Harold Woodard died after he was found with a gunshot wound in his apartment in Madison at Savannah Oaks on Roosevelt Boulevard. Police responded to reports of gunshots and found Woodard in the threshold of his unit. Woodard was taken to Orange Park Medical Center in an unsuccessful attempt to save his life. Police said the shooting occurred not long after his mother had come to visit Woodard but then left when she heard arguing from inside.

Many times, shoddy police work or pressure to resolve a case by charging someone may end up pointing the finger at a family member or friend. Furthermore, there can be a great amount of confusion and lack of understanding surrounding the charge, making the circumstances terrifying, particularly when the accused is next of kin.

Provocation is a possible defense by excuse or pardon alleging a sudden or temporary loss of control (a permanent loss of control is in the state of insanity) in response to another’s provoking conduct reasonable enough to justify an acquittal, a mitigated sentence or a conviction for a lesser charge. Provocation can be a relevant factor in a court’s assessment of the accused’s intent and state of mind at the time the act occurred.

Heat of passion is recognized as a defense to the crimes of first and second-degree murder in Florida.

Heat of passion is a mental state provoked by fear, rage, anger or terror that, combined with adequate provocation, is a defense to the crimes of first and second degree murder. Provocation, in order to be adequate, must be such as might naturally cause a reasonable person in the passion of the moment to lose self-control and act on impulse and without reflection. An example of this is voluntary manslaughter, an intentional killing that was not planned ahead of time, like one person killing another during a dispute, or after finding out about infidelity.

Many times, in cases where one actually has killed the victim, and the facts show that a provocation defense is available, one’s experienced attorney may be able to work with the State to have one’s charge lowered and one’s possible punishment much more favorable.
Throughout Jacksonville, accused people are subject to hunch theories that lead to their arrest and hassle in the court system. Even though some have actually harmed someone else, people go through with actions that they would not normally ever think of doing because of altered states of mental acuity. When this happens, things said, acts done, and effects rendered can leave the accused what seems like a very rough position with no way out. However, if one obtains an experienced Jacksonville felony violent crimes defense attorney to fight for one’s case, one can ensure one’s rights will be known and protected.

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Jacksonville police arrested Mark Daryl Chan, who lives less than 300 feet from Englewood Elementary, where police said he threatened to attack and shoot up the students at the elementary school. He was located Friday at Baptist Medical Center Downtown, where he was receiving mental health treatment, for which he has a history, the reports said. Police said he denied owning a firearm.

Many times, those accused of Jacksonville criminal threat charges have misperceptions and concerns for their freedom. Often, the individual charged is accused of making a threat by someone they know, even a family member. Threat charges majorly depend on who said what to whom, the case may seem like a “he said, she said” situation, making one confused as to how to handle the charge or where to turn.

Florida Statute 784.048 defines a “credible threat.” Credible threats may be made verbally, in writing, or via electronic communications like telephone, e-mail, or texting. In some situations, a threat may be “credible” even if it is not made in words. A “credible threat” in Florida is a statement or behavior that:
– causes the threatened person to reasonably fear for his or her safety or the safety of the person’s family or loved ones, and
– appears to be one that the person making the threat can actually carry out.

A threat may be a “credible threat” under Florida law even if one does not actually intend the threat to be carried out or is incarcerated. The subjective mind and impression made on the person who receives the threat matters; the intentions of the accused are considered irrelevant.

Many times, threats of harm may be made against an individual or group, the property in question, and/or the family or friends of the victim of the crime for the purpose of gaining property. However, making threats is not limited to physical threats, sometimes being what is referred to as extortion. According to Florida Statute Section 836.05, extortion occurs when one maliciously threatens another. This Florida statute prohibits threatening to:

– expose a detrimental secret of another;
– accuse another of a crime;
– injure a person, his reputation or property
– attribute a deformity or lack of chastity of another or
– render another to disgrace
In order to be properly convicted of extortion, the State must prove one committed one of the actions listed above with the intent to:
– compel another to commit an act or abstain from committing an act against his will, or
– extort money or gain a financial advantage
Even though many are guilty of extortion, many times, the accused is the actual victim of a false accusation. In many common situations where pets or children’s belongings are stolen, the accused is merely the good neighbor who wants to help and is wrongfully accused. Other times, denial of reward money existing for the lost item, in order to save face, is the cause of an extortion claim. As simple as the start of a claim like this may be, the end will be the biggest complication for all.

