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Sex Crime In Fort Walton Beach Reduced With No Felony Conviction

Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at 9:54 pm    

After their son was arrested for L & L Battery in Fort Walton Beach, JL’s parents called me. They knew that getting a team like mine involved early on was an extremely important first step in protecting their son.

When we were retained, JL was still in jail. After meeting with him at the jail, we scheduled a bond hearing where we were able to get him released from jail.

We knew we had our work cut out for us. Our client was facing up to 15 years in prison for L & L Battery (statutory rape) along with lifetime registration as a sexual offender. Defending a sexual assault case requires skill and experience to do it right. One wrong move or mistake and the client could go to prison.

We were able to develop a promising strategy based on the relationship between our client and the alleged victim. After outlining some, but not all, of this strategy with the Prosecutor, she indicated that she was willing to try and negotiate a plea bargain.

I told the Prosecutor that the following conditions were non-negotiable:

  1. No jail or prison time
  2. No sexual offender registration
  3. No felony conviction on his record

Of course, the Prosecutor didn’t want to agree to any of those conditions. Her first offer was a prison sentence with registration and a felony conviction. But after continued negotiations, JL was able to resolve his case with no incarceration, no sex offender designation, and no felony on his record.

I honestly don’t know the full reason why the Prosecutor gave us everything we wanted. I’d like to think it had something to do with the fact that we have extensive experience defending sexual assault cases, and a long track record of success, including against this Prosecutor.

At Flaherty Defense Firm, we have built a reputation as a firm that fights for our clients. And JL is a free man today because of that reputation that we’ve worked so hard to build.

If you or a loved one has been charged with L & L Battery, or any sexual assault allegation in Fort Walton Beach, call Flaherty Defense Firm 24/7 at (850) 243-6097 and let’s talk about how we can help you.


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