Punta Gorda Criminal Defense
Punta Gorda is located where the Peace River meets Charlotte Harbor between Cape Coral and Bradenton. Punta Gorda was founded back in 1882 on 30 acres of land. It has grown into the seat of Charlotte County with a population of 16,641, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The local police force is a small but dedicated group who work with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department to protect the local residents by cracking down on crime.
If you have been arrested in Punta Gorda, you will need the guidance of a skilled and knowledgeable defense attorney. The experienced criminal defense team at Musca Law has a long history of handling cases in Punta Gorda. We know how to fight wrongful allegations and how to protect the best interests of our clients. If you have been arrested on suspicion of a crime, please do not hesitate to call our offices for a free consultation. 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
The Punta Gorda Police
The Punta Gorda Police Department has 49 employees including two captains, seven lieutenants, 16 patrol officers and three detectives. They aggressively crack down on criminal activity and have largely been successful at keeping the crime rate low. According to Neighborhoodscout.com, there are only .9 violent crimes for every 1,000 residents in Punta Gorda. This is low when compared to the national average of 3.9 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and the Florida average of 5.15 crimes per 1,000. All things considered, Punta Gorda only has 16 crimes per square mile, which is far below the 74 crimes per mile statewide.
If You Have Been Arrested
If you are the subject of a criminal investigation in Punta Gorda, it is important that you speak with a skilled defense attorney before talking with the authorities. It may be possible to prevent your arrest. If, however, you have been arrested, the steps you take can be extremely critical. Keep calm, remain polite and ask to speak with your lawyer. Police officers, in this situation, are not your friends. They are working with detectives and prosecutors to build a solid case against you. They may try to engage you in casual conversation or to entice you to “chat” with them. Talking with the police without a lawyer present could seriously damage your case.
The Penalties You Face
Depending on the circumstances of your alleged offense, you could face life-altering penalties. DUI convictions could result in heavy fines, driver’s license suspensions, job loss and even incarceration. Drug crimes could result in mandatory treatment programs, jail sentences and even prison sentences depending on the background of the case. In addition to incarceration, those convicted of sex crimes in Florida, for example, can face lifetime registration as a sex offender. A theft charge for example could cast a shadow of doubt on your credibility, which could affect your career and future. All charges must be taken seriously because having a criminal record can hurt every aspect of your life. Many Charlotte County residents are struggling to reintegrate into society after serving time. You will need a knowledgeable defense attorney to avoid a similar fate.
Early Intervention Plays a Key Role
The sooner you contact an attorney, the better your chances are for a positive outcome. It is advisable to speak with a defense attorney before discussing your case with the authorities. Do not wait until your court date or even until you are charged to hire someone who will fight on your behalf. At Musca Law, we provide no-cost, obligation-free consultations. Please call us today for an evaluation of your legal options.