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Felony charges brought against Florida man after vandalism

Creating a defense against criminal charges is typically the focal point for individuals facing allegations. One man in Florida may be considering his criminal defense options after felony charges were filed against him. The alleged incident from which the charges stem reportedly involved vandalism of a religious building.

Reports stated that the man was suspected of having used a machete to gain entrance to a mosque. After entering, the man purportedly broke windows and damaged lights. Bacon was also reportedly left at the front of the mosque, which was presumably intended as an insult as Muslims do not eat pork. Leaders of the community described the incident as "terrifying and offensive."

Surveillance video was apparently used to identify the suspect, and as a result, the 35-year-old man was taken into custody. It was unclear when and where the man may have been located and arrested. Nonetheless, he is currently facing charges for criminal mischief to a mosque, which is a third-degree felony. At the time of the report, he was being held in jail on a $2,000 bond. It was not known at the time of the report whether the incident could potentially be considered a hate crime, potentially resulting in additional charges.

Felony charges can come with severe consequences if the man is convicted. However, the man may take steps to defend against the allegations in order to work toward avoiding such outcomes. If he wishes, he may consider finding out more information on Florida criminal proceedings relating the the charges being brought against him.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Florida Man Trashes Mosque, Leaves Bacon At Front Door", Andy Campbell, Jan. 5, 2016

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