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It’s vital to have someone who is as experienced as Alice Harris with Jones and Harris Law Firm by your side when you’re in need of criminal defense. Jones and Harris Law Firm and Alice Harris will advocate and help you navigate the complex world of our justice system. Alice fights harder for her clients than any other attorney in Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Milton and Mary Esther, FL and the surrounding areas. She is completely devoted to helping her clients receive the help they deserve through one of the challenging times of their life.
If you or a loved one is under investigation for any sex crime, including lewd and lascivious molestation, you will want to hire an attorney immediately. The most crucial advice during investigation is to assert your 5th amendment right not to talk. Any answer you give is going to be considered evidence against you. If you are suspected of any type of sex crime, you are in a darned if you do and darned if you don’t situation with regard to answering any questions by law enforcement. If anyone begins to question you, request an attorney immediately. What you think is innocent behavior will make you appear guilty. So, before answering any questions: DON’T. Call me immediately upon being suspected of this type of crime.
The harsh reality of a DUI is that anyone can be charged. You may not know the technical legal definition of a DUI, and therefore don’t understand the implications of such a charge. Driving Under the Influence is a serious criminal charge, and in no way should you attempt to defend yourself. You need to understand that even if this is only your first time ever facing charges of driving under the influence, you can face very serious penalties that can include:
Don’t leave anything to chance. You need an attorney that will not just stand on the sidelines but who will take a proactive stance in fighting for you – Alice Harris will tirelessly dedicate herself to ensure that your rights and interests are fully protected and that you obtain the most favorable resolution of your case. Alice Harris with Jones and Harris Law Firm will research every aspect of your DUI case including any breath test and field sobriety test given by law enforcement. Alice Harris will challenge and hold law enforcement to a high standard by making sure they did everything properly during an arrest or accusation.
There are two types of manslaughter. Voluntary manslaughter is when someone commits a deliberate act of violence with the intent of killing or causing harm to another individual. Involuntary manslaughter is due to unintentional negligence and reckless behavior. We will fight to defend you so you receive the justice you deserve.
Any Battery charge can have very serious consequences, including jail time. You need an experienced Pensacola Battery Lawyer to represent you who will analyze your case and prepare a defense that will give you the best chance of fighting and winning your case in court.
You can be charged with Battery if you punch, or are involved in a fight with someone.
- You can be charged with Battery without having actually hit anyone.
- You can be charged with Battery for just threatening someone with physical harm.
- You can be charged with Battery if you commit an act with intent to cause fear of bodily harm in another, or if you intentionally inflict or attempt to inflict bodily harm upon another.
- You can be charged with Battery if you get into a fight, even if you didn’t start it.
Battery charges and penalties vary depending on the facts of the situation and the severity of any injuries. In the state of Florida, all crimes are either the following listed from smallest to greatest:
Second Degree Misdemeanor: Up to 6 Months Jail
1st Degree Misdemeanor: Up to 1 Year Jail
Third Degree Felony: Up to 5 Years in PrisonBattery and infliction of substantial bodily harm, also assaulting a minor.
Second Degree Felony: Up to 15 Years in PrisonBattery with a dangerous weapon.
First Degree Felony: Up to 30 Years or LifeInfliction of great bodily harm or use of deadly force.
Capital Felony: Life in Prison or Death Penalty
Your home is a sanctuary, and you may think that nothing could go wrong. Arguments between you and your spouse or significant other can escalate to the point of police involvement. A domestic violence allegation is extremely serious and allegations can affect more than just your family life. Sherry Ivey Jones is here to provide legal assistance in involving and representing you during your time of need.
A Domestic Battery charge is heartbreaking and sometimes the most unfair. This type of charge can affect the rest of your life and take away your 2nd Amendment Right to own a firearm. In this day and age, false accusations are common in an attempt to get an upper hand in a divorce or child custody. A Domestic Battery charge can be brought against a family member if there is a misunderstanding and one family member, by the actions of another family member, is made to feel afraid of being injured. Family members include:
- Spouses and former spouses
- Parents and children
- Persons related by blood
- Persons who are presently residing together or who have resided together in the past.
- Persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together at any time.
- A man and woman if the woman is pregnant and the man is alleged to be the father, regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together at any time.
- Persons involved in a significant romantic or sexual relationship.
Many consider burglary the breaking in and stealing from a home or business. However, burglary can be trespassing with no physical breaking or entering of a property. If you have been accused of burglary, let me fight for you.
Stealing property is a serious criminal offense. Larceny is usually charged as theft or grand theft with potentially severe consequences for life. We have handled many larceny cases in our previous experience and have seen great success. Like any case, I will educate you on all of your options.
Possession or usage of a firearm can cause the loss of your rights. Depending on the severity of the case, the charges of weapon possession can result in a felony or misdemeanor that can lead to prison and/or probation. Let me be your voice in protecting your right to bear arms.
Drug possession applies to any of illegal substances like marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and more. Drug Charges also apply to possession of prescription drugs. Also included are the possession of drug paraphernalia, cultivation and manufacturing of the drugs. If you have any questions regarding drug allegations, please contact me immediately. Possession of Marijuana is still illegal in the State of Florida without a prescription. Let me fight for you!
The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act defines child abuse and neglect as the acts of behavior from the parent or guardian that results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation. As heartbreaking as it is, we are prepared to handle any case in defense of abuse allegations. False accusations are often used in an attempt to get child custody in a divorce proceeding. Do not try to fight the charges alone. Let me be your champion.
With Florida’s reputation as a “haven” for white collar crime. The term “white collar crime” refers to crimes that are typically committed for financial gain and without violence. Originally meant to describe the type of crimes perpetrated in traditional “white collar” professions, federal and state prosecutors now vigorously pursue these types of criminal charges against people from all walks of lives. Real estate fraud, mail and wire fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, racketeering and conspiracy are just a few of the common examples. White Collar crimes are pursued vigorously, especially in Pensacola and Milton. White Collar crimes may also include charges of fraud, medicare fraud, public services fraud.
The penalties for white collar crime are severe (including lengthy prison sentences and large fines), and prosecutors have extensive resources to seek convictions. If you have been charged with a white collar crime or are the target of an investigation, it is vital that you seek legal counsel from an experienced criminal trial attorney immediately. Your freedom and perseveration of rights hang in the balance.
WYou have already been through the criminal justice system one time which resulted in the probation sentence. You simply cannot afford to go from being on probation to something even more serious. The net result of a probation violation can be time in jail or prison. Even if that does end up being the final outcome of the allegation that you have violated your probation, you can end up being required to spend more time on probation, be sentenced to a more strict form of probation or even end up on house arrest or home detention. In short, your life can end up being disrupted even further.
The fact is that when you are charged with a probation violation you have definite rights. These include:
- the right to a hearing
- the right to present evidence on your behalf
- the right to present witnesses
- the right to cross-examine witnesses
Ensuring that you have an experienced, effective Florida criminal defense lawyer at your side is crucial to ensuring that your rights fully are protected when you are charged with violating your probation. Sherry is available to provide you a no obligation, no charge initial consultation immediately to outline what can be done to defend you against a probation violation.