Bradenton Criminal Defense
Navigating the criminal justice system can be intimidating and overwhelming, especially if this is your first encounter with law enforcement. The consequences of a criminal conviction can extend well beyond the courtroom. A criminal conviction in Bradenton can affect your freedom, job, family, living situation and lifestyle. If you are facing criminal charges in Bradenton, it would be in your best interest to contact a skilled criminal defense attorney who can help you combat the charges and protect your future.
The experienced Bradenton criminal defense attorneys at Musca Law are dedicated to achieving the best result for each of their clients. We understand that an open dialogue and a careful attention to detail are essential in preparing a solid defense. We will review the facts of your case and help formulate the best possible strategy to fight the charges you are facing. 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
Bradenton Crime Information
Bradenton, which was originally called Bradentown, was formed in May 1903. The city of Bradenton was incorporated in 1943 when the cities of Manatee and Bradenton were merged by the Florida legislature. Bradenton has grown into the largest city in Manatee County. It is home to major corporations such as Tropicana Products and Champs Sports. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Bradenton is 49,546.
The Bradenton Police Department employs 120 sworn officers and 31 civilian staff members. According to the City of Bradenton’s Annual Report, there was an upward trend in property-related crimes in the year 2011 after seven years of crime reduction. Overall, there was an increase of 3.3 percent increase in crime despite a reduction in violent crimes by 5.5 percent. In the year 2011, there were reports of 24 aggravated assaults, 18 burglaries, 25 domestic batteries, five homicides, 24 narcotic abuse reports, 18 robberies and 10 cases of simple assault.
Manatee County Sex Sting Operations
There are a number of ways in which local law enforcement officials crack down on potential sex offenders in Bradenton. It is common, for example, for the Manatee County Sheriff’s detectives to conduct Internet sting operations to catch people in the act of enticing minors. According to an ABC Actions News report, 35 men were recently arrested during a week long sting operation in Bradenton called “Operation Green Shepherd II.”
Detectives went online and sought the men as they planned on meeting with the officers who were pretending to be juveniles, for illegal sexual activity. The 35 arrested individuals were charged with a number of crimes, including traveling to seduce a child to commit sexual act, use of a computer to seduce a child and attempted lewd and lascivious behavior. These are all serious offenses that can result in mandatory registration as a sex offender.
Consequences of a Conviction
Whether you are convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, it is highly likely that you will feel the weight of the conviction for a long time to come. For example, individuals struggle to obtain employment because they must list their arrest and conviction on a job application. Convicted sex offenders, for example, struggle to even find a place to live because of Florida’s severe residency restrictions. Financial strain is another consequence of a criminal conviction. Not only do these individuals end up paying a price in the form of fines, fees and penalties, but they also struggle to go back to work and resume their lives.
At Musca Law, we do everything in our power to fight the charges or to have the penalties reduced. If you have been accused of committing a crime in Bradenton, please contact us to discuss your case before you talk to the authorities.