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A former Assistant State Attorney facing two misdemeanor charges

10:36 AM, Jul 13, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A former Assistant State Attorney is facing some tough allegations. A woman whose career was to enforce the law, is now on the other side of it.

Kathryn Kuhlmann was an Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial District. 
But as of June 21, she quit her job. Now JSO is charging her with two misdemeanors. Police said Kuhlmann left the scene of an accident on the 500 block of McDuff Avenue on the Westside on June 21st at 1:24 a.m. A report shows it was a two car crash.

Later that day, a brief letter of resignation shows Kuhlmann quit her job. The officer wrote in the report, "She left the scene before police arrived."  He explains that hours after the alleged accident, the 28-year-old called the police to report a crash. 

He wrote, "However, she gave a different location, time of crash and that she was V2."  That's vehicle two. Now, she is ordered to appear in court July 30, facing two misdemeanors. The first: "False report to law enforcement." The second: "Accident; failed to give information - involving property damage."

We called Kuhlmann to get a comment, and left a voicemail. We also tried to reach her at her Riverside apartment, so we could give her a chance to respond. There was no answer at the door.

We took this case to long-time criminal defense attorney Tom Fallis. 

"As far as her position as a state attorney, that makes it more problematic for her," he said. "As we all know prosecutors, they're part of law enforcement and they've got a duty to enforce the law.  And it's just a very awkward situation."

But, like in all criminal cases, Fallis said it's important to remember she's innocent until proven guilty. 

"Lawyers are just like everyone else," he said. "The fact that she's a prosecutor of course, it s a little more uncomfortable and awkward for the State Attorney's Office."

A spokeswoman for the State Attorney's Office told me Ms. Kuhlmann no longer works there, and they have no comment. 

After researching, we found out the possible penalties for these two charges. The first, leaving the scene of an accident is up to 60 days in jail. That's a second degree misdemeanor. 

The false report to law enforcement is a first degree misdemeanor, and the possible penalty is up to one year in jail.

First Coast News

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