Even Habitual Offenders Are Entitled to a Solid Criminal Defense
Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2014 - There are those that feel if a person continually ends up on the wrong side of the law, that they should be thrown in jail and left there. It’s not that cut and dried.
“A recent case, that I am not involved in, caught my attention because the man involved is considered to be a habitual offender in a number of states and has a criminal record featuring several felony convictions for things such as theft, burglary and drugs, assault, resisting arrest and robbery, and a rape case. His arrest record, which dates back to 1974, shows 61-pages detailing offenses in Oregon, Florida, California, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. His latest brush with the law was as a result of a felony bank robbery,” says Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney.
In an odd twist, the man entered the bank, not wearing anything over his head, and handed the teller a note. He then left the bank with the cash and voluntarily turned himself in and offered a full statement to police outlining his involvement in the robbery. The bank was full that day, with 30 employees on site. Given the man’s violent past, many were relieved that things had not gotten out-of-hand during the robbery.
The man was assigned a public defender that would not speak to the media, but did indicate the individual was remorseful. She also suggested she was waiting to confirm her client’s prior arrests and/or convictions before determining how to defend the case. The police have indicated the man will be brought before a magistrate and circuit judge. They do not wish to pursue charges in federal court.
Over the course of this man’s criminal career, the police came to know him as a habitual offender, capable of doing just about anything. “However, no matter what an accused’s history may be, they are still entitled to a defense. In this instance, it appears he may have attempted to rob the bank because he was a homeless veteran. Whatever the circumstances are, each individual deserves competent criminal defense counsel. His circumstances may well mitigate any punishment a court may decide to hand down. That’s for an experienced attorney to determine,” says Grajek.
Thomas C. Grajek
206 Easton Drive, Suite 102
Lakeland, FL 33803
View Larger Map
- Bradenton couple found guilty by jury of having "sex on the beach". How serious is this crime? VERY!!
Today, a Bradenton couple was found guilty of having sex on a Florida beach. This is a VERY serious crime in Florida because each person was charged with committing a lewd and lascivious act which subjects them both to 15 years in Florida State Prison AND being classified as sexual offenders requiring they register as such and restricts where they can live in the future. The couple was seen by numerous tourists who also claimed a 3 year old child witnessed the man and woman having sex. Despite cries by witnesses to stop the couple did not listen. Obviously, in […]
- What do DUI Field Sobriety Tests look like at the roadside and what is wrong with this DUI video?
Recently, professional boxer Adrian Broner was arrested in Ohio for Driving Under the Influence. There was a dash-cam of the stop and of Broner performing Field Sobriety Exercises (FSE’s). DUI lawyers DO NOT call these Field Sobriety Tests because these unnatural exercises are not a pass/fail test. The video can be seen here: http://www.tmz.com/2015/04/17/adrien-broner-dui-arrest-video-ohio-rich-famous/ What’s wrong with this DUI investigation? This DUI arrest was in Ohio by a member of the Ohio State Patrol so the law may be different than in Florida, but she immediately orders him out of the vehicle. In Florida, this may be a violation of […]
- I am being investigated by the police, should I talk to the police officer BEFORE I get arrested?
Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of murder today. After days of deliberation the jury returned their guilty verdict. Why did the jury find him guilty? The jurors said it was because Hernandez lied to owner Robert Kraft about the incident! New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft testified that Hernandez told him he was in a club at the time of Lloyd’s death. The problem with this statement was that the prosecution never told the jury exactly when Lloyd was shot. If the prosecution did not know the time of death, how did Hernandez, unless he was […]