JA was charged with Child Abuse, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Because he was in the military, he was facing the end of his career if he was convicted.
The charges stemmed from the use of corporal punishment (spanking) to discipline his son. Someone saw a bruise on the child at school and the police were called. DCF got involved, and before JA could even process what was happening, he was thrown in jail.
After meeting with JA, it was clear that he was a good father who loved his kids and a good soldier. He had no prior arrests on his record. His command had told him what would happen if he was convicted so I knew it was vital to secure a dismissal of all charges if possible.
Before meeting with the Prosecutor to discuss the case, I provided a file of mitigation. Fortunately, the Prosecutor was someone I had worked with before and I knew she would be fair and honest.
Everyone Deserves a Second Chance
I was able to get JA into a diversion program that is called Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) in Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa County. This program ensures that the charges against someone will be dropped if the conditions are successfully completed.
JA got all of his requirements done and his case was dismissed. He was able to stay in the military.
When someone is facing felony charges, the stakes are high. With military members, it’s even more important to make sure there are no mistakes. Clients with a lot to lose hire me because they know they only have one chance to get it right. One chance to secure their freedom and their future.
If you have been charged with Child Abuse in Fort Walton Beach, Flaherty & Merrifield can help. Call us today at (850) 243-6097.