Shawn Alan Arnold’s Answers

Shawn Alan Arnold

Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Mr X was charged with molesting a child. He did not do it. No one thinks he did except for the girl who was put up to it so

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jimmy Allen Davis
    2. Joshua Mark Geller
    3. Erin Cecil-Levine
    4. Colleen M. Glenn
    5. Shawn Alan Arnold
    5 lawyer answers

    Sounds like an involved story. Please feel free to give us a call to discuss as we have seven attorneys who practice criminal defense in Jacksonville.

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  2. Is it usual for a court date to be changed several times before the accused is even charged?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Shawn Alan Arnold
    2. Stephen Andrew Mosca
    3. Michael Jonathan Wartko
    3 lawyer answers

    If the matter is a misdemeanor the State has 90 days to file charges, except for those matters in which a citation can be used as the charging document. In felony cases, the State has 175 days to make a filing decision. However, if the Defendant is in custody and no filing decision is made within 40 days the Defendant can be released without and bail conditions.

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  3. What would be the best way for me to sit in on drug trials? I am interesting in learning the procedure.

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Shawn Alan Arnold
    2. Timothy England Moffitt
    3. David Richard Damore
    4. Judith Michael Fouladi
    4 lawyer answers

    The correct answer is that the Chief Judge's office tracks cases that are going to trial and publishes them to the Jacksonville Bar Association. Either place can help you.

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  4. What's the worst case scenario for 1 count poss. marijuana under 20grams(15) and 2 counts poss. of paraphernalia(scale and pipe)

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Shawn Alan Arnold
    2. Daniel J. Rose
    3. Stephen Andrew Mosca
    4. Taylor Wayne Casey
    4 lawyer answers

    I also believe you would be a good candidate for PTI. I am located in Jacksonville so please feel free to give me a call to discuss further.

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  5. After being on probation (community Control) for 7 months, I'm being interogated on my Doctors and Meds.

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Craig A. Epifanio
    2. Shawn Alan Arnold
    2 lawyer answers

    I absolutely agree. There is nothing you can gain from speaking with the police. Let your attorney do the talking as often without your statements the police cannot build a case against you.

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  6. In FL. law domestic violence no contact oder .

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Stewart Valencia
    2. Shawn Alan Arnold
    2 lawyer answers

    I don't believe that you need the services of a lawyer at this point but rather the police are going to be your best ally.

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  7. Is there a time limit for pressing domestic violence charges?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Shawn Alan Arnold
    2. Jennifer Ann Jacobs
    2 lawyer answers

    The incident may be helpful to prosecution as other bad acts evidence in the current case. This type of evidence is called Williams Rule evidence after the seminal Supreme Court case. If it comes to it, speak to the prosecutor about the previous matter.

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  8. How do I get a public defender?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Royce Brent Bishop
    2. Shawn Alan Arnold
    3. Donalda Jean Gillies
    4 lawyer answers

    I would disregard the answer from Ms. Gillies which suggests that you contact the local Public Defender’s Office to find out whether you are eligible. In Florida, you are screened at your first appearance to see if you qualify for the Public Defender. This inquiry must be done by a judge and not the Public Defender's office. The first issue is whether you qualify for the need for a Public Defender; i.e., whether you looking at jail time. If yes, then you are allowed to be considered for the...

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  9. Can one state suspend a license that was never issued?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Catherine Ann Drees
    2. Richard Earl Hornsby
    3. Shawn Alan Arnold
    4. Stephen Andrew Mosca
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with the above and would point out that in Florida you get a two year suspension for a substance abuse infraction. When I counsel my Georgia clients about how bad it is in Florida, they quickly realize the Georgia conditions are not that bad.

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  10. Can a school resource officer and other school officials question a minor without parent's consent?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Shawn Alan Arnold
    2. Stephen Andrew Mosca
    2 lawyer answers

    If your child was a witness to a crime, he absolutely can be questioned without any concern for contacting the parent. If he was the subject of the investigation, i.e. a suspect, then the lack of notification of parents regarding his interrogation by police could be a factor that could be considered in determining the voluntariness of his confession. But, the lack of notification does not automatically render confession inadmissible under Florida Statute 985.207(2). Whether a juvenile's...

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