On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
Allegations of felony charges can have a serious effect on a Florida resident. Immediately, people may face the prospect of jail or prison time as they await their criminal proceedings. People may also face social and employment problems just because of the allegations alone. These difficulties can escalate if a person is found guilty of felony charges.
Recently, a man was arrested and charged for allegedly robbing a Miami bank. According to police, the man entered a bank branch on Sunset Drive on March 5 and demanded money. Although there were customers in the bank at the time, police claim that no one was injured in the incident. It is unclear if a weapon was used during the course of the alleged robbery.
Authorities say that the bank teller gave money to the man, however, it is not known exactly how much police claim the man stole. Shortly after the robbery, investigators say the suspect was apprehended and is now in police custody.
In the event they face felony charges, people need to ensure that they protect their constitutional rights. Following an arrest, people should know that they do not need to admit to any wrongdoing. Furthermore, people do not need to agree to police questioning without an attorney present. When people are accused of a crime after it happens, it is the prosecutors’ job to prove that the person was involved. It is not the person’s duty to prove that they were not involved.
By protecting their rights, Fort Lauderdale residents give themselves the best possible chance at avoiding the serious penalties that can accompany robbery, burglary or other felony charges. Otherwise, people may face large fines, long prison sentences and a permanent criminal record.
CBS Miami, “Man Charged In BB&T Bank Robbery,” March 5, 2014