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Destin: Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group


Disclaimer: This article is in response to questions frequently asked of Mr. Cobb and is an unedited dictation transcript. Just like talk to text on your smartphone, there may be misspelled words or sentence fragments.

Here are some important bits of information if you or someone you love is arrested in Destin, Florida.

First, there is no jail in Destin. In the Okaloosa County Detention Center is the fancy name given to the Okaloosa County jail which is in Crestview, Florida; the Walton County jail is just outside of DeFuniak Springs, Florida. Keep in mind that “the Destin area” is vague while the county line between Okaloosa and Walton counties is specific, and runs through the Destin area.

If someone is arrested and held overnight, this is where their first court appearance will be. The way it works is that each person arrested will stand in front of a camera with the television screen, one at a time. The judge will appear on the monitor, make a few statements of the law, ask a few questions, and then set a bond with any bond conditions the duty judge deems necessary. The reason this judge is called the duty judge is because this judge may not be the same judge that is the trial judge for the case.

Second, there is no Destin police Department. Most law-enforcement matters for Destin are handled by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office or the Walton County Sheriff’s Office depending upon where the incident took place. Other law enforcement agencies include the Florida highway patrol, wildlife officers, military security officers and the Coast Guard.

Third, the courthouse is not located in the Destin, Florida area. Cases that arise in Destin are handled at the Fort Walton Beach courthouse annex on Lewis Turner Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, or at the Walton County Courthouse located in DeFuniak Springs, Florida.

Finally, the sooner you obtain counsel, the better. When people wait until the last minute, a charging document has been filed. A state prosecutor cannot withdraw, modify or reduce the charges without a supervisor’s approval. Since the head prosecutor is an elected official, the supervisor’s job is to say “no” as much as possible so the elected prosecutor looks good. If a criminal defense attorney is involved long before charges are filed formally by the prosecutor, this could mean the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor, between being charged with a crime or a “No Prosecution” agreement.

You are going to invest thousands in legal fees. It just makes sense to maximize return on that investment.

Disclaimer: This article is in response to questions frequently asked of Mr. Cobb and is an unedited dictation transcript. Just like talk to text on your smartphone, there may be misspelled words or sentence fragments.

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Stephen G. Cobb, Esq.

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