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Vet Gets Credit for Service

Vet Gets Credit for Service

After many years of honorable service to the United States Navy, ACD (not his real initials) retired to pursue other interests. Upon retirement, ACD sustained serious injuries in a skiing accident. Over the years, they became progressively worse. But for his strong will, the combination of debilitating injuries and medication would have rendered ACD a paraplegic, perhaps worse.

ACD was charged by the Fort Pierce Police Department with possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription. He promptly retained Jeffrey H. Garland to represent him in this matter. Although disputed, a trial would have been difficult in light of ACD’s physical condition and family obligations.

ACD pled no contest to possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription. The State agreed to a withhold of adjudication, $500 fine, court costs, and probation which was to end automatically upon full payment. The withhold of adjudication meant that ACD would not be a “convicted felon”. He has not lost his right to keep and bear fire arms. Since he is not on probation, ACD is free to travel between a midwestern state and Florida to deal with family matters. He paid the $500 fine and court costs the same day he was sentenced. The case was closed. His distinguished military career was a major factor in helping to promptly and successfully resolve this case.