Four Florida Men Arrested for Suspected Vehicle Burglary
Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2012 – Police in Melbourne, Florida arrested four men suspected of attempting to break into parked cars in the area.
The men were spotted allegedly pulling door handles on the cars at a parking lot near an apartment complex. An area resident near the Harbor City Country Club Estates called police at 3 a.m. Police arrived in time to spot the alleged perpetrators who took off by car.
Wickham Road police officers came into visual contact with the suspects, as the suspects abandoned their vehicle and fled on foot. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit used surveillance technology as well as K-9 units, and the suspects were apprehended. Three of the four suspects were teenagers; the forth suspect was forty-one years old.
“It is very unfortunate when youth get caught up situations like these, when they should be preparing for their academic and professional careers,” said Polk County criminal defense lawyer Thomas Grajek.
Two of the suspects, 15-year-old Ryan Hudson and 17-year-old David Howard, were later charged with resisting arrest and attempted burglary. A third teen, 18-year-old Joseph Fonte, was also taken into custody for resisting arrest. An additional suspect, 41-year-old George Smith, was also charged with prowling, loitering and resisting arrest.
All four defendants will need to locate local legal representation as they face serious criminal charges. In some states, police officers can arrest a minor if they find there is reasonable cause to arrest them, even if they did not witness the crime take place. After arrest, the police can take the minor into custody and have the teen placed in a juvenile holding facility, separate form the adult population.
Typically, a teen has a limited amount of time to be held until seen by a judge or probation officer. Additionally, a prosecutor may be limited to a certain amount of time in which to file charges before the teen is released. While in juvenile court, the teen, or other minor, has the right to have in attendance both his or her parents and his or her attorney. During juvenile court, no additional defendants or attorneys may be present while the case is called and discussed, due to privacy issues.
Thomas C. Grajek
206 Easton Drive, Suite 102
Lakeland, FL 33803
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