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Does it matter where I was arrested like near a school in determining how I am charged?

Posted by Michael G. Butash | Aug 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Does it matter where I was arrested like near a school in determining how I am charged?

Well, it's going to depend on what you were doing and what you were arrested for. If you were simply arrested for a battery charge then it doesn't really matter if you were near a school. If you were in the school and you disturbed a school function, you could be charged with disturbing a school function. If you are near a school or church or certain other areas and you have an amount of drugs on you, you could with possession with intent of that controlled substance, if you are within a certain distance of those places. Such as, if you're within 1000 feet of a school, that would elevate your charge to, possibly, a first degree felony, depending on what you were charged with.

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Michael G. Butash

Michael G. Butash Stetson University College of Law Florida State University Former State Prosecutor Mike grew up in the Tampa Bay area and graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 1997. He was immediately hired as an Assistant State Attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit (Pinellas/...

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