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Law Offices of Horwitz & Citro, P.A. Secures a Reduced Sentence and Mental Health Assistance for an Autistic Client Facing Child Pornography Charges

Candid criminal defense attorneys admit not all clients escape conviction and sentencing. We are no different, but the results on this site highlight times we convinced prosecutors not to charge our clients or convinced juries to acquit our clients. Tenacity in the defense of liberty is no less important when our clients must face sentencing.

Recently, we represented a client who possessed several images and movies depicting child pornography and was charged with felonies that called for a sentence in the Department of Corrections for up to 25 years.

How We Were Able to Help an Autistic Client Facing Child Pornography Charges

We thoroughly reviewed the evidence, including a forensic report that law enforcement had prepared and recorded interviews of several witnesses, including one of our client. Based on flaws we saw in the investigation, we assembled a team of experts, including a forensic expert, expert in autism and related disorders, a psychiatrist who specializes in risk assessment, and a former FBI polygrapher. The experts concluded the client was autistic, had never been diagnosed or treated, and had never inappropriately touched or wanted to touch a child.

Based on the experts and our own investigation, we learned that the client’s parents removed him from school after the client finished third grade special education classes. The client was taught the family business and had a role in it. Based on the client’s life, the experts’ findings, and Florida law, we made a presentation to several prosecutors and conferred with the elected State Attorney. The client pleaded no contest to the charges and was sentenced to nine months in the county jail.

Our Client Is Making Strides Toward Becoming a Productive Member of Society Upon Release

From charging to sentencing, the case lasted more than one year. During that time, the client and mental health professionals made significant strides to improve the client’s mental health. The experts used during the case are instrumental in building a construct that will help the client positively contribute to society upon his release.

Facing Sex Crime Charges in Florida? Contact Our Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers in Orlando for a Free Consultation Today

The Law Offices of Horowitz & Citro, P.A. is one of Florida's most reputable criminal defense law firms. Criminal defense attorneys Mark Horwitz and Vince Citro have nearly 50 years of combined legal experience handling criminal matters in Orlando and Florida, as well as throughout the United States. Our attorneys are former federal prosecutors. This gives them an edge when defending clients because they know what tactics the prosecution will use and can design strategies to defend their clients against every move the prosecution makes.

To learn more about the Law Offices of Horowitz & Citro, P.A., and why we’re the best choice to handle your case, read our clients’ testimonials and check out our case results.

For more information about what to do if you’re charged with a sex crime in Florida, or to discuss your situation with our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Orlando, call us at (407) 901-5852 or contact us online today for a free consultation.