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Fleeing On Foot Negates Constitutional Protections

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 →

Who Is Unable To Lawfully Own A Firearm In Florida?

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 →

How To Defend Accusations Of Rape And Other Sex Crimes In Florida?

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 →

Dismissal Of A Client’s Possession Of Cocaine Charges In St. Lucie County, FL

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 →

Possible DUI Defenses

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 →

Attorney Shafer Attends Bluebird Educational Foundation Event To Support “Recycling In The Key Of E”

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 →

The Drug War – Time To Wave The White Flag

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.[1] According to FBI data from 2012, an… Read More →

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… Read More →

Attorney Shafer Achieves Dismissal of Client’s Drug Possession Charges

Possession of Cannabis Case of State v. T.L. Dismissed Attorney T. Charles Shafer recently secured the dismissal of a client’s case for possession of cannabis charges. The client had been charged with the crime on the morning of September 17th, 2014, when a St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over his truck for suspicious driving behavior. Although the client consented to the deputy searching the vehicle, he had not consented to being personally searched. Upon exiting the vehicle, the client, who cooperated with instructions and was unarmed, was then patted down by the deputy. The deputy discovered rolling papers, and… Read More →

What Is a Bench Warrant?

Most people think that getting arrested or accused of a crime will never happen in their lifetime, but did you know that you could be arrested for simply not showing up to a traffic ticket court date? Though that may seem extreme, some judges will issue a bench warrant that allows officers to arrest the defendant. Most people don’t realize what bench warrants are and what type of authority they give to law enforcement. Basically, a bench warrant is issued when you fail to follow the orders of the court. Some of the most common examples include: Not showing up… Read More →