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Twenty-Six-Year-Old Crime Solved

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Relatives of a girl and a woman killed in 1990 will finally have some closure, as a South Florida man, who was recently arrested, has been charged with their rape and murders after he was found to be a match to DNA from the 26-year-old crime scene. According to reports, officials confirmed the match and the man will now stand trial for the crimes committed over a quarter century ago.

Does The Statute Of Limitations Bar Prosecution?

In many cases, the statute of limitations would prevent prosecution for a crime committed so long ago. However, in Florida, the law clearly states that for any capital or life felony, or a felony that results in the death of a victim, prosecution for the crime may be started at any time. Prosecution for lesser crimes is subject to shorter time limits; for example, prosecution for a first degree felony must be started within four years after the commission of the crime, and within three years for any other type of felony. First degree misdemeanors must be prosecuted within two years, and second degree misdemeanors must be prosecuted within one year.

How Are Crimes Classified?

In Florida, there are five types of felony offenses: third, second, and first degree, as well as life and capital felonies. The classification for a felony is based on the maximum penalty for the crime.  A third degree felony is the lowest classification with punishment of up to five years in prison, and a capital felony is the highest classification. Punishment for a capital felony is death or life in prison without any possibility of parole. In addition to prison time, punishments for felony offenses also may include fines or restitution to be paid to the victim or the victim’s family.

Commission Of A Crime

Questions may arise as to when the statute of limitations begins to run.  With each crime defined under Florida law, there are certain elements that must be proven. A crime, or offense, is considered to have been committed when each of the elements of the crime has occurred. According to the law, the statute of limitations begins to run at that time.

Turn To Deric Zacca, P.A. For Help With Your Criminal Defense Matters

If you are facing criminal charges, you need to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. You have rights, and your attorney will help you understand what you are entitled to under the law. In the greater Broward County and Fort Lauderdale area, your first call should be to attorney Deric Zacca. With a background as both a prosecutor as well as years of experience in criminal defense work, attorney Zacca understands the nuances of criminal law that attorneys with less experience may miss. Do not put your future into the hands of anyone but the best. Contact us today at the office of Deric Zacca, P.A. and set up your time to meet with us.

Resources:

wsvn.com/news/local/man-charged-in-26-year-old-double-murder-rape-in-florida/

leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0700-0799/0775/Sections/0775.15.html