A Florida rapper was recently sentenced for two counts of bank robbery with assault, as well as two counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence. The man, who robbed two banks for a total of $32,000 in 2013, received a 35-year prison sentence in federal court.
It can be difficult for some people to understand why one would commit a felony. However, the facts are not always as cut and dry as they may seem on the surface. Just because a person is accused of a crime, does not necessarily mean that accusation is truthful. Although some people are quick to jump to conclusions, it is important to remember that in this country everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
As this Florida man’s harsh sentence illustrates, however, certain theft offenses can carry stiff penalties. Because of this, it is very important to talk to a criminal defense attorney as soon as you have been charged with a crime and always before talking to police. In fact, you can seek legal advice even before you have been charged if you believe you are being investigated for a crime.
Even if the evidence against you is strong, it does not necessarily mean that you will be facing decades in prison as this man is. With the help of an attorney, you may be able to create a strategy to work out a plea deal with prosecutors. Often this means entering a guilty plea and skipping a trial in exchange for a lighter sentence. Regardless of which method you feel is best, it is worthwhile to work with an attorney who can help ensure your rights are protected throughout the process.
Source: WFTV, “Orlando rapper sentenced for bank robbery,” The Associated Press, April 26, 2014