Last week on Tuesday, November 12, a man was arrested at a Dunkin' Donuts in Tampa for impersonating a police officer. The week previous, he had gone into the store and asked the shop clerk for a discount. When the clerk did not oblige, the man revealed a gun in its holster and showed off a police badge. He said he was a cop. And he got his discount. He came in the next day and did the same, according to another store clerk. This clerk then asked a sheriff coming in for coffee about it. The sheriff said that their department's officers do not request discounts.
According to reports, twenty percent discounts were the norm for this suspect, who would bring his children along on weekends to get a discounted order. The following week, when the suspect showed up again with his .38-caliber revolver and badge, he was promptly arrested for impersonating a police officer. The gun was registered in the man's name, and the badge once belonged to the man's father.
If the charges stick, this man could be facing a third degree felony charge, which could mean up to five years in prison, and up to $5,000 in fines. Prison sentence or no, a felony conviction would leave a permanent stain on a personal record, looming large in every job or housing application. Living as a convicted felon usually means living with severely diminished opportunities.
If you face an undeserved charge, or have made one mistake, you should not have to suffer the consequences for the rest of your life. You can find a tireless Tampa criminal defense lawyer who is committed to championing our clients' rights at Thomas & Paulk, P.A. Contact our firm today to learn how we can provide the tenacious defense that you deserve.