A state as large as Florida is bound to have some strange incidents from time to time, and, in some cases, these incidents draw national headlines. Unfortunately, many of these incidents also involve allegations of criminal conduct.
For example, a recent incident in Tampa made headlines. The reports indicate that a 37-year-old woman was arrested in a Wal-Mart under allegations that she had made a homemade explosive device in a glass jar while she was walking around the store with her son. Apparently, the woman had been walking through the store for approximately an hour while security guards observed her and, ultimately, determined that her conduct was “suspicious.” When a security guard and an off-duty police officer approached the woman, it was reported that the woman was just about to light a candle that, it seems, was intended to ignite the homemade bomb.
As the woman was being taken into custody, she reportedly resisted arrest. The jar she allegedly had in her possession was said to have been filled with nails and a solution that would make the jar explode. The suspect is now facing a variety of criminal charges, including attempted arson.
In any criminal case, defendants must begin to prepare their criminal defense immediately. Many criminal cases end with a plea agreement, while others might go all the way to a jury trial. If you are facing criminal charges, you should contact an attorney who can discuss all your defense options and help you choose the best course.