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At T. Charles Shafer, Attorney at Law my team is dedicated to providing my clients with the advice, information, and representation that they need in order to effectively pursue a favorable outcome in their case. If you have been charged with a crime, or if your loved one has been arrested, then you may be looking for answers. I offer this blog so that you may obtain some information regarding criminal defense, various laws, and other issues.
It is important to retain skilled representation in your case, and you can be sure that I will work with you from start to finish of your case to pursue the results that you need. Be sure to check back frequently to obtain additional information regarding laws, updates, and to obtain other information. Feel free to contact my firm today to begin pursuing the representation that you need in your case.
On February 2, 2018 Mr. Shafer was in attendance when the Honorable Elizabeth Metzger, Chief Judge of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, comprising Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Indian River Counties, addressed a gathering of the St. Lucie County Bar Association held at the Fort Pierce Bistro on “The State of the 19th,” reviewing notable events occurring in the circuit the past year and offering aspirations for the court system in 2018. Judge Metzger informed her audience of the preparations and actions of the court system before, during and after the recent hurricane, and the Circuit’s continued readiness for… Read More →
The reporters for Treasure Coast Palm have uncovered a multitude of problems at the forensic treatment center that houses those too mentally ill to stand trial on the Treasure Coast. These problems range from daily care violations to murder. When a person commits a criminal act but is incompetent to proceed to trial, or is otherwise determined to have been insane at the time the offense was committed, such a defendant is sent to a treatment center. For the incompetent individual, treatment will attempt to restore the person’s competency so that they are able to face trial. For those determined… Read More →
If you flee on foot after being stopped by law enforcement, know that anything you dispose of (‘abandon”) will be able to be used against you, because you lose the right to challenge the constitutionality of the stop and seizure of your person. This is a direct result of your flight. Thus, even if the initial stop is deemed unconstitutional, you lose constitutional protections, so that evidence otherwise inadmissible will now be used against you. For example, you are in a car that is stopped by police looking for someone. The car’s description given to police is so vague as… Read More →
If you’re convicted of a felony, you cannot lawfully possess a firearm. If you continually violate certain statutes pertaining to substance abuse, then you might be deemed incompetent to own a firearm. If you have been involuntarily committed (commonly referred to as being “Baker Acted”) with a finding that you posed a danger to yourself or others, then you will be unable to legally possess a firearm. In addition, certain domestic violence convictions also bar one from owning a firearm, at least for a period of time. Finally, there are various federal firearm restrictions determined by federal law. There may… Read More →
Sex crimes are considered some of the most serious crimes that carry draconian penalties. They are also the most socially stigmatizing crimes in existence which will jeopardize your life in ways you can’t even imagine. Simply being accused of a sex offense will have devastating effects on your life, long before guilt is actually proven in court by a judge or jury. If you are facing allegations of committing a sex crime in Florida, never make the mistake of cooperating with law enforcement without hiring a criminal defense attorney first. A criminal defense attorney understands the importance of gathering exculpatory… Read More →
Attorney T. Charles Shafer recently used his skill and experience to secure the dismissal of a client’s possession of cocaine charges in St. Lucie County, FL The Accused retained Attorney Shafer to represent him on a charge of possession of cocaine. Videotape from the local J’ai A’lai poker room captured a small baggie of cocaine falling to the floor from the Accused’s back pocket as the Accused, a card player, pulled money from his jeans. Subsequently, he was arrested and prosecuted for possession. Because the Accused had a previous felony criminal record, the State Attorney made a plea offer of… Read More →
Have you or a loved one been arrested for driving under the influence? Do you feel like there is no way to defeat your charges? Often times people charged with DUI tend to want to admit guilt and move on. Don’t fall into this lure! You can fight your charges, no matter what the circumstances are. As an experienced DUI defense lawyer, I understand the ins and outs of the court system. That being said, I know the most effective defense strategies that can be used against DUI charges. Some possible DUI defenses include the following: Lack of reasonable cause:… Read More →
Along with serving as an advocate for his clients accused of criminal acts, Attorney T. Charles Shafer is also committed to the betterment of our local community, particularly our youth. That is why he serves on the board of directors of the Bluebird Educational Foundation, an organization dedicated to the enrichment local students with events and programs that expose them to blues, jazz, classical music. Attorney Shafer recently attended a BEF presentation to St. Lucie County Board of Education in support of the foundation’s “Recycling in the Key of E” initiative. “Recycling in the Key of E” is a program… Read More →
Recently, while speaking at a presidential forum in New Hampshire, New Jersey governor and presidential hopeful Chris Christie remarked, “… the war on drugs has been a failure — well-intentioned, but a failure.” One only need look at the startling statistics associated with the U.S. “War on Drugs” to see how right he is: Although the U.S. has less than 5 percent of the world’s population, our country houses approximately 25 percent of the world’s prison population. Since the war on drugs began in 1971, the U.S. prison population has surged 700 percent. According to FBI data from 2012, an… Read More →
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… Read More →