Stuart Criminal Defense
Facing criminal charges is one of the most stressful life experiences you can have. If you are ever in the unfortunate position of being charged with a crime, it is important that you remain calm and exercise your right to remain silent. When you panic, it is more likely that you may say or do something that could hurt your case. One way to ease your nerves is to have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side.
Your Stuart criminal defense attorney will protect your rights while guiding you through the legal proceedings. You need a lawyer who has experience handling cases similar to yours and one who will help you understand what to expect and how to fight the charges. 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
Stuart Crime Information
Stuart is the largest incorporated municipality in Martin County. The Treasure Coast area that became Stuart was settled in 1870 and incorporated as a town in 1914. Stuart thrives on tourism with great opportunities for fishing, boating, sailing and snorkeling. It is known as the Sailfish Capital of the world and it is the seat of Martin County. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Stuart is 15,593.
The Stuart Police Department is located on Southeast Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and the Martin County Sheriff’s Office is located on Southeast Monterey Road. According to City-data.com, there were two murders, five rapes, nine robberies, 42 assaults, 98 burglaries, 613 thefts and 10 auto thefts in the year 2011. There are 88 registered sex offenders living in Stuart, government databases show.
Severe DUI Penalties in Stuart
If you are convicted of driving under the influence in Stuart, you could face jail time, substantial fines, lengthy license suspensions and a significant increase in your insurance premiums. If the DUI incident that led to your arrest involved a serious or fatal injury accident, your potential penalties could increase substantially.
For example, a Stuart woman was recently sentenced to a decade in prison after being involved in a fatal DUI crash. According to local media reports, the 24-year-old woman was convicted of DUI in connection with a fatal collision. Officials say she had a blood alcohol level of .098 percent at the time of the crash, which is just over the legal limit of .08 percent. Her 22-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. A Martin County judge sentenced the driver to 10 years in prison after she pleaded no contest to DUI manslaughter.
Questions for Your Lawyer
Any questions you may have following your arrest must be directed to your defense lawyer, not the authorities. Discuss with your lawyer as to when it is advisable to speak with the authorities and how your words can affect your case. Inquire about the severity of the penalties you are facing and what your legal options are. Ask about how long your case may take and how having a record will affect your future.
It is also important to inform your criminal defense attorney about everything you know as far as the case is concerned. Everything you say to your attorney is completely confidential. So, you can be open and honest without fear of repercussions. Your lawyer is the only person who will remain on your side and work toward protecting your best interests.
At Musca Law, we offer free consultations to anyone facing criminal charges in Stuart. We will review your case and help you understand the legal options available for you. We are ready to protect your rights and help you pursue the best possible outcome in your case. Please contact us today to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation.