Pensacola Criminal Defense
Pensacola was incorporated in 1559. A little known fact is that Pensacola has staked its claim as the first settlement in America. It has been nicknamed “The City of Five Flags” because it has been part of Spain, France, Great Britain, the Confederate States of America and the United States. It is the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle and the county seat of Escambia County. It is also a seaport on Pensacola Bay, which connects directly to the Gulf of Mexico. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 51,923 call Pensacola home. Pensacola has its own police department.
If you are facing criminal charges in Pensacola, it is not advisable to handle your case on your own or to accept a public defender who is simply assigned to you. Make sure you retain the services of a Pensacola defense lawyer who has recent experience handling cases similar to yours. You need a defense lawyer who is committed to protecting your rights and best interests. 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
Pensacola Crime Information
Pensacola has had to deal with a considerable amount of crime over the years. According to Neighborhoodscout.com, Pensacola is only considered safer than 3 percent of the cities in the United States. There are on an average, 391 violent crimes and 3,146 property crimes in Pensacola each year. Additionally, there are 7.49 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, which is higher than the 5.15 violent crimes per 1,000 residents reported throughout Florida.
The number of property crimes per resident is even more pronounced. There are approximately 60.27 property crimes per 1,000 residents while there are only 35.22 property crimes per 1,000 Florida residents. Each year, there are approximately two reported murders, 29 rapes, 102 robberies, 258 assaults, 64 burglaries, 2,364 thefts and 141 motor vehicle thefts reported in Pensacola. Neighborhoodscout.com also reports that there are 87 crimes per square mile in Pensacola, which is significantly higher than the 39.6 crimes per square mile found throughout the country.
If You Are Under Investigation
There are a number of cases where the suspect is aware that he or she is under investigation. This is particularly common in cases involving white-collar crimes that require detailed investigative work before an arrest is made. In such cases, the suspect would be well advised to contact an attorney – even before the charges are filed. It is also important to have an attorney on your side before you talk to the authorities or any specific questions related to the case. A skilled defense attorney can work proactively to even prevent the charges from being filed.
Contacting a Criminal Defense Lawyer
You should be looking for a criminal defense attorney who focuses his practice in the area of defense that you need. Although some attorneys may call themselves criminal defense lawyers, they may be dealing with personal injury or even family law cases. It is important that you get a defense lawyer who has had the experience successfully handling cases similar to yours. Your lawyer should also be committed to your case and be willing to put in the time that is needed to learn about your case and your defense.
You are facing potentially severe penalties if you are convicted including incarceration, fines, probation, the creation of a criminal record, treatment programs, driver’s license suspension and loss of employment. If you are facing charges in Pensacola or know that you are under investigation, please contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Musca Law to schedule your free consultation. We will help you understand the charges you face and work diligently to build a solid defense to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.