The Virus

Florida Circuit Courts are trial courts and circuit court judges primarily oversee civil and felony cases. These judges serve six-year terms and are elected by the voters.

There are 20 judicial circuits in Florida. Orange County and Osceola County are in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. This is also where Jeremy Dewitte’s 10 felony cases are currently pending.

Felony cases usually take six months to resolve and over nine months if it is a trial by jury. Unsurprisingly the shortest cases involve guilty pleas which ordinarily are no more than six months.

Jeremy Dewitte’s arraignment hearing for five of his nine felony cases in Orange County, FL were originally scheduled for March 17, 2020 with Judge Renee Roche. 

Those five felony cases all involved police impersonation charges.

But on March 13, 2020 Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Canady suspended in-person hearings because of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In an effort to suppress the spread of the virus, Canady gave directions to chief judges to restrict all hearings to those which were deemed “critical.” He stated the requirements would immediately take effect and last through March 27, 2020.

Jeremy Dewitte’s arraignment hearing was rescheduled for April 2, 2020.

Jeremy Dewitte has only one upcoming hearing before the effective date ends and that is a March 24, 2020 pre-trial conference with Judge Tanya Davis Wilson.

Judge Tanya Davis Wilson is the only judge who has required Jeremy Dewitte’s presence at all trial management conferences. 

Although the hearing will more than likely be rescheduled, Amir Ladan filed a waiver of Jeremy Dewitte’s appearance today, March 20, 2020, for the upcoming hearing.

In the meantime Jeremy Dewitte has continued to collect traffic tickets. 

On March 14, 2020 at 9:49 A.M. he was ticketed by Sergeant Keith Vidler for displaying red lights and having prohibited lights on his vehicle.

Jeremy Dewitte was given a second ticket for misrepresentation of insurance. On the ticket Sergeant Vidler claimed Jeremy told him he had e-insurance. 

This is a criminal violation, a first degree misdemeanor and a court appearance is required. The officer who hands out the ticket also makes an appearance. 

The court hearing was originally scheduled for March 26, 2020 but appears to have a new date of March 31, 2020 at 7:30 A.M.

The Ladan law firm also asked for a continuance for at least three of the 10 felony cases against Jeremy Dewitte.

The firm has asked for four continuances in three separate felony cases, stating they weren’t sufficiently prepared.

Given the sheer number of charges and the video evidence stacked against Jeremy Dewitte, it is fair to assume the court agreed.