According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida’s overall-crime rate hit a 42-year low in 2012. Although the number of sex crimes and homicides slightly increased, the overall crime rate fell nearly 7 percent last year, with significant drops in burglaries, robberies and theft. Many of these crimes involve gun possession charges, and when the accused supposedly possesses a gun, media attention as well as attention from the State Attorney office increases. However, the common misconception is that gun crimes are increasing and becoming a major threat to society all across the nation.
The nature of gun crimes are sometimes violent and many times do not involve a justifiable defense for the commission of the crime. However, the nature of a gun crime leads many to believe that a harsher punishment for even possessing a gun illegally, much less during the commission of a robbery, burglary, sexual assault or other harm committed against another, is justified.
Many crimes are committed personally by someone stealing something, sexually harming another individual, or committing other acts that involve them being present before the victim. Other crimes involve the perpetrator operating behind a computer screen. Unfortunately for the individuals who attempt either form of crime, technology has increased law enforcement ability to convict the accused of the alleged crime. However, not always is the charge correct, nor provable.
Florida has been experiencing a steady drop in both violent and non-violent crime since the 90’s, similar to other states who have experienced similar drops in crime rates as Florida-style conceal-carry laws proliferated. Other states that allow for concealed-carry have seen a steady decrease in gun related offenses. Some states with lax registration requirements, such as Vermont, a normally staunch liberal state that one would think would have anti-gun principals, allows citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Since this law was put into effect in Vermont, the state has one of the lowest crime rates in the nation.
The issue that many accused individuals face involving gun crimes in Jacksonville and across the nation is the colorful gore-filled imaging that is painted across the screens of many television stations. Media madness has turned into frenzy over gun violence in the wake of incidents like the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, as well as other local crimes involving home-invasion robberies, leading many of Florida’s citizens to believe that gun-related crime numbers are increasing. However, the statistics show the overall crime rate falling, as it’s been doing for the past 20 years.
Unfortunately for those who were the victims of Sandy Hook, the movie theater shootings, and other horrific incidents like those, guns were involved. The individuals who committed those acts were mad men who have no good intent in their actions; they used guns to accomplish their goals. However, the gun itself is not the problem; the person is the problem.
For those who commit non-violent crimes and/or violent crimes in Florida, the charges can be tough to fight and the case may seem impossible to win. However, if one obtains an experienced Jacksonville criminal defense attorney to fight the case, one will be able to ensure one has an advocate and protector against a very powerful State-operated legal system.