Yesterday, First Coast News reported about a Jacksonville burglary case. The news station reached out to the public and asked for anyone with information to call the police. Local news stations work with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers in Duval County to help the police catch the perpetrators. In this burglary case, the police distributed a video of the suspect in the effort to apprehend him. The First Coast News story gave a picture clearly depicting the man’s face. The article stated:
“Investigators found surveillance equipment that was taken from a Jacksonville business Oct. 5. On it, up-close video of they man who allegedly took it. The man, seen in the above photo looking directly into a security camera, is wanted for burglarizing Marilyn Louise Shrimps in the 5000 block of Heckscher Drive. JSO says he broke into the business and took video surveillance equipment and tried to take two cars. He left the knife used in the burglary in one of the cars, JSO says. The video surveillance equipment was found outside the business with video of the suspect on it.”
Due to the fact that this man’s face is clear on the photograph posted, there is a good chance that he is going to be arrested. When police arrest him, they will try to question him. It is important that he ask to have a Jacksonville criminal lawyer present before and during questioning. He does not need to answer questions. He has the right to remain silent. He has the right to speak to a Jacksonville criminal attorney about these accusations. Police will try to obtain a confession. This will hurt his defense. There is nothing wrong with wanting to speak to an attorney. This man is accused of burglarizing a business. This is considered burglary to a structure or conveyance. The Florida burglary law is Section 810.02. This law states:
“Burglary is a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, if, in the course of committing the offense, the offender does not make an assault or battery and is not and does not become armed with a dangerous weapon or explosive, and the offender enters or remains in a:
(a) Structure, and there is not another person in the structure at the time the offender enters or remains; or
(b) Conveyance, and there is not another person in the conveyance at the time the offender enters or remains.”
This means that so long as the defendant did not break into a structure of conveyance that was occupied, he will likely be charged with a third-degree felony. While this is not as bad being charged with a second or first-degree felony, it is still a very serious charge that could result in a Florida prison sentence. It is important that anyone that is accused of committing burglary speak to a Jacksonville lawyer with experience defending breaking and entering cases. While someone that is accused of a crime may want to speak with police in order to clear his or her name, there is no reason to do so without a Jacksonville attorney present.