Matthew Oliver, of New Port Richey, Fla., left a series of irate comments on his own wanted photo after the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office posted it to its Facebook page July 10 as part of the agency’s “Fugitive of the Day” series. Oliver, 23, who was wanted in connection with a robbery, took to the comments to detail his alibi and challenge the accusations. He was arrested two days later. Oliver called the charges slander and claimed to have been set up by “a crackhead.” He said that he had been in the hospital at the time of the robbery, and that the county would “be held responsible” for posting his photo.
For many, a statement on a social media website may seem as just that: a statement. However, that statement can lead to a criminal charge that can cause one suffer greatly at the hands of a powerful state-operated legal system. If one has been accused of such a crime, one should obtain an experienced attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights are protected.
Unserved warrants keep piling up in all across Florida. Most are for minor offenses but hundreds many of those warrants are for people wanted for serious crimes. Many times, when someone is curious if they have a warrant out on them or not, they probably have a pretty good idea that somewhere along the way they did something wrong and a warrant is possibly out for their arrest.
There are three common reasons why an arrest warrant might be issued by a judge:
– Violating a previous court order such as probation, pretrial services or an injunction
– Missing a previously scheduled court appearance, or
– A citizen has filed a complaint of a crime having taken place, followed by an investigation by the sheriffs office or police department and found to have probable cause that one committed the crime.
An accused party may have received word about a warrant for their arrest being issued and will attempt to evade the police, or in this case, egg police on. This action may seem beneficial in the beginning; eventually though, the police will find one and bring one back in the legal system, with a series of possible consequences that will be much harsher because one evaded the law.
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 such warrant, one should contact an experienced attorney who can work with the Judge to recall the warrant in exchange for appearance for court. Many times, when one’s case is pled to a Judge who sees a remorseful accused party, one’s punishment often times is extremely small or nonexistent.
One problem that accused parties face in running away from the police is a lack of leniency. In this case, after Oliver had commented on his photo, Pasco Fugitive Warrants commented and made positive confirmation of Oliver’s alibi: “I have verified that Matt’s post about being in the hospital is true. In an earlier post, I provided a telephone number for him to call us. If he feels he does not fit the definition of the word ‘fugitive,’ I will be hearing from him.”
In this case, Oliver did not cooperate with the Pasco Fugitive Warrants Department request, and therefore they arrested him, as there was already an active warrant on Oliver. Had Oliver come in and proven his innocence, the Judge would most likely have seen Oliver’s conduct to be warranted and would drop all charges. With the help of an experienced attorney, someone in a position like that could persuade the Judge to render a much lighter punishment that would involve counseling, house arrest or a slightly longer probation, rather than just incarceration, or perhaps no punishment at all.
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 cunning legal system. Fortunately, if one obtains an experienced Jacksonville theft crimes defense attorney to fight the 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: Matthew Oliver, Robbery Suspect, Arrested After Facebook Commenting Own ‘Wanted’ Photo, Huffington Post