Jacksonville residents and people across this nation can remember the heartbreaking Casey Anthony case and the devastating death of little Caylee Anthony. Although Casey Anthony was acquitted of the Murder charges, a new Bill was formed to prevent such actions from reoccurring. Governor Rick Scott signed “Caylee’s law” into law on Friday.
This law was designed and now implemented to increase the penalties when a parent or guardian lies to the police after a child has gone missing. According to this new law, it is now a third degree felony (punishable by up to 5 years in prison) to give false information to police when the purpose of the investigation is the recovery of a missing child. This is a great contrast to the previous penalty of a third degree misdemeanor (punishable by up to 1 year in jail) for lying to the police.
Just for comparison, if this law would have been in effect at the time of the Casey Anthony Trial, she could have faced up to 20 years in prison, not the 4 years that she was sentenced to and released from last summer.
As a Jacksonville Beach Criminal Defense Attorney, I followed both the Casey Anthony Trial and the current “Caylee’s Law” as it passed through legislation. Being up-to-date with current laws allows me to represent my clients with a zealous and well-informed attitude. I am able to provide educated and current defenses. Therefore, if you find yourself facing a Jacksonville Beach Criminal Offense, contact a Jacksonville Beach Criminal Defense Attorney today.