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False Imprisonment Charges in Fort Walton Beach

I see this charge a lot when someone is arrested for Domestic Violence and there is an allegation that the suspect blocked the alleged victim from leaving, or prevented them from calling the police by taking their phone from them. What is False Imprisonment? Florida Statute 787.02 defines False Imprisonment as follows: “Forcibly, by threat,… Read More



Okaloosa County Aggravated Assault Charge Dismissed

DW was charged with Aggravated Assault and Domestic Violence in Okaloosa County. The allegation against her was that during a fight with her former boyfriend, she pointed a gun at him. Aggravated Assault with a Firearm carries a 3 year mandatory minimum sentence. DW told me from the start that she wanted her day in… Read More



Shoplifting Charge Dismissed in Destin

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… Read More



Is It Possible To Get An Aggravated Assault Charge In Okaloosa County Reduced?

Aggravated Assault is a charge I see pretty often in Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa County. It covers a wide variety of factual situations where someone is accused of using either a weapon or a firearm to threaten someone. Aggravated Assault with a weapon or firearm is serious. It’s a third degree felony with a… Read More



Burglary with Battery Charges in Okaloosa County

What is Burglary With Battery? Burglary with Battery in Okaloosa County and throughout Florida is defined as a Burglary where the suspect, in the course of committing the offense, commits a battery against any person. How serious is Burglary With Battery? Burglary with Battery is a First Degree felony punishable by LIFE in prison. It… Read More



Choosing The Right Criminal Attorney In Destin

As an attorney who practices criminal defense in Destin, I’m in court several days a week. I get a chance to watch how other attorneys work; how they treat their clients; how they address the Court. It’s always obvious which attorneys seem confident and “on it,” and which ones seem flustered and ill-prepared. Mediocre representation… Read More



Domestic Violence Strangulation Charges Dismissed in Okaloosa County

MC had two charges in Okaloosa County. He was charged with one count of Domestic Violence and one count of Domestic Violence Strangulation. The allegations centered around two separate incidents on different dates against his ex girlfriend. Because my client had a lengthy prior record involving crimes of violence, I knew from the start that the prosecutor… Read More



Lewd or Lascivious Sex Crime Resolved Without Prison Sentence In Okaloosa County

When I started Flaherty Defense Firm in 2004, I knew that I wanted to exclusively practice criminal defense law. What I didn’t really plan on was that eventually I would end up defending more sex crime charges than just about any other firm in Okaloosa County. Any time a client is charged with a sex… Read More



Fort Walton Beach Battery Charge Dismissed

For my client, T.O., life was good. He had a nice house, a good job, and he was getting ready to marry the woman he loved. What burst his bubble was a scorned ex-husband who was determined to make my client as miserable as he was.  T.O. was stuck in the middle of a long… Read More



Fort Walton Beach Domestic Violence Case Dismissed

Domestic Violence cases between siblings are tough. No matter how they turn out, most of the time the relationship between the siblings is changed forever. It also puts a huge strain on the parents of the two siblings when one of their kids was the aggressor and one was the victim. When I take on… Read More



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