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Florida felonies: Impersonating police a serious charge

A Florida man has been charged with impersonating police, which is a felony. Police arrested the 20-year-old as he was reportedly filming a music video. The incident took place on a recent Thursday morning. Those charged with felonies cannot be convicted unless prosecutors prove the formal accusations in court and beyond a reasonable doubt.

At a little past midnight, the man was allegedly driving a Ford Crown Victoria that was white and had blue and red lights flashing on its dashboard. Police said it appeared that he was trying to pull over a car ahead of him. The man, who is part of an R&B group, reportedly told police that he was really pretending to pull over some friends.

The man claimed that he had gotten the lights on eBay for $15 and that he had purchased the retired police cruiser in 2015. However, police said they found one shell casing in the front of the vehicle when they pulled the man over, and they also found a pistol in the vehicle's glove box; however, he owned the gun legally. Police reported that they had pulled the man over since his car appeared to be a police car that was unmarked and in need of backup. The man now faces multiple charges, including possessing a weapon while engaging in a felony crime, unlawfully using blue lights and impersonating police. It has not yet been determined whether he will actually be prosecuted.

When individuals in Florida are charged with felonies, such as impersonating police, the potential consequences of a criminal conviction on such a charge are severe. The accused individual must focus on preparing a formidable criminal defense, with the help of legal counsel, for the pending court proceedings. The evidence that prosecutors plan to provide to support the formal accusations will likely be a chief area of focus for the criminal defense.

Source: nydailynews.com, "Fla. man accused of impersonating cop was filming R&B video", Tobias Salinger, Feb. 23, 2016

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