Stabbing at Party Turns Fatal; 20-Year-Old Charged With Murder in Jacksonville

A 20-year-old was recently arrested in connection with a stabbing that followed an argument at a party, The Florida Times-Union reports.

Weapons charges in Jacksonville, especially those that end in homicide, are among the crimes with the most severe penalties on the books because Florida lawmakers have gone out of their way to increase the penalties year after year. It makes good political sense to increase penalties to crimes because it gets voters — and financial backers — on their side.Under the state’s 10-20-Life law, which was promised in the campaign of former Governor Jeb Bush, penalties for crimes involving guns now require long mandatory prison sentences. And while the law doesn’t apply to knives, other laws have gone into place since that require mandatory sentences and increased penalties for weapons-based offenses. That’s why an experienced Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney must be consulted in order to protect the defendant’s rights and in order to seek justice.

According to the news report, authorities were called around 3 a.m. recently to the corner of North Jackson Avenue and Texas Street, where they found a 21-year-old man inside a truck. They say he had backed the truck down a driveway 100 feet and into a fence.

The victim was rushed to the hospital, but he died. It’s unclear whether he was stabbed inside the vehicle or before. A 20-year-old was arrested and charged in connection with the death, the newspaper reports. A second person was taken tot he hospital, but was treated and released, the report states.

The news report doesn’t provide details about the relationship between the victim and the suspect, how police determined the suspect was involved and whether there are any witness accounts that backup the claim by police.

Murder is the most serious charge in the state of Florida and is punished as such. Someone convicted of first-degree murder can be punished with death by lethal injection. Even a second-degree murder conviction can result in a prison sentence of 30 years to life. A conviction for manslaughter — an unintentional killing — is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. All of these various degrees of homicide are defined in Florida Statutes Chapter 782.

But even if a person doesn’t die during a fight where a weapon is used, the suspect can face serious, life-altering penalties. According to Florida Statute 784.045, aggravated battery is striking someone and causing great bodily harm, disfigurement or disability or by using a deadly weapon.

If convicted of aggravated battery in Jacksonville, a person can be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for the second-degree felony. A knife, along with a gun, baseball bat and even perhaps a heavy boot if a person is continually kicked, is considered a deadly weapon.

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.

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