ALL CHARGES DROPPED – 9/1/2021
Osceola County, FL
Our client originally hired a different attorney. After 4 months of representation, he was still sitting in jail without a bond and had watched 2 of his co-defendants be sentenced to more than a decade in prison, each. Worried about lack of progress, scared by how his codefendants faired and intimidated by the potential life sentence hanging over his head, our client hired Longwell Lawyers. 11 days after being hired, Board Certified Criminal Trial Expert Benjamin Jones secured our client’s release from custody and went to work attacking the prosecution’s case. Our client and 3 of his friends were accused of holding an acquaintance at gunpoint for over 12 hours as they drove around Osceola County draining their hostage’s bank account at various ATMs and local businesses. The prosecution claimed to have security footage of our client in the car with the victim and the co-defendants, footage of our client in stores using the victim’s credit card, statements from Co-Defendants’ implicating our client in the robbery, the gun that was used in the robbery, and DNA evidence. Employing a trial oriented strategy to challenge the reliability of all of this evidence, Attorney Jones and his client stood firm, rejecting plea offers that would have avoided an adult conviction, resulted in 4 or the 5 charges being dropped, and allowed our client to serve only 3 years in prison. Instead, they chose to assert our client’s powerful constitutional right to a jury trial. The morning the trial was about to start, the prosecution finally realized that the Defense could not be bullied around, and, like most bullies do when challenged, backed down, dropping all charges the morning that trial was scheduled to begin.