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Allison’s Alibi Defense

Posted by Fred Koberlein, Jr. | Apr 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

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In criminal procedure, an alibi is a form of defense where the accused person attempts to prove that he or she is innocent because they were in another place during the time that the alleged offense was committed. A lawyer can help to completely rule out a defendant in an alibi defense case.  In Florida, specific rules of procedure must be followed in order to present an alibi defense.

Allison's story is an example of how an alibi defense is used in the criminal justice system.

Allison's Alibi

At three in the afternoon on a sweltering hot Thursday in Florida, Allison was leaving the dentist's office after having two cavities filled. She clutched the side of her slightly swollen face, her mouth still numb from the novocaine the dentist had used during the procedure. It only took Allison a few minutes to return home, and as she walked into her house, she noticed that she had received a rather odd text message from one of her friends: “Have you spoken to Karen lately? Someone broke into your old house.”

Karen was Allison's former roommate, and their relationship had crumbled apart during the time that they lived together. On multiple occasions, Karen had falsely accused Allison of breaking this or that in their rental home, so Allison did her best to simply ignore her estranged friend. Instead of getting involved with any drama, Allison chose not to respond to the text message.

Some days later, there was a knock at Allison's door. Upon answering, she found two police officers standing side-by-side, their cruiser parked in her driveway just behind her own sedan. Allison asked the officers what was going on, and they informed her that there was a warrant out for her arrest. She had been accused of robbing Karen's house on Thursday afternoon.

Remembering her right to Plead the Fifth, Allison chose not to argue with the officers. She simply let them lead her to their cruiser, and she rode in silence all the way to the police station. It was embarrassing for Allison, a completely innocent woman, to be processed and put in a cell. Thankfully, her sister came to the station immediately to set Allison's bail, and she was released.

Though the charge was considered a nonviolent misdemeanor, Allison was in the process of looking for a fulltime job and knew that a record like that would hurt her reputation. She immediately hired an experienced attorney and explained that she was at the dentist during the time of the alleged robbery. Together, she and her attorney worked towards building her alibi defense to prove her innocence.

After Allison's name had been cleared, she chose to not have any further contact with Karen. Her former roommate was in fact robbed, but she jumped to the conclusion that it was Allison who had broken into the home. The spare key had been used to open the back door, and Karen determined that only Allison knew where the key was, but this was not the case. Thanks to Allison's good nature, her cavity-free teeth and a professional attorney, she did not have to suffer the consequences of a crime that she did not commit.

On Alibi Defense

Due to her alibi, it was doubtful that Allison was able to commit the crime in question. If you are being accused for a crime that you didn't commit, we suggest speaking with a professional criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. With a strong and truthful alibi defense, you and your attorney can attempt to deny false claims that have been made against you.

Contact us at Koberlein Law Offices in Gainesville and Lake City, Florida for more information on how we can help you declare your innocence.

About the Author

Fred Koberlein, Jr.

Fred Koberlein is a trial attorney who opened Koberlein Law Offices after acquiring extensive legal experience in three legal practice areas, which are: personal injury law; criminal defense; and local government matters which require you to appear or present your matter before your local government Boards, government Councils, and government Agencies. Mr. Koberlein began trial preparation through an externship as a legal clerk with the Judges of the Third Judicial Circuit for Florida prior to his graduation from the University of Florida, College of Law.  After law school Mr. Koberlein was dedicated to becoming a trial attorney and worked with the Public Defender's Office from 2004 to 2007, where he was promoted to handling felony cases within eight months of hire.  Mr.  Koberlein has handled over 1500 criminal cases ranging from possession of cannabis, DUI, serious felonies, white-collar crimes, violations of probation hearings, and countless motion hearings. Mr.  Koberlein began practicing in the areas of personal injury and insurance defense during 2006.  Mr. Koberlein's experience in prosecuting personal injury claims against those insurance companies he was not representing and defending other insurance companies and their customers provided a unique experience where he was able to learn what each side anticipates from the opposing party.Next, Mr. Koberlein was hired by a City to defend the City's interests and three additional Cities quickly followed and retained Mr. Koberlein to protect their interests.  Currently, Mr. Koberlein represents a total of four (4) municipalities in the North Florida area.  As Mr. Koberlein focused on civil litigation he remained passionate about representing individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes as well as civil litigation issues. Mr.  Koberlein has the experience and reputation to negotiate a favorable resolution in your matter, and if that is not possible, to provide the best, most zealous trial representation available.  Utilizing competent and trusted investigators and experts, your case will be prepared so that the best result will be achieved.  If you or a loved one is hurt, damaged, or is facing criminal charges, you want a qualified, hard-working attorney who will explain your options to you in a straightforward, commonsense, and honest manner. Education and Practice Experience: University of Florida; Gainesville, Florida; Bachelor of Science, 1997 University of South Florida; Tampa, Florida; 1998 University of Florida, College of Law; Gainesville, Florida; 2003 Bar and Court Admissions: Florida Bar, 2004 – Present All 67 Counties in Florida All 20 Circuits in Florida U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida Professional and Civic Activities: Florida Bar Trial Lawyers, 2007 – Present Florida Bar Business Law Section, 2007 – Present Florida Bar Criminal Law Section, 2004 – Present Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004 – Present Third Judicial Bar Association, 2004 – Present Mr.  Koberlein is committed to his clients and devotes himself to protecting their interests from the beginning to the end of their case.  Mr. Koberlein has spent his career helping clients defend themselves against criminal charges, fight insurance companies, and proceed through the bureaucratic process of local governments.  Mr. Koberlein welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and evaluate your legal needs and provide you with an experienced and competent analysis.

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