13-year-old Cristian Fernandez’s Sexual Battery case has been set for trial on June 25, 2012. This sexual battery case has overtaken Fernandez’s murder trial of his younger half brother.
Circuit Court Judge Mallory Cooper set the trial date after the defense team refused to waive speedy trial. Therefore, the State is required to bring a Felony Defendant to trial within 175 days unless a waiver is granted. The goal of the Private Defense Team is unknown with this maneuver through the court system. However, as June 25th approaches, Jacksonville should see some interesting details emerge as the case proceeds forward.
As a Criminal Defense Lawyer I follow Criminal cases closely to cure my curiosity. This case, in particular, challenges myself in how such a young man, 13, could be charged with such heinous crimes. It also makes me believe there might be some underlying issue that would negate these offenses and all the Jacksonville Criminal Defendant to either plea to a lesser offense or lessen the sentence.
Fernandez, no matter what approach his legal team takes, will be looking at some harsh penalties and long prison sentences. Luckily, he has a Private Defense Team working for him and protecting his rights. That is why if you have been charged with a criminal offense in Jacksonville, Duval, Clay, St. Johns, or Nassau County contacting a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer could prove to be invaluable in your case. So do not delay, time is of the essence when dealing with the Criminal Law System.