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Destin Aggravated Battery Charge Dismissed For Military Member

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 Defense Firm today at (850) 243-6097 and see what I can do to help you.

Aggravated Battery In Fort Walton Beach Dismissed

AD was in a lot of trouble when he came to meet with me about his case in Fort Walton Beach. He was charged with Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Victim and Domestic Battery by Strangulation. He was looking at a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 34 months in prison.

One possible defense with battery cases involving pregnant victims is that the State must prove that the offender knew the victim was pregnant. In this case however, the victim was AD’s wife and she was 8 months pregnant so we knew that wouldn’t be a valid defense.

Before coming in to meet with me, he had talked to public defender and they told him that the best they could do for him was to accept the 34 month prison sentence.

With a baby on the way and a family that needed him at home and working, AD put his trust in me. I immediately told him to enroll himself in anger management classes along with alcohol counseling. I also met with the prosecutor to let them know that this family intended to stay together and work through their problems. I told the prosecutor that pleading guilty and going to prison was not an option for AD and that if the case wasn’t dismissed, we’d be setting it for trial.

About a week later, the State dismissed all charges against my client. He was able to reunite with his family and he promised to continue with the counseling that he needed.

If you have been charged with Aggravated Battery or Domestic Violence in Fort Walton Beach, I don’t know what the end result will be in your case. I do know however that I know what moves to make in order to give you the best possible chance at a favorable outcome.

If you have been charged with Aggravated Battery in Fort Walton Beach, and you are ready to put an experienced, professional defense attorney to work for you, call Flaherty Defense Firm right away at (850) 243-6097 and let’s get started on your defense.

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