SC was looking at the end of his military career when he was arrested for Aggravated Battery in Destin. Aggravated Battery is a second-degree offense punishable by up to 15 years in prison. He was accused of committing Battery against his pregnant wife.

My website,, says that we are available 24/7. This case proves that this is not just a slogan. I actually mean it.

Here is what happened:

SC’s family called my office on a Saturday and talked to my paralegal, Brandy. They told her that SC was scheduled for a 1st appearance hearing before the Judge on Sunday morning at the courthouse. Brandy relayed the information to me and I called the family Saturday afternoon. After talking to SC’s parents, I agreed to take the case.

The first step I took was to let the police know right away that they were NOT permitted to question my client. I told them that he would not discuss the case with anyone except me and my staff.

Saturday night, I visited SC at the jail. I explained what to expect at the hearing the next morning and assured him I’d be there for him. That same night, I also met with my client’s wife, the alleged victim. I explained to her as well what to expect at the hearing.

Sunday morning, I appeared for the hearing. I was the only attorney there even though there were about 30 people on the docket. Some of them even had attorneys who didn’t bother to show up since it was the weekend (this is common).

I made a persuasive argument for a low bond. Despite the State’s argument to keep SC in jail, the Judge agreed with me and he was able to get out of jail.

Once he was out, I knew this would be a tough case to resolve. The alleged victim was pregnant, and she had suffered pretty severe injuries.

Fortunately for SC, My team and I have been defending serious felony cases for a long time. We know what we’re doing.

After months of hard work, SC’s case was eventually dismissed.

As I said before, advertising 24/7 access is not just a gimmick. It’s a benefit I offer to my clients and their families and it made a big difference in SC’s case. Without it, he would not have gotten out of jail at first appearance. And if he had settled for a public defender, he might have waited months for a bond hearing.

I was very happy to help SC get a second chance to reunite with his family, save his military career, and get his life back on track.

If you have been charged with Aggravated Battery in Destin, call Flaherty & Merrifield today at (850) 243-6097 and see what we can do to help you.

Case Dismissed