Tampa Criminal Attorney Will Hanlon Forces Dismissal of Florida Warrant and Criminal Charge Due to Prosecutor’s Inability to Pursue Criminal Charge

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A Florida warrant was dismissed and the charges dropped in case number 88-CF-010718 in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Hillsborough County when the State Prosecutor realized his witnesses would not be able to pursue burglary charges against Tampa Criminal Attorney Will Hanlon's client. The facts alleged that the defendant (client) had broken into someone’s home and stolen various items. When the victim failed to secure the proper documentation to pursue the case, the outstanding warrant and the accompanying charge were dismissed.

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Discovering the circumstances surrounding the underlying charge to the warrant can many times lead to the release of the client in an out-of-state, or out-of-county jail

A Florida warrant was dismissed and the charges dropped in case number 88-CF-010718 in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Hillsborough County when the State Prosecutor realized his witnesses would not be able to pursue burglary charges against Tampa Criminal Attorney Will Hanlon's client. The facts alleged that the defendant (client) had broken into someone’s home and stolen various items. When the victim failed to secure the proper documentation to pursue the case, the outstanding warrant and the accompanying charge were dismissed.

Many times, Tampa criminal attorney, Will Hanlon has brought about the dismissal of Florida warrants after discovering the prosecutor’s criminal charge was too old or too weak to pursue. Discovering the circumstances surrounding the underlying charge to the warrant can many times lead to the release of the client in an out-of-state, or out-of-county jail. The scenario usually plays out in the following manner: A defendant is arrested on a criminal charge. For one reason or another, he leaves the jurisdiction without resolving the criminal charge pending against him. The accused may leave the county or the state. Either way the unresolved criminal charge becomes a ticking time bomb. How does this happen? The Court inevitably issues a warrant for the defendant’s arrest when the case is called and the defendant is not present in court to address his charges.

In the short term, the defendant may avoid the warrant and the arrest that goes with it. However, a warrant, especially a felony warrant, can create unbelievable hardship on someone if it is executed on him or her outside the jurisdiction of the court. The farther away from the jurisdiction of the court the more difficult the situation becomes.

What makes it more difficult? When someone is arrested on a warrant outside the jurisdiction they have to be transported by the county that issued the warrant. "If your warrant was issued by Hillsborough county you will remain in the county jail of the arresting jurisdiction until arrangements by the proper authorities to transport you. If the arresting jurisdiction is out of state it could be weeks before you are actually transported," says Hanlon.

Typically, most people do not fight jurisdiction on an out-of-state warrant when they are arrested out-of-state. "I am not recommending that as a strategy to deal with the warrant. However, most people realize that waiving jurisdiction will speed up the transportation process," Hanlon says.

The best scenario for any criminal defendant is to avoid arrest on the warrant by retaining a criminal lawyer. This approach allows the criminal defendant to resolve the warrant outside of jail. There are times when the defendant can even avoid surrendering himself to the jurisdiction of the court. In the case above the State Attorney dismissed the charges and the warrant when they learned there was no way to prosecute the case.

The message is clear. Hanlon advises not to wait until you have been arrested on a warrant to retain a tampa criminal attorney. There are ways to avoid arrest and incarceration.

Will Hanlon has been a Tampa criminal attorney for over 15 years. He practices in Tampa and across central Florida. He grew up in the Tampa area. His result oriented approach and familiarity with the system has created successful results in thousands of clients. For more information go to tampadefenseattorney.com.

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