Marco Island Criminal Defense
The City of Marco Island is located in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. It is the largest barrier island within the Ten Thousand Islands area and covers approximately 10.6 square miles of land. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Marco Island had a population of 16,413 and Collier County had 321,520 residents. Marco Island has its own police force that investigates reported cases and arrests anyone suspected of committing a crime.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of committing crime in Marco Island, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your rights. First, it is important that you exercise your right to remain silent. Remember, everything you say and do after you have been read your rights, can and will be used against you during your trial. Do not answer questions or provide information other than your name and address. You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer by your side to protect your rights during every step of the legal proceedings. 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
Marco Island Crime Information
Marco Island is a relatively affluent city with a lower crime rate. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there were 7,517 households with a median income of $73,373. The most common industries included real estate, accommodation and food services, construction and professional services. The residents of Marco Island are protected by the local police department, which had 33 police officers in 2011.
According to City-Data.com, the crime rate in Marco Island is very low in comparison to national averages. In the year 2011, there were no homicides, two rapes, one robbery, seven assaults, 39 burglaries, 161 thefts and two auto thefts. City-Data gives Marco Island a 70.8 crime rate while the U.S. average crime rate is 319.1.
If You Have Been Arrested
If you are the subject of a criminal investigation, it is important that you seek out quality legal representation right away. In some cases, early intervention can prevent an arrest or charges from being filed. If you have already been arrested, it is important to not panic or to talk with police officers. Remain polite and inform the authorities that you will not discuss your case until you have an attorney by your side. Remember that the police officers will work with prosecutors to build a case against you. So everything you tell them can and will be used against you. You should have an attorney present whenever you are interviewed or interrogated by the authorities.
The Consequences You Face
Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, it is important to take your situation seriously by contacting an experienced Marco Island criminal defense attorney right away. Even a conviction for a misdemeanor such as marijuana possession or disorderly conduct can result in jail time. Some misdemeanor convictions result in a year of incarceration and felony charges can result in lengthy prison sentences. A conviction can also result in thousands of dollars in fines, severe probation requirements, license suspensions and community service. Perhaps most importantly, a conviction will lead to the creation of a criminal record. Having a criminal record can affect your ability to seek employment or even to get a loan or professional license.
At Musca Law, our experienced defense attorneys offer free case evaluations to anyone facing criminal charges in Marco Island. We will review your case and help you make an informed decision regarding the best course of action to pursue. Please contact us today for a free consultation.