News4Jax.com recently reported about a shooting and robbery on the east side of Jacksonville last month that police are still trying to solve.
The Jacksonville Criminal Attorney Blog reported on the case back in July.
Robbery in Jacksonville can be a terrifying event for a victim because it requires a person taking property or money by force or with the threat of harm. For that reason, many victims are so scared and out of sorts that they can’t remember or make any kind of positive identification of their attacker.
So, while police may make a quick arrest, an arrest isn’t necessarily proof that a crime was committed or that a defendant committed it. In a situation where a person is shot or shot at, the credibility of witness identification becomes even more of an issue. When a person is firing a weapon, people tend to duck for cover or run. Very few people stare at the shooter in order to get a positive identification, for fear they will get severely injured.
Therefore, hiring an experienced Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney is critical in order to bring up challenges to all of the state’s evidence, including witness accounts, police reports, physical evidence and other alleged facts the prosecution tries to bring into play.
According to the news report, three men are sought in connection with the crimes that happened July 22 on North Market Street. According to police, the victim was confronted by three men, one of whom pulled out a gun and told the man to “give it up,” referring to money, the station reports.
The armed suspect allegedly pulled the trigger twice and the gun clicked twice. He then pointed the gun in the air and shot a round. After the gunman ran away, the alleged victim went to a nearby store and waited about 10 minutes before walking home.
The victim was again confronted by the three suspects, who again asked for money. After refusing and walking away, one of the men shot him in the back with a black revolver.
Florida Statutes 812.13 defines robbery as taking money or property from a person. If a weapon is used, a person convicted of the crime can be sentenced for a first-degree felony, which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison. If no weapon was used, it is still a second-degree felony, which means a person faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.
Under the state’s 10-20-Life Law, however, a person who uses a weapon in a crime faces a mandatory 10 years in prison. If the weapon is fired, the mandatory time in prison jumps to 20 years behind bars. So, obviously, the penalties are steep and can be life-altering. Therefore, hiring an experienced lawyer to stand by the side of the accused is critical.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
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