Jacksonville’s residents have many things that make them angry. Sometimes, those things or people are law enforcement. However, actions against law enforcement carry heavier punishments. If one is accused of a crime against a police officer, one should obtain an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are protected.
According to the Florida Times-Union, Brad Germain, 35, has been charged with attempted murder of a Jacksonville police officer. The incident began after the police were advised that Germain had rammed a police car with his pick-up truck earlier that night. Germain led police on a 1am chase, which led to Germain hitting another police officer and his car.
Jacksonville felony violent crimes tend to be some of the more common crimes, however, typically not as vehicular as Germain’s case. Most vehicular crimes are accidental or at most reckless, but not intentional. On the other hand, felony violent crimes are normally intentional. As one can see, in the case of Germain, intent is something that will play a big part in his sentencing.
Germain has been charged with attempted murder, a first degree felony, which can bring up to 30 years in prison. This may seem complicated enough in itself, but even tough problem that Germain will face is that the attempted murder was against a police officer. This may be tough for Germain to deal with, both as a defendant, and as a prisoner, should that situation arise.
Many cases in Jacksonville where police are injured are immediately seen as cop hater cases, and in many situations, those charged for crimes against police will receive the maximum punishment for their crimes, no matter what the circumstances. This is due to the fact that the court system wants to punish those who try to hurt those that protect and serve our great city. However, Germain still has rights.
One in a situation such as Germain’s should contact an experienced Jacksonville felony violent crimes attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure that all options, rights and privileges are known to that individual so one will be protected. In many cases, obtaining an experienced lawyer is the only way one can ensure Constitutional protections.
In Germain’s case, the Judge will look at the fact that Germain did intentionally hit the cop car with the cop inside; however, an attorney could argue that there was no intent specifically to injure a police officer, even though one was injured, and that the Germain is apologetic for his actions and is willing to make amends. In many cases, these kinds of arguments can significantly lower the amount of time or severity in the manner in which time is served.
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: Law & Disorder: Several Taser shocks needed to control suspect, The Florida Times-Union