Resultantly, a person might decide to speak with law enforcement or local social service authorities in an effort to explain his or her side of the story. What people often do not understand, however, is that when an allegation of a sexual crime is made, especially when the alleged victim is a child, the presumption that the accused is innocent until proven guilty seems to be inapplicable.

Very little effort is made by law enforcement and social service agencies to investigate whether such allegations could be false. Instead, the focus of their efforts is to obtain evidence that corroborates the allegations. The fact is that unless it was impossible for the act to have occurred, or the alleged victim recants his or her allegations, the case will move forward.

In cases involving minors, it is not uncommon for the chief or sole evidence to be presented at trial to be live testimony by the accuser along with recorded testimony of the accuser that is played in an effort to bolster the accuser's credibility. Additionally, certain out-of-court statements that would not be admissible in other types of cases are allowed specifically for these types of cases. For any person, this is a very scary situation because one's fate is dependent solely upon whose statements the judge or jury believes more.

This is exactly why such cases should be undertaken only by attorneys who have the expertise and resources needed to fully investigate and challenge each and every statement that is ever made by the accuser. Every inconsistency, contradiction, implausibility, and impossibility must be uncovered and presented at trial. The accuser's life history must be explored, which often creates legal battles due to privileged and protected information laws. Prejudicial information about the accused's past must be blocked from trial. At times experts must be hired to counter the prosecution's "social science" experts. Ultimately, a defense attorney must create a plethora of reasonable doubt based upon a small amount of evidence - this requires a tremendous amount of experience, time, and commitment.

Should you entrust the outcome of your case to Attorney Tom Pavlinic and his Group's lawyers, you can rest assured that you will receive the most robust, methodical and aggressive defense an attorney or law firm can offer. Please visit our website to read about the numerous cases we have won over the past years, and feel free to call for a free, private consultation any time.
Main Office
Main
1906 Towne Centre Boulevard
Suite 265
Annapolis  MD  21401
Phone
  • (800) 993-0632
Fax
  • (410) 266-9710
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Yes. Tom will meet with you and discuss your case at no cost.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Case fees typically range from $25,000 to $75,000 depending on the nature of the case. Although this is a large amount of money, the time, care and quality we put into our cases is invaluable. When your life is on line, you must reset your priorities, and do what you have to in order to acquire the best possible defense.

Office Information

Office Hours
24/7
Office Manager
Ellie and Sharron
Emergency After Hours
Yes
Languages Spoken
English, German

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Potentially.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

Tom Pavlinic is the lead defense attorney who will represent you throughout your case. Additionally, he will select an attorney from the firm to assist him. If none of the firm's attorneys practice in your local jurisdiction, Tom will carefully choose and partner with a top-notch attorney from your local area that has a strong and respected reputation and knows the "ropes" of your local court system. Together, there simply is no better defense team

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Being convicted of a sex crime carries disproportionate penalties, and may haunt you for the rest of your life if you are required to register as a sex offender. In most cases, we only accept pleas if an offer is made that does not include registration. Due to our "trial-attorneys" reputation, we often are offered such pleas.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

Rarely.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Our entire practice is devoted to sex crimes defense. Most general-practice attorneys do not have adequate experience in this area to properly defend their clients. We have handled sex crimes cases exclusively for the last 16 years.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

It'd advisable to be familiar with laws as they pertain to your case, but under no circumstances should you make legal decisions without first consulting with a competent sex crimes attorney.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes, in fact we routinely request such information from our clients.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

No. Unfortunately this is rarely a good idea.

Tom Pavlinic

Lead attorney Tom Pavlinic began practicing criminal law in 1973. In the early 1990's, he formed Premier Defense Group, which dedicated their entire practice to defending individuals falsely accused of sex crimes.

Tom Pavlinic is the lead defense attorney who will represent you throughout your case. Additionally, he will select an attorney from the firm to assist him. If none of the firm's attorneys practice in your local jurisdiction, Tom will carefully choose and partner with a top-notch attorney from your local area that has a strong and respected reputation and knows the "ropes" of your local court system. Together, there simply is no better defense team

License
  • Bar Number:
    Maryland , 2011

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