Q: Hello. I have been charged with aggravated battery with firearm with great bodily harm in Florida.
Hello. I have been charged with aggravated battery with firearm with great bodily harm in Florida. I've posted a bail after a was arrested. This is what happened: there was a guy who was stalking me and my girlfriend. When he approached us I've pulled my glock and fired one round into the ground. Hollow point bullet did hit his ankle a little and he bled. Nothing serious really he was walking fine 30 min after seeing a doctor. I was arrested and charged. I've posted my bail. After I learn that this offense qualify for 10-20-life law I've fled the country. I'm terrified. How is this fair? I'm a victim and because I fired a shot I can spend life in prison? I cannot take it. Conviction rate is high and I don't know what to do. Maybe its better to stay outside of United States and be free at least. I was never arrested or convicted prior to this event. I have clean criminal history. What can I do? After I've skipped the arraignment Judge issued a warrant. Is this warrant nationwide?
A: You could hire a lawyer to explore your options. The law may have changed since you left the country. The lawyer needs to figure out if yours is a stand your ground case, or not. The lawyer needs to consider whether the old or new laws apply to your situation. Obviously, it’s a serious matter. Those discussions need to be confidential. There may be other considerations, such as the “victim” criminal history, existence of witnesses or video and effect of statute of limitations. It is not illegal to defend yourself against the imminent commission of a violent felony.
You really should consult with and retain a criminal attorney to assist you. You can do this via video conference. The warrant is definitely nationwide so you should consult with an attorney asap. Most JUSTIA attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Contact one of us and let us know you found us on JUSTIA. Good luck.
B. Elaine Jones, Esq.
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