Jacksonville’s citizens sometimes have friends who happen to find themselves in trouble with the law and want help to get out of jail. Unfortunately for the few who do not believe in getting out the proper way through the many avenues available in the legal system, they have their friends try and get them out the illegal way. If one has been accused of such an offense, one should contact an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are protected.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Lebrak Morales-Gomez has been convicted of impersonating a police officer. His conviction came after Morales-Gomez, posing as a police officer, tricked a Palm Beach County prosecutor, a public defender, and a Judge to release Johnny Hernandez Sardinas, his friend and a defendant in a burglary case, into his custody. Morales-Gomez claimed that Sardinas was an informant that was cooperating with the police and needed to be released to continue that cooperation. Sardinas was successfully released and has yet to be found.
Criminal cases in Florida, particularly those involving multiple criminal parties, typically do not involve impersonation. This type of crime is a crime that normally involves an enormous amount of planning and skill, and, as one can see from Morales-Gomez’s case, the crime is extremely hard to get away with. Unfortunately for Morales-Gomez as well is that the penalties associated with that crime are also hard to get out of.
Under Florida Statute 843.08, impersonation of a police officer is a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. However, if the accused has allegedly committed a felony while impersonating an officer, in this case, helping a defendant escape custody, then the charge immediately escalates to a second degree felony which is punishable by up to fifteen years in prison. Complicating the issue for Morales-Gomez though is that the other smaller charges he was convicted of and his prior criminal record, he faces up to 21 years in prison.
The problem that Morales-Gomez faces as well as others in the legal system is that if one has priors, one is seen as worthless and a menace to society. The State as well as police officers see people with prior criminal records as people to be made an example out of and use that record as an excuse to severely punish those who happen to make mistakes. However, a prior criminal record shows only one thing: the accused needs help.
Many times in Jacksonville, as well as other areas, the accused may think that the prior arrests or convictions that one has are not important or bearing on the case one faces currently. However, those convictions can increase one’s length of sentence and severity of fines. Luckily, if one obtains an experienced Jacksonville impersonation crimes defense attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are protected, one can greatly increase the likelihood that one will not be run over by an overzealous prosecutor or a judge who wants to severely punish repeat offenders.
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.
Additional Source:Man who fooled judge, prosecutor convicted of impersonating cop,Daphne Duret, The Sun Sentinel