Agreed, your question is too involved for an attorney to give you a competent answer on the internet. You need to sit down with your new attorney and have him explain the logic. Every case is different and has unique facts.
You have hired a second attorney on this case. That is who you should be directing your questions to.Sincerely,
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As specific as your information is, there are missing factors that even an attorney licensed in FL would need ti hear. Also, a reponse and discussion of the nuances of negotiations, court proceeding and possible tactics/strategies would require more time and space than this forum can provide.
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You should have faith in your attorney. Counsel is probably being diligent as possible to look into the a claim of self-defense.
There may also be information that mitigates a sentence such as victim was an initiator or willing participant relevant to sentencing:
Florida Statute 921.0026â€ƒMitigating circumstances.–This section applies to any felony offense, except any capital felony, committed on or after October 1, 1998.
(1)â€ƒA downward departure from the lowest permissible sentence, as calculated according to the total sentence points pursuant to s. 921.0024, is prohibited unless there are circumstances or factors that reasonably justify the downward departure. Mitigating factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, those listed in subsection (2). The imposition of a sentence below the lowest permissible sentence is subject to appellate review under chapter 924, but the extent of downward departure is not subject to appellate review.
(2)â€ƒMitigating circumstances under which a departure from the lowest permissible sentence is reasonably justified include, but are not limited to:
(a)â€ƒThe departure results from a legitimate, uncoerced plea bargain.
(b)â€ƒThe defendant was an accomplice to the offense and was a relatively minor participant in the criminal conduct.
(c)â€ƒThe capacity of the defendant to appreciate the criminal nature of the conduct or to conform that conduct to the requirements of law was substantially impaired.
(d)â€ƒThe defendant requires specialized treatment for a mental disorder that is unrelated to substance abuse or addiction or for a physical disability, and the defendant is amenable to treatment.
(e)â€ƒThe need for payment of restitution to the victim outweighs the need for a prison sentence.
(f)â€ƒThe victim was an initiator, willing participant, aggressor, or provoker of the incident.
(g)â€ƒThe defendant acted under extreme duress or under the domination of another person.
(h)â€ƒBefore the identity of the defendant was determined, the victim was substantially compensated.
(i)â€ƒThe defendant cooperated with the state to resolve the current offense or any other offense.
(j)â€ƒThe offense was committed in an unsophisticated manner and was an isolated incident for which the defendant has shown remorse.
(k)â€ƒAt the time of the offense the defendant was too young to appreciate the consequences of the offense.
(l)â€ƒThe defendant is to be sentenced as a youthful offender.
(m)â€ƒThe defendant’s offense is a nonviolent felony, the defendant’s Criminal Punishment Code scoresheet total sentence points under s. 921.0024 are 60 points or fewer, and the court determines that the defendant is amenable to the services of a postadjudicatory treatment-based drug court program and is otherwise qualified to participate in the program as part of the sentence. For purposes of this paragraph, the term “nonviolent felony” has the same meaning as provided in s. 948.08(6).
(3)â€ƒExcept as provided in paragraph (2)(m), the defendant’s substance abuse or addiction, including intoxication at the time of the offense, is not a mitigating factor under subsection (2) and does not, under any circumstances, justify a downward departure from the permissible sentencing range.
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