Jacksonville’s citizens sometimes feel that the law is too restrictive or not helpful enough, leading them to activities that are illegal. Unfortunately, law abiding citizens are arrested for possessing common goods that, when put together, can be used to implicate them in a crime. If one is in a situation such as this, one should obtain an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are protected.
According to the Florida Times-Union, Darrian Denard Corbitt of Jacksonville’s Westside has been charged with arson, loitering and wearing a mask with the intent of committing a crime. Corbitt’s arrest came after Corbitt drove his car into a car wash in Arlington, got out of the car and put on a ski mask. Police questioned Corbitt, eventually finding matches in Corbitt’s pocket and a milk bottle filled with gasoline.
Jacksonville criminal mischief cases typically involve those who are allegedly attempting to harm someone or someone’s property. These charges can take the form of arson, vandalism, graffiti, and other acts of that nature that have paraphernalia attached to the crime. Unfortunately for many, circumstantial evidence becomes the factor that is the tipping point in one’s arrest, and for some, conviction.
When a person is subject to arrest for paraphernalia or tools that could be used to commit a crime, the arresting officer typically feels justified because the officer believes that a crime is being stopped. For example, a person with a shovel and fertilizer in one’s vehicle might be arrested for growing an illegal drug because the accused has frequented a known drug-growing area. However, just because one has the tools or paraphernalia commonly associated with a crime, does not mean that one actually committed a crime at all.
In this case, Corbitt, after being advised of his Miranda rights, admitted his intention to burn the car wash where he was arrested because he was having problems with a nearby business owner. Corbitt tried to handle his problems via the legal system, but then felt that this was the only effective way he could handle his problem. Unfortunately for many who will enter the legal system in this manner, the system will treat them as a problem that needs fixing as well.
Many accused parties, like Corbitt, would probably not commit such a crime but for the fact that they feel wronged by the legal system. Corbitt showed he had faith in the legal system at some point.
Many times throughout Jacksonville, accused people are subject to hunch theories that lead to their arrest and hassle in the court system. If one or one’s loved one has been the victim of such an arrest, one should obtain an experienced Jacksonville criminal mischief defense attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights are known and protected.
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 Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Source: Gasoline in a car and man with a ski mask and matches leads to Jacksonville arrest, Dan Scanlan, The Florida Times-Union