Marianna Criminal Defense
Facing criminal charges in Marianna can be extremely stressful and confusing. If this is your first encounter with law enforcement or the criminal justice system, you may have a number of questions about what will happen next. It is important at this time to patiently refrain from asking questions until you have a skilled defense attorney on your side. Anything you tell the authorities can and will be used against you.
An experienced Marianna criminal defense attorney will thoroughly examine the details of your case and offer an honest assessment. The experienced criminal defense lawyers at Musca Law have a proven track record of handling all types of criminal cases in Marianna and Jackson County. 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
Marianna Crime Information
Marianna is nicknamed “The City of Southern Charm.” It is the seat of Jackson County and home to the Jackson County Courthouse and Chipola College. Marianna is an official Florida Main Street town that has a downtown area, which has been restored to reflect its historic charm. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Marianna is 6,102.
The Marianna City Police Department is located on Green Street and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department’s office is on Lafayette Street. According to Neighborhoodscout.com, there are 53 violent crimes and 283 property crimes in Mariana each year. There are also an average of one murder, six rapes, four robberies, 42 assaults, 76 burglaries and 198 thefts annually in Marianna.
Speaking with the Authorities
If you have been arrested, you may feel as if you can speak to the police on your own. The thought that you may be able to talk to officers and convince the investigator of your innocence is natural. However, it is important to understand that police and prosecutors work differently because their agenda is entirely different. Their goal is to compile a solid case against you. So, once you have been arrested and are brought in for questioning, what you say and do can and will be used against you.
Your interview with the officer will be recorded and very likely played for jurors during your trial, particularly if officials believe that you have said something during the interview that has compromised your position. The best strategy to adopt if you have been arrested is to remain silent and polite and get a criminal defense lawyer to remain by your side as you are being questioned. This will help you protect your rights every step of the way.
Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
The consequences of a criminal conviction can be extremely severe. Those who are convicted could face a number of consequences including:
- The creation of a criminal record: Having a criminal record can affect your employment opportunities, where you live, whether you can vote, possess weapons and if you can hold elected office.
- Incarceration: A misdemeanor crime in Marianna can result in up to a year in county jail. A felony conviction typically results in several years of incarceration in a federal or state prison.
- Fines: Many criminal convictions result in substantial fines as well as court fees.
Probation: The consequences do not end once you are released from jail or prison. You may face restrictions on where you can live, how late you can stay out and where you are allowed to travel.
Fighting the Charges
It is important to remember that you have the right to fight the charges in court. The criminal defense team at Musca Law has a long and successful track record of handling all types of criminal cases in Jackson County. We will assess your situation and help you determine the best way to proceed. Please contact us today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.