Lehigh Acres Criminal Defense
If you believe that criminal charges have been or are going to be filed against you, please do not delay contacting a defense lawyer. There are several critical stages early on during the criminal proceedings that should not be overlooked. Having a skilled attorney working to protect your rights throughout these early stages is essential to fighting the charges and often, preventing charges from being filed.
The Lehigh Acres criminal defense team at Musca Law can provide you with a thorough review of your case and help you understand the charges against you as well as the potential consequences you face. We can also provide you with a free case evaluation and an overview of your legal options. 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
Lehigh Acres Crime Information
Lehigh Acres began as an 18,000 acres tax shelter for a Chicago businessman. The area grew, but the majority of the Lehigh Acres lots were vacant for many years. There was a major boom of population and homes between 2003 and 2007 and a vast influx of population. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Lehigh Acres is 86,784. Lehigh Acres is now spread over 96 square miles in southwest Florida just minutes from the Gulf Coast.
Law Enforcement in Lehigh Acres
One of the many ways in which the Lee County Sheriff’s Office cracks down on criminal activity is by setting up DUI or sobriety checkpoints. Recently, there was a DUI checkpoint at Sunshine and 11th Street Southwest in Lehigh Acres. According to local media reports, 504 cars were stopped at the checkpoint. Officials made two DUI arrests, issued 19 citations, arrested two drivers for not having a valid driver’s license and took another person into custody for driving on a suspended license.
DUI checkpoints are one of many tactics used by local law enforcement to prevent crimes and to charge individuals suspected of committing crimes. It is also common for multiple arrests to occur as a result of Lehigh Acres drug busts and sex crime sting operations.
- Drug busts: When the authorities suspect that there are illegal drugs in a Lehigh Acres residence, they may secure a search warrant and arrest everyone at the home once they seize the drugs. It is important in such cases to review each arrest separately. Did the suspect know that there were controlled substances at the residence or was he or she wrongfully arrested? Were search and seizure issues involved?
- Sex crime sting operations: It is illegal to arrange a meeting with a minor with the intention of committing a sex act. For this reason, law enforcement officers throughout Florida regularly pretend to be minors online to catch residents in the act of soliciting sex from a minor. Local sex sting operations can result in dozens of arrests at a time. In these types of cases, it is necessary to determine if the authorities entrapped the suspect.
Fighting the Charges
It is important to remember that all criminal charges must be taken seriously. A conviction can result in jail or prison time, heavy fines and the creation of a criminal record. Misdemeanor convictions in Lehigh Acres can result in up to a year of jail time and felony convictions often result in mandatory prison sentences.
You can fight felony or misdemeanor charges with the help of an experienced Lehigh Acres criminal defense attorney at Musca Law. By calling our offices, you are ensured that your case will receive the careful, individual attention it deserves. Let us review your case and help you pursue the best possible outcome in your case. Please contact us for a no-cost consultation.