Resolved Cases*

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APPEALS

J.H. v. State of Florida

Thanks to Ms. Schott sound arguments and objections that preserved the record, J.H.'s conviction for Possession of a Controlled Substance was reversed and remanded for a new trial. 


FELONY CRIMINAL CASES

State of Florida v. C.T. 

At trial, Ms. Schott presented a successful Justifiable Use of Force defense for Aggravated Battery and Attempted 2nd Degree Murder using technology in the courtroom, which resulted in C.T.'s acquittal.       


In Re Interest of J.C., a Child (Juvenile Direct File)

At 16 J.C. was arrested and charged with capital sexual battery for impregnating an 11 year old girl. J.C. was exposed to a minimum 10 year prison sentence with a maximum life sentence. Ms. Plata was able to work closely with prosecutors, and experts to resolve the case in juvenile court for a juvenile sex offender sentence.     


State of Florida v. F.S.

At trial, Ms. Schott successfully argued that F.S. was an innocent bystander during a Burglary to a Dwelling and was granted a Judgment of Acquittal. 


State of Florida v. D.B.

Ms. Schott successfully called into question the police's story resulting in D.B.'s acquittal from Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Armed Possession of Cocaine. 

State of Florida v. D.J. 

Ms. Schott was able to save her client an additional 45 years in prison by successfully arguing the reasonable doubt present in the State's case accusing D.J. of Sale of Cocaine within 1000 Feet of a Church.     


State of Florida v. J.A.

Ms. Schott successfully moved to dismiss J.A.'s case where he was illegally stopped and charged with DUI. 


State of Florida vs J.Q.

J.Q. was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Ms. Plata was able to locate 10 witnesses and a video that proved J.Q. in self-defense. As a result the charged against J.Q. were dropped.

State of Florida vs C.Z.

C.Z. was charged with obtaining prescription by fraud. Ms. Plata filed a motion to have the case transferred to Drug Court to keep the charges of C.Z’s record. The case was transferred to Drug Court and charges were dropped after C.Z.’s successful completion of the program.


State of Florida vs H.L.

H.L. was charged with possession of controlled substance. Ms. Plata filed a motion to have the case transferred to Drug Court to keep the charges of H.L.’s record. The case was transferred to Drug Court and charges were dropped after H.L.’s successful completion of the program.

State of Florida vs J.H.

J.H. was charged with a violation of probation, the state’s offer was 5 years FSP. Ms. Plata was able to show the violation was not willful. As a result J.H.’s violation of probation was discharged.


State of Florida vs J.G.

J.G. was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm under 10-20-Life. J.G. was facing a minimum mandatory of 3 years FSP. Ms. Plata successfully argued a motion to dismiss and the charge was dismissed.


State of Florida vs W.B.

Ms. Plata successfully argued a motion to dismiss for the State’s failure to comply with the speedy trial provisions of Florida Statutes Section 941.45. The motion was granted and the charge was dismissed.


State of Florida vs E.E.

E.E. was charged with trafficking in cocaine and faced a 15 year minimum mandatory sentence and a $50,000 fine. Ms. Plata filed a motion to suppress evidence that was found during an illegal search. The State conceded in part and E.E. plead to a simple possession of cocaine.


JUVENILE CRIMINAL CASES

In Re Interest of T.W., a Child

T.W. was direct filed and prosecuted as an adult at the age of 16 for burglary to a dwelling, T.W.’s offer at arraignment was 8 years FSP. Ms. Plata worked with prosecutors to resolve the case in juvenile court. The child’s case was returned to juvenile court where he plead to a high risk commitment.


In Re Interest of T.M., a Child

Ms. Schott was able to convince the Court to dismiss this case when the State of Florida provided only a low-resolution security video to identify the client. 

In Re Interest of M.C., a Child.

Ms. Plata and Ms. Schott were able to argue that the State's ID witness was mistaken in this second degree felony case. The case was dismissed. 


In Re Interest of J.S., a Child

Ms. Plata and Ms. Schott successfully argued self defense in a felony battery case resulting from a school-ground fight between an 8-year-old and 9-year-old. The child was acquitted.


In Re Interest of E.D., a Child

At 15 E.D. was direct filed and charged with capital sexual battery. E.D. was exposed to a minimum 10 year prison sentence with a maximum life sentence. Ms. Plata was able to work closely with prosecutors, experts, and the child’s Guardian Ad Litem attorneys to resolve the case in juvenile court for a juvenile sex offender sentence.


In Re Interest of K.S., a Child

K.S. was charged with possession of a firearm by a minor. At trial, Ms. Plata was able to argue that the state had failed to prove a prima facie case against K.S. and the court entered a judgment of dismissal.


In Re Interest of T.J., a Child

T.J. was charged with resisting an officer without violence and petit theft. Ms. Plata filed and argued a motion to dismiss as the undisputed facts in the case did not establish T.J. committed a petit theft and therefore the police were not executing any legal duty at the time T.J. resisted them. The court granted the motion to dismiss and all charged against the child were dismissed.


In Re Interest of L.I., a Child

L.I. was charged with battery. Ms. Plata investigated the case and disclosed defense witnesses that established child acted in self-defense. As a result the State of Florida dropped the charges. In Re Interest of L.Z., a Child L.I. was charged with robbery by sudden snatching. Ms. Plata investigated the case and learned of defense witnesses that would establish the victim identified the wrong individual. As a result the State of Florida dropped the charges.


In Re Interest of N.B., a Child

N.B was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Ms. Plata was able to locate and disclose witnesses that identified the person who actually committed the crime and on the day of trial the State of Florida dropped the charges.


In Re Interest of D.M., a Child

D.M., a foster child, was charged with escape for running away from a foster care facility. Ms. Plata filed and argued a motion to dismiss that the child was improperly charged. The court agreed with Ms. Plata and the charge was dismissed.


In Re Interest of E.P., a Child

E.P. was charged sexual battery for allegedly raping a 14 year old girl. Ms. Plata researched the alleged victim and learned the rape allegations were made up. Ms. Plata provided that information to the State of Florida and as a result all charges against E.P. were dropped.


PRO BONO

In Re the Guardian Advocate of S.H., a Person with Developmental Disabilities

Working with the North Florida Medical and Legal Partnership and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Ms. Schott assisted the mother and step-father of S.H. obtain Letters of Guardian Advocacy for S.H., an young man who suffered from atypical autism, oppositional defiance disorder, and mild retardation. Now that S.H. is an adult, he is able to enjoy his favorite gadgets while mom and dad take care of everything else.


In Re the Guardian Advocate of J.N., a Person with Developmental Disabilities

Ms. Schott assisted the sisters and mother of J.N., a young man who has suffered from cerebral palsy since birth in obtaining Letters of Guardian Advocacy. J.N. understands only Vietnamese, so his family is able to handle all of his affairs now that he is an adult.

J.H.

Ms. Plata and Ms. Schott prepared a will for this single mother to ensure the well-being of her young son.


S.A.

Ms. Schott assisted S.A., who is Haitian and speaks mostly Creole transfer her Power of Attorney to her daughter.