Arcadia Criminal Defense
If you have been arrested on suspicion of committing a crime in Arcadia, it is likely that you will have a number of questions about what to do next. For individuals who have never been arrested before, this may be their first brush with law enforcement and the criminal justice system. They may not fully understand their rights or what steps they need to take in order to protect their rights. If you have been arrested, it is important to seek out help from a skilled attorney who has years of experience handling cases similar to yours.
The Arcadia criminal defense attorneys at Musca Law are dedicated to making sure that our clients get their day in court. We will guide you through what can become a lengthy and complex legal process and assist you in preparing for the trial. Under the U.S. Constitution, every person accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty. 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
Arcadia Crime Information
Arcadia is the county seat of DeSoto County. It is also the only incorporated community in DeSoto. Arcadia is known for the historic and picturesque Oak Street, the city’s main street. Many come here to canoe on the Peace River, to celebrate in the DeSoto County fair or to see the annual Aviation Day event. During the 2000 U.S. Census, the population of Arcadia was 6,604. It is estimated that the population increased to 7,151 by 2005.
The City of Arcadia elects a City Marshal who acts as the Chief of Police. The Arcadia Police Department is located on North Brevard Avenue and the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department is on East Cypress Street. According to City-Data.com, three rapes, eight robberies, 52 assaults, 68 burglaries, 129 thefts, nine auto thefts and one incident of arson were reported in Arcadia during the year 2011. No murders were reported in 2011.
There are many tactics that local law enforcement officers utilize to arrest potential sex offenders. In a recent operation, an Arcadia man was among the 43 individuals arrested for meeting up with a juvenile for a sexual encounter. According to local media reports, officials went online to set up meetings with men who were seeking out sexual relations with minors. The Arcadia man was arrested and charged with traveling to seduce and using a computer to seduce or entice a child to commit a sexual act. He had no interaction with an actual minor, but he was still charged with a felony sex crime.
Whether you are facing charges for a felony sex crime or for simple possession of marijuana, it is important that you receive the counsel and guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney throughout the proceedings. After being booked at the station, police officers will likely want to interrogate you. It is absolutely vital that you do not answer any questions without an attorney present. After that, you will be officially charged and a judge will set your bail. An attorney can help you negotiate for a reduced bail. You will also have an opportunity to dispute the evidence against you and to negotiate for reduced penalties.
Getting the Help You Need
At Musca Law, we have a long and successful track record of getting our clients the best possible outcome for their case. If you or a loved one has been arrested on suspicion of a crime in Arcadia, please call our offices for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.