Madison Criminal Defense
If you have been arrested on suspicion of a crime in Madison, there are many pitfalls that you should avoid. For example, you should not say anything to the police about the incident. It is also important that you do not argue with the authorities. You should refrain from giving police permission to conduct a search without a proper warrant. It would be in your best interest to not provide inaccurate information to the police or resist arrest, as those are serious crimes that carry their own penalties.
Above all, it is crucial that you get an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side early on in the process. An experienced Madison criminal defense attorney will make sure that your rights are protected every step of the way. 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
Madison Crime Information
Madison is the seat of Madison County. It was recently named one of the “Best Little Towns in Florida” by Visit Florida. Madison has a popular downtown with gift shops, antique stores and eateries and it is home to Four Freedoms Park. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Madison is 2,843.
The City of Madison Police Department is located on Southwest Rutledge Street. According to City-data.com, there was one murder, two rapes, six robberies, 32 assaults, 69 burglaries, 144 thefts, five auto thefts and one incident of arson in Madison in the year 2011.There were also 36 registered sex offenders in Madison according to government databases.
DUI Enforcement in Madison
The Florida Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) Program was created to reduce traffic- related fatalities and injuries. The DUI Challenge is one of the many initiatives that the members of this task force have created. It rewards law enforcement agencies that have dedicated a significant amount of resources toward DUI enforcement. As part of the DUI Challenge, the Madison Police Department was named one of the top three agencies of its size in the State of Florida.
What You Say Matters
Whether you have been pulled over for a traffic violation or have been arrested on suspicion of a serious crime, everything you tell the authorities can affect your case. It is important to remember not to give prosecutors or the police any specific information about the alleged incident. Do not deny or confirm information that they claim to already have. While you can face charges for providing inaccurate information to the authorities, the law does not prevent the police from giving you misleading information in order to provoke a response. Politely and respectfully insist on having a lawyer present.
Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
If you have never dealt with the Florida criminal justice system before, you may not be aware of the significant consequences you may be facing. Your arrest may have been in the news and your employer, friends, family and neighbors may have already discussed your situation. You are innocent until proven guilty, but your reputation may have already taken a hit as a result of media reports that are sensational, but inaccurate.
If you are convicted, the criminal penalties and social consequences can be severe. A misdemeanor conviction in Florida can result in up to one year in county jail and up to $1,000 in fines. A felony conviction is punishable by lengthy incarceration and fines of up to $15,000. Furthermore, a criminal record can affect your ability to secure employment for the rest of your life.
Getting the Help You Need
The criminal defense attorneys at Musca Law have a long and successful track record of handling cases similar to yours. We understand that the stakes in these types of cases can be very high. If you or a loved one has been accused of committing a crime, please contact us to discuss your case at absolutely no cost.