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Florence councilman charged with misdemeanor

On behalf of Anderson Law Firm posted in Misdemeanors on Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Florence councilman and mayoral candidate has been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for knowingly and willfully resisting arrest. The criminal charge comes after the man allegedly started arguing with the manager of a grocery store after the manager refused to sell alcohol to him. Police claim that after they arrived on the scene the councilman refused to identify himself.

He allegedly continued to refuse to reveal his identity even after being told he would face a resisting arrest charge if he failed to comply with police orders. As a result, the councilman was arrested and charged. The penalty for the charge is a $469 fine. The councilman calls the incident a misunderstanding and is seeking a jury trial.

Though misdemeanor offenses are considered lesser crimes, they can still carry serious and lasting consequences. Penalties for misdemeanor charges may include fines, jail and long-term marks on one's criminal background. Since these penalties can have a severe impact on one's life, it is important that someone accused of a crime has an adequate criminal defense.

A proper criminal defense attorney will first seek to have misdemeanor charges dismissed. In many instances, like the councilman's, misunderstandings lead to false arrests. An ability to accurately describe these misunderstandings to the court can go a long way in getting charges dismissed or reduced.

If charges cannot be dismissed, then a competent criminal defense attorney will seek to have jail time eliminated or reduced and fines removed. A court may be more lenient on first time offenders and this should be taken into consideration when preparing a defense.

Source: SCNOW, "Florence mayoral candidate Robinson arrested following April 10 incident," John Sweeney, May 30, 2012

Tags: Florence, criminal charges, criminal defense, misdemeanor

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