Florida Wrestling Coach Arrested For Child Molestation

Jacksonville’s citizens have many different ideas about how they feel they should run their lives, what sorts of activities they enjoy, and differ in actions they do in private. However, when one’s activities encroach on someone else’s dignity, the consequences can be costly. One in a situation like this should obtain an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are protected.

According to Florida Today, John M. Hackney has been charged with two counts each of child molestation and cruelty to a child alleging he had inappropriate contact with two 15-year-old boys at a hotel outside of Atlanta, Ga., while returning from a wrestling trip. A judge set bond at $80,000 despite a report that recommended Hackney be held in jail because he refused a pretrial interview, and his address could not be verified, making him a possible flight risk.

When one is arrested for a sex crime in Jacksonville or a crime that is alleged to be “sexually motivated”, one may be exposed to indefinite civil commitment under the Jimmy Ryce Law. Only active since late 1998, the law applies retroactively: The Jimmy Ryce Law was created to keep individuals locked up when the State alleges the accused has a mental abnormality or personality disorder that prohibits them from controlling their sexual behavior. State-acquired doctors are not always accurate in their assessment, so it is important to have a knowledgeable attorney on your side.

Civil commitment is indefinite. One should contact an experienced attorney immediately to be advised of one’s rights immediately following. Remember:
• If one is awaiting a commitment determination trial, one must be able to prove that one is able to control one’s sexual behavior.
• If one has already been committed, one must attempt to prove that one has had sufficient treatment to be released.

Civil commitment may be one of the most severe penalties for sex crimes; however, others can affect one’s future as well. An experienced attorney could minimize or avoid the possible consequences of a conviction, including:

• Polygraph Tests
• Sex Offender Registration
• Sex Offender Probation
• Out Patient Group Treatment
• Time in Jail or Prison
As good of a help as turning one’s self in is to helping one’s case progress smoothly and easily, turning one’s self in does only so much. One in a situation such as this should obtain an experienced Jacksonville sex crimes defense attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights, defenses, and options are known and protected. One cannot fight this battle alone. With the help of an experienced attorney, one can be sure that this mistake will be whited out of one’s life and become a thing of the past.

The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source: <a href="http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20120921/CRIME/309210024/Two-teen-boys-reported-youth-coach"target="blank"Two teen boys reported on Titusville youth coachStacey Barchenger and J.D. Gallop, Florida Today

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