Lauderhill Criminal Defense
It is all too common for individuals arrested on suspicion of committing a crime to make the mistake of talking to the police without a lawyer present. What they don’t realize is that this could potentially hurt their case. If you are arrested in Lauderhill, the best action to take is to let the authorities know that you want a lawyer and then politely refuse to answer questions until your lawyer arrives. It is too easy to misspeak, to say too much and to end up facing additional charges.
The knowledgeable defense team at Musca Law has years of experience handling challenging criminal cases in Lauderhill. 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
Lauderhill Crime Information
Lauderhill had a unique beginning. In the 1960s, people were able to buy package deals through a New York developer that included a fully furnished home on a plot of land in Lauderhill. As people began purchasing homes, the development grew into what became the City of Lauderhill. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Lauderhill is 66,887. It is a secure, clean and desirable city that has a diverse population.
According to Neighborhoodscout.com, Lauderhill has a higher rate of violent crimes and property crimes than the statewide average. There are 9.44 violent crimes and 45.75 property crimes for every 1,000 Lauderhill residents. Statewide, there are 5.15 violent crimes and 35.22 property crimes for every 1,000 residents. Lauderhill has an average of nine murders, 22 rapes, 275 robberies, 337 assaults, 1,340 burglaries, 1,568 thefts and 208 motor vehicle thefts each year.
If You Have Been Arrested
The steps you take following an arrest can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. Whatever you say or do after your arrest can definitely affect your future. It is advisable to:
- Remain calm, respectful and relaxed.
- Be truthful when asked for your name and address. You do not have to give any information about the incident, but lying about your identity is a crime.
- Insist on having a knowledgeable Lauderhill defense attorney present if the questioning goes beyond asking your name, address or contact information.
- Be courteous to police and treat them well. While you do not want to aid their investigation or give out specific information about your case, you also do not want to encourage them to make your situation worse.
- Resist the temptation to run or resist arrest. This will only result in additional charges.
- Remain silent to avoid lying. Your silence cannot be used against you, but any inconsistencies or seeming inaccuracies in your statements can be damaging to your case.
- Refuse to sign anything that your attorney has not reviewed and approved.
- Notify your lawyer right away if you have been coerced or threatened in any way.
Consequences of Criminal Charges
Local prosecutors and law enforcement officials are known for pursuing the harshest penalties possible in criminal cases. Even first-time offenders facing misdemeanor charges can face up to a year in jail. Felony convictions carry longer sentences in federal or state prisons. Furthermore, any conviction will result in a criminal record that can affect every aspect of your life including employment, driver’s license and residence.
Defending Your Rights
If you have been arrested on suspicion of a crime in Lauderhill, please call a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney at Musca Law. We understand what is at stake and know that a criminal conviction can turn your life upside down. Our attorneys are aggressive, proactive and always bear the best interests of clients at heart. Please contact us today to find out how we can help you.