Melbourne Criminal Defense
The city of Melbourne makes up approximately 41 square miles of the southern portion of Brevard County. It is the second most populous city in the county behind Palm Bay. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 76,068 people resided in Melbourne and 543,376 lived in Brevard County. During that same year, Melbourne employed 170 police officers, including 140 unionized officers. There are two police facilities in Melbourne including the headquarters on Apollo Boulevard and the Communications and Criminal Investigations Divisions on Babcock Street.
The local police force works tirelessly to keep Melbourne and its communities safe. They follow up on all allegations of criminal activity and work with Brevard County prosecutors to ensure that all criminals are prosecuted and punished to the full extent of the law. If you have been arrested on suspicion of a crime in Melbourne, you will need a defense attorney on your side who will fight for your rights every step of the way. The defense lawyers at Musca Law have years of experience helping residents of Melbourne understand their legal rights and options. At Musca Law, our criminal defense lawyers 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 Melbourne
According to the 2011 Melbourne police report, local officers made 3,810 arrests that year, which is a 14 percent reduction in arrests from the 4,405 arrests made in the year 2010. Of the reported crimes in Melbourne in 2011, there were three murders, 58 sex offenses, 158 robberies, 531 incidents of aggravated assault, 873 burglaries, 3,021 incidents of larceny and 116 auto thefts. There was a total 4,760 offenses, which is a 9.2 percent increase from the 4,357 total reported offenses in the year 2010.
To crack down on criminal activity, the Melbourne Police Department employs a number of specialty teams, including a SWAT team that has 16 members who execute search warrants, a K-9 team that is utilized for narcotics searches and suspect tracking, a marine patrol that monitors the waterways and a Crisis Negotiation Unit.
Are You Currently Under Investigation?
If you have been informed that you are the subject of a criminal investigation, it is in your best interest to not speak with the authorities without first consulting with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Remember, local law enforcement officers serve to protect the residents of Melbourne, but when you are the suspect, it is their goal to vigorously prosecute your case. Therefore, they are not your friends, and speaking with them without an attorney can have devastating consequences as far as your case is concerned.
If You Have Been Arrested
It is especially important to have a lawyer by your side for every interview and interrogation you face while under arrest. Everything you say and do, can and will be used against you during the trial. Law enforcement officials may attempt to engage you in a casual conversation or they may try to coax you into talking to them. It is in your best interest at this time to exercise your right to remain silent and to speak with a knowledgeable defense attorney as soon as possible.
The Penalties You Face
Every case is different, but it is important to remember that all criminal convictions can carry significant consequences that can follow you for a very long time. Even misdemeanor crimes in Brevard County can result in up to a year in jail. Furthermore, all felony crimes carry mandatory prison sentences. A conviction for an offense in Melbourne will also result in heavy fees and the creation of a criminal record that can affect every aspect of your life.
Protecting Your Rights
The criminal defense team at Musca Law is dedicated to protecting the rights of Melbourne citizens. Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty and you do have the right to a fair and speedy trial. Our office is conveniently located on Suntree Boulevard in Melbourne. We offer no-cost, no-obligation consultations to anyone who is under investigation or who has been arrested on suspicion of a crime in Brevard County. It is important that you act quickly by calling our offices before speaking with the authorities.