U.S. Marshals have arrested and charged Joubrun Rick Edmond, and Jamar Mousakheel with carkacking with a firearm, that was caught on surveillance video at a 7-Eleven. The victim, a 25-year-old man, rolled up to the gas pumps in a 2004 gray Ford Mustang. The man was approached by one of the robbers, who brandished a black, semi-automatic handgun. He pointed it at the victim’s face and demanded the car keys. The victim told the carjacker the keys were on the front seat. A few seconds later, the second robber approached and stood behind the victim, apparently toting a gun in his waistband. Both robbers then got into the Mustang and sped off.
Jacksonville carjacking crimes are serious offenses for all involved, because of the violent nature and complicated nature of the crime. Unfortunately, more young people are accused of crimes of this nature simply because of the thrill involved. However, the terror that will fill one’s life when charged with a crime like this will make one wish one could turn back the clock.
In Florida, carjacking means the taking of a car from the person or custody of another with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive that person of the car and in the course of the taking there is the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear. If a gun or other deadly weapon is used while committing the carjacking, the crime is considered a first degree felony punishable by up to life in prison. If no gun, deadly weapon, or other weapon is used during the commission of the carjacking, the crime is considered a first degree felony, but is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Crimes that involve guns are typically prosecuted more vigorously by the State and are typically punished harder, especially those crimes that involved actual gun-fire or other forms of violence. The United States Department of Justice estimates that in about half of all carjacking attempts, the attacker succeeds in stealing the victim’s car. The goal of the State Attorney’s Office is to deter criminals from committing gun-related crimes by pushing harsher punishments for accused parties when they are sentenced.
A law was passed in 1992 making carjacking a federal crime. This change occurred amidst great media attention into the apparent spate of carjacking thefts, several of which resulted in homicides. The first federal prosecution of a fatal carjacking involved the shooting death of two men by carjackers using a stolen 9mm pistol in Osceola County, Florida in 1992.
Unfortunately, being convicted of car-jacking has a number of consequences that make re-integration into the community an extremely difficult process. When the police come accusing one of carjacking, the first statement one should make is a request for an experienced attorney who can fight the case and ensure one’s rights are protected.
Carjacking is an extreme offense to have on one’s record, and unfortunately, this charge is not one that can be sealed or expunged from one’s records. What is even worse is that there are many ways other than through government agencies that a potential employer might find one’s records, making finding employment after prison improbable, if not impossible.
Sometimes the circumstances of the crime are of such a heinous nature that a Judge might decide to render a harsher punishment upon the accused. However, if one has a good record, such as documented good behavior in the community, or no run-ins with the law, then the Judge might take a second look and lighten one’s punishment.
Many accused parties throughout Jacksonville face criminal charges of this nature all of the time. For some, the reality of a lengthy jail time is faced because of a shoddy defense. However, if one in this situation obtains an experienced Jacksonville carjacking crimes defense attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights are protected, one will be able to know that one will have the best defense possible to one’s charge and that one will be able to move on from this bump in the road to the future.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years 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: Two men busted in Boynton carjacking that was caught on camera, Sun Sentinel