Around the holiday season, the air is filled with the smell of cinnamon and the sounds of Christmas music. Many are shopping for gifts for friends and relatives. Unfortunately, some are tempted to rob, burglarize or shoplift. If one is involved in something like this, one should gain an experienced Jacksonville criminal defense attorney so one knows the rights they have.
Jacksonville theft crimes can range anywhere from simple shoplifting at a department store to breaking into a bank. In any case, the penalties can be severe. One should know the difference between these two offenses and what one’s rights are with each offense.
Robbery and shoplifting are commonly confused with burglary; however, they are different acts. The act of robbery is when someone steals something from someone else, typically by force. Burglary, on the other hand, is where someone breaks and enters into a building or car that is unoccupied, and steals property.
Florida is particularly tough with theft crimes. Robbery, under Florida Statute 812.13, is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison even if no weapon was used. So, at minimum, a person can be sentenced to prison for more than a decade for committing an unarmed robbery. If a weapon is used, the person can face 30 years to life.
According to Florida Statute 810.02, burglary is usually handled as a third-degree felony, which is punishable by up to five years in prison. If a person is in the house at the time of the burglary, or if the suspect assaults someone, the penalties can be bumped up to second- or first-degree felonies.
In Jacksonville, some judges can be particularly tough on theft crimes, more so than other judges. These situations can sometimes leave some first time offenders in worse situations than second or third time offenders, depending on the judge they come before. In these situations, one needs an experienced and knowledgeable Jacksonville theft crimes lawyer to mount the best defense possible, so that no matter what Judge one goes before, one will have a better chance of lessening the charge, sentence or possibly being acquitted of that charge.
The only logical choice in this situation is to fight the charge. One needs a knowledgeable and experienced Jacksonville theft crimes lawyer to fight for their case. Don’t allow your life to be ruined by a theft charge. Defend yourself.
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.