Port St. Joe Criminal Defense
Being charged with a crime in Port St. Joe can be a distressing and overwhelming event in your life. The consequences of a criminal conviction may reach far beyond the punishment and sentencing. Your employment, driver’s license, career and reputation are on the line. If you have been accused of committing a crime in Port St. Joe, retaining a qualified and skilled criminal defense attorney is your first step in getting your life back on track.
You have the right to speak to a lawyer before discussing your case with the police. It is appropriate and necessary to refrain from answering any questions before you have talked to a skilled Port St. Joe defense attorney. At Musca Law, we will assess your case, review the evidence compiled against you and fight hard to protect your rights every step of the way. 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
Port St. Joe Crime Information
Port St. Joe is located in Gulf County where U.S. Highway 98 and State Road 71 intersect. Since 1965, Port St. Joe has been the seat of Gulf County. What was once a bustling port is now a restful tourist location with white, sand dune beaches and many outdoor activities. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Port St. Joe is 3,445.
The Port St. Joe Police Department is located on Williams Avenue and the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office is stationed on Long Avenue. Neighborhoodscout.com reports that there is only a 1 in 123 chance of being a victim of property crime in Port St. Joe, while there is a 1 in 28 chance of being a victim of property crime throughout Florida. There are approximately 12 violent crimes and 28 property crimes in Port St. Joe each year. While there are 74 crimes per square mile throughout the entire state of Florida, there are only three crimes per square mile in the City of Port St. Joe.
What to Do If You Have Been Arrested
Just because you have been arrested, it doesn’t mean that you have lost all your rights. An arrest does not mean a conviction. The law says that you are innocent until proven guilty. The most important step to take immediately after your arrest is to never let your guard down. Remain silent and ask for a lawyer. Do not allow anyone to get you to talk or give up your right to an attorney.
Remember, you are always being recorded, from the time of the traffic stop. There are audio and video recording devices on a patrol unit, in the station and in interview rooms. Your calls to family or friends will be recorded. Do not admit anything to the authorities. If you are being held in a cell, make sure you do not talk to other inmates about the details of the case. Wait until you talk to a lawyer before you make any decision regarding your case.
Contacting an Experienced Defense Lawyer
In some cases, you may contact a lawyer as soon as you have found that you are under investigation for a crime. When you get a defense lawyer involved early on in the process, he or she may be able to take preemptive steps and prevent the charges from even being filed. In some cases, the prosecution’s evidence may not be strong enough. In other cases, the investigation may be the result of mistaken identity or a misunderstanding.
At Musca Law, our experienced defense lawyers have a long and successful track record of handling all types of criminal cases. We understand that the stakes are extremely high in these types of cases. If you or a loved one has been accused of committing a crime, please contact us for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.