Death Penalty Experience
Criminal Defense is our specialty. With decades of experience in Law Enforcement operations/investigations, Prison Break Investigators are experts in patrol operations, criminal investigations, crime scene analysis, evidence collection/preservation, and police use of force. Our investigators will painstakingly examine every facet of your client's case to exploit weaknesses and assist you in developing a strong defense. We know how and why law enforcement and prosecutors do what they do because we lived it. We've written hundreds of reports, affidavits, and search warrants and have testified hundreds of times in court.
At Prison Break Investigations, we provide a completed criminal defense investigation on each and every case to include; interviews, review of discovery, visiting the crime scene, photographing the crime scene, investigating new evidence, and any other investigative actions the attorney feels is needed in the case.
The Justice Administration Commission (JAC) is the branch of the government of the State of Florida that regulates funding for individuals who have been deemed indigent and are unable to pay for certain parts of their criminal defense. This includes Private Investigators, Transcriptions, and other Specialists. The difference between the two types of cases can be confusing. Court Appointed Cases (CAC) are pretty straight forward. Court Appointed Cases are cases assigned to private attorneys from an established list due to a conflict. Indigent For Cost (IFC) cases are a little more complicated. IFC cases are cases where the client or family member pays a private attorney for their services, but the client is still deemed indigent and qualify for the financial services of JAC for private investigators, specialists, and transcripts. If you an attorney and are unfamiliar with the Florida Justice Administration Commission (JAC), we encourage you to visit their website to learn more on how they could help fund your criminal defense case for your indigent clients.
Prison Break Investigations has several years of experience working indigent criminal defense cases. We work indigent criminal defense cases at the JAC rate.
New American Bar Association requirements for criminal defense attorneys
Standard 4-4.1 Duty to Investigate and Engage Investigators
(a) Defense counsel has a duty to investigate in all cases, and to determine whether there is a sufficient factual basis for criminal charges.
(b) The duty to investigate is not terminated by factors such as the apparent force of the prosecution’s evidence, a client’s alleged admissions to others of facts suggesting guilt, a client’s expressed desire to plead guilty or that there should be no investigation, or statements to defense counsel supporting guilt.
CASES THAT RESULTED IN NOT GUILTY OR CHARGES DROPPED
State of Florida Vs. Simmons- 1st Degree Murder- Found Not Guilty by Jury.
State of Florida Vs. Carmichael- Attempted Murder- Prosecutor Dropped/Abandoned prior to filing information due to obtaining cell phone records proving innocence.
State of Florida Vs. Chapman- Aggravated Assault- Prosecutor dropped the case after obtaining evidence of innocence.
State of Florida Vs. Leyva- Attempted Murder- Reduced to felony battery- probation sentence.
State of Florida VS. Hart- 3rd Degree Murder- Nolle Prosequi by prosecutor before trial.
State of Florida Vs. Gates- 1st Degree Murder- Charge pled to Manslaughter based on our investigative findings.
State of Florida Vs. Answeeney - Armed Home Invasion, Armed Robbery - Found Not Guilty by Jury.
State of Florida Vs. Henin - Aggravated Assault With a Motor Vehicle - Prosecutor dropped the case after obtaining evidence of innocence.
State of Florida Vs. Flournoy - 1st Degree Murder- Found Not Guilty by Jury.
State of Florida Vs. Reyes – Lewd or Lascivious Act on a Minor Under 12 Years Old (Five Counts) – Found Not Guilty by Jury.