Doing Time for Multiple Crimes
In Florida you can end up doing really long State prison sentences if you commit multiple crimes or are convicted of repeat offenses. If you are found to be a habitual offender or a violent habitual offender you can find yourself doing up to life in prison. If you are found to be a prison release re-offender and you get charged with a new crime and get convicted of the new offense, the judge has to give you the maximum penalty. If you are a sex offender and get out of jail and commit a sex offense within three years of your release, on the new sex offense you have to get the maximum penalty. There is a case I know of where a man was released and then within three years was convicted of a lewd act in the presence of a minor. Basically he was near a school yard watching teenage boys play racket ball and jerking off in the privacy of his own car. A teenage boy sneaked up on him and peeked in and saw him masturbating and he got charged with a second degree felony. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for basically masturbation. The Judge had no choice because he was a release re-offender.
If you commit multiple offenses, like bad checks or multiple prescription fraud, the points ad up under the Florida sentencing guidelines you can find yourself facing prison. Many addicts find themselves in this situation. It is the same thing with car burglaries. As a criminal lawyer in Ft. Myers handling criminal cases all over Lee County I see all the time young men getting charge with multiple car burglaries all on the same night. Each one is a different offense although part of the same criminal conduct. As a criminal defense attorney my job many times is damage control. As a defense lawyer, I need to convince the prosecutor and the judge not to go strictly by the guidelines. The young man may have a drug problem that caused him to commit the crimes. He may be a juvenile and charged in juvenile court. He may have been just a follower led into committing a crime by an older friend.
If your are facing several cases or have a criminal charge in Fort Myers or in Cape Coral it is important to have a criminal defense attorney that knows how to minimize the penalties. We have offices in Ft. Myers as well as Punta Gorda and Sarasota. Call Sean C O’Halloran at 239-334-8890 today for a free consultation