Cocoa Criminal Defense
Cocoa is a city that is located approximately 50 miles east of Orlando. It makes up over 15 square miles of Brevard County and has a population of 17,140, according to 2010 U.S. Census figures. Cocoa was founded by a few fishermen back in 1860 and is now a thriving city with popular points of interest including the Florida Solar Energy Center and the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science. Cocoa also has its own police department.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of a crime in Cocoa, you could face harsh penalties. It is absolutely vital for your future and reputation that you speak with a knowledgeable defense attorney right away. The Cocoa criminal defense lawyers at Musca Law have years of experience handling all types of criminal cases. Our defense lawyers routinely handle all state and federal crimes, felonies and misdemeanors, including, but not limited to:
- Traffic offenses
- Sex crimes
- Domestic Violence
- Violent Crimes
- Drug crimes
- Theft crimes
- Federal crimes
Crime in Cocoa
The Cocoa Police Department has 72 sworn police officer positions as well as 16 communications officers, two booking officers and three records technicians. Anyone under investigation for a crime in Cocoa can be certain that its police officers, detectives and prosecutors will work hard and pursue the case vigorously.
According to City-Data.com, there was one murder, 23 rapes, 60 robberies, 287 assaults, 435 burglaries, 747 thefts, 64 auto thefts and nine incidents of arson in Cocoa in the year 2011. The crime index of Cocoa that year was 902.5, which is high considering that the U.S. city average crime rate is 307.5. Cocoa is particularly above national averages when it comes to violent crimes and property crimes.
When Should You Contact an Attorney?
You would be well advised to call a defense attorney as soon as you are aware of being under investigation for a crime. By being proactive, you may be able to prevent your arrest or to stop charges from ever being filed. If, however, you have already been arrested on suspicion of a crime in Cocoa, it is important that you do not speak with the authorities until you have an attorney by your side. Even a seemingly casual conversation with a law enforcement officer may end up hurting you case. Politely request to speak with your lawyer and remain silent until your attorney is present.
The Consequences of Having a Criminal Record
There are many penalties you potentially face if convicted of a crime including incarceration, heavy fines, license revocation, probation, community service and mandatory treatment programs. Perhaps the most long-term consequence of a conviction is the creation of a criminal record. Individuals who have a conviction on their record often struggle to obtain gainful employment. A criminal conviction could even make it challenging for individuals to obtain a loan or pursue higher education. Employers, banks and educational institutions will seek access to the records, so a conviction can have far-reaching and damaging effects on an individual’s life.
Building a Solid Defense
Your defense attorney will carefully review every aspect of your case to determine what legal options are available for you. It may be advisable to aggressively fight the charges in court. In other circumstances, you could benefit from negotiating for reduced penalties. There may even be alternative sentencing options available to help you avoid jail time or other harsh penalties. At Musca Law, our criminal defense team works diligently to help our clients get the best possible outcome. We provide free case evaluations to anyone facing criminal charges in Cocoa.