In the practice of criminal law, we encounter cases that test our limits and define our commitment to justice. This was never truer than in the case of our client, recently exonerated from a murder charge that threatened to unjustly rob him of his life and liberty. Here’s how relentless advocacy and advanced DNA testing made the difference.
The Gravity of the Charges
Our client found himself facing the most serious charge in the criminal code: murder. The prosecution’s case, heavily reliant on circumstantial evidence and flawed witness testimonies, painted a grim picture. The stakes? A lifetime behind bars.
The Uphill Battle
Wrongful convictions are a tragic but real component of our justice system. To counteract this, we took on the monumental task of sifting through intricate details, conflicting statements, and a mountain of evidence that could easily bury the truth.
Forensic Breakthrough: DNA Testing
In a system often slow to adapt to technological progress, DNA testing can be a game-changer. We tirelessly worked to ensure DNA samples related to the case were re-examined, going to great lengths to collaborate with leading forensic experts. The result was unequivocal: the DNA did not match our client’s.
Exoneration: The Sweet Taste of Justice
When we received the DNA results, the atmosphere was electric. The legal proceedings moved swiftly thereafter. Charges were dropped, and our client, on the verge of losing everything, was set free. The moment he stepped out of the courtroom was a testament to what’s possible when advocates never relent in their pursuit of justice.
For us, this case reinforces why we chose the legal profession. It’s not just about law; it’s about people, justice, and the preservation of human dignity. We fought tooth and nail, leaving no avenue unexplored, to save an innocent man from a lifetime of unmerited suffering. It’s moments like these that underscore the profound impact of dedicated legal work.
A Monumental Achievement by The Dunn Law Firm in Sarasota, Florida
Today is a momentous day, not just for The Dunn Law Firm but for the very core of our justice system. Our firm has been at the forefront of the criminal defense arena in Sarasota, Florida, and it brings us immense satisfaction to announce that through tireless dedication, in-depth investigation, and passionate advocacy, we’ve achieved a result that can only be described as extraordinary. We have successfully procured the dismissal of an attempted murder charge against our client—a feat as rare as it is remarkable.
A Rarity in Criminal Defense
To offer some perspective, the dropping of an attempted murder charge is a scarce occurrence in the legal landscape. This is primarily due to the gravity of the charge; it signifies an accusation of an intent to take someone’s life, a claim that law enforcement agencies and prosecutors do not take lightly. Often, they invest considerable resources to secure a conviction. For a criminal defense firm to facilitate the complete dropping of such a charge is nothing short of a Herculean task, and a testament to the level of expertise brought to the table.
The Work Behind the Scenes
It’s important to emphasize that this outcome didn’t happen overnight or by mere luck. Our defense strategy was the product of countless hours of rigorous research, analysis, and preparation. The Dunn Law Firm, P.A. left no stone unturned:
- In-Depth Investigation: Our team conducted an exhaustive inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the case. We interviewed witnesses, analyzed forensic evidence, and pored over police reports to build a strong defense for our client.
- Expert Consultation: We sought private investigation to challenge the prosecution’s narrative and evidence.
- Legal Proficiency: Mr. Dunn meticulously dissected the case law, statutes, and past precedents to build a bulletproof defense strategy.
- Emotional Resilience: Given the strenuous nature of such cases, it’s not just the legal but also the emotional toll that has to be managed. We stood by our client every step of the way, offering not just legal but also emotional support.
Upholding the Pillars of Justice
The outcome of this case serves as a testament to the importance of hard work, expertise, and dedication to the principles of justice. The Dunn Law Firm, P.A. takes immense pride in upholding the cornerstone values of the legal system: ensuring a fair trial and equal protection under the law for everyone, regardless of the charges they face.
As we celebrate this incredible victory, we remain aware of the responsibility that comes with it—the responsibility to continue fighting for justice, one case at a time.
Thank you for entrusting us with the sacred duty of legal defense. We consider it a privilege to serve the Sarasota community and beyond, and promise to continue bringing you excellence in criminal defense advocacy.
For consultation or to learn more about our services, please contact The Dunn Law Firm, P.A.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post does not constitute legal advice and should not be interpreted as such. Each legal case is different and requires a unique approach tailored to the specific circumstances involved.
Property crimes in Florida span a range of illegal activities, including arson, trespassing, theft, and vandalism. Generally, the common principle to all the different activities is using or taking someone else’s property without their permission. Relatedly, you could have had permission, but it was revoked, and you continued to use that person’s property.
Understand that while some property crimes are only considered misdemeanors, especially for a first offense, if you are charged and convicted, even only just for paying a fine, you may have a criminal record. Be it a misdemeanor or felony, it’s best to avoid the problem in the first place.
Florida Property Crimes
Arson in Florida is a felony and involves burning property. The magnitude of the charges is proportional to the damage done, and harm done to anyone. Accidental fires are not arson unless negligence was a factor, and the fire was avoidable.
Willful, malicious property damage or destruction is criminal mischief (also known as vandalism), including placing graffiti. Again, the severity of the charges depends on the damage; also, whether or not the perpetrator has a prior history of such acts.
Theft and Burglary
Theft is unlawful taking of someone’s property; either petit theft or grand theft, the distinction in Florida is petit theft is under $300, and grand theft is over $300. Common examples are shoplifting or writing bad checks and can be either category, depending on the amount.
Burglary involves breaking and entering, besides the theft, and, you can commit burglary without theft if your intention for entering is some other reason.
Trespassing occurs when someone knowingly enters a property, like land or a building, without permission of the owner, or refuses to leave after told to.
Penalties depend on various factors, including whether the crime was a misdemeanor or a felony, which class of either type of crime, and the value of the property. Penalties include fines and jail time.
If you need assistance, please contact us at The Dunn Law Firm, 3100 Southgate Circle, Suite A, in Sarasota, 941-866-4352.
Criminal Attorney Sarasota | Florida Property Crimes
Have you been charged with a violent crime in Sarasota and are looking for legal representation? Adam Dunn and the Dunn Law Firm can provide you competent representation as your case moves through the court system. Here’s more information about violent crimes in Florida:
What are violent crimes?
A violent crime is any illegal act which harms or has the potential to harm a person or child. They are normally separated into misdemeanors and felonies depending on the charge. They can include:
- Resisting arrest with or without violence
- Simple or aggravated assault
- Child neglect or abuse
- Simple battery, a misdemeanor
- Battery on a police officer or other law enforcement officer
- Aggravated battery
- Felony battery (either due to prior offenses or using a deadly weapon)
- Domestic violence battery
- Residential burglary, burglary with battery, or armed burglary
- Kidnapping or false imprisonment
- Various murder charges including:
- Attempted first-degree murder
- Conspiracy to commit murder
- Felony murder
- Murder in the second degree
- Premeditated murder in the first degree, or capital murder
- Charges under Florida’s “10-20-Life” law which carry mandatory minimum sentences
What effect do these crimes have for the accused?
Charges for violent crimes not only carry harsh jail or prison penalties upon conviction, but they can also affect someone for life. They can include probation, a permanent criminal record affecting your ability to work, mandatory intervention programs, and monetary restitution to the victims.
Violent crime charges are very defendable, so you need to move quickly to secure legal representation from the Dunn Law Firm by calling us at 941-866-4352 today for a free consultation. Don’t wait, call today.
Sarasota Crimes of Violence
Adam Dunn and the Dunn Law Firm are ready to aggressively defend you for a minor traffic offense to a serious crime. Part of our service is education, and today we will discuss the ramifications of driving in Florida with a suspended license.
If you are found guilty of certain moving violations, your license can be suspended. This can impact your ability to get to work or school. Even worse is what can occur if you continue to drive with a suspended license. License suspensions are covered under Florida Statutes Section 322.34.
- If it is your first offense for driving with a suspended license, you can spend 60 days in jail and be fined up to $500. There are allowances if you can prove you did not know your license was suspended.
- A second offense can result in up to one year in prison and a $1000 fine.
- A third offense can be charged as a felony; if convicted you could face five years in prison and a $5000 fine.
- There is also a provision for a habitual offender. If you are found to have three driving while suspended convictions within five years, you can have your license revoked for five years.
Florida is also a state which can suspend or revoke your driver’s license for non-traffic offenses. One example is failing to pay court fines or fees. As people in Florida go through the court system, they are charged for a variety of things including filing for a public defender, charges for their prosecution, and court fees for misdemeanors and felonies as well as any fines. In 2017, over 100,000 people had their licenses suspended for failure to pay court fines and fees.
If you feel your license is at risk due to any of the reasons above, contact the Dunn Law Firm today in Sarasota. We are available 24/7 to help you. Call us at 941-866-4352.