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St. Lucie man arrested for impersonating a firefighter

A 40-year-old Port St. Lucie man was arrested late last week for impersonating a firefighter after a road rage incident when he allegedly shot at another motorist from a pickup truck. Police stopped the pickup a few miles away where the driver flashed a badge bearing the Hernando County logo and held himself out as a volunteer firefighter with Hernando County Fire-Rescue.

A Hernando County fire chief denied knowing the driver of the pickup, and a search of the truck revealed a handgun concealed under a seat. Pills, liquids and a syringe were also found and sent out for analysis. A prior court order prohibited the man from possessing a firearm. He was taken into custody and charged with impersonating a firefighter. Other charges could be forthcoming.

Impersonating a firefighter is a felony
According to St. Lucie fraud defense lawyer Jonathan Jay Kirschner, impersonating a firefighter is a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine not to exceed $5,000. If the impersonation occurs during the commission of another felony, a person can be charged with a first degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $30,000.

The burden of proof is on the prosecution beyond a reasonable doubt
Notwithstanding the evidence in this case, the prosecution must still get past probable cause issues and then prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. If a person pleads guilty or is found guilty of a crime, there are still a wide range of alternatives in sentencing. The selection of a criminal law attorney will be pivotal. Jonathan Jay Kirschner is a board certified criminal trial lawyer with over 30 years of extensive courtroom experience.

Remember, the law presumes that you’re innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The earlier that you retain Mr. Kirschner after your arrest, the more time there is available to prepare your defense. If you or somebody close to you has been placed under arrest, contact board certified Fort Pierce criminal law attorney Jonathan Jay Kirschner. Protect your liberty, job and reputation with a Fort Pierce criminal law attorney who has earned the respect of both prosecutors and judges.

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