Please be advised that the facts and circumstances of your case may differ significantly from the matters listed below. As such, Galnor Shumard, P.A. cannot promise or guarantee any specific outcome. All results of cases handled by the firm or lawyers are not included. These successes are not necessarily representative of the results of all clients. Every case is different and each case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits.
State v. J.H.
Client was arrested and charged with three Armed Robberies and was facing a minimum mandatory of 40 years for allegedly using a firearm during the robberies (under Florida’s 10-20-Life law). At the time of his arrest, client adamantly denied committing the robberies. James Boyle took over representation of J.H. after he had been in police custody for more than 15 months. After thoroughly reviewing the allegations and evidence, James Boyle identified numerous significant issues with the case, including wrongful or unreliable identifications of J.H.by the witnesses, sloppy police work by JSO investigators, prosecutors not properly disclosing information important to the defense and the fact that J.H. was at work when two of the three robberies were committed. As a result of these issues, J.H. was released from custody and all charges were dismissed by the prosecutors.
State v. H.S.
Client was arrested and charged with Lewd or Lascivious Molestation and was facing a minimum of 25 years in prison, up to life. Prosecutors listed two other witnesses (Williams Rule witnesses) who claimed that H.S. molested them, too. Darcy Galnor thoroughly investigated the witnesses and evidence. During a jury trial, Darcy Galnor was able to uncover the inconsistencies in the witness’ testimony and show the lack of evidence in H.S.’s case. The jury found H.S. not guilty and he was immediately released from custody.
State v. S.D.
Client was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm following an alleged “road rage” incident in a parking lot. The complaining party alleged that S.D. discharged the firearm, meaning the State could seek a 20-year minimum mandatory. After reviewing the charged offenses, James Boyle realized that the charged offense was not properly filed within the applicable Statute of Limitation. Despite this fatal defect in the charge, the State Attorney’s Office refused to drop the charge, so James Boyle filed a Motion to Dismiss, which was granted by the trial court. Accordingly, all charges were dismissed and S.D. can never be prosecuted for these allegations again.
State v. R.P.
Client was arrested following a long-term wiretap investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the State Attorney’s Office into suspected drug trafficking between Texas and Northeast Florida. R.P. was arrested and charged with Trafficking in Heroin, a charge carrying a 25-year minimum mandatory, possession of approximately 19 pounds of marijuana and a firearm related offense. James Boyle uncovered issues concerning the legal basis of the wiretap and was prepared to file a motion to suppress that would have asked the judge to exclude (or throw out) all evidence stemming from the wiretap. Rather than litigate this issue, the prosecutors agreed to dismiss (or drop) all of the drug charges and agreed to a time served sentence on the firearms related offense.
State v. G.K.
Client, while serving overseas in the military, learned that a warrant had been issued for his arrest for Unemployment Compensation Fraud. Concerned that the warrant would affect his chances of promotion within the military, client reached out to James Boyle for assistance. James Boyle was able to get the prosecutor and judge to agree to withdraw the arrest warrant (so he would not be arrested). James Boyle then negotiated with prosecutors and, ultimately, client paid the restitution owed to the State and all charges were dismissed. Since client was never arrested, nothing appears on client’s criminal record and his career in the military continued unaffected by this issue.
State v. A.A.
Client was arrested for Possession with Intent to Sell a Controlled Substance. Police stopped A.A. and searched his backpack. Police found clonazepam pills and A.A. admitted to selling the pills. Instead of facing five years in prison for the charge, Darcy Galnor was able to get A.A.’s case diverted from the court system where the charges will be dropped if A.A. successfully completes a probationary term.
State v. T.S.
Client was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder with a Firearm (carrying a 25 year to life minimum mandatory) and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (carrying a separate three year minimum mandatory). Multiple witnesses had identified T.S. as being either the shooter or being in the area of the shooting. According to the first police officer on the scene, the victim, before succumbing to his fatal injuries, allegedly said client’s first name when asked who had shot him. James Boyle thoroughly investigated the allegations and the State’s witnesses, focusing on the witness’ biases and inconsistent statements and the lack of any physical evidence connecting T.S. to the shooting. During the jury trial, James Boyle was able to show the jury how the State’s witnesses were not reliable, how the investigation failed to consider other possible scenarios and perpetrators and how the lack of physical evidence created reasonable doubt as to T.S.’s guilt. After a four-day trial, it took the jury less than one hour to find T.S. not guilty of the Second Degree Murder. James Boyle then filed a Motion to Dismiss the firearm charge, arguing that the State, by continuing to prosecute T.S. for that offense after a not guilty verdict on the murder, was violating T.S.’s constitutional protections against Double Jeopardy. The trial court agreed and entered an order dismissing that charge “with prejudice” (meaning T.S. can never be prosecuted for the offense in the future).
State v. E.B.
Client was charged with Lewd or Lascivious Molestation and was facing a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years up to life in prison. Darcy Galnor aggressively questioned all the witnesses and picked apart the evidence. Ms. Galnor was able to convince the jury that the case was fraught with reasonable doubt. In less than an hour of deliberations, the jury found E.B. not guilty and he was immediately released from custody.