FORT WALTON BEACH — James Flanders, once the popular pastor of a Fort Walton Beach church, will serve 15 years in prison on a manslaughter charge for the 2011 killing of Marie Carlson, his “sister wife.” He and his attorney,… Continue Reading nwfdailynews.com: Flanders gets 15 years for manslaughter
Randall Holcombe, the assistant director of administrative service under corrupt former Sheriff Charlie Morris, should know in about a month whether he will receive a new trial. Swiatek said his strongest argument remains that his client never should have been… Continue Reading nwfdailynews.com: Attorney argues sleeping juror jimmied trial
FORT WALTON BEACH — Former pastor James Ty Flanders pleaded guilty Thursday to killing Marie Jane Carlson in October, 2011 and has shown authorities where he buried her body. Flanders’ attorney, Glenn Swiatek, said Flanders made the decision to take… Continue Reading nwfdailynews.com: Former pastor pleads in murder case involving missing woman
James Flanders’ attorney, for one, isn’t a fan of “Cold Justice.” Glenn Swiatek has been hired to defend Flanders against allegations he killed Marie Jane Carlson in 2011. Carlson’s disappearance — no body has ever been located — was chronicled… Continue Reading nwfdailynews.com: Attorney criticizes arrest following ‘Cold Justice’ episode
What should I expect to happen for being arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia while I am on county probation for First Offense Driving Under the Influence? I have not had any other violations and I am 8 months into… Continue Reading What should I expect to happen for being arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia while I am on county probation for First Offense Driving Under the Influence?
Diversion offers are plea offers negotiated with the State Attorney. There are five programs offered in the First Judicial Circuit which is the Circuit for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Pre-trial Diversion, the misdemeanor program, and Pre-trial Intervention,… Continue Reading What is a Diversion Program?
As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Swiatek’s goal is that everyone understands their rights. This page of Resources was created so that you may be well-informed of local and national legal information. This page was last updated 1/2020. The Courts… Continue Reading Legal Resources
FORT WALTON BEACH — After it was determined that all black bears in Florida qualify as Florida black bears, Okaloosa County Judge T. Patterson Maney ruled Friday that Ralph Ward indeed had illegally killed two of them. Swiatek argued that… Continue Reading nwfdailynews.com: Man fined for killing bears
FORT WALTON BEACH –Wearing a special device that allowed him to hear attorneys, 82-year-old Ralph Ward shared an old-fashioned perspective Thursday on the relationship between man and animal at his trial for shooting two Florida black bears. Under questioning from… Continue Reading nwfdailynews.com: Man says he didn’t kill bears