State Drops Charges in Jacksonville Night Club Grand Theft Case

Jacksonville’s citizens have many talents that utilize in their many practices, jobs, and organizational responsibilities. For some, talents are a gift used to help others; for others, talents are just another way to be accused of something one did not do. If one is in a situation like this, one should obtain an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are protected.

According to the Florida Times-Union, the State has dropped all charges against Adam Blair Halstead of Jacksonville. Halstead had originally been charged with stealing money from a popular downtown nightclub that he was a night manager at. The State that there was insufficient evidence to prove that Halstead was guilty. Halstead’s boss accused Halstead of stealing over $15,000 in drink receipts from the nightclub, voiding the theft out and re-crediting it later. Prisondoor460.jpg

Jacksonville theft crimes that involve employees stealing from their employer is unfortunately a common practice. However, what is also common is the ease of ability in assigning guilt to someone else for one’s crime. Unfortunately for the accused, the State will believe a business employer faster than an employee. Because of this, many are falsely accused, leaving the actual perpetrator to be free to escape the crime.

Under Florida Statute 812.014, grand theft is a felony of the third degree, punishable by up to $5,000 in fines and up to five years in prison. The reality of this charge is enough to set one into a spiral of fear because of the magnitude of the consequences for being charged with such a crime. This is too great of a risk for someone to take when the evidence is lacking and one’s innocence is obvious.

The State has taken a tough on crime approach when prosecuting accused parties, and will attempt to tamp out a type of illegal behavior that is manageable. However, there are so many accused parties, charges, and cases being brought into the legal system that the State cannot always check evidence and the ability to prove one committed the crime one is charged with. However sympathetic one may be to a state attorney’s work schedule, the real person suffering is the person who has been falsely accused.

Many times in Jacksonville, the police and the State will go after one with very little evidence to speak of, hoping that new evidence will turn up or that the accused will “spontaneously confess” as many law enforcement claim accused parties do. However, when one does not confess to the crime because one did not commit the crime, the State will continue to press on, wasting more of an innocent person’s time in an adversarial legal system.

Many times, Jacksonville’s citizens are accused of things they never did for many different reasons, both reasonable and unreasonable. However, when the unreasonable and unfounded charge is brought against one, one should immediately obtain an experienced Jacksonville theft crimes defense attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights and defenses are known and protected. Only an experienced attorney can ensure that one will be able to move through the system as quickly as possible with one’s innocence proven through every step of the legal process.


The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade 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:Theft charges dropped against former Jacksonville nightclub manager, Jim Schoettler, The Florida Times-Union