Joshua Bynum stood before court this week after spending the last year
of his life behind bars for raping a fellow student in a bathroom at Chamberlain
High School. The incident allegedly occurred in October of 2011, when
Bynum was 16 years old. He pleaded guilty this morning to a 3rddegree felony battery charge. He was also charged with theft concerning
a dirt bike that he had lifted earlier this year. The judge accepted a
plea deal in the case and handed down a sentence of 10 years’ probation.
The teen will also need to take periodic examinations for drugs, Psychological
issues, and sex deviants. If he is caught committing another offense,
it will be back to jail for the offender.
The teen was also given a lecture from the judge in the court room, who
told him that he has a pending
sexual battery charge. The defendant stood silently while the judge warned him that if
he violated his probation he would be sent to prison. Often, juveniles
are issued lesser charges than a grown adult because of their youth. Some
lawyers argue that their client may not have been mature enough to understand
the weight of his or her crime.
Others will argue that the teen still has so much time to make up for what
he or she has done and doesn’t deserve to be condemned to years
in prison as a result of one mistake. If you have been placed on probation,
it is essential that you follow all the guidelines set out for you regarding
that sentence. If you violate probation in any way, chances are that you
will be sent to prison for an extended amount of time. If you need legal
representation in Tampa, then talk to a criminal defense lawyer at
Thomas & Paulk for aid. A lawyer from our firm will stand as an advocate for you in court
and help you to fight your charges.