"That's the kind of cooperation that needs to be going on, and I think the major reason why there's so many crimes being committed is because everything is handed off. So the orange vest goes out to the field, whoever's on the scene hands the case off to another officer, and at the end of the day it goes back to the detective.""
Repeat offenders may spend longer in jail if they are convicted of breaking into cars, because the jury may decide that the defendant had a prior history of auto burglary. Prosecutors often seek longer jail terms against repeat offenders.
"A prosecutor must prove each element of the [theft] offense. Even if a defendant concedes 'for purposes of the trial that he was the one who stole the vehicle, the prosecutor still must prove that the defendant entered the vehicle with criminal intent. This requirement applies even when the defendant is charged with stealing a vehicle."
Although a juvenile cannot be sentenced to death, a juvenile can be sentenced to life in prison without parole if an adult would have been exposed to the death penalty had he been convicted of the same crime.
- A reasonable juror could have found the defendant responsible for the aggravated battery of a child because of their actions in the car, which were corroborated by the physical evidence, vehicle records, and the condition of the car, all of which indicated that the minor had been riding in the car. Additionally, the testimony of the medical personnel who treated the minor and whose observations indicated that the minor had actually been injured was corroborated by the testimony of the child welfare investigator who visited the defendant's home.
"A magistrate or a jury needs to have the ability to send away a kid that has been arrested for aggravated kidnapping. If he has been in a stolen car or some other crime, if he has 14-month old a 14-month old in the passenger seat with him, needs to have the ability to send that kid home with his mom." d2c66b5586