Jacksonville’s citizens have strong family ties and will fight for the respect, honor, and dignity of those ties. This principle is especially true when a family member is harmed by another. However, just because one is charged with a crime of this nature does not automatically mean that one is guilty of that crime. The legal system is meant to protect one from harm, and one in a situation like this should obtain an experienced attorney to make sure that the legal system does protect one from the abuses of others.
According to the Florida Times-Union, Kenneth Laverne Johnson of Jacksonville, who had recently been charged with the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl, was beaten up at his apartment by the girl’s father. The beating occurred after the girl’s father went to Johnson’s apartment and began beating him up while his daughters stayed outside. The father had Johnson pinned to the floor until Jacksonville police arrived.
Jacksonville sexual assault crimes typically involve an angry victim or an angry victim’s family who wants revenge. Furthermore, no matter what the manner of the assault, when a child is involved, the parent of that child begins to lose control over their rational senses and move into a child protective like state. However sympathetic one might be towards someone in this situation, society must also assume a protective role over the accused in a case like this.
Many times, people feel angry and irrational in regards to touchy subjects like sexual assault on a minor. However, the inescapable fact is that the accused is merely the accused, not necessarily the guilty. For many in situations like these, the accused will be ridiculed and left to the media’s destructive devices, ruining the accused’s reputation. Unfortunately for the accused, in many situations like this, the accused will be forever shamed without even being convicted of any crime.
Numerous times throughout Jacksonville, as well as other surrounding areas, the State, law enforcement, and the media, will many times hold their own personal trial on TV and in newspapers in order to personally attack and ridicule the accused. However angry people may be about a crime’s occurrence, one must realize that until a Judge and jury has found one guilty of a crime, under the American legal system, one is presumed to be innocent.
In this case, as much as one may sympathize with the father of this poor child, as well as the victim of this tragedy, Johnson has only been charged. Furthermore, if Johnson is ever convicted, Johnson should be punished by the legal system, rather than a private citizen who even though society may sympathize, should not exact his own revenge against the accused. Only through the proper operation and execution of the legal system may order remain orderly and an accused’s rights be protected.
Many times, accused parties in the legal system may feel as though everyone has them painted as guilty and that there is no fighting chance for freedom. However, if one obtains an experienced Jacksonville sexual assault crimes defense attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are protected, one will be able to ensure that one will be protected from the abuses of the legal system and will be able to have the best possible defense to one’s charge.
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 Sources: Jacksonville police: Man charged with sexual assault punched by girl’s father, Matt Soergel, The Florida Times-Union