Margate Criminal Defense
Being arrested on suspicion of a crime in Margate can be an extremely stressful. You are likely worried about what will happen next and what types of penalties you may face. It is important that you remain calm and remember that you have legal rights. It is possible to fight the charges and you do not have to answer any questions. If you have been accused of committing a crime, it would also be in your best interest to contact an experienced Margate criminal defense lawyer to help protect your rights every step of the way.
Your lawyer will review the specifics of your case and help you understand the options before you. It may be possible to negotiate for reduced penalties, to avoid jail time or to have the charges dismissed. The criminal defense team at Musca Law has a proven track record of handling cases similar to yours. At Musca Law, our criminal defense lawyers handle all state and federal crimes, felonies and misdemeanors, including but not limited to:
- DUI or BUI
- Sex Crimes
- Drug Crimes
- Theft Crimes
- Violent Crimes
- Federal Crimes
- Traffic Offenses
- Weapons Offenses
- White Collar Crimes
- Probation Violations
Margate Crime Information
Margate is spread over less than nine square miles of Broward County. It is a very diverse city where you will find people from such countries as Colombia, Haiti and Jamaica speaking in English, Spanish, French Creole, French and Italian. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the many parks, lakes, festivals and family-friendly recreational activities in Margate. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Margate is 53,284.
The Margate Police Department is located on Margate Boulevard at City Hall. It consists of 204 dedicated officers, civilians and volunteers. The department was the first police agency in Broward County and the second municipal agency in Florida to be state accredited through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. According to their official website, there was recently an increase of violent crimes in Margate by 7 percent and an 11.4 percent decrease in total index crimes.
Crimes Involving Children
Sex crimes involving children often result in the most severe penalties. A defendant can face felony charges even when he or she has not made physical contact with a minor. Sex offenders in Florida face significant consequences including prison time, hefty fines and mandatory registration as a sex offender. Local law enforcement officials crack down on sex crimes against children by conducting Internet sting operations. The consequences do not stop even after an individual has served the time. Convicted sex offenders are required to register constantly with law enforcement agencies. Margate also has severe residency restrictions for sex offenders wherein they are not allowed to live near schools, child care centers, parks, playgrounds or even school bus stops.
Protecting Your Rights
After your arrest, law enforcement officers may encourage you to plead guilty or to accept a quick plea deal. It is important that you discuss all of the legal options available to you before making a decision. If you are a first-time offender involved in a non-violent crime, you may be able to participate in a diversion program. Once you complete the program, you will be able to have your arrest removed from your record. If a diversion program is not a viable option, you may be able to negotiate for reduced charges. A plea deal, however, is an admission of guilt although you may be able to negotiate to lessen the charges or penalties. To avoid a conviction, you may have to aggressively fight the charges in court.
At Musca Law, we have a long history of handling all types of criminal cases in Margate. Our defense team is conveniently located in nearby Fort Lauderdale. Please contact us today for a free and comprehensive consultation. We are here to help you.