Attorney Shafer Secures Dismissal Of Client’s Felony Charges
Attorney T. Charles Shafer recently used his skill and experience to secure the dismissal of a client’s felony charges in St. Lucie County, FL. The firm’s client was out on bond for charges of possession of cannabis and resisting arrest when he was charged with armed burglary of a dwelling and aggravated battery. In the state of Florida, these felony offenses are punishable by up to 30 years and 15 years in prison, respectively.
According to the prosecutor, the client and two others were involved in a dispute with a woman about money at her apartment complex. The prosecution alleged that the client and his friends then chased the woman’s male roommate upstairs to a second-floor apartment, where they beat the man, pistol whipped him in the face, held the barrel of the gun to the back of his head, and made threats against his life. During a police photographic line-up, the man positively identified the firm’s client as one of his assailants.
The client retained Attorney Shafer, who soon learned that the woman involved with the dispute about money had witnessed the attack on her roommate. Attorney Shafer advised the client to obtain the services of private investigator Jerry Lyons. After conferring with Attorney Shafer, Mr. Lyons eventually found the woman and conducted a recorded interview with her about what happened to her roommate.
The woman told Mr. Lyons that although the client was initially present when her roommate was chased up to the apartment, he left before her roommate was attacked. In fact, the woman said that the client never even made it to the second floor of the building, stopping on the stairwell between the two floors. During the interview the woman also told Mr. Lyons that it would have been impossible for her roommate to see who struck him, because during the attack he curled into the fetal position with his arms over his eyes. The woman positively stated on the record that the client was not one of the men who attacked her roommate and entered her apartment.
After conducting the interview, Mr. Lyons turned the woman’s recorded statement over to Attorney Shafer. Attorney Shafer presented the statement to the prosecutor assigned to the case. After reviewing the woman’s testimony, the prosecution entered a No Information, dismissing the charges against Attorney Shafer’s client.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a serious felony offense in the state of Florida, contact Attorney T. Charles Shafer to learn how he can fight your charges.