A member of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office was arrested on May 11, 2012. He was arrested for a Florida domestic battery charge. His girlfriend was the alleged victim. She stated that he battered her by slamming her face into the floor and head butting her. According to Florida media reports, “Randy Wayne Capo, 52, a 31-year veteran of the department, resigned in June… An internal investigation recommended that Capo be let go. He resigned while the recommendation for termination was moving up the chain of command.” (Jacksonville.com)
The St. Johns County State Attorney’s Office in St. Augustine dropped the Florida domestic battery charge. The prosecutor decided to drop the battery charges after the victim recanted. She changed her story, and she refused to testify at the domestic battery trial. The prosecutor did not have any other evidence to prove a domestic battery occurred in this St. Johns county criminal case.
Although the St. Augustine domestic battery charges were dropped, the domestic violence accusations ruined this man’s career. “Capo was a sergeant over the patrol unit before he resigned. He began working with the Sheriff’s Office in 1981 as a dispatch operator and then became a deputy and later a patrol sergeant…He also worked as a traffic supervisor before being transferred to the directed patrol unit.” His Jacksonville lawyer stated that Capo “provided great service to the sheriff’s department and the community” in St. Johns County. This St. Johns County Lawyer was “glad to see this put behind [Capo].”
As a criminal lawyer in Jacksonville, I know how hard it is for people that have been falsely accused and arrested for domestic battery. It is not easy to bounce back when you are arrested for a crime that you did not commit. I have seen good people’s lives placed into turmoil due to false Jacksonville domestic violence accusations. We hear the phrase “innocent until proven guilty.” In Jacksonville battery cases, it feels more like “guilty until proven innocent.” Even after the domestic battery charges are dropped, it is still a good idea to talk to a Jacksonville criminal lawyer about expunging your arrest record. Once you are arrested for Jacksonville domestic violence charges, it is on your record. Even if the charges are dropped, they will show up on a Florida background check. If your Jacksonville domestic battery charges were dropped, you may be able to expunge your Florida record. Read Clear Jacksonville Domestic Battery From Florida Criminal Record for more information.
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