Tampa Criminal Defense
Tampa is one of the largest cities in Florida that is located about 200 miles northwest of Miami, 180 miles southwest of Jacksonville and 20 miles northeast of St. Petersburg. It is the largest city in Hillsborough County and the third most populous city in Florida. The economy of Tampa is based on tourism as well as construction, finance, technology, government, health care and the port of Tampa. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 335,709 people live here. The population grew to 346,037 by 2011. This thriving city has its own police force.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of a crime in Tampa, it is important that you understand the severity of the penalties you face. Hillsborough County prosecutors will likely pursue the harshest punishments possible and a conviction can adversely affect every aspect of your life. You will need to fight back with the help of a knowledgeable Tampa defense attorney. 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
Tampa Law Enforcement
The Tampa Police Department has over 1,000 employees including sworn officers, civilians, support staff and volunteers. The local police force has a storied history that dates back to its first City Marshall in 1855. The department divides the city into three districts. The patrol division in charge of District One oversees Tampa’s peninsula, the Davis Islands and the west side. District Two contains the northern portion of Tampa including Busch Gardens and the Tampa Palms. District Three mainly consists of East Tampa, the Port of Tampa and Ybor City. The department utilizes plainclothes detectives, drug squads, street anti-crime squads and crime prevention experts to crack down on all criminal activity in Tampa.
Tampa Crime Statistics
There are parts of Tampa that are considered very safe and others that have a history of violent crimes. According to statistics gathered by City-Data.com, there were 28 murders, 58 rapes, 587 robberies, 1,555 assaults, 2,718 burglaries, 7,042 thefts, 633 auto thefts and 102 arsons in Tampa in the year 2011.
The Need for an Experienced and Aggressive Lawyer
The criminal defense team at Musca Law adopts an aggressive and professional approach to all types of criminal charges. We conduct a thorough analysis of the accusations and charges against you and carefully examine that evidence that the prosecution has against you. We will also look into any procedural errors that can be utilized for your defense. For example, if you have been charged with a drug crime, we will look into whether there were any search-and-seizure violations. If you were arrested on suspicion of a DUI, we will examine if your Breathalyzer test or field sobriety tests can be challenged.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of a crime, it is important that you do not divulge any specific information about your case to the police. Please do not discuss your case with the authorities without a skilled defense attorney by your side who will ensure that your rights are protected at every stage. The attorney you hire can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case.
Tampa Defense Lawyers
At Musca Law, we have a long and proven track record of handling all types of criminal cases. We will guide you through what can be a challenging process and help equip you with the information you need to make what could well be one of the most important decisions in your life. Our offices are conveniently located on South Falkenburg Road in Tampa. Please contact us today for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.