Jacksonville Criminal Defense
Jacksonville one of the largest cities in terms of area in the United States and the most populous city in the state of Florida. It is located on the banks of the St. Johns River about 25 miles south of the Georgia state line and approximately 340 miles north of Miami. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Jacksonville has a population of 821,784. Since Jacksonville accounts for the majority of Duval County, the population of the entire county is only 864,263. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department vigorously cracks down on all crimes.
If you or a loved one has been arrested on suspicion of a crime in Jacksonville, it is imperative that you act quickly. There are severe consequences for criminal convictions in Duval County and local prosecutors often pursue the harshest punishments possible. You will need a skilled Jacksonville criminal defense attorney on your side who will aggressively tackle the charges and work toward the best possible outcome. 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
Jacksonville Crime Information
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office website, their mission “is to protect the lives and property of the citizens of this community, to preserve the peace and to prevent crime and disorder while constantly guarding personal liberties as prescribed by law.” That mission includes investigating all allegations of offenses and tracking down suspects who may have broken the law. If you are under investigation for a crime in Jacksonville, you will need a skilled criminal defense attorney who has recently handled cases similar to yours.
The total number of crimes in Jacksonville has decreased significantly over the past 20 years. Back in 1992 there were 75,787 crimes committed within the city. In 2011, the total number of violent crimes was 41,295. There was an overall decrease in the number of violent crimes and property crimes in the year 2011. According to the annual crime report, in 2011 there were:
- 71 murders, a reduction from the 80 homicides reported in 2010.
- 350 rapes, a considerable increase from the 316 reported rapes that occurred the previous year.
- 1,578 robberies, 115 fewer than the year before
- 3,183 aggravated assaults, nearly 200 less than in the year 2010
- 5,182 violent crimes, a 5.2 percent decrease from the previous year
- 8,518 burglaries, a considerable 11.2 percent drop from 2010
- 25,733 larcenies, 130 fewer than in 2010
- 1,862 vehicle thefts, reflecting a 5.6 percent reduction
- 36,113 property crimes, 1,311 fewer than the previous year
How a Conviction Can Affect Your Life
The immediate penalties of being convicted of a crime in Duval County include jail time and heavy fines. Many convictions also result in license suspensions, probation requirements, mandatory treatment programs and community service. Unfortunately, even after serving your time and paying your debt to society, you may still experience negative consequences from your arrest. For example, if you are applying for a job, your record could affect your chances of getting hired. Your record can also affect your ability to get a loan or purchase a house.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of committing a crime in Jacksonville, it is important to refrain from talking about the details of your involvement with the authorities. You should immediately get in touch with a skilled criminal defense lawyer who will fight for your rights and protect your best interests. The experienced Jacksonville criminal defense lawyers at Musca Law are conveniently located on Prudential Drive. We offer free, no-obligation consultations on all criminal cases. Please call our offices today before discussing your case with the authorities.