When ‘Outstanding’ is a Bad Thing

Everybody wants to feel wanted, unless you are wanted by law enforcement.  An outstanding warrant for your arrest is not exactly the high mark on your resume. Sheriff David Shoar of St. Johns County recently printed a directory of “Wanted Ads” in The St. Augustine Record.  He is asking the public to act as a “force multiplier.”  Make your tax dollars go a little farther by “being an extra set of eyes and ears” and giving information on the whereabouts of individuals with outstanding arrest warrants. Not to worry if you missed the print edition of the wanted directory.  This information is also online on the Sheriff’s Office website at http://www.sjso.org/wanted/indexwanted.aspx (with access to FDLE Sexual Predator and Offender database as well). Help keep our community safe by working in partnership with St. Johns Sheriff’s Office.  You can call that office at (904) 824-8304 with information on anyone listed as having an outstanding arrest warrant. If you find yourself on that wanted list, you may turn yourself in any time day or night at the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office located at 4015 Lewis Speedway in St. Augustine. Read More

Gone A-Courting

Going to court is not for everybody.  There is the seriousness and the formality…plus the Judge has an armed guard!  If you do not know how court procedure works, you may feel uncomfortable by yourself in the judicial system. You may represent yourself in a court of law, but you may not want to.  A little legal counsel can go a long way to prevent devastating procedural errors.  Lack of response, failure to meet deadlines, or an improper response in a legal matter may hurt your position for what you are trying to accomplish. Do not court disaster.  Seek competent legal representation. Happy Valentine’s Day from Rusty Law! Read More

Attention Shoplifters:

Intent to steal can get you convicted of Shoplifting…even if you do not leave the store.  According to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Shoplifting is a one of the most common nonviolent crimes nationwide.  The Sheriff’s Office defines Shoplifting as the “theft of property offered for sale.” Shoplifting charges come in different sizes and degrees depending on the value of the item stolen.  Petit Theft applies to items worth less than $300, and Grand Theft applies to items worth $300 or more.  Grand Theft falls in Felony territory. The best way to avoid a Shoplifting Charge?  Do not commit the crime.   Read More

Legal Trouble

Nobody hopes for legal trouble in the New Year.  Nobody has their black-eyed peas for good luck, greens for prosperity, and then a toast of poison.  But sometimes legal trouble has a way of finding you. In divorce cases, When the love is gone, it is only business.  That can be true of most legal matters. Attorneys remove the emotion so their clients can take the necessary steps to move through a legal problem.  Even in home foreclosure, an attorney can help a homeowner walk through the process toward the best possible outcome. Decisions in a legal battle are not easy to make on your own.  Attorneys approach legal troubles simply as business; they take the emotion out of the problem to look at choices and consequences available. Nobody wants to have to hire a lawyer, but if you are in legal trouble, an attorney can be an asset. Read More

So Wrong!

Sometimes people commit crimes and sometimes cops lie.  Neither is supposed to happen, but the gap between what is supposed to happen, and what does happen could mean the difference between incarceration and a lesser punishment, depending on the situation. In criminal cases we could be talking real estate versus jewelry:  do you get a corner cell or wear an anklet?  If you are facing criminal charges, it could be worth your freedom to explore your defense options.  Even if you know you are guilty and prepared for punishment, get a second opinion from competent legal counsel.  While you may represent yourself in court, a criminal defense lawyer may be able to help the punishment better fit the crime. Just because you are guilty does not mean you have to accept the maximum penalty.  Good legal counsel will review your case from all angles, including police reports and witness statements. Sitting on Santa’s lap when you are 40 is not your best move, neither is accepting a large fine or jail time without at least looking at your possible legal defenses. The best way to avoid criminal charges is not to commit the crime.  If you have committed a crime, […] Read More