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Jerry Jenkins - Criminal Defense in Orlando Florida

Being accused of a crime carries with it potentially serious implications for the accused’s future. Whether you are being charged with a crime, you’ve been arrested or indicted, or even if the police want to talk with you regarding a situation you had involvement with, it’s important to discuss your case with a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer in Orlando. Anyone being charged with a criminal suit has the right to consult with a lawyer, who can help to ensure that you receive all the constitutional protections you are entitled to. When being charged there are many different aspects of the case to consider, and it’s important to have an understanding of the legislative process before making any crucial decisions in your criminal defense case. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will help you decide how to plead, and can often argue with Orlando prosecutors to reduce the charges or penalties being sought, or even get your charges dropped altogether. The best criminal defense lawyers will try to keep your record clear and minimize any penalties you might face.

Orlando and even the state of Florida is notorious for being particularly harsh on petty crimes, including certain drug offenses, theft, DUI’s, and other crimes which might be handled differently by other states. The criminal justice system can be somewhat complex, and there are many ways which one can unintentionally incriminate themselves. If you are charged with a crime, you may be subject to certain intimidation techniques used by prosecutors and police as they try to exploit the average citizen’s lack of knowledge about litigation and the criminal defense system. Every word you say can have a potentially serious impact on the outcome of your case, and no one should be forced into making these decisions without fully understanding their rights – thus making it all the more imperative to consult with an Orlando-based criminal defense lawyer. Aside from advising you on the specifics of your case, they can also work with prosecutors on your behalf. The negotiations that occur between defense and prosecution will help determine if the case needs to go to trial or if a plea bargain can be reached. It is often in the best interest of Orlando prosecutors to reach some sort of bargain where the accused will receive a reduced sentence or fine, and with a skilled attorney representing you, possibly even reduced charges.

With his extensive experience and knowledge, Jerry Jenkins can help you with your criminal defense claim. Often there are procedures that police are supposed to follow and when even the slightest error is made, it can completely invalidate the evidence in question. For aggressive, reliable representation for your criminal defense case in Orlando or Florida, contact The Law Office of Jerry Jenkins today.

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About Grand Theft

Orlando Florida Grand Theft Attorney

Grand Theft is considered a felony offense in Florida. Grand Theft can be defined as when someone intentionally and unlawfully takes property that is worth $300 or more, and they did so with the intention to permanently or temporarily take possession away from the rightful owner. The penalties depend on the classification of each individual charge, which typically depends on the value of the stolen property:
  • 3rd degree charges will be brought if the property is valued between $300 & $20,000, and carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and/or probation and/or a $5,000 fine.
  • 2nd degree charges will be brought if the property is valued between $20,000 & $100,000, and carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and/or probation and/or a $10,000 fine.
  • 1st degree charges will be brought if the property’s value is at least $100,000, and carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
These classifications also depend on the type of property in question; for example, if the property is law enforcement equipment, livestock, or emergency medical equipment the charges might be classified more severely. And with any Grand Theft conviction, it must be proven that the defendant had specific, felonious intent beyond any reasonable doubt. Because of this, the most common defenses for Grand Theft in Florida rely on establishing reasonable doubt. Attorneys will try to demonstrate that there was no intention to deprive someone of their property, that it was taken out of necessity or under duress, or that the defendant had reason to believe they obtained the property lawfully or had consent to take it. Another common defense is involuntary intoxication, which is often misunderstood. Being intoxicated while committing a crime does not exempt you from the consequences or prove your lack of felonious intent; instead, involuntary intoxication refers to someone acting under a licensed physician’s order and taking a medication as prescribed, and the prescribed medication had unintended mind-altering effects. This defense is likely only applicable to new medications, as one can anticipate any side effects of a drug they take regularly.

Grand Theft in Florida can be a complicated matter and crafting an effective defense is even trickier. If you are involved in a Grand Theft case we recommend having your situation evaluated by a legal professional. To discuss your case and possible defenses, contact JJ Law Office for a free case evaluation.

For more information on theft and property crimes, visit our property crimes page.

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