BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A local attorney accused of introducing contraband into the Bay County Jail has been found guilty.
Now his fate is now in the hands of a judge.
Wednesday, a jury found Greg Wilson guilty on third-degree felony charges of introducing contraband into the jail and misdemeanor perjury, but what 's next for the local attorney and what will happen to his caseload is still up in the air.
In 2017, Wilson was arrested after he was caught passing what appeared to be a note to one of his clients at the Bay County Jail.
Now that his trial is complete, a judge will decide how Wilson will pay for his crimes.
"Florida has this withhold of adjudication option, where you can be punished as if you did something but they withhold the finding of guilt which gives you the advantage of saying, 'I'm not a convicted felon, I'm not even a convicted criminal. I'm punished with the sense of court costs, fines, probation, maybe community service hours but the judge is withholding that conviction so, therefore, I can honestly tell somebody there was no adjudication of guilt.' So my client not a convicted criminal and in some cases you can try to have your record sealed or expunged, depending on the nature of the charge," local attorney Albert Sauline explained.
If sentenced, Wilson could face up to five years in prison or probation for the contraband ruling.
"In a case like this it's normally probation. An individual who has never been in trouble for an offense like this is likely looking at a supervision offense, whether there will be a withhold of adjudication, is something we're all waiting to see," Sauline explained.
Wilson's sentencing is scheduled for November 5.
The Florida Bar is investigating to determine if Wilson should remain a member of the Florida Bar Association.