Florida Man Arrested For Disorderly Conduct On Active Parole Warrant

Jacksonville’s citizens make mistakes every day that may cost them time and energy. Unfortunately, some take mistake making to the limit in the law. Many see people that are repeat offenders as hopeless and beyond help. No matter how many times a person commits a crime, one still deserves the best defense possible to that charge. 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 the Watertown Daily Times, Michael L. Merrifield of Florida has been in arrested in Watertown, New York with an active parole warrant. Originally apprehended for disorderly conduct, Merrifield was arrested as being a fugitive from justice. Merrifield is being held for Florida’s Police Commission. imageswarrant.jpg

Under the Constitution, all warrants issued must be supported by probable cause and must describe the places and things to be search with specificity. Including arrest warrants, requirements for warrants based on probable cause and specificity in description protect one’s rights under the Constitution and stands in the way to protect the accused from shoddy police work. However, many times, accused parties with outstanding warrants in Jacksonville or new search warrants do not know whether the warrant on them was executed properly, resulting in wrongful convictions.

Many times in Jacksonville, an accused party may have received word about a warrant for their arrest being issued and will attempt to evade the police. This action may seem beneficial in the beginning; however, eventually the police will find one, no matter how long they have been on the run. Unfortunately, many Judges may feel no sympathy when convicting one with an outstanding warrant.

Fortunately, one does have an option for relief when one does know about an outstanding warrant on them. As soon as one becomes aware of a warrant, one should contact an experienced attorney who can work with the Judge to recall the warrant in exchange for appearance for court. At the resolution of most cases, it usually looks more favorable for the defendant who voluntarily turns himself in immediately after learning of the warrant as opposed to a defendant who had no intention of coming forward to face the charges and had to tie up a lot of law enforcement resources and possibly create a dangerous situation to bring them in.

Many times throughout Jacksonville, accused parties face charges they never knew of and warrants they never thought would be out on them, and because of their lack of knowledge, they suffer at the hands of a very powerful, state-operated legal system. Fortunately, if one obtains an experienced Jacksonville disorderly conduct crimes defense attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are protected, one can be sure that one will not be a victim in a fight one cannot win on one’s own.


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: Man found with active parole warrant in Florida held by Watertown police, Watertown Daily Times