Bowers’ Fate Rests In A Few AreasFebruary 18th, 2013
Attorney Jeremy Saland, of Manhattan criminal defense firm Crotty & Saland, was kind enough to go deep with Joe into the prospects for Da’Quan Bowers in New York City court. Reports out of New York have Bowers arrested early today at a LaGuardia International Airport ticket counter. Felony criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree is the charge.
Saland spent seven years as a prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office before spending the past six years in criminal defense, so Joe’s confident his information is excellent.
Saland said there’s an excellent chance Bowers could have his serious felony charge “deviated downward,” aka reduced. The following questions/factors, per Saland, will be keys to Bowers not landing in prison.
1) Was the gun legally obtained and registered properly in Bowers’ home state? Saland said the answer to those questions will be most critical in determining whether Bowers can get leniency out of the Queens district attorney’s office.
2) Was Bowers attempting to legally check the firearm? Or was he taking it through security improperly?
3) Was the gun actually loaded or only “statutorily” loaded?
4) Does Bowers have a criminal record?
Saland went on to say that “collateral consequences” for the individual can be a factor in determining a prosecutor’s willingless to lessen a charge. A school teacher, for example, whose career could be ruined by certain convictions, could have that fact taken into consideration.
Will the Queens District Attorney try to make an example out of Bowers because he’s a celebrity?
“Queens is very reasonable. They will look at this case on it merits,” Saland said. “There’s no reason to think that would happen.”
Because the charge is considered a violent crime, Saland said, it’s likely Bowers will have to physically attend all his court appearances.
Joe, like every other Bucs fan, has his fingers crossed that Bowers’ gun was obtained and registered properly. If not, he quickly could become an answer to a Bucs trivia question, rather than a menace to NFL quarterbacks.
If found guilty of the current charge, Bowers faces a 3 1/2 year minimum sentence.