Fort Myers Criminal Defense
Fort Myers was built along the Caloosahatchee River in 1850 during a conflict with local Seminole Native Americans. The city of Fort Myers was incorporated in 1886. It became the governmental hub of Lee County and the gateway to Southwest Florida. It has since grown into the commercial center of Lee County as well. Fort Myers is a thriving city that grew over 29 percent in size between the 2000 and 2010 U.S. Census, when it had a population of 62,298.
If you are facing criminal charges in Fort Myers, it is critical that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight to clear your name and reputation. The consequences of a criminal conviction can be severe. Jail time, fines, loss of employment and probation are just some of the severe consequences. 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
Law Enforcement in Fort Myers
The Fort Myers Police Department is a fully accredited force that aggressively investigates cases and arrests individuals suspected of committing crimes. Anyone who is under investigation in Fort Myers will witness first-hand how quickly they can build a case and file charges. Thousands of people are arrested in Fort Myers each year and they often face serious charges and penalties.
Fort Myers Crime Statistics
Crimes appear to be on the rise in Fort Myers. According to the Fort Myers Police Department’s 1996 to 2012 Crime Comparison Report:
- Homicides increased from seven cases in the year 2010 to 24 in 2012.
- Sex crimes have remained about the same in recent years with 61 sex offenses in the year 2012, 62 in 2011 and 65 in the year 2010.
- Robberies have increased significantly in recent years in Fort Myers. After dropping from 226 robberies in the year 2009 to 152 in the year 2010, the number of robberies has risen to 170 in 2011 and 172 in 2012.
- Aggravated assault and battery increased from 474 to 518 from the year 2010 to 2011 but dropped slightly to 497 incidents in the year 2012.
- In the year 2012 there was also 507 burglaries, 1,639 thefts and 763 simple assaults.
Potential Penalties for a Criminal Conviction
All criminal convictions involve penalties. The severity of the penalties will depend on the nature of the offense and the criminal history of the defendant. In general, repeat offenders will face harsher punishments than first-time offenders and they often have fewer opportunities to pursue alternative sentencing options that will allow them to avoid jail time. Individuals who are charged with violent acts will typically face harsher penalties than those facing charges for non-violent acts. That does not, however, mean that the penalties for white-collar crimes or other theft crimes do not result in severe penalties.
Jail time is a possibility whether the crime in question is a misdemeanor or a felony. Many misdemeanor offenses can result in up to a year of jail time and felony convictions carry mandatory prison sentences. Individuals convicted of a drug crime will also likely have to participate in drug treatment programs. A DUI conviction requires mandatory alcohol treatment programs. A conviction for a sex crime may result in mandatory registration as a sex offender. In addition defendants may also face limitations imposed by probation, driver’s license suspensions and fines. All convictions can result in the creation of a criminal record that can take a toll on your personal and professional life.
You Can Fight the Charges
In order to avoid the serious consequences of being convicted of a crime in Fort Myers, you will need the help and guidance of an experienced defense attorney. At Musca Law, we review each case thoroughly and help our clients make the best possible decision. Our Fort Myers office is conveniently located on Martin Luther King Boulevard. Please contact us today for a free and comprehensive consultation.