Sting Operations

At Bilecki Law Group,We believe every service member has earned their right to an aggressive defense on their day in court. We specialize in taking the fight to the prosecution and winning cases that others said were unwinnable.

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  • Jail time is almost guaranteed. These cases have routinely been getting two to four years of confinement and dishonorable discharges. Oftentimes, the detailed military counsel’s only advice is to plead guilty.
  • Many of these sting operations involve charges of attempted sexual assault of a minor. A guilty finding will likely put you on a sex offender list for at least 25 years.
  • When you get out, your new sex offender status combined with a dishonorable discharge means an employer like Walmart or Mcdonald’s will likely refuse to hire you.
While all of this is terrible, none of it has happened yet. Your most important asset now is time. And the best use of that time is to hire an attorney that can secure total victory for you on your court date. The prosecution is at this very minute building a case against you or someone you love. They’ve done this dozen of times—and won almost every case they’ve brought to court. The prosecution knows what will sway a jury and get you to take a plea. Meanwhile, NCIS/CID/OSI are padding their numbers and touting the success of their operation. And they will drag your reputation through the dirt. If you don’t fight these charges now, your military career will almost certainly be over. You could be branded as a sex offender. You could lose your freedom.

“An Assembly Line Built to Churn Out Guilty Verdicts”

“No one has won one of these cases. It was said these cases couldn’t be won. But after a week in trial, we exposed NCIS and the tactics they were using, and we exposed how they were absolutely entrapping people into committing crimes they otherwise wouldn’t commit.”

Timothy Bilecki after securing a victory for his client in Okinawa, Japan

NCIS designed their sting operations to net as many guilty verdicts as possible. The success of the To Catch a Predator operation in Okinawa led to the widespread use of these tactics across the Pacific. Being stationed on American soil offers no protection. We’ve had to defend more than numerous service members stationed here in Hawaii who were caught up in stings very similar to those found in Japan, Korea and elsewhere.
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Sting Operation Defense in the Military

The prosecution has won dozens upon dozens – perhaps hundreds – of sting cases over the last few years. But what’s worked for them in the past rarely works when Bilecki Law Group are unleashed in the courtroom. A vigorous investigation by our team combined with a relen NCIS continues to use methods involving inducements and entrapment.tless attack on the methods employed by law enforcement can be the difference between prison and freedom.

Tim Bilecki defended a Marine Staff Sergeant caught up in an NCIS sting operation. During the investigation, Bilecki discovered that the very NCIS sailor who posed as the bait for the operation had later asked for the suspect’s phone number and slept with the suspect. The female sailor was removed from her position, but not before the damage was done to the prosecution’s case.

Timothy Bilecki won an acquittal for a Marine Warrant Officer who was caught up in the Okinawa sting operation. In that case, Mr. Bilecki exposed the illegal tactics used by NCIS, the complete lack of oversight on the operation and the fact that NCIS was sending pictures of an adult to the Marine.

Mr. Bilecki exposed during court that NCIS failed to maintain all of the text messages between their “chatter” and the accused – and that they may have intentionally deleted text message evidence.

Mr. Bilecki won a full acquittal for his Navy officer client after he discovered that NCIS intentionally edited out portions of his client’s statement to law enforcement and that – again – text message evidence was missing.

These are just some of the issues discovered after relentlessly going after these sting operation cases. We will continue to fight and expect that many more victories will need to be had before the military changes its position on sting operations in general. See more about our sexual assault legal services and learn how lawyers and attorneys who defend against court martial charges can help you.

We’ve defended service members from sting operations throughout the Pacific and elsewhere. And we’ve proven ourselves more than capable of going up against the “insurmountable” odds of the prosecution’s evidence and attorneys.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sting Operations

The most common kinds of sting operations involve “To Catch a Predator” type sting operations. In these operations, NCIS utilizes undercover investigators who pretend to be minors looking to meet adults online for sex. These operations have been extraordinarily prevalent in the Pacific, in particular in Okinawa and Hawaii. In addition to “To Catch a Predator” type sting operations, law enforcement also runs stings involving the purchase and sale of narcotics. Sting operations involving prostitution are also fairly common.
Service members that are initially caught up in such an operation can feel completely hopeless about their chances of victory in court. After all, weren’t they just caught with their hand in the cookie jar? Nothing could be further from the truth. Sting operations are by no means perfect. The methods they use are notorious for misleading the victims into doing something they otherwise wouldn’t do. Furthermore, the prosecution in many cases still has to prove that the service member actually knew the person they were talking to was under 16 years, that they specifically intended to have sexual relations with the person and that they took some substantial step in furtherance of that intent. In many cases, that’s impossible. The prosecution knows it. And we know it. Bilecki Law Group has spent years reviewing such sting operations, and we understand their flaws. But we’re also a rarity in the defense world. If it were easy to win a sting operation case, even lowly defense attorneys at the JAG office could do it. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case—not by a long shot.
Service members that are initially caught up in such an operation can feel completely hopeless about their chances of victory in court. After all, weren’t they just caught with their hand in the cookie jar? Nothing could be further from the truth. Sting operations are by no means perfect. The methods they use are notorious for misleading the victims into doing something they otherwise wouldn’t do. Furthermore, the prosecution in many cases still has to prove that the service member actually knew the person they were talking to was under 16 years, that they specifically intended to have sexual relations with the person and that they took some substantial step in furtherance of that intent. In many cases, that’s impossible. The prosecution knows it. And we know it. Bilecki Law Group has spent years reviewing such sting operations, and we understand their flaws. But we’re also a rarity in the defense world. If it were easy to win a sting operation case, even lowly defense attorneys at the JAG office could do it. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case—not by a long shot.

Don’t just plead guilty… Fight Back !

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