Last month, San Diegans were shocked to hear about a local man stabbing two on-duty firefighters who were attempting to treat an injured man. While we wish the recovering firefighters the best of luck in their recovery, it’s worth looking at what kind of charges and penalties the attacker, Ryan Allen Jones, will face. Vista violent crimes lawyer Peter M. Liss is here to explain what could happen to Mr. Jones.
Police have already announced that Jones will be charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. He will likely also be charged with battery since he used actual force against his victims. While we have previously covered most of these crimes, this case will be even more difficult for Jone’s criminal defense attorney in Vista because these violent crimes took place on firefighters who were on active duty. Because firefighters are a special class of victim under California law, Jones will face major sentencing enhancements for each charge he is convicted of. For example, in a basic assault case, the fines and sentence are doubled if the victim is a firefighter. In assault with a deadly weapon case where the victim is a firefighter, the attacker faces an extra year in prison. Even worse, if he is convicted of first degree attempted murder, Jones will be sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison and up to life imprisonment because his victims were firefighters.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that Jones should simply give up. With a top Vista criminal lawyer, he could make a fair plea bargain that will minimize the potential time he served. Additionally, presenting evidence of a mental disorder could show that Jones was unaware the men were firefighters, and thus, would not be subject to the related enhancements.
Criminal cases like these are always a challenge, but a Vista violent crimes attorney can help fight the accusations to ensure you get the best possible outcome for your situation. If you are accused of a crime, please contact Peter M, Liss at (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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