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The Law Office of Jeffrey H. Garland, P.A.

Attorney Garland’s Cases

  • September 11, 2012

F.M. (not her real initials) went shopping at the Express store in the Vero Beach Mall on July 8, 2010. She would not, unfortunately, be able to forget this day, and the matter would not be resolved until 364 days later, just 5 days before a jury was to be picked. The day started out happily and with great promise. Three children of a close family friend spent the night with F.M.’s daughter. The group proceeded to the Vero Mall for a brief stop in route to taking the children home. The three younger girls occupied themselves with coin-operated machines. The 16-year-old boy went to Game Stop. F.M. first went shopping at Free Style, then, as fate would have it, went to the Express store. F.M. purchased items at both stores with her debit/credit card, transactions which would later be…Read More

  • September 11, 2012

S.S. (not her real initials) was initially represented by the Public Defenders office in connection with charges of third degree grand theft and uttering a forged instrument. The State alleged that S.S. had deposited a counterfeit check on April 30, 2007, into a Seacoast National Bank in Port St. Lucie, Florida, in an amount of $4,850.75. At that time, S.S. received $2,600.00 cash back. The balance of the deposit stayed in the account. Several days later, the bank received notification that the check was invalid and, more specifically, was counterfeit. Based upon S.S.s significant prior criminal history, the States plea offer called for three years in prison. The Assistant Public Defender did not offer much encouragement with respect to the chances of prevailing at trial. S.S.s family was finally able to refinance a property. S.S. retained Jeffrey H. Garland to…Read More

  • September 10, 2012

It might have been a perfect day on the water. The sky was clear; the sun was warm; and life was good – until deputies showed up at “Dynamite Point”, just inside the Fort Pierce Inlet. On May 16, 2009, Deputy Vinny Bonagura was on marine patrol for the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office (SLCSO). At approximately 4:22 P.M., he was “flagged down” by a man who claimed that WGM threw a beer can at a woman. The alleged female “victim” was WGM’s long-time girlfriend. The person who flagged down Deputy Bonagura was a man who apparently wished to usurp WGM’s position. He may have thought to eliminate the “competition” by having WGM arrested. On what might have otherwise been an idyllic day on the water, Deputy Bonagura placed WGM under arrest for domestic battery on his girlfriend. The prosecutor…Read More

  • September 10, 2012

FELONY BATTERY REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR/ WITHHOLD OF ADJUDICATION AND EARLY TERMINATION OF PROBATION UPON PAYMENT OF RESTITUTION MMC was initially arrested on February 24, 2009, on a charge of felony battery for an offense which occurred on January 22, 2009. He would be arrested later on, on March 19, 2009, for an additional charge of simple battery. Following his arrest, MMC retained Jeffrey H. Garland to represent him in connection with the matter. Attorney Garland recognized that MMC was just 18 years of age at the time of his arrest and was still in high school. The situation arose from a minor incident between two young men who were both driving. MMC followed the other young man home. Both attended the same high school. It is probably fair to say that following someone to their house in order to confront…Read More

  • September 10, 2012

R.K.D. was arrested on September 28, 2008, on charges of “simple” domestic violence (“DV”) and DV battery by strangulation. The first charge was a misdemeanor. The second charge was a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Following his arrest, R.K.D. retained Jeffrey H. Garland. Garland was also retained to represent the Defendant in a related DV injunction case. This case, like so many others, featured a couple in a long-term relationship with two young children. Whatever really happened on the night in question, and whatever the status of their personal relationship, this couple would still be bound by their two children. With the welfare of the children in mind, Garland recommended that R.K.D. consent to the injunction without evidentiary findings. In return, he was able to retrieve most of his personal property and, more importantly,…Read More

  • September 10, 2012

H.L. was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in St. Lucie County on May 28, 2009. His family retained Jeffrey H. Garland the same day. The family’s quick action in retaining counsel allowed Garland to attend the first appearance hearing on the morning of May 29. A quick review of the police investigative report suggested that bond would probably be very high – unless decisive action was taken. The wife reported to police that H.L. “got very upset and pulled a gun out and put the gun in her face and went back to verbally abusing her”. The police report asserted that this was the “second time since 2005 that the above parties have had domestic disputes”. Several days before the arrest, H.L. was served with a Petition for Domestic Violence Injunction. The Petition contained a detailed affidavit,…Read More

  • September 7, 2012

ASSAULT ON A POSTAL EMPLOYEE, 18 U.S.C. §§ 111(A)(1) AND 111(B), PLEAD TO A MISDEMEANOR AND PROBATION. On September 30, 2005, CJI was arrested on State charges which were subsequently dropped. The United States Attorney “picked up” the charge by obtaining an indictment for assault on a federal employee, to-wit: a postal worker. Federal prosecutors maintained that CJI had a personal grudge against a contract worker for the post office. The government asserted that CJI ran up to the postal worker’s car and, without cause, began to use a stun gun on the postal worker. Federal prosecutors maintained that the stun gun constituted a deadly weapon. Following her initial arrest, CJI retained Jeffrey H. Garland. Attorney Garland, in turn, retained Brad Perron, a staff investigator with Investigative Support Specialist, Inc., to assist in the defense. The defense investigation would establish…Read More

  • September 4, 2012

Mitch Sandler (not his real name) was arrested for domestic battery on 3/31/12. He retained Attorney Jeffrey H. Garland on 4/3/12. Attorney Garland immediately spotted the potential applicability of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which appears, in relevant part, at Section 776.013(3): A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if he or she reasonable believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony. On being retained, Attorney Garland made a public records request to 911 for a…Read More

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