Jacksonville’s teenagers take chances every day, be it in the economy, relationships, and other activities. However, those chances can have major consequences, consequences that could vastly change one’s life both personally and within the legal system. However, if one obtains an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case, one can be sure that one will have the best defense possible to the crime committed.
According to the Florida Times-Union, 18-year-old Dequan Taji Dodson has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for fatally shooting of B. Barrington Jevon Nickerson II. This sentencing comes after the Dodson was charged and convicted of shooting Nickerson over a $10 bet he made during a dice game at an empty house on the Westside.
Jacksonville murder crimes tend to be some of the more emotionally driven crimes in our society. These crimes are committed because something that person wanted did not go they wanted it to, and cannot handle the defeat of their wants and desires. Take that deeply and powerfully driven emotion and combine it with financial pressures of today’s economy, and you have a recipe for disaster.
Second degree murder is a first degree felony which a person can serve up to life imprisonment for. This is a very serious punishment that is not often sought by prosecutors. However, this is a crime that often receives many times a very substantial punishment. The system allows for harsh punishment; that does not mean that harsh punishment must be imposed.
Prosecutors, post-conviction, will try to bring out factors that show that the accused has intended the crime, had reckless disregard for human life, and bring out any other factors that would help the accused receive more time for their crime. Many times, these factors are present and show very convincingly that the accused is a horrible individual who should never be let out of prison ever again. However, this is not always the case.
Many times, people who commit murders are not horrible people by nature. Those people are just individuals who, in a moment of weakness, acted out of anger and thoughtlessness, resulting in the unfortunate death of someone. People in these situations need counseling, rehabilitation and an ability to be reentered into the world outside of the legal system as a productive member of society, rather than an ex-convict who knows nothing other than criminal culture.
In the case of Dodson, the crime was seemingly committed out of anger and desperation, as Dodson thought he was cheated out of his money. However irrational the mental state of Dodson, Dodson is not a killer. He is simply a man who overreacted and needs mental counseling. This man could one day be an upstanding member of society. However, a 45 year prison sentence greatly hinders that possibility.
If one in a situation such as this obtains an experienced Jacksonville murder crimes attorney to fight for one’s case, one might be able to have the possible punishments lessened so that one can be reentered into society as an individual who can start over on the right side of the law.
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: Young man gets 45 years in shooting over $10 disagreement, Charles Broward & Dan Scanlan, The Florida Times-Union