Coral Gables, FL (January 27, 2019) - Officers in Coral Gables have arrested one person in a break-in that occurred in the city on Saturday, January 26th. Police were called to the 4900 block of Orduna Drive in reference to shots fired just after 9:45 am.
The homeowner told police that two people knocked on his door and then left when he did not answer. A short time later they returned and broke the door down. The homeowner then confronted the suspects and fired two shots to scare them away. One of the individuals involved jumped into a car while the other fled on foot.
A K-9 officer patrolling the area saw the suspect run towards a nearby golf course. The golf course was barricaded off as police attempted to apprehend him. Eventually, they were able use the K-9 to apprehend the suspect. He was later identified as 22-year-old Nicolas Der Desrosier. Derosier was charged with occupied burglary and resisting an officer without violence.
The second suspect remains at large. Desrosier was booked in the Turner Guilford Knight Correction Center.
Coral Gables Violent Crime Laws
Burglary of an occupied structure is a serious violent crime in Florida. The charge is a second-degree felony that carries up to 15 years in prison upon conviction. In addition to prison time, those convicted of this charge can expect probation with strict terms and conditions and a permanent criminal record with a felony conviction that could limit the ability to hold a job or become gainfully employed.
There may be several defenses to your Florida burglary charge. The prosecution must prove that you intended to commit a crime inside the structure that you entered. They must also prove that you committed the crime or that you were an accomplice to the crime. Many burglary cases are difficult to solve because the crime takes place in an unoccupied structure or during the late night hours where there are no eyewitnesses. It is very possible, therefore, that someone can be wrongfully charged with burglary in a case of mistaken identity.
Regardless of the circumstances, if you are facing a burglary or other violent crimes charge in the Miami area or elsewhere throughout Florida, you need an experienced Florida criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights. At Musca Law, our attorneys will stand up for you when you are facing any type of criminal charge.
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