The stress of the Covid crisis is taking its toll on Ft. Myers families. These are hard time. People have lost jobs and income. Social distancing is contributing to people taking out their stress on the people they love. Husbands and Wives are at each other, and this can cause people to explode in anger. The anger is a reaction to the stress.
If you or a loved one got arrested here in Lee County for Domestic Battery, it can turn your life upside down. This is particularly if the first appearance judge as a condition of bond enters the typical no contact order. Most families in these hard times cannot afford one place to live, much less two.
With the bars shut down, people are drinking at home. If you put alcohol on top of stress and unemployment, it is a recipe for people taking it out on each other. One of our goals in most of the cases is to heal the family situation and restore the normal family life.
You may have a valid defense if you were illegally searched or if your stop was a profile stop. The simple fact is, in Ft. Myers, if you are black you stand a much greater chance of getting profiled and stopped. The police will make up a reason for the stop. They may say your tag light was not bright enough or your tint was too dark or your radio too loud. They will always be reason they claim the stop was made. If you are white, and in a black neighborhood at the wrong time of day, you also run the risk of getting stopped. The police are doing their best to cut down on the shootings but in the process, a lot of innocent people get stopped, detained and then searched. They may even bring a drug dog to walk around your car for what they call a “free air sniff”. They are not supposed to detain you unreasonably while the canine officer is on the way, but they do.
Be careful if you buy a gun.
It may have been stolen in a burglary and the serial number reported. It is always safe to buy a gun at Shoot Straight or one of the reputable gun shops. If you are found in possession of a recently stolen gun, the police may suspect you of the theft even though you thought you bought it legitimately. Be careful at the gun shows. People walking around with pistols or rifles may be trying to sell stolen property. Always demand to see and get a copy of their identification. There is nothing wrong with responsible gun ownership. In fact, in my opinion, given the present day danger of home invasion robbery, I recommend every home have one. Having said that however, the guns must be kept out of the hands of children.
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