Lake City Criminal Defense
Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges in Lake City, the most important action you can take to safeguard your future is to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight hard to protect your rights. Anyone who has been charged with a crime in Lake City is potentially looking at serious consequences such as jail or prison time, hefty fines, probation and a mark on his or her record.
The defense team at Musca Law is known for fighting criminal charges in Columbia County. Our experienced lawyers have a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system and a proven track record of handling all types of criminal cases in Lake City. 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
Lake City Crime Information
In the last century, Lake City was an important railroad junction of the Florida Railroad Line, the Georgia Southern Line, Atlantic Coast Line and the Seaboard Air Line. Forestry and agriculture was a mainstay of the economy. Now, there are a number of employers who call Lake City home including the Columbia County School System, the VA Medical Center, Hunter Panels, New Millennium and PCS Phosphate. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Lake City is 12,614.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Department is located on U.S. 90 in Lake City and the local police department is on NW Main Boulevard. According to data gathered by Neighborhoodscout.com, Lake City has a relatively higher rate of criminal activity. There are approximately 16.71 violent crimes and 78.50 property crimes for every 1,000 residents of Lake City. These numbers are well over state and federal averages. Every year, there are about 201 violent crimes and 944 property crimes in Lake City.
Lake City Drug Busts
Local law enforcement officers take all allegations of drug possession and drug distribution seriously. Recently, the Lake City Police worked with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to arrest 16 men in Lake City. According to a news report in First Coast News, law enforcement officers searched two local homes for drugs, which netted 16 arrests. This is an example of how Lake City police partner with other law enforcement agencies to crack down on a variety of criminal activities.
When to Contact an Attorney
It is important to contact an attorney early on in the process. Often, a proactive approach is better than a reactive approach. When you know that you are under investigation, that is the time to contact a criminal defense lawyer. Your attorney may be able to examine the investigation or the prosecution’s case and prevent the charges from even being filed. This type of an approach will go a long way when it comes to protecting your name and reputation. It is important to remember that even the news of an arrest is sensationalized in the media. Most defendants are tried and convicted by the media even before they get their day in court.
At Musca Law, we understand that the future and reputation of our clients is on the line. We understand that the stakes are extremely high in criminal cases. We will do everything in our power to secure the best possible outcome in your case. If you or a loved one has been accused of committing a crime in Lake City, please contact us for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.