Orlando, FL (November 21, 2018) – A car sale gone wrong led to a shooting involving the police Wednesday afternoon. A couple reportedly met with a potential buyer at a gas station in Southern Orlando to sell their car. After the couple arrived at the location, a Hispanic male jumped into the driver’s seat of the car and took off. The vehicle was equipped with GPS, allowing officers and the couple to follow the stolen vehicle to a shopping plaza in the 9900 block of Universal Boulevard.

When police arrived at the scene, they tried to box the vehicle in at the shopping plaza, causing the Hispanic male to back into the business with the stolen vehicle then drive toward the officer’s car.  The Officer shot at the vehicle, causing the driver to ram the police cruiser and crash into an elderly couple nearby. The driver of the stolen vehicle eventually crashed near Nemours Children’s Hospital in Lake Nona. Officers apprehended the driver and had him transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment to a gunshot wound.

Theft Crimes in Florida

Orlando, FL car sale gone wrongIn Florida, theft is defined as an act involving an individual that knowingly obtains or uses the property of another to deny them access to their belongings or to wrongfully use the property in a way which benefits themselves. The severity of the charge depends greatly on the incident.

Being charged with a theft crime can have a drastic impact on a person’s life and professional career. Depending on the specific charge, a person can face between $5,000 and $50,000 in fines and up to 30 years in prison. If you are ever charged with a theft crime in Florida, it is important to consult a qualified legal expert that will work to aggressively defend your rights.

At Musca Law, we have over 150 years of combined experience helping clients obtain positive judgments for theft-related crimes.  If you or someone you know is charged with a theft crime in Orlando, contact Musca Law at (888) 484-5057 for a free consultation to explore your legal options.

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Disclaimer: As members of the local Naples and broader Florida community, we hope everyone in our community is safe and protected. We cover the events included in this blog as a way to offer support to the victims in similar circumstances and to provide relief during these difficult times. However, this information should not be misconstrued as legal advice, and you should speak with a trained legal professional for more information regarding your situation.