Jacksonville’s businessmen should feel that the world is their oyster in the city’s economy. Even through rough times in the recession, businessmen, particularly small businesses have stayed afloat in the market well enough to survive the times of struggle. However, these small businesses have been the target of theft crimes more and more. If one has been charged with such a theft crime, one should contact an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights are protected.
According to the Florida Times-Union, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for a man who allegedly robbed a sidewalk vendor outside of the Sun Express Food Market on Atlantic Boulevard. The incident occurred after the vendor was coming back from the rear of the parking lot, when a man shoved a pistol in his stomach and demand money, robbing the owner of $1,300.
Jacksonville theft crimes range in variety, but all of these crimes focus around one main factor: desperation. The assailant typically is in a bad place financially and is frantic for money. One in this situation is blind to other options for relief, and if they see those options, those are options are not good enough. However, the consequences of struggling can be far less than the consequences of jail time.
Under Florida Statute 812.13, if a person commits a robbery and has a firearm with them, they will be charged with armed robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by up to thirty years in prison. In this case, no video surveillance was mentioned, so whether the assailant met the elements of the crime are questionable. The only evidence that the police have as a lead is the victim’s report of the incident.
In many cases like these, the element of a gun is very important. If the assailant has a gun or some other form of a deadly weapon, the charge is a first degree felony which is punishable by thirty years. However, if no gun or other form of deadly weapon is present, then the crime is a second degree felony. This does not seem like a major issue, however, presence of a gun increases the sentence by fifteen years.
The State Attorney’s Office is on a zealous quest to rid the streets of criminals who’s main goal is to hurt people. However, many times, when a gun is allegedly involved in the crime, the State is often feverish, pushing for a escalated charge or a maximum sentence for the charge they can nail the accused on when they are caught. This is not fair to the defendant however.
If the elements of the charge are absent, then the charge should not stand. This is the bedrock principle of the American legal system. However, many attorneys have lost sight of that and will attempt to prosecute accused citizens of our great city without having the proper ground with which to prosecute. However, if one in a situation such as this obtains an experienced Jacksonville theft crimes defense attorney, one can be sure of the best defense possible for one’s case and will ensure that one will not go to jail for a charged crime they did not commit.
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: While you were sleeping: Man robbed at gunpoint on Atlantic Boulevard, Clifford Davis, The Florida Times-Union