Jacksonville Man Accused in Drug-Related Shooting

A 20-year-old Jacksonville man has been arrested and charged in connection with a robbery and shooting at an Orange Park apartment, The Florida Times-Union reports.

Drugs and guns tend to go hand-in-hand in criminal enterprises, which gives police and prosecutors plenty of avenues to charge individuals accused of these crimes. Along with many possible drug charges in Jacksonville, such as possession, distribution, trafficking, buying, possession of drug paraphernalia or even racketeering, prosecutors can also tack on gun charges, such as carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and others, most of which are felonies.These charges can lead to potential serious prison sentences if not aggressively defended by a skilled Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer. Ensuring that the client’s rights are upheld and that the evidence police intend to use is credible are two of the top concerns of a defense lawyer.

In this case, a 20-year-old, who lives in the 8000 block of Renault Drive North, is now charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in the alleged attack October 22. A man was robbed and shot twice in his Orange Park Apartment, 2020 Wells Road.

According to police documents, investigators believe the shooting was the result of a drug deal. The alleged victim was hospitalized and expected to recover. The newspaper first reported that detectives believed it was a case of home-invasion robbery.

So, police have already made two allegations that they haven’t been able to prove. First, they said they believed the case to be a robbery, yet the defendant isn’t charged with robbery in any form. Second, they believe the case to be related to drugs, but they haven’t made any drug-related arrests.

These are points that may be brought out at trial to show that detectives may have been going on a fishing expedition in order to bring charges against the suspect. It’s possible that victims of crimes can embellish in order to get another person in deeper trouble than they are already in. Alleging that drugs were involved can do just that.

If police believe they have evidence that a victim knew the person who shot them, detectives may consider their credibility higher than a person shot by an unknown intruder. So, if they make additional allegations, it could lead to additional charges, which means possible increased penalties.

Shooting are serious crimes, but police still must have sound evidence in order to bring charges. Ballistics, which can match bullets to guns, are a key piece of evidence, supposing officers recover a weapon. Eyewitness identification can be spotty in shootings, especially in a crowd. An admission by a suspect is the strongest evidence police can have, so keeping quiet is important for suspects.

If you are arrested, the first thing you should do is ask for a lawyer. Don’t attempt to talk your way out of the charges — detectives have heard just about everything. Ask for an attorney by using your right to silence and discuss the case with him first. A Jacksonville criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights and help you decide whether or not to talk to the police.

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.

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Additional Resources:

Jacksonville man charged in Orange Park shooting, by Jim Schoettler, The Florida Times-Union

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