Felony Possession Charge Dismissed by Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney
Editor: Tampa Criminal Attorneys
Profession: Tampa Defense Attorneys
July 29, 2007
By Will Hanlon
Category: Criminal Law
State v. H; Judge: Lamar Battles; Date: July 17, 2007
FACTS: Our client's brother found a number of cigarette cartons, and decided to hide them at the client's home. It was illegal to be in possession of the cigarette cartons in that they didn't have the Florida Tax Stamp. A confidential informant became aware of the cigarette's when the defendant's brother tried to sell him a few hundred cartons. ATF agents along with the Tampa Police Department set up a buy and caught one the suspects involved in the actual theft of the cigarettes. The first suspect gave information to police, which in-turn led to the discovery of the cigarettes in our client's home.
DEFENSE: Our client had no knowledge of the illicit nature of the cigarettes, and was not involved in their sale in any way.
RESULT: The State Dismissed the charge shortly before trial.
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