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Shoplifting Charge Dismissed in Destin

Posted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 at 6:59 pm    

ST was charged with Shoplifting in Destin. She was facing a sentence of 60 days in jail. When she came in to meet with me, she was very scared about what was going to happen to her. She was worried about the impact a theft conviction would have on her ability to get a good job to support her family.

I assured her that we would take care of this for her. We issued a subpoena for the security camera evidence and found a few things to work with. We also carefully reviewed the police reports and witness statements.

As part of what we do, we always explore ways to resolve a case without going to trial. It is important to do that in a way that doesn’t give away any of our leverage. The prosecutors know that we are willing to go to trial if needed, which allows us to negotiate better resolutions for our clients.

In ST’s case, the State offered to send her case to pretrial diversion. This was a very tempting offer because it guaranteed a case dismissal if successfully completed.

I met with ST in my office and laid out her options. I explained the pros and cons of each one. After several meetings with her family and me, she decided to accept the offer of pretrial diversion. While she was confident in our ability to win the case at trial, she decided that she couldn’t pass up the sure thing of a guaranteed dismissal.

ST completed her pretrial diversion and her case was dismissed. When it was over, she thanked us for going the extra mile to secure different options for her case. She also told us how much she appreciated that we let her make the decision and that we gave her plenty of time to make it. She told us that she knew if she had gone with the public defender, she would have only had a few seconds to discuss the case and make her decision.

ST’s case might not qualify as a “big” case. It certainly didn’t make headlines. But you know what? It was very big to her and her family. Which means it was big to us. Every case we handle has huge implications for our clients, and we take every case, no matter how big or small, very seriously.

At Flaherty Defense Firm, we have over 13 years of experience successfully defending clients with all types of cases. We have the expertise and the talent to get the very best possible result for each of our clients.

If you would like to see what a difference a team like ours can make, we welcome your call.

If you have been charged with Shoplifting in Destin, we invite you to call Flaherty Defense Firm at (850) 243-6097 for a free consultation. We will help you get your life back on track.


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