Jacksonville’s juveniles are curious, a good characteristic to have growing up. However, that curiosity can sometimes end fatally, and be costly to those around them. If one has been caught up in a crime such as this, one should contact an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case.
According to the Bradenton-Herald, Nailin Rodriguez was shot while her mother’s boyfriend tried to take the gun away from her. The shooting occurred after the mother’s boyfriend came into Rodriguez’s room and found her playing with the gun. Rodriguez is in critical condition, and the owner of the gun is yet to be determined.
Jacksonville gun crimes are most of the time intentional, due to the nature of the crime itself. However, there are those times where the act is not intentional, like in this case. There are cases that are specifically accidental. Unfortunately though, many times, people are falsely accused of intending to harm someone.
Many times in the legal system, the State, as well as the family of the victim, may become angry. Most of the time, these emotions are simply mourning the loss of their loved one. However, for the few that seek retribution for a retribution-less event, charges will be filed against the person who just happened to be there. No matter what the situation or what the accused is charged with, there is still a defense.
In this case, investigation is still and ongoing as such, no charges have been filed yet. However, if charges are to be filed, most likely the mother’s boyfriend will be charged. If charged, he will face a rigorous amount of time in front of the Judge, the State Attorney prosecuting him, and the many other people to interview him, not to mention the fact that he will be facing the legal ramifications of the unintentional and unfortunate harm that was caused to his girlfriend’s daughter.
In this case, if the boyfriend is charged, he will face an argument from the State Attorney’s office that will be fierce. Based on the facts of this event, the boyfriend could have taken the girl into another room and shot her, making it look like an accident. The State would also probably argue that because no one else witnessed the crime, no one knows what actually happened and whether the boyfriend’s testimony checks out.
Many people face similar situations such as this; however an experienced Jacksonville gun crimes attorney could provide a series of defenses to this unfortunate accident. In this case, an experienced attorney could bring to light the fact that the boyfriend was trying to protect the daughter by removing the gun from her hands. No one else witnessed the actual shot to show that the boyfriend had intent to shoot the girl, and even if they did witness it, none of the facts show that he intended harm upon the girl.
One should not risk going to jail for a long period of time when an experienced attorney can make sure that their best defense is brought forth and their rights fought are fought for. 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: Tampa teen shot by gun she found in bedroom, The Associated Press, The Bradenton-Herald