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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 job to support her family.

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

As part of what I do, I 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 I am willing to go to trial if needed, which allows me to negotiate better resolutions for my 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 my 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 me for going the extra mile to secure different options for her case. She also told me how much she appreciated that I let her make the decision and that I gave her plenty of time to make it. She said 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 me. Every case I defend has huge implications for my clients, and I take every case, no matter how big or small, very seriously.

At Flaherty Defense Firm, I have over 15 years of experience successfully defending clients with all types of cases. I have the expertise and the talent to get the very best possible result for each of my clients.

If you would like to see what a difference I can make for you. I welcome your call.

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

Shoplifting Case Dismissed In Fort Walton Beach

RN was very scared when she came to meet with me. She had been accused of shoplifting in Fort Walton Beach and she had never been in trouble before. She was a busy mom who had gone shopping with her kids. When she paid, she forgot about the items that were on the bottom of her grocery cart. After paying for the items that were in her cart, she went to leave and was detained at the front door.

As soon as she realized what she had done, she profusely apologized and offered to pay for the items immediately. The store wasn’t interested in helping her, so they called the police. Even though the police told her that they believed her, she was still arrested for misdemeanor theft.

Being a new mom, RN had a lot on her plate. She was also a military spouse and a student. Because theft is a crime of dishonesty, I knew it was imperative that her charges get dropped. Although she was very scared and very embarrassed, she was also very determined to keep this off of her record. We never even discussed the possibility of pleading guilty. Instead, we focused on ways to get the case dismissed.

Theft cases in Fort Walton Beach are difficult to resolve. Judges and Prosecutors take a very hard stance against anyone they deem to be a “thief”. My task was to get them to see RN as a good person who had made an honest mistake and not just a “thief” or a case number.

After a lot of back and forth with the Prosecutor, I was able to secure a pretrial diversion agreement for RN. She completed the agreement and her case was dismissed. Once it was dismissed, I proceeded right to the expungement process and had the arrest expunged from her record.

RN got a clean slate and a fresh start and she was very grateful for what I was able to do for her.

If you have been accused of Theft in Fort Walton Beach, call Flaherty Defense Firm at (850) 243-6097 for the help you need.

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