We plead to a misdemeanor and got misdemeanor probation. Travis took a medical leave of absence from college, and began seeing a therapist to help him treat his depression.
Travis was a young man in school with a bright future ahead of him. He made a mistake and was afraid that it would ruin his entire life. He was looking at a possible felony conviction and a criminal record.
Travis C. had just changed prescription meds, mixed them with alcohol and blacked out. During this altered state, Travis was at his mom’s condo in Fort Lauderdale. He left her unit and ended up ripping a phone off the wall, smashing the window of a Honda Accord, and then sitting in it with the phone doing nothing. During this time residents at the condo building told the security guard what Travis was doing and called police. The security guard located Travis inside the car and asked him to step out of the vehicle, which he did. Another resident attempted to help the security guard and ended up punching Travis in the face. Travis then fled. He was trying to go back to his mother’s apartment, but was on the wrong floor of the right building. He was banging on the door (thinking his mother was inside) and scared the couple that live in that unit. When the police officer arrived he sprayed Travis in the face with his OC spray, wrestled him onto the ground and arrested him for burglary.
This was a case that got out of hand. Yes Travis committed trespass, vandalism, and resisting arrest, but he definitely did not commit burglary. He didn’t steal anything from the car. We talked to the prosecutors, showed them there was no evidence of burglary, and convinced them they wouldn’t be able to prove that there was.
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