Jacksonville’s citizens get crazy in their ideas sometimes. Immaturity, restlessness and pure thoughtless behavior become the push behind the illegal activity. However, if one considers the consequences of the activity one is participating in, one becomes highly aware that one’s freedom may become restricted for a long period of time. Fortunately, if one in this situation obtains an experienced attorney to fight for the case, one can ensure one’s rights are defenses will be known and protected.
According to the The Examiner, Thomas Michael Heath has been arrested for allegedly stealing a car in Orange County, Florida. Heath also had an outstanding warrant for a Tennessee auto theft conviction, which he was on probation for. Heath’s arrest came after a tip from Heath’s wife that she and her daughter had been kidnapped by Heath at knife point. Heath is being held in Cobb County Detention Center without bond.
Jacksonville auto theft crimes are serious offenses for all involved, because of the expensive cost to the victim, as well as the cost to the defendant who is convicted for the crime. Unfortunately, more young people are accused of crimes of this nature simply because of the thrill involved. However, the terror that will fill one’s life when charged with a crime like this will make one wish one could turn back the clock.
Many times in Jacksonville, accused parties feel that the nature of their crime is not that serious or that the punishment for such a crime could be lessened because they have been good in the past. However simple an idea this may be, the fact is that a clean record with the legal system may show a Judge that one is not a hardened criminal or someone who should be locked for the maximum amount of time allowable.
In cases like Heath’s, when one has an outstanding warrant and eventually comes before the judge, the judge will see one coming back not to face the original charges, but only to face new crimes. In this particular case, the only reason Heath is coming to court now is because he was arrested while reoffending and the warrant showed up. This is particularly important for bond motion hearings. The court considers whether the accused is a flight risk and whether they are a danger to the community. In this case, an experienced attorney can clearly anticipate the State’s argument for denying bond or setting a very high and nearly unattainable bond.
Many times within the legal system, one’s past may hold the key to one’s future. Judges will look at the character and past good and bad acts of the accused when contemplating sentencing. If the crime is of a heinous nature, the Judge might render a harsher punishment upon the accused; if one has a good record, such as good standing in the community and the law, then the Judge might take a second look and lighten one’s punishment.
Many accused parties throughout Jacksonville face criminal charges of this nature all of the time. For some, the reality of lengthy jail time is coming fast leaving no way to fight back. However, if one in this situation obtains an experienced Jacksonville auto theft crimes defense attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights are protected, one will be able to know that one will have the best defense possible to one’s charge and that one will be able to move on from this bump in the road to the future.
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:Fugitive from Florida arrested in Cobb County, Leigh Egan, The Examiner