On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
Following a conviction of a crime, particularly a felony, the rights and privileges of the convicted person may be limited for a short time or even indefinitely. Prison time is one way those rights are limited. Convicted felons also aren’t allowed to possess a weapon.
A recent arrest in Fort Lauderdale included charges of felony possession of a weapon. According to law enforcement authorities, an armed robbery occurred just after midnight. Three men apparently approached the victim and stole the victim’s cell phone, some money and his watch. The group was allegedly armed with a handgun and an assault rifle.
As the suspects ran away from the victim, a Broward Sheriff’s Office patrol car just happened to be driving down the street. The victim says that he alerted the officer to the robbery. Fort Lauderdale police came to the scene as well to help search the area for the suspects. A helicopter and police dogs were used in the hunt.
Officials claim that one of the suspects made his way into an apartment and quickly changed clothes. They allege that he tried to blend in with the apartment party scene. He was soon recognized and arrested. A second suspect was also found hiding and arrested. The third suspect is still unaccounted for.
A stolen handgun and a rifle were both found nearby. Both of the suspects were charged with home invasion robbery and burglary of an unoccupied residence. One was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Our government puts these laws and safeguards in place to make sure that dangerous people do not have weapons. But the two suspects in this case were both quite young, ages 21 and 23. Having the right to bear arms taken away at that age is a big deal and should be taken seriously by prosecutors. A criminal defense attorney may be able to monitor the legal process and make sure that a defendant’s rights are protected and that privileges and rights are not taken away unless absolutely necessary.
Sun Sentinel, “Two caught, one sought after armed robbery in Fort Lauderdale area,” Wayne K. Roustan, July 25, 2013