Quartavious Davis v. United States First Time Defendant Gets 1941 Months in Jail: Is This a Fair Punishment for a Florida Criminal Act?

July 11, 2012 by David S. Seltzer

The Florida criminal defense attorneys at Seltzer Law, PA, are always stunned and disappointed to read about overly zealous prosecutions.

Consider, for instance, the case of Quartavious Davis, an African-American charged and convicted of being an accessory in a string of armed robberies in 2010. He and his team robbed Wendy’s, Walgreens, and other establishments around the Miami area.

At the time of the robberies, Davis had been living on a less than $700 a month in Social Security Disability benefits in a low income area of Miami. Five men in total were charged in connection with the armed robbery spree, but only David went to trial: his accomplices all testified against him.

Since David was 18-years-old, and since he did fire off his weapon at least twice during the robberies -- once at a dog, and once at a Wendy’s employee -- prosecutors were able to hit him with multiple counts and treat him as a “habitual criminal” in spite of this being his first arrest and trial.

The other men got nine to 22 years in prison. Quartavious, meanwhile, faces an unbelievable 1,941 months behind bars. That’s about 182 years. For Quartavious to see the outside again, he would first have to become the oldest man of all time and then live another 62 years on top of that… and only then would he be able to get out of jail!

Unsurprisingly, Davis’s conviction is being appealed to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia.

Florida has garnered quite a reputation for aggressively prosecuting juvenile criminal offenders. A survey conducted from 1990 through 2009, found that our state had the dubious honor of being home to the most number of juveniles who had been sentenced to life in prison for non-murder crimes.

Some analysts have suggested that Davis’s conviction mirrors the more high-profile (and more widely reported on) case of Marissa Alexander, who was hit with a two decade prison sentence for firing a pistol in the air during an altercation with her abusive husband. Ms. Alexander was not eligible for protection under the state’s “stand-your-ground” law; thus, the 31-year old mom was convicted of felony aggravated assault and hit with the 20-year jail sentence.

What the Cases of Quartavious Davis and Marissa Alexander Can Teach You, If You’re a Florida Criminal Defendant

Whether you're a youthful offender who committed a violent act, or an adult who participated in a cyber crime scheme, you have some very crucial days and weeks ahead of you.

Consider connecting today with the experienced, respected legal team at Seltzer Law, PA. Call us today at 888-THE DEFENSE (888-843-3333) for a confidential, free consultation regarding your potential defensive options and strategies.