Drastic Development in George Zimmerman's Florida Crime Case: 48 Hours to Get Back to Jail

June 1, 2012 by David S. Seltzer

Breaking news in the highest profile Florida criminal case of 2012: George Zimmerman, a Florida man accused in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayton Martin, has been ordered back to jail. A judge revoked Zimmerman's bond, after prosecutors discovered that the defendant and his wife likely misled the court regarding the existence of a $200,000 Internet account.

Zimmerman faces charges of second-degree murder. He has pled innocent, claiming that he shot Martin in self-defense while on his Neighborhood Watch detail.

The shooting sparked an impassioned national conversation that touched upon numerous hot button issues, including:

• The right to self-defense;
• The prevalence and nature of modern American racism;
• The capacity of the police and justice system to protect the populace and ensure fairness.

Zimmerman wasn't arrested until 44 days after the shooting. This delay sparked protests across the nation, and the fallout ultimately led to the resignation of the police chief of Sanford, FL.

During Zimmerman's April bond hearing, the defendant and his wife claimed access to only very limited funds. Prosecutors now dispute that account. They now say that, at the time, Zimmerman had already accrued $135,000 in a secret account. Prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda did not mince words: "this court was led to believe [Zimmerman and his wife] didn't have a single penny... [what they said was] misleading and I don't know what words to use otherwise than it was a blatant lie."

De la Rionda also said that the defendant failed to disclose the existence of critical documents, such a second passport. As part of his April release, Zimmerman agreed to surrender his passport.

Close watchers believe that this case may not go to trial until 2013. One of the big challenges will likely be finding and selecting an appropriate jury. In high profile cases like this, even ordinarily relatively mundane legal activities, such as jury selection, can become an involved and delicate business.

Lessons from the Zimmerman Case, If You Stand Accused of a Florida Crime

What does the Zimmerman case mean for you, if you or someone you love has been arrested for a South Florida crime, and you're desperate to build an appropriate defense?

1. First and foremost, you must appreciate the level of sophistication that Florida police and prosecutors have developed over the years.
2. To that end, to achieve best results, you need to find a law firm that has the capacities, resources, and experience to help you respond effectively. You must match the prosecution's sophistication with your own defensive sophistication.

The team at Seltzer Law, P.A., can make a difference.

Attorney David Seltzer possesses a deep, practical knowledge of how Florida criminal law works, what incentivizes prosecutors, and how to keep clients feeling secure and confident even under difficult situations.

Find out more about what sets us apart here online, or connect with us today at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (888-843-3333) for immediate help. We are available 24 hours a day to take your call.