Case Results in Aggravated Battery Case with a Deadly Weapon in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL
Women can be the victims of false claims of domestic violence. These false claims are often motivated by a desire to control a situation improperly, or gain an advantage in a future child custody or child support hearing. These claims are particular difficult to defend because the alleged victim may go to extraordinary lengths to actively encourage the prosecution and may offer false testimony in an attempt to convict an innocent person of a crime they did not commit. Continue reading if you would like to see more information about a recent case result we obtained in a Tampa Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon Case prosecuted in Hillsborough County, FL.
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All Charges Dropped After Demand for Speedy Trial
Although the incident with the vehicle occurred in July, the State Attorney's Office took nearly six months to make a filing decision before deciding to file the charges against the Tampa woman. After taking depositions of the state's witnesses, an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm filed a notice of expiration of speedy trial on February 2, 2009. The notice of expiration of speedy trial forced the prosecution for the State of Florida to conduct a hearing within 5 days, and then begin the trial within 10 days after the hearing. A hearing on the notice of expiration of speedy trial was held on February 6, 2009. At that time, the Honorable Denise A. Pomponio, Judge of the Circuit Court of Hillsborough County schedule a pre-trial conference on February 11th and the jury trial on February 16th (within 10 days of the speedy trial hearing).
On February 11, 2009, the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office announced that because of discrepancies in the case and the fact that the Tampa woman had taken an eight (8) hour anger management class on-line, that the State of Florida would drop or "nol pross" the charge of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. The Tampa woman walked out of the courtroom a free woman exonerated of the felony aggravated domestic battery charge.
Ms. Sammis, a Tampa criminal defense attorney, represents both men and women charged with domestic violence, including aggravated battery in Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Polk County and Pasco County. Women can be particularly vulnerable to false claims of domestic violence, which can have a huge impact in future child custody cases.
If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, it is important to speak with an attorney immediately about protecting your rights and securing evidence that might otherwise be lost with the passage of time. If you have been arrested for domestic battery, aggravated battery or aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, contact an experienced Tampa Domestic Violence Attorney at the Sammis Law Firm to discuss your case today at 813-250-0500.