Some become enraged at the stresses of life and act out. However, the consequences of acting out may be worse than one may realize, and may seem like the end to someone just charged with the crime. If one has been charged with a similar crime, one should obtain an experienced attorney to fight the case and ensure ones’ rights are protected.
According to the Washington-Examiner, Shahid Mohammed Kalam was arrested after police said he tried to deposit a stolen check into a bank’s ATM, then shot at the building when the machine would not accept the forged check. The arrest came after Kalam deposited a $1,000 forged check at an automated-teller machine, then attempted to withdraw cash. The ATM refused to dole out the cash and instead took the card, police said. Kalam was identified through ATM surveillance video and was arrested when he returned to bank for unrelated business. />
To prove a burglary charge in Jacksonville, the State must prove that the arrested person entered a structure, dwelling, or vehicle with the intent to commit a crime. One does not have to actually enter the building. If one touches the building with the intent to commit a crime, that touching may be enough to prosecute an accused party. In this case, Kalam shot at the building and attempted to rip the ATM from the wall with his truck. A state prosecutor would argue that because of the intent to remove the ATM from the building, there was an intentional touching and therefore burglary. However, the prosecutor has to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt.
There are defenses to Burglary crimes such as if the place entered was open to the public or the arrested person was invited to enter or remain there. If convicted of a Burglary to anything other than a vehicle, the accused is up against sentencing guidelines that usually require incarceration.
In the case of Kalam, an armed burglary charge carries many penalties, both in jail time and in fines. First-degree burglaries include causing damage in excess of $1,000, Armed Burglary and Burglary with an Assault and/or Battery. In this case, from what one can glean from the facts, Kalam has probably caused more than $1,000 in property damage, which the court will most likely require him to pay, in addition to any other fines the court may deem sufficient.
One has one choice of relief in a situation like this. One charged with a crime of this nature should contact an experienced Jacksonville theft crimes defense attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights and defenses are known and protected. One can either sit back and wait for the Judge to render a decision against one, or one can take charge of one’s defense and win one’s cause for freedom.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years 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: So much stupid, Scott McCabe, The Washington-Examiner