When one has been charged with committing a crime like this, one has only one choice that one should feel they have to make. One should obtain an experienced Jacksonville criminal threat crimes defense attorney who has the trial experience and knowledge to properly defend one’s innocence.

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Shannon Linn Abbott, a guard at the Milton Girls Juvenile Residential Facility, a juvenile prison in Northwest Florida, was charged by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office with battery causing great bodily harm after she was caught on tape battering a teenage detainee. The tape shows the guard slamming a 15-year-old face-first against a concrete wall, then throwing her on the floor, face down, and sitting on top of her for several minutes. Although the encounter got Abbott arrested, she was not fired. The incident marks the third time in recent years that workers at a Florida juvenile justice lockup have been videotaped while abusing or neglecting a child in state custody.

When a law enforcement officer or guard uses excessive force or engages in police misconduct to make an arrest or control prisoners, those facts need to be investigated to properly defend the criminal case. Civil rights violations such as police misconduct, police brutality, excessive force, or wrongful arrest can force the prosecutor to drop the criminal charges against the accused who was the victim of police misconduct. This can be particularly important in Jacksonville juvenile cases. One will need to quickly obtain an attorney to preserve evidence of the police misconduct, including obtaining surveillance tapes and other physical evidence before it is lost or destroyed.

Juvenile cases can be complicated, especially when one’s child has been charged with a serious crime. At the point of arrest, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will immediately evaluate the juvenile through a screening process. The screening process is performed to determine whether or not the minor is a potential risk to the public. If the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) determines that the juvenile is not a risk to the public’s safety, the juvenile will be released into the custody of their parent or guardian.

Many times, juveniles coming before the court will be placed on probation. Being put on probation in this particular situation means the child will be assigned a Juvenile Probation Officer (JPO) and required to fulfill a number of requirements. There are many types of requirements that a juvenile must successfully complete to finish probation, including:

– not changing residences without permission of the probation officer
– obeying a curfew, the hours of which will be set by the court
– performing community service work
– attending school full time with no unexcused absences or suspensions
– making restitution to victims for any property damage or personal injury
– The State suspending the child’s driver’s license privilege if the charge was a drug related charge
– obeying the lawful demands of the parent or guardian
– avoiding contact with certain people, including friends who may be considered bad influences
– participating in individual or family counseling
– submitting to random urinalysis to check for illegal drug or alcohol use
Probation is designed to allow children an opportunity to prove they are trustworthy again. If the juvenile does well, follow the rules, and stay out of trouble, they may qualify for early termination of their supervision. Children who have more law violations or who are unwilling to complete their probation sanctions may be subject to a Violation of Probation (VOP). This can result in additional sanctions or to commitment to a more intensive residential program supervised by DJJ.

When a juvenile fails to perform one or more conditions of probation, instead of filing a VOP, the probation officer may ask the court to issue an Order to Show Cause, seeking to find the juvenile in contempt of court. If found guilty of contempt of court, on a first offense the court may sentence the juvenile to a maximum of five days in secure detention; fifteen days for the second and any subsequent offenses. For any contempt, the court also has the option of commitment to a residential facility for up to six months. Secure detention is to be used only when there are no other reasonable alternative sanctions available that will be effective to correct the child’s behavior.

In cases like this involving law enforcement misconduct, law enforcement officers may attempt to cover up their crime by trumping up criminal charges against the victim of their abuse. Many times after a civil rights violation, the law enforcement officers will charge the victim of the police misconduct with obstructing justice or resisting arrest with or without violence.

When it comes to one’s child’s future, one needs an experienced Jacksonville juvenile crimes defense attorney who has represented children accused of a variety of crimes and is knowledgeable in juvenile delinquency laws. In these cases, parents of the child often shoulder the blame. As parents, the best thing one can do is hire an experienced attorney who can guide and support one through this difficult time. One’s child’s future is the highest priority and as such, the child’s defense should be just as high a priority.

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Tampa Circuit Court Judge Daniel Perry dismissed the affidavit of probation violation against former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, after investigating whether or not he assaulted U.S. Soccer goaltender Hope Solo. The couple married the next day. However, Florida prosecutors said Stevens had violated his probation regarding a previous marijuana-related charge. He was arrested and jailed before a judge ordered him released.

The State Attorney’s office has seen a dramatic rise in the number of Violations of Probation that it prosecutes over the last few years,. This is to some extent due to a “zero tolerance” standard that was imposed after a rise in probation violators who were not in custody being able to commit serious crimes.

“Technical” violations of probation in Jacksonville can come in many forms. Examples of a technical violation can include:
– failure to obtain or maintain lawful employment,
– failure to complete a court ordered program such as DUI school or anger management classes,
– failure to pay fines/costs/restitution,
– failing a drug test
– failure to meet your probation officer when required to do so,
– failure to complete community service hours,
“New law” violations occur when is on probation and is arrested and subsequently charged with a new criminal offense. A “new law” violation can result from any new arrest or charge. One minor infraction can turn into a probation revocation and a harsh prison sentence. One needs an experienced criminal defense attorney at one’s side to ensure one’s rights and defenses are known and protected.

A violation of probation (VOP) proceeding differs in many ways from being charged with a new crime. Because one has been previously sentenced to probation, one has less protection than if one was charged with a new crime. When one goes for a VOP proceeding, one must consider certain factors:

– Guilt does not have to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt
– No right to jury trial in a violation hearing
– No right to a bond while awaiting a hearing,
– No statute of limitations effecting the VOP charge, and
– Hearsay is admissible
There are defenses to a violation of probation and that an experienced attorney could provide for those accused of violating their probation. If one obtains an experienced Jacksonville probation violations defense attorney, one will be able to ensure an aggressive defense. Get an experienced attorney who will work towards obtaining a hearing and gaining a favorable recommendation from the probation officer, so one can be free of a very powerful State-operated legal system.

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A man who robbed a Subway restaurant in Hastings is being sought by law enforcement. St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office officials said the man went into Subway an ordered a meal. After he received his food, he said he was armed and demanded money, the Sheriff’s Office said. He was given an undisclosed amount of cash and fled. Authorities are looking for a white male, 25-30 years old, 6 feet tall and 250 pounds. He was wearing a white shirt, dark colored pants and appeared to have a sleeve tattoo on his right arm.

One of the most common theft crimes in Jacksonville is petty theft. This offense is a “crime of dishonesty” that can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on a number of circumstances and prior convictions of the accused. Misdemeanor petty theft can include any scenario where one steals or tries to steal property from a business or person, and the property is valued at less than $300. Grand Theft involves taking property or goods valued over $300, and this crime can be charged as a first degree felony if certain factors are present.

Other common theft crimes include robbery, which is the intentional and unlawful taking of money or property from another person through the use of force, violence, threat or assault. This crime is a second degree felony , exposing one to up to fifteen years in prison, up to 15 years of probation, and excessive fines. Grand theft auto and burglary are also serious and heavily punished theft offenses in Florida.

Proper Robbery arrests in Florida should result from a theft coupled with a threat, or use of force or violence. Armed Robbery in Florida is defined as the criminal act of stealing another person’s property, without consent, while in the possession of a weapon such as a gun or knife. The sentence for an arrest and conviction for robbery will depend on the prior criminal history of the accused, if one had committed prior violent offenses, the type of weapon that was used, if the alleged victim sustained bodily injury during the crime, and the value of the property stolen.

If one is found to have fired a weapon during the robbery, one may be serve a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence. The sentence one receives depends on many factors including prior criminal history, what kind of weapon was used, if there is a history of violent offenses, how much the stolen property was worth and whether or not the victim was injured. One can be certain that the armed robbery charges may be accused of will be taken seriously by the State, resulting in a hard fight to obtain a conviction.

The arrest for use of a firearm during a robbery may carry 3-year minimum if the person is a convicted felon and a 10-year minimum-mandatory sentence if the 10-20-Life sentence enhancement is charged. The discharge of the firearm may bring a 20-year minimum-mandatory, and if a serious injury results from the use of a firearm, a defendant may face 25 years with a mandatory-minimum up to a life sentence. Robbery charges are generally second- or third-degree felonies but can be up to a life felony, as well. Strong Armed Robbery (mugging) is the taking of property from the person or custody of a person by force.
The evidence usually does not look good for someone accused of robbery, especially if stolen items are found in a suspect’s house or car. If one is under investigation or has been arrested on robbery charges, one will need to obtain an experienced Jacksonville theft crimes defense attorney to fight the case.

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Senior White House and Justice Department officials are considering plans for legal action against Colorado and Washington that could undermine voter-approved initiatives to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in those states. Marijuana use in both states continues to be illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

One option is to sue the states on the grounds that any effort to regulate marijuana is pre-empted by federal law. Should the Justice Department prevail, it would raise the possibility of striking down the entire initiatives on the theory that voters would not have approved legalizing the drug without tight regulations and licensing similar to controls on hard alcohol.

Even if federal law enforcement attempt to stop these States from allowing their citizens to use the substance, the resources need to enforce it are limited. Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department has issued a policy for dealing with enforcement in states that have legalized medical marijuana. The policy states that federal officials should generally not use the limited resources at their disposal to go after small-time offenders, but should use those resources for large-scale trafficking organizations. These orders in affect give law enforcement the go ahead to pursue bigger organized crime divisions, charging potential defendants with RICO violations.

Florida’s RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization) Act refers to participating in an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering, often involving Jacksonville drug crimes. Florida’s RICO Act closely mirrors the Federal RICO Act, although important differences exist. RICO prosecutions often involve complicated and voluminous wire-tap evidence and financial records.

Florida law defines “racketeering activity” as committing, attempting to commit, conspiring to commit, soliciting to commit, coercing to commit, or intimidating another person to commit any of the criminal charges listed in Florida Statute Section 895.02(1)(a) that could be charged by petition, information, or indictment.

A violation of Florida’s RICO act is a first degree felony, exposing the accused to a possible sentence of 30 years in State Prison. In order to prove a RICO violation, the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

– One was associated with an enterprise
– One either directly or indirectly participated in the enterprise by engaging in at least two incidents of “racketeering activity” and
– For those incidents in which one was engaged, at least two of them had either similar or the same methods of commission victims, accomplices results intents or were interrelated by distinguishing characteristics which were not isolated incidents.

The prosecutor is not required to prove that any of the predicate acts nor the RICO enterprise itself involved any underlying economic motivation. The charging document is not required to identify the relationship between the accused and the crimes alleged on its face.
At least one of the predicate acts forming the pattern of racketeering activity must have commenced or began within five (5) years after the cause of action accrues or the conduct terminates. At least two of the required related incidents forming the pattern of racketeering activity must have occurred within five years of each other.

In many cases, the threat of a RICO indictment can force the accused to plead guilty to lesser charges, in part because a seizure or sale of assets would make it difficult to pay a defense attorney. Despite its harsh provisions, a RICO-related charge is considered easy to prove in court, as it focuses on patterns of behavior as opposed to criminal acts.

One has one choice of relief in a situation like this. One charged with a crime of this nature should contact an experienced Jacksonville drug crimes defense attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights and defenses are known and protected. One can either sit back and wait for the Judge to render a decision against one, or one can take charge of one’s defense and win one’s cause for freedom.

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Santa Rosa County Judge Robert Hilliard sentenced a Florida Panhandle teenage driver to six months’ probation, as well ordering her to speak about the crash at her high school and revoking her driving privileges for a year; her mother will serve time in prison for letting her drive. The teen driver was 15 when her SUV crashed into a car driven by Margaret Catyb’s son in June. Catyb of Dracut, Mass., died at a hospital. Catyb’s family asked the court not to sentence the teen to jail because of her age.

In order to earn a learner’s license, one must be at least 15 years old and must show proof that one completed a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course, or have a license from another jurisdiction, and a Parental Consent Form, which must be signed in the presence of a driver license examiner or notarized if a parent or guardian will not be present. If one is under 18 and is not married, one parent or legal guardian must sign one’s license application. Step-parents may not sign unless they have legally adopted the juvenile.

One will also be required to take A Written Test covering road Rules, particularly general questions about traffic laws, and road signs, testing one’s knowledge and recognition of the signs one might see on the road way. One must also pass a vision and hearing test. These tests are all meant to ensure that one is knowledgeable of the responsibilities of driving and the conditions one might face on the road.

When one is granted a learner’s license, particularly at the age of 15, one may only drive during daylight hours during the first three months and until 10 p.m. The adolescent driver must always drive with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and occupies the front passenger seat. In this particular situation, the adolescent driver’s mother allowed her 15-year-old to drive alone.

Parents can actually do a lot to help protect the lives of their young teenage drivers on the road by setting an example and taking parental responsibility. This principle is particularly important in Florida because Florida’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) mandates only go so far in setting the rules for adolescent drivers. Parents can take the GDL a step further and have set consequences if the household rules are not met.

Parents of these adolescent drivers could also set additional limits in regards to activities in the car, including phone usage and passenger numbers. Statistics show that 16 and 17 year-olds that carry just one passenger in the car increase their crash risk by nearly 50%, simply because of the extra distraction.

One can hope that a teenager will not bear the burden of a heavy prison sentence, or one can obtain an experienced Jacksonville traffic crimes defense attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights and defenses are known and protected. One should not have to face an army of difficult legal problems alone. One needs an experienced attorney.

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According to Action News and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, violent crime statistics have revealed violent crimes committed in Duval County are more likely to involve a firearm compared to the rest of Florida. 40% of violent crimes in 2011, the last full year on record, involved a gun while the statewide average is just 25%.

A Conviction for a weapon violations in Jacksonville can result in a permanent criminal record, jail time, and heavy fines. As a result, one may be prohibited from certain kinds of work, may find it difficult to find an insurer, or could be required to relinquish ownership of one’s firearms.

Crimes of violence are criminal offenses that are violent in nature and may involve the use of a weapon, physical force, threats of injury, or injury itself. Many of these violent crimes are felony offenses, meaning they may carry a sentence involving more than one year of incarceration. Other possible penalties include: probation, fines, restitution, community service, anger management, and drug/alcohol rehabilitation. Each sentence will vary greatly depending on the particular offense, the accused’s prior criminal record, and other important issues.

In the case of violent crimes involving firearms, Florida has a gun enhancement law that increases prisons sentences when a crime is committed with a gun. Under Florida Statute § 775.087, 18 felonies, including robberies, sexual assaults, child abuse cases, kidnapping, aggravated battery, acts of arson, home invasion, car-jacking, murder, drug crimes, escapes, and aggravated stalking are subject to a gun penalty enhancement. Depending on the felony, if the State Attorney proves that a gun was involved in the commission of the crime one is accused of, one is exposed to a possible prison sentence of 3, 10, 15, 20 years up to life.

Using or merely possessing a gun in the commission of another crime can add years of prison time, consecutive to and often exceeding the penalty for the underlying charge. Keep in mind that these sentences are the minimum mandatory sentence that will be imposed upon conviction, meaning that the court cannot impose a lesser sentence. The court still has discretion to impose a sentence up to the statutory maximum allowed for the particular offense. The Court also can “withhold adjudication” or defer or suspend one’s sentence.

Many times, weapons charges result from a traffic stop on the highway. In order to stop a car, law enforcement must first have reasonable suspicion that a law has been or is about to be broken. Once the officer pulls over the vehicle, the officer may ask to search the vehicle if there is something in plain sight that gives them probable cause to do so. If the officer sees nothing in plain sight that can be used to establish probable cause, the officer may one to voluntarily submit to a search of one’s car. If one agrees to a search, the officer can search the car and hold any evidence found against one and one’s passengers.

When one is charged with a gun crime as a result of a traffic stop, one needs an experienced attorney who will know the right questions to ask: Did the officer have reasonable suspicion to stop one in the first place? Did the officer ask to search the car based on one’s race or age? If the officer found a firearm, was it registered and legally functional? Was the gun in the car with one’s knowledge or permission? An experienced Jacksonville gun crimes defense attorney can make sure that these questions and others will be answered and will be able to be used to one’s aid and defense.

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Debra Lafave, a former Tampa teacher convicted of having sex with a student, has asked the Florida Supreme Court to take her off probation. This request specifically is for the 2nd District Court of Appeal to reconsider its order reinstating the remaining four years of probation she had promised to serve for having sex with a fourteen-year-old boy in 2004. Lafave was released after pleading with to a Judge for a release from the remaining portion of the sentence. Lafave was originally facing 30 years in jail.

Jacksonville probation cases typically involve cases in which someone has wrongfully violated their probation. In this case, there was no prior probation violation, but a controversial early release from that probation. Many times in Jacksonville, people are placed on probation that may seem odd or unusual; however, the specific circumstances surrounding the crime may help shape what probation requirements will be required.

Probation requirements can broadly range in type, though there are many standard requirements placed upon those in the system, including:

– Paying for Supervision costs
– Some jail-time as a condition of probation
– Being prohibited from violating any law
– Letters of apology
– Being Prohibited from leaving the state
– Reporting to a probation officer
– Community service hours
– Obtaining a job
– Mental health evaluations
– Restitution payments to victims
These are some of the standard requirements for probation. The judge deciding what terms will be included in one’s probation sentence also has the discretion to choose specific probation requirements for one’s charge and circumstances. However, those requirements must be reasonably related to the crime that was committed.

The state attorney’s office will contact the victim or parents of victims in these type of cases where an early release of probation is requested. The judge will consider the victim’s position on the matter. Many Judges will simply not grant an early termination of probation, especially on a negotiated, agreed to disposition. Some of these judges may feel that once the deal has been done, the ruling is final. The philosophy on early termination varies from judge to judge.

An experienced defense attorney with local knowledge should be able to counsel a client or prospective client on the probability of success. One’s opportunity for an early termination certainly increases if the victim and the state attorney do not oppose the motion for early termination. In the motion, the defense attorney should state at the bottom of the motion if the prosecutor is opposed to the early termination request.

In this case, Lafave pled to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery and was sentenced to three years of community control and seven years of sex offender probation. From this example, one can see that Lafave was able to move on with her life, completing community control, working two jobs, and giving birth to two twin sons while engaged. Though sometimes controversial, Judges may be more favorable to a defendant who shows remorse and progress in the right direction.

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An arrest warrant has been issued for Franklin Barazarte, a TV host in the Dominican Republic who doused magician guest Wayne Houchin’s head in flammable cologne which caused him to catch fire, leaving first-and second-degree burns on the magician’s face and hands.

The incident took place on Approach the Stars, as Barazarte told Houchin and other magicians appearing on the episode that he wanted to bless them. He then rubbed Houchin’s head with Agua de Florida — a flammable fragrance used in Santeria, causing his head to become engulfed in flames.

Many times, people make mistakes like playing what they feel are practical jokes that actually have negative consequences for all involved. If one has been arrested for Assault, Battery, Aggravated Assault, or Aggravated Battery, one may be facing serious criminal charges with substantial penalties and possible jail time if convicted.

Many Jacksonville simple assault and battery charges are the result of fights that got out of hand. Just because one was the person arrested does not necessarily mean that one caused the incident. All the arrest means is that the other person called the police, or law enforcement simply decided to arrest all parties and sort it out later. Many times however, the charge may be aggravated or escalated as well.

Under Florida Statute §784.045, An Aggravated Battery is a second degree felony, exposing one to a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. A Battery becomes an Aggravated Battery if during the battery, one intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement, or uses a deadly weapon. Also, a person commits aggravated battery if the victim of the battery was pregnant at the time of the offense and the offender knew or should have known that the victim was pregnant.”

The law enforcement for each individual county throughout the State of Florida, particularly Duval and the surrounding area, spend an extreme amount of money on extradition cases. When possible, the courts prefer to allow the individual to voluntarily return to Florida and avoid the expense of extradition. Fighting the extradition is particularly important in violation of probation cases.

More likely than not, if one is being sought after by police on a fugitive warrant, one will eventually be arrested. While awaiting extradition, one will be required to sit in jail. However, an experienced Jacksonville warrants/extradition defense attorney can petition the court to temporarily withdraw the warrant so that one can be released from jail in the other state, and then voluntarily drive oneself to Florida to surrender directly to the court to resolve the case.

If one does nothing, one may be arrested when one least expects it, as a police officer will arrest one if he or she discovers the Jacksonville Arrest Warrant. If one is in a similar situation, one should obtain an experienced attorney to have the warrant or capias recalled and if the warrant is invalid, be able to show that warrant’s invalidity.

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