Three young men have been accused of stealing a purple, 600-pound, 9-foot chicken statue from a Putnam County residence. The three tied the purple chicken to the back of a pickup truck and dragged it a mile-and-half or so down Florida 100, while one of them got on the back of the rode it, whooping and hollering, behind the pickup, at about 6 a.m..
The crime of Grand Theft involves the unlawful taking of property worth more than $300. To prove the crime of Grand Theft, the State must prove that you took property from another person with the intent to:
– Deprive the person of a right to the property or benefit of the property; or
– Appropriate the property for personal use or for the use of another person not entitled to the use of the property.
Often times, a suspect will dump stolen property in someone elses yard, garbage, or even. Sometimes, this leads to investigation by police into the owner of the house or yard because of the presence of the stolen property. Most would be suspicious of stolen property was in their front yard or their neighbor’s yard, and as such, police will be suspicious too.
Another common crime that is often charged in situations like this is Criminal mischief. The crime of criminal mischief can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the amount of damage and whether any prior convictions exist.
Under Florida Statute 806.13, the crime of criminal mischief tends to be a misdemeanor offense. However, the severity of the charge is based on the amount of damages done to the victim’s property. However, the damage done to the accused, particularly a minor teenager who did not do the crime and has no real proof of that innocence, will be extraordinary.
The State, police officers, and unfortunately many members of society feel that youth have an innate sense of mischief and want for destruction; give those kids a way to accomplish a mischievous goal, and they will do it. However, criminal mischief crimes are committed by people of all ages. Furthermore, the interplay of a holiday such as Independence Day increases the likelihood that anyone could commit a mischievous act involving fireworks.
In this case, criminal mischief was immediately obvious to most who saw the giant chicken strapped to the back of a truck. Many think these acts are a joke. However, $2,300 in property damage is not a joke, and such conduct will not be punished lightly if one’s remorse does not outway the mischievous attitude the police and State Attorney will be attempting to show to the Judge.
Many times, young adults are charged with these crimes and as a result, have to start out their professional live with a criminal record. One may feel that one’s life is ruined and wrecked by the time, energy and money spent dealing with this rather simple crime.
Many situations like this plague juveniles in Jacksonville. People want to have fun, have their voices heard, and leave their mark on society. Unfortunately, for some, that mark is costly. However, if one obtains an experienced Jacksonville Criminal Mischief defense attorney to fight the case and present the best defense possible, the process of moving on past this kind of charge may be more simple, smooth, and easier to deal with.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years 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.
Additional Source: Three men charged in theft of chicken statue in north Florida, WFTV.com