Florida Burglary Defendant Arrested On His 40th Charge

Jacksonville’s defendants are prone to make repeated errors. This is common among humanity. However, so people make excessive repeated errors, to the point that they will serve multiple times for some of the same types of offenses. However, that person still deserves one of the best defenses available. Therefore, one should obtain an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and make sure one’s rights are protected.

According to the Huffington Post, Stephen Brewster has been charged with car burglary. This charge makes his 40th arrest in Sarasota county. This charge comes after many years of crimes including robbery, fraud, loitering, grand theft, criminal mischief, petty larceny and stealing credit cards. The Sheriff has commented that Brewster probably knows more about the legal system that he does. MS-StephenBrewster.jpg

Jacksonville burglary crimes can be some interesting cases, particularly when the defendant has a prior history of criminal behavior. Prior history, for many defendants, can determine whether the accused will receive an insignificant punishment or a very harsh punishment in prison.

For many people, a prior crime may not seem like much of a big deal; however, priors can have major consequences when the sentencing phase of the charge comes into play. Some crimes allow stacking of time for repeat offenders. For example, for a repeat offender convicted of his third DUI charge, the prison sentence would be much more significant, as the degree of the crime would be greater.

For a car burglary crime like the one Brewster was charged with, the penalty for the crime can be from anywhere between five to fifteen years depending on the nature of the facts. It is much easier to receive a harsher punishment if the accused has a prior criminal record. Therefore, it is clear that if the State Attorney’s Office is looking to land someone in jail, be it as an example for others or for other reasons, if one has a criminal record, it is extremely easy to accomplish.

Even if the State Attorney’s Office sees one’s case as a walk in the park because of one’s prior criminal history, the State still has to convince the judge in one’s case. This can either difficult or easy, depending on the leniency of the judge and the crime committed. If one obtains an experienced Jacksonville burglary crimes attorney, one can be presented with options and answers as to the possible outcomes of one’s case.

In this case, the State is seeking time greater than Brewster has previously served, claiming that Brewster’s reappearances within the criminal system are costing tax payers too much money and wasting the judiciary’s time and energy. However, if Brewster were to obtain an experienced attorney, his attorney could argue that the system should try to rehabilitate this man through counseling to fix the repeated pattern he is facing in his life, and persuade the Judge to lessen Brewster’s sentence.


One should not risk going to jail for a long period of time when an experienced attorney can make sure that their best defense is brought forth and their rights fought are fought for. The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a
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Additional Source: Arrested 40 Times: Stephen Brewster Jailed Again In Sarasota, Florida , Andy Campbell, The Huffington Post