April 17, 2012
What are the different types of felonies?
There are several categories of felonies:
- Capital Felonies – are felonies punishable by death. The most common capital crimes are first degree murder and sexual battery on a person under 12 years of age.
- Life Felonies – are felonies punishable by life in prison. A person must serve at least 30 years of a life sentence. Life felonies include sexual battery of a person over 12 years of age and felonies in which a firearm is discharged (such as robbery with a firearm).
- First Degree Felonies – are punishable by up to 30 years in prison. A common first degree crime in burglary with an assault or battery. Robbery with a weapon other than a firearm is also a first degree felony.
- Second Degree Felonies – are punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Dealing in stolen property is an example of a second degree felony.
- Third Degree Felonies – are punishable by up to 5 years in prison. The most common third degree felonies are grand theft and driving on a suspended license as an habitual offender.
No matter which felony you have been accused of, the penalty is serious. There are also unforeseen consequences such as fines, loss of your voting rights, registration penalties and possibly even the loss of a job or home. If you have been arrested for a felony contact a criminal lawyer now! An attorney will act in your best interest and protect your rights. Don’t wait! Call an attorney today!
November 9, 2010
Florida DUI News – Tampa Man Pleads Guilty To DUI Manslaughter Charges Now Awaiting DUI Sentence
A series of car crashes that led to multiple DUI charges in Tampa including DUI manslaughter against an Army veteran has led to the man pleading guilty after claiming his innocence for more than a year. Randy Archiquette is waiting to be sentenced now on two counts of DUI manslaughter, three counts of DUI with property damage and leaving the scene of numerous accidents.
Archiquette could be looking at life in prison for killing two women in a series of crashes. According to TampaBay.com on April 13, 2009 Archiquette caused five crashes in a 30-minute period while driving his Chevrolet Yukon with a 0.147 blood alcohol level. He was driving near Hillsborough and Florida Avenues when his truck finally flipped ending his rampage. Following the crashes Archiquette learned that 20-year-old Brittany McFarland and 69-year-old Betty Williams were both dead. He steadfastly denied he could have killed the two women. Prosecutors contend that Archiquette was not only drunk but under the influence of prescription drugs as well at the time of the car crashes.
The families who lost loved ones that day will have to wait until February 11 to find out what Archiquette’s Florida DUI sentence will entail. The judge warned Archiquette that he could not change his mind once he pleads guilty and the penalty for DUI manslaughter in Florida could be life in prison. Archiquette acknowledged that he understood that. He has already been in jail for 19 months since his arrest as he was not given bail. The Army veteran spent 12 years serving his country and has two young daughters.
Several family members attended the hearing as did the grandmother of Summer Moll who was severely injured in a DUI crash in which Tammy Rosian also lost her daughter. Rosian connected with families of the victims of this accident on Facebook and came to lend support.
June 28, 2010
Sarasota Arrest Warrant – Man Wanted For Probation Violation Leads Sarasota Sheriff’s On Three High-Speed Chases
Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies needed three high speed chases to catch a man who had a Florida arrest warrant for a probation violation in connection with a domestic violence charge. Issa M. Alyan led police on three chases in a two-day span after they originally found the 54-year-old off a secluded road with a woman Friday night. Deputies asked for his driver’s license and while they were investigating Alyan took off leading police on a high-speed chase that was called off by a supervisor. An hour later the same thing happened again when Alyan’s Jeep was spotted once again.
Police were still in possession of the man’s ID so they ran his information and discovered he had a Florida arrest warrant in his name. At this point police found the man’s Jeep once again near Alyan’s home and once again he led sheriffs on a high-speed chase through the streets of Sarasota. He led deputies along Bee Ridge Road and State Road 72. He eventually drove into a gated community crashing through the mechanical gates that protect the entrance.
Alyan headed to the Heritage Oaks Country Club and drove through resident’s yards before being forced off the road. Once he was apprehended Alyan complained of chest pains and was taken to the hospital in Sarasota. A Sheriff’s deputy was injured as well and taken to the hospital. There were no details in the TBO.com story concerning how the deputy suffered his injuries.
On top of his arrest warrant for the violation of probation on the domestic violence charge, Alayn is now facing charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and three counts of fleeing and eluding.
June 8, 2010
Tampa Arrest Warrants Served – Major Operation In Tampa Today Targets 600 Warrants For Arrest
It is called Operation Summer Slam and the goal in Tampa today was to track down 600 people with warrants for their arrest for anything from failure to appear to traffic violations to felony warrants. The operation was a joint venture by three different law enforcement agencies and was executed today all over Tampa. The Hillsborough County Sheriffs, Temple Terrace Police and Tampa Police joined forces to make 40 arrests before noon.
According to TampaBay.com most of the warrants were for misdemeanors but there were also some felony warrants. According to one officer many of the warrants he was serving stemmed from traffic citations in Sulphur Springs.
The operation was deliberately planned right as county schools let out for summer break. Tampa Police say they often see a spike in criminal activity at this time of the year. The operation was meant to not only track down Tampa residents with outstanding warrants but to also send a strong message.
The problem the law enforcement agencies encountered with trying to serve the arrest warrants in Tampa was that many of the addresses that law enforcement had were no longer valid making it tough to track down the violators. The operation which is scheduled to run through Wednesday night at 11:00 p.m. is not the only area of enforcement that the agencies are ratcheting up. According to the story on-line there will also be increased enforcement of DUI and drug crimes most likely resulting in more drug possession charges and arrests for drunk driving.
There was no further information on the number of arrests made later in the day but with more than 30 hours still remaining, that number could easily top 100. The arrestees are being taken to a holding area at Copeland Park.
April 23, 2010
Clearwater Hit And Run – Man Convicted Twice For Leaving The Scene Of An Accident Charged With A Third
Clayton J. Harrison has been convicted twice for leaving the scene of an accident and he is now looking at a third hit-and-run charge following an accident in Clearwater that may result in DUI charges as well. The 49-year-old was arrested this week for his involvement in an accident on U.S. 19. Harrison is accused of driving the wrong way on the major road and causing an accident with injuries and then fleeing.
The St. Petersburg Times reports Harrison had a blood-alcohol level of 0.352 according to blood tests yet it is not clear in the article whether or not the man was charged with DUI on top of leaving the scene of an accident. This is not the first time Harrison has been in need of a criminal defense attorney in Pinellas County. In 2000 Harrison was convicted of DUI after being involved in another hit and run crash. He received one year probation following that charge. In 1987 he received six months probation following hit and run crash with injury.
At the scene of his most recent accident police report Harrison was barely able to stand. He was taken to a local hospital and that is where a blood sample was taken. He was cited for leaving the scene at that point as he tried to flee following the crash. Clearwater police report that Harrison hit three vehicles. The last truck he hit ended up with his car lodged and his engine revving to try and escape.
The accident took place March 18 but Harrison was not arrested until this week. Part of the reason according to Clearwater police was that they were waiting the results of the blood test. Harrison has been released from Pinellas County Jail on $5,500 bail.
April 21, 2010
Collier Deputy Fired After Charges Of Molestation
Allegations that a deputy molested a 15-year-old boy while on duty was enough to cost a Collier County law enforcement officer his job. Chuck Bullock allegedly preformed sexual acts on the 15-year-old boy twice in the past month and also threatened him if he told anyone. Bullock has been fired and charged with official misconduct and lewd and lascivious battery.
According to reports and a story from the Naples News Daily, an investigation into Bullock was launched in February after a bathroom disturbance in a Naples mall. Officers questioned a boy found with Bullock and at that point the teen leveled the allegations against Bullock. Bullock’s Florida Criminal Defense Attorney told the paper that his client denied all the charges filed against him.
April 21, 2010
Aggravated Domestic Battery Charges Filed Against Pasco Teen
An 18-year-old Pasco County teenager has been charged with domestic aggravated battery charges after allegedly stabbing his half brother with a pair of scissors. The incident took place at their home in Holiday, Florida and began after an argument between the half brothers.
Shirone Turner was found with stab wounds around his neck and back when deputies arrived on the scene around 10:30 p.m. Turner was airlifted to St. Pete’s Bayfront Medical Center and is expected to survive. Turner is 27-years-old and the teen accused of stabbing him, Stanley Jones, Jr., is 18-years-old. There is no mention on the amount of bail or bond set for his aggravated battery charges.
April 20, 2010
Golfer Charged With Assault After Swinging Club At Man For Not Playing Fast Enough
A golf course argument has led to the arrest of a Florida golfer. According to ABC Action News, Brian R. Smith has been charged with aggravated assault for swinging his club at his golf partner who Smith accused of not playing fast enough. According to the alleged victim, the golf club was swung right near his head while he was sitting in a golf cart.
Police reports have Smith claiming he was swinging his club at the golf cart and not at the man sitting in the cart but investigators felt there was enough evidence to arrest the man on assault charges. The incident took place at Summerfield Golf Club in Martin County. There was no indication what type of club was used in the alleged crime.
April 1, 2010
Tampa Bay Child Porn Sweep Nets 29 And Frees Two Alleged Sexual Abuse Victims
The former Publix employee who has been charged with shooting and killing a co-worker is facing additional Hillsborough county criminal charges. According to TampaBay.com Arunya Rouch has been charged with two counts each of felony attempted murder on a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault. Those charges are in-addition to the first-degree murder charges that have already been filed.
The latest charges stem from reports that are now starting to come to light about what happened earlier this week at theTarpon Springs
supermarket. Rouch allegedly threatened two employees inside the store.
She had a physical confrontation with one and pointed her gun at the
other leading to the aggravated assault charges. The other charges come
from her firing at officers in the parking lot as they tried to