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35 Men Arrested in Manatee County During “Operation Green Shepherd II”

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested 35 men in the second installment of “Operation Green Shepherd.” During the online sex sting, detectives trolled the internet posing as an underage child in an attempt to set up a meeting at a house. The men who arrived at the house were met at the door by deputies who quickly arrested them with cameras filming the whole thing.

The men arrested are being charged with travel to seduce/solicit/entice a child to commit a sexual act, use of a computer to seduce/solicit/entice a child to commit a sexual act, and attempted lewd and lascivious. With this latest sting, the number of men arrested during the last six months in Sarasota and Manatee County for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor increased to more than 100.

Getting Arrested in an “Undercover Online Sex Sting.”

As we’ve seen with the media coverage of “Operation Green Shepherd II,” the names and careers of those arrested are in the headlines. Now a teacher, U.S. Dept. of Defense employee, a youth choir leader, and a nursing assistant have all been labeled “sexual predators” before getting a chance to fight the charges in court. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney, like Mark Zimmerman, represent you right away. Mark is a board certified criminal defense lawyer and has a successful record of helping clients beat charges in cases like this. He can tell you exactly where to go from here to protect your rights and will work with you and your family through the entire process.

Your Car Was Seized. Now What.

During Operation Green Shepherd II, deputies confiscated seven cars from those arrested. Legally, officers have to show that there’s a relationship between the crime and the use of the car, but that’s all. The link can be circumstantial to seize the vehicle. Eventually, the courts will explain your rights in a forfeiture case, but that still leaves you without a car. Your criminal defense attorney needs to tackle both the arrest charges and the forfeiture of your car at the same time, even though they are two separate cases. Mark Zimmerman has helped clients get back thousands of dollars in seized property while also defending them in high profile criminal cases.

Mark Zimmerman, Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer

With criminal charges pending and your reputation on the line, you need a qualified criminal defense attorney. If you or a member of your family has been caught up in an online sting, you need to get help immediately. Contact Mark Zimmerman at (941) 364-8503 or fill out our online contact form.

You Have The Right To Remain Silent…Use It

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

What if I told you that you have the right to eat as much as you want and not gain any excess weight?  Sounds pretty good, huh?  The point is that if you have the “right” to something, it is probably a good and valuable thing.  Well, anyone who has ever watched a police or attorney themed TV show or movie knows that in America we have the “right” to remain silent.  But what exactly does that mean, and how can we use this “right” to our advantage?

What Are Miranda Rights?

Most people mistakenly believe that if they are arrested and the police fail to read them their “rights,” then the arrest is somehow invalidated.  If only this were true.  In fact, the police don”t have to read you your “rights” at all.  First of all, let”s explain what “rights” we are talking about.  A U.S. Supreme Court case from the 1960″s known as the Miranda case explained that in casino spiele order for prosecutors to use certain statements against people accused of crimes, in court, the police would have to do certain things before those statements could be used in court.  Essentially, if police question a suspect that is in custody, the answers to those questions cannot be used against the suspect in court unless the police first advised them of those “rights”  I”ve been referring to.  Basically, we have the “right” to remain silent when the police are questioning us when we are in custody.

When am I Considered “In Custody?”

Remember, “custody” isn”t limited to the police station, patrol car or handcuffs.  Any significant restraint on your movement could mean that you are “in custody.”  So what is it that I am suggesting you do when “in custody” and questioned by the police?  Use that right and remain silent!  Do I have to repeat this?  You might think you”re going to talk your way out of trouble, outsmart the police or receive favorable treatment for your honesty and cooperation.  Keep dreaming.

Who Should I Talk To?

If you want to speak to someone when you are the subject of a police investigation, then I have the perfect suggestion for you.  Contact a criminal defense lawyer.  In Sarasota or Bradenton, I suggest that you contact a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer.  Good luck, and remember to zip it!