Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2014 — Two Lakeland residents were arrested over the holiday season, one for misdemeanor domestic violence battery and one for felony tampering with a victim and misdemeanor domestic violence battery.
“Both men face serious charges, but just because they were arrested, does not mean they are not entitled to a criminal defense. Each case, while different, revolves around the stated facts as provided by the complainants,” outlines Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney, who is not involved in either case.
In one case, a Polk County firefighter was arguing with his estranged wife, when the fight allegedly went from verbal sparring to pushing. The woman kicked her husband. And in an odd turn of events, the man sat on his wife while she was in the driver’s seat of his car. There were no injuries reported in this incident, “However, that does not mean the prosecution cannot proceed with charges, nor do they have to drop charges, should the estranged wife sign a Waiver of Prosecution. They may make the decision to proceed, based on the evidence available,” Grajek says.
The second incident, involving a Juvenile Justice probation officer, was the result of another marital argument. The man grabbed the wife’s cell phone and pushed her, then pulled the house phone line out of the wall when his wife wanted to call for assistance. There were no injuries recorded in this case either, but the facts of the situation are different and the court may view tearing the phone line out of the wall as aggravating circumstances; tampering with a victim. Both men were released, one from jail and the other on pre-trial conditions.
Both of these cases are serious offences and if either man pleads no contest or guilty to the charges, they will not be able to seal their criminal record or have it expunged. In order to preserve their reputations, each would be well advised to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney and find out what their legal options are. “There are ways to mitigate the consequences,” indicates Grajek, “ such as discussing the case with the prosecutor and demonstrating why it would be not in your best interests to prosecute. The domestic violence charges may be dropped as a result of talking to the prosecutor and explaining any mitigating circumstances. If the charges are dropped, you do not have a criminal record.”
For those facing charges of domestic violence, make an immediate call to a qualified criminal defense attorney. “You cannot handle charges like this on your own without making a serious misstep,” states Grajek.
Learn more at http://www.flcrimedefense.com/
Thomas C. Grajek
206 Easton Drive, Suite 102
Lakeland, FL 33803
- FDLE chemist Joseph Graves being investigated for tampering with evidence in criminal cases. Thousands of Florida drug and other criminal cases could be dropped.
Last week it was the chief of police fired for allegedly not following policies. This week it is an Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime analyst in the news. FDLE lab analyst Joseph Graves is being investigated for allegedly tampering with evidence in thousand of criminal cases. This includes people serving prison sentences that could be set free because of his alleged actions. FDLE law enforcement official investigating the crime lab analyst announced they believe the chemist even swapped prescription pain pills that were in evidence for over-the-counter medications. The chemist worked in FDLE’s Tallahassee crime lab where many of the […]
- Plant City police chief fired today. Chief's firing comes only one week after Chief Womack resigned in neighboring Lakeland, Florida.
Wow! Another week and another police chief out of a job. This time it is Plant City Police Chief Steve Singletary. Just like the Lakeland Police Department scandal, this firing also included allegations of sexual misconduct. The city manager did not fire Chief Singletary for allegedly having an affair. However, the chief was let go because he allegedly violated city policy and Plant City’s code of conduct by spending working hours with the woman and also for interfering with the investigation into these allegations. As I have been saying for some time, the public’s trust in the judicial system and […]
- Today the Florida Supreme Court approved the language of the proposed medical marijuana amendment. If it passes, how will the bill affect cannabis and other criminal cases in Florida and Polk County? Will passage mean more DUI arrests?
The medical marijuana amendment has made it to Florida’s ballot in time for the next governor’s election. Voter polls currently indicate that the amendment will pass easily and medical marijuana will become legal in the state of Florida. How will this affect criminal cases? The potential effect on the police, when law enforcement can search a person (or their vehicle), and to possession of cannabis cases could be dramatic. Currently, a police officer or deputy with the proper training can search a person or vehicle if he smells the odor of marijuana. This gives the officer probable cause to search […]