Last week, I posted an article on the 20 Miles Law Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer webpage about a woman that was arrested in connection with a dispute that she was having with her neighbors. It was titled Atlantic Beach Florida Arrest for Drugs and Violating Injunction. The article stated that Cecelia Babillis had been arrested Atlantic Beach Florida. This is just north of Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach. She was involved in an altercation with her neighbors. She was charged with Jacksonville violation of an injunction. Police searched Babillis. They claim that they found marijuana in a pill bottle and a glass pipe. Therefore, she was also arrested for Florida possession of marijuana and Jacksonville drug paraphernalia possession.
At the time of Babillis’ arrest, she also had pending civil citations involving her pit bull dogs. Babillis went to court on Tuesday for the civil citations. The Florida Times Union reported, “County Judge Scott F. Mitchell fined Cecelia Babillis $750 — $125 for each of six citations — after an Animal Control officer told him that Babillis followed through with a promise to move the three dogs that had terrorized her Magnolia Street neighbors. The maximum fine for each citation was $500, which could have cost Babillis $6,000.”
The last time that Babillis was before Judge Mitchell, he “warned Babillis, 20, to stay out of trouble after she was initially cited for violating city dog laws last year. More citations followed in March, including for skateboarding while being pulled by the dogs, which police deemed dangerous and ordered her to keep them on her property…. Babillis pleaded no contest in March to the handful of citations, while the others were dismissed. She and her mother, Suzanne Leviseur, promised Mitchell they would move the dogs within 10 days to a rescue facility in Arlington. They also promised to eventually move from the neighborhood.”
Mitchell was provided with proof that the dogs had been removed. He commended “Babillis for following through on her promise to move the dogs. He also warned her to stay out of trouble, which she agreed to do.” The civil citations before Judge Mitchell are separate from the pending criminal charges. “The criminal charges were not mentioned during Tuesday’s hearing and did not factor into Mitchell’s decision.” Babillis will still need to face the criminal charges. If she has not hire a Jacksonville criminal lawyer for her case, she needs to speak with a Jacksonville lawyer about building a defense to her case. She is set for arraignment next week.