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Man faces multiple allegations after car theft and other acts

When arrested on criminal charges in Sarasota, it is easy for one incident to spiral out of control and lead to several charges that can compound into a litany of allegations and potential penalties if there is a criminal conviction. Often, people will make mistakes because they are caught up in personal issues like drugs. When charged with such acts as car theft, there can be other allegations made such as attempting to flee law enforcement and resisting arrest. Circumstances can make a situation far worse than it originally would have been. For those confronted by allegations of criminal law violations, having legal assistance can make a significant difference in the case.

A 31-year-old man is facing multiple charges after an alleged attempt at stealing a car led to kidnapping, burglary, resisting arrest and more. The incident happened at shortly before 5 p.m. when the man was accused of trying to steal a Chrysler 300 from a Lowe's parking lot. The owner of the vehicle was putting items in the vehicle when the man jumped into the vehicle and sped away. The owner's 9-year-old daughter was in the backseat at the time. The man told the child to get out of the car, but she refused. He again told her to get out when she jumped from the moving vehicle.

Law enforcement was called and the vehicle was found. As a deputy approached, the vehicle again took off. The vehicle was eventually stopped at an intersection when law enforcement used equipment to blow out the vehicle's tires. The man left the vehicle, ran to a nearby restaurant and was caught. He was also accused of having stolen a 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe that he used to get to Lowe's. He later said that he intended to sell a vehicle to purchase drugs. The man had a prior conviction for several charges including burglary and grand theft.

While this array of allegations sounds serious especially with the potential injury to the child when the man was accused of stealing the vehicle, he still has the right to a strong defense. Since he said that he intended to use one of the vehicles to purchase drugs, perhaps there is a chance that treatment will be a viable option instead of seeking the harshest penalties. No matter the charges, this man and anyone else charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty and a defense is still important. Having help from a law firm that specializes in a wide variety of criminal defense help is crucial.

Source: Bradenton Herald, "Convicted felon stole car from a Lowe's. Victim's 9-year-old daughter refused to get out, cops say," Jessica De Leon, April 16, 2018

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