A 61-year-old man from Oviedo, Florida, has been sentenced to probation for 18 months after pleading guilty to multiple charges. The first was a criminal charge of having an explosive device in his possession; the second was for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Charges for possession of cocaine were dropped by the prosecutor.
A search of the man’s home uncovered evidence that later led to his charges. In his attic, authorities found a still and a number of bottles that contained a home brew. The moonshine had a very low alcohol content resulting in alcohol-related charges being dropped. They also found a white plastic ball that had been set up with a fuse and packed with gun powder.
The man stated the ball was a firecracker, not a bomb. He manufactured it and several others to set off in a field and watch the explosion. He said he wanted to see how big the explosion from the firecracker would turn out to be. The Oviedo man also explained that the still and the moonshine were “the equivalent of a science project,” and he has since abandoned efforts to produce more of the home brew.
When people face charges of drug or alcohol possession, they need qualified Florida defense attorneys to help protect their rights. There are several standard defenses that may be used in a criminal case, and a qualified lawyer can determine which might be appropriate. A criminal conviction may result in severe penalties, and it is in a person’s best interest to seek representation early on so that an attorney has time to prepare a good defense.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Oviedo ‘moonshiner’ gets probation,” Rene Stutzman, Feb. 28, 2013
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