Domestic Violence Battery Cases up in Ft. Myers

Sean C. O’Halloran Experienced Ft Myers Criminal Defense Attorney 239-334-8890

AUGUST 1 2020

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.

As Ft. Myers criminal defense lawyers, in domestic cases, we have found that many times, both parties want the no contact order lifted.  Generally, the public defender does not get to this for weeks.  Private criminal defense lawyers can many times get the State prosecutor to agree to have the no contact order lifted and get it done in a much shorter period of time, sometimes in a day or so.  Most of the time the domestic violence cases are not part of a pattern of violence, but rather an isolate incidence brought on by alcohol. 

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.

People often get rearrested for violation of the no contact order, and can find themselves back in jail on a no bond Court order.  Having a good Ft. Myers criminal defense lawyer can help tremendously.  If you sit in jail, you may lose the job you have.  If you get rearrested for a violation of the no contact order, even if it was accidental, your case can get worse.  As a we know what to do.  Knowing who to call, knowing the law, and knowing how to get quick hearings, can make the difference in how long a person sits in custody. Initial consultations are free. Give us a call and we may be able to help.  May times the husband or wife did not want the other spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend arrested.  Lee County defense attorneys  A really good Ft. Myers or Cape Coral defense lawyer can make a huge difference.  Call and we can discuss your options

Ft. Myers Police targeting gun violations

Sean C. O’Halloran
Experienced Ft Myers Criminal Defense Attorney

March 23 2017

In light of all the recent shootings in Ft. Myers, the police are actively targeting gun violations.

If you are a convicted felon, and you get arrested for possession of a firearm, you are facing a State prison sentence.
Did you know that if you are a convicted felon and you are in possession of a single bullet, you can find yourself charged?
If you are carrying a concealed firearm and get stopped and searched and a gun is found on your person or within ready reach you are in deep trouble.

As a Ft. Myers criminal defense lawyer, I have seen an increase in gun arrests and firearms prosecutions.

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.

If you have a gun charge pending or a recent firearms arrest and you want to talk to an experienced gun lawyer, call our Ft. Myers office at 239 334 8890

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