Victoria “Tori” Mussallem, our Jacksonville Sex Crime Attorney, conducted a trial recently for our client, R.S. R.S. was arrested for lewd and lascivious battery with a child under 16 years of age and showing pornography to a minor. He was facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted. R.S. is a 41 year-old man and was accused of raping a 15 year-old girl while playing pornography for her on the television in his bedroom. The alleged victim told police our client took her to his home and lured her into his bedroom. Once inside the bedroom, she claimed our client turned on a pornographic movie and began rubbing cocoa butter on her bottom and vaginal area. She claimed our sex crime client raped her for twenty minutes. Her mother called the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. After they spoke to the alleged victim and the witnesses, our client’s home was searched. Shea butter was found in the bathroom as well as several pornographic DVD’s in our client’s bedroom. Police took our client’s DNA and his semen was identified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on the alleged victim’s underwear. R.S. exercised his constitutional right to have a trial and he was defended by Ms. Mussallem. After trial, R.S. was NOT CONVICTED of either charge.
When you are facing sex charges in Northeast Florida or any criminal charges, it is important to hire a criminal defense attorney with trial experience. Not all cases end in a trial, but if you choose to exercise your right to have a trial and make the state attorney’s office prove the charges against you, an experienced Jacksonville Trial Lawyer is a must. It is also important to find out if the attorney you are interviewing has ever been a prosecutor. If they have been a prosecutor in the past, their job was to put people in jail and prison. For whatever reason, they have now decided to defend citizen’s rights. At Mussallem & Associate, P.A., our Jacksonville Attorney has NEVER been a prosecutor and has never worked to put someone in jail or prison. Victoria “Tori” Mussallem has defended thousands of clients and prosecuted none.