Jacksonville is a city full of people who wish to be better, to have more, and to strive for happiness. Unfortunately, some believe that they can achieve that the easy way. However, the easier way can have consequences when that easier way is illegal. If one has been accused of such an illegal activity, one should obtain an experienced attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights are protected.
According to the Florida Times-Union, an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen from Fifth Third Bank on the corner of Dupont Avenue and St. Augustine road. The police are still searching for the unknown suspect, who allegedly disabled the building’s electric box, cutting the bank’s power. After the power was disabled, the suspect broke in the back door, and then pried open and stole the cash available in the cashier drawers.
Jacksonville burglary crimes typically involve someone who needs money and in their mind, they need it now. For some, the money stolen might be used for a vacation; for others, it might be used for drugs, debts or other activities that have gotten them into trouble or will get them into trouble. Either way, the costs can be significant to one’s reputation as well as one’s freedom once one is charged with the crime.
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 another person is in the building, in this case, a bank, at the time of the burglary, or if the suspect assaults someone, the penalties can be bumped up to second- or first-degree felonies. If the accused committed the crime with a firearm, the punishment goes up considerably, making the charge a first degree felony punishable by up to life imprisonment. However, if no gun is involved, the crime is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to fifteen years in prison.
A gun can change the punishments by a monumental degree. Fortunately for someone in this situation, if one obtains an experienced attorney, one can make sure that one’s options are known, one’s facts are presented correctly, and one’s defenses will hold in court and be able to make the charge beatable or the punishment more favorable to the accused.
The only logical choice in this situation is to fight the charge. One needs a knowledgeable and experienced Jacksonville theft crimes defense attorney to fight the 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 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: Jacksonville bank burglarized early Friday, Dan Scanlan, The Florida Times-Union