Fountainbleau Criminal Defense
Criminal charges can have a tremendous impact on your life. The consequences of a criminal conviction often include jail or prison sentences, hefty fines and fees, license suspension, job loss and the creation of a permanent criminal record. You need to do everything possible to defend yourself and that includes getting a defense attorney who has a history of successfully handling cases similar to yours.
The Fountainbleau defense team at Musca Law has a long and proven track record of handling challenging criminal cases in Miami-Dade County. Our skilled attorneys offer free consultations out of our Miami offices located on SW 8th Street. Please do not hesitate to call our offices to discuss your legal rights and 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
Fountainbleau Crime Information
Fountainbleau covers about 4.5 square miles of Miami-Dade County. Corporations such as CompUSA, Lennar and TigerDirect have their headquarters located here. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Fountainbleau is 59,764. According to Areavibes.com, Fountainbleau has an estimated crime index that is 51 percent higher than the Florida average and the Florida average is 38 percent higher than the national average. Furthermore, Fountainbleau is only safer than 3.2 percent of the cities in the nation. For every 100,000 residents of Fountainbleau, there are about 827 violent crimes and 5,898 property crimes.
Misdemeanor Offenses in Fountainbleau
A misdemeanor is a criminal offense that is punishable by up to one year in county jail. These types of cases are handled at the county court level and are less serious than felony offenses. However, the charges must be taken seriously. Examples of misdemeanors include battery, disorderly conduct, driving on a suspended license, marijuana possession, petty theft, first offense prostitution, and resisting an officer without violence. It is important to remember that many of these offenses can become elevated to felony charges if someone has been injured or if the defendant is a repeat offender.
Felony Crimes in Fountainbleau
Only circuit court judges can handle felony charges in Fountainbleau and they are punishable by more than one year in prison. Common examples of felonies include aggravated assault, burglary, child abuse, drug possession, grand theft, homicide, resisting a police officer with violence, lewd and lascivious molestation, and possession of child pornography.
Felony charges are classified based on the nature and severity of the alleged crimes. A third-degree felony can result in up to five years in prison, five years of probation and a $5,000 fine. A second-degree felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation and a $10,000 fine. A first-degree felony can result in up to 30 years in prison, 30 years of probation and a $10,000 fine. Felony convictions for