Jacksonville’s citizens have many different ideas about how they feel they should run their lives, what sorts of activities they enjoy, and differ in actions they do in private. However, when one’s activities encroach on someone else’s dignity, the consequences can be costly. One in a situation like this should obtain an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are protected.
According to Florida Today, an arrest warrant has been posted for John Hackney of North Brevard. Hackney, a youth wrestling coach, former high school wrestling coach and teacher, was charged with cruelty and molestation of a minor. The incident allegedly occurred at an out-of-state trip for wrestling in North Carolina.
Many times, when one is accused of a sex crime in Jacksonville, the accused may think the State does not have enough to prove that one committed the crime and that if one is convicted of anything, the punishment will be a slap on the wrist. However, the harsh reality of a very long and hard prison sentence will change one’s perception of the situation at hand.
A very common thought when a person commits a crime of major concern, such as a sex crime, is that one can outrun the police. However, when the police do finally catch up, one’s options for lower sentences and the possibility of early release will slip through one’s fingers. When one runs from the law, the State will use this fear of being caught or evasion as a sign that one is guilty, and will attempt to sway jurors and Judges to believe the same.
One does have options for a better and quicker experience going through the legal system and coming out of the other side as a free citizen again. In many situations, and contrary to popular belief, many times it is better to turn one’s self in to the authorities. If one is cooperative with police and the State, many times, the State will offer one a great plea bargain that will have one out of prison within a few short years, rather than the twenty-year sentence that one will be more likely to serve if one continues to flee.
Many times in Jacksonville, an accused party may have received word about a warrant for their arrest being issued and will attempt to evade the police. This action may seem beneficial in the beginning; however, eventually the police will find one, no matter how long they have been on the run. Unfortunately, many Judges may feel no sympathy when convicting one with an outstanding warrant.
Fortunately, one does have an option for relief when one does know about an outstanding warrant on them. As soon as one becomes aware of such warrant, one should contact an experienced attorney who can work with the Judge to recall the warrant in exchange for appearance for court. Many times, when one’s case is pled to a Judge who sees a remorseful accused party, one’s punishment often times is extremely small or nonexistent.
As good of a help as turning one’s self in is to helping one’s case progress smoothly and easily, turning one’s self in does only so much. One in a situation such as this should obtain an experienced Jacksonville sex crimes defense attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights, defenses, and options are known and protected. One cannot fight this battle alone. With the help of an experienced attorney, one can be sure that this mistake will be whited out of one’s life and become a thing of the past.
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:Arrest warrant posted for coach, Lee Nessel Florida Today