Marcin Grzyb, a former nine-year employee of the Broward County sheriff’s detention deputy has pled no contest to fraudulently obtaining a disabled-parking permit, a misdemeanor charge carrying a maximum penalty of a year in jail, so he could park easily at the Main Jail. Grzyb has been placed on two years of probation. Grzyb was reported to a superior officer by a woman who allegedly saw Grzyb park his vehicle in a handicap spot and run up the stairs toward the Main Jail. Grzyb said he needed the state-issued handicap pass because of a knee injury from seven years ago, but a doctor’s exam found he did not have a disability that warranted it. Under the terms of a plea bargain, the original third-degree felony charge of official misconduct, punishable by up to five years in prison was dropped to a misdemeanor. Grzyb now works with his father doing home-renovation repairs.
Applications for disabled parking permits and temporary disabled parking permits are official state documents. By Florida Statute, the following statement must appear on each application form immediately below the physician’s signature and immediately below the applicant’s signature: “Knowingly providing false information on this application is a misdemeanor of the first degree.”
Most people think that parking in a handicap spot is punishable by paying a fine. Many do not realize that falsely displaying another’s disabled parking permit is also an arrestable offense If one fraudulently obtains or unlawfully displays a disabled parking permit that belongs to another while parked in a disabled parking space while the owner of the permit is not being transported in the vehicle or uses an unauthorized replica of such a disabled parking permit with the intent to deceive is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree. A second degree misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum fine of $500 and/or 60 jays in the county jail.
The law enforcement officer or parking enforcement specialist may confiscate the disabled parking permit from one if one fraudulently obtained or unlawfully used the permit. These officers may also confiscate any disabled parking permits that are expired, reported as lost or stolen, or defaced or that do not display a personal identification number.
Many people are surprised to learn that if they fail to appear in court after posting bond on any misdemeanor charge that the prosecutor can also bring another separate criminal charge for the failure to appear. The prosecutor is especially likely to file an additional charge for failure to appear (sometimes called “jumping bail”) when the person fails to surrender on the outstanding Jacksonville warrant or capius within a reasonable period of time after the original failure to appear.
In some cases the court may allow for a bond on the failure to appear warrant. An accused who missed court may have several options including:
– immediately reporting to the jail to surrender on the failure to appear warrant or capius;
– hiring an experienced attorney to file a “motion to surrender” in the courtroom (instead of jail) on the failure to appear capius or warrant in order to attempt to avoid another set of arrest records, mug shots and finger prints.
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, one does not have to fight the battle for one’s freedom alone. If one obtains an experienced Jacksonville failure to appear crimes defense attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights are protected, one can be sure that one will know one’s rights, know what the prosecution and police have access to, and will be able to make sure that wrongfully obtained evidence will not be used against one.
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:Former BSO deputy sentenced to probation over misused handicap placard, Tonya Alanez, Sun Sentinel