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Attorney Bill Ezzell Shares 3 Tips for Lawyers: Ocala & The Villages, FL Sex Crimes Defense of Child Pornography, Online Sex Stings and Internet Solicitation, Lewd & Lascivious

By William Ezzell November 15, 2020 Posted in Sex Crimes

Ocala, Florida - Florida Trial Lawyer and Criminal Defense Veteran William “Bill” Ezzell of Whittel & Melton spent some times with us today to share some tips for attorneys handling Florida Criminal charges, specifically Sex Crimes like Lewd & Lascivious, Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography, Online Sex Stings and Internet Solicitation of a Minor.

Bill Ezzell has been around a lot of Criminal cases in Florida, having tried over 140 jury trials and 20 bench trials. Law Enforcement in Marion County(Ocala), Sumter and Lake County(The Villages) have filled their jails and stuffed our courtrooms with many victims of online Sex Stings, Lewd & Lascivious, Child Pornography investigations and deceptive and aggressive internet tactics to arrest unsuspecting and vulnerable otherwise innocent actors. Florida Trial Lawyer and Criminal Defense Veteran William “Bill” Ezzell of Whittel & Melton

Here are Attorney Bill Ezzell’s tips for handling these charges from Ocala and The Villages:

(1) Investigate all actors in the operation. Not simply the arresting officers, but also the technicians and collateral players in the Sheriff's Office Sting Operation. You will be surprised what you can find, including unknown motivations and biases that could affect your clients case.

(2) Do not take for granted the lawfulness of the operation itself. The Defense of Entrapment is often overlooked because it is so over mentioned by the public and media. Because of this sensationalism, many Criminal Defense Lawyers in Ocala or the Villages ignore the possibility of the defense. We’ve found by investigating defense that may not apply, other defenses appear.

(3) Research the other cases in the courthouse that resulted from the same Sting Operation. At Whittel & Melton we are fortunate to have so much experience with Sex Crimes in Marion County. We’ve seen outcomes from The Villages and Ocala and overtime we’ve developed a good working understanding of what might be possible for creative plea negotiations. We also sometimes are retained by different families for different defendants for the same Sex Sting. For the same reason you wouldn’t use a realtor to help you buy a mansion if she only sold deck furniture before, Florida Criminal Attorneys who have never handled a Sex Crime charge honestly don’t know what they don’t know.

If you have any questions or have a family member who was recently arrested in a Sex Sting for Online Solicitation of a Minor, Child Pornography and Internet Sex Crimes in Ocala or The Villages, call Whittel & Melton today 352-369-5334 or send us an email or message from this website above.

Below we share a Sex Crimes case Attorney Bill Ezzell prosecuted in his prior position as an Assistant State Attorney.

Sex offender gets 15 years for sending explicit photos to boy, 13 

A registered sex offender from Jacksonville has been convicted of sending photographs of naked men to a 13-year-old Alachua County boy.

Eugene A. Levesque, 57, was convicted Wednesday of three counts of improper use of an electronic device for using a cell phone to send the boy pictures of naked men involved in lewd and lascivious acts.

Immediately after Levesque was found guilty after a one day trial conducted by prosecutor William R. Bill Ezzell, Circuit Court Judge Ysleta McDonald sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

Levesque previously had been identified as a registered sex offender on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website that names registered sex offenders and predators in the state.

Adapted from: The Gainesville Sun, April 21, 2011 (by Karen Voyles)

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