My client lived in St. Petersburg and had mental health and drug issues. She was being taken advantage of by a male friend who would steal from her. One evening, he went to her home demanding drugs and money and they fought. He refused to leave and my client grabbed a kitchen knife and slashed him with it. She then called 911.
St. Petersburg Police Department responded to the scene and saw the knife wound. They arrested my client for aggravated battery, which is a second degree felony. When they searched her, they found cocaine and charged her with possession of cocaine, a third degree felony. She was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and was bailed out by her mother.
She and her mother hired me to help. These were very serious charges. I recommended immediate treatment for the drug issue. She went to a 5 day detox program and then into a sober living facility. She stayed in the sober living facility for over two months. The case was then sent to the prosecutor for investigation.
After I sent over a letter explaining my client’s position about self defense, the prosecutor agreed to drop the aggravated battery charge. So, all that was filed was the possession of cocaine. I was able to get that charged dropped to a misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia, but the prosecutor wanted her to do a year of probation. My client asked me to get her a fine, which I did. So, the entire case ended up with simply $550 in fines and court costs. My client was thrilled with the result and cried and hugged me after court. It could have been a lot worse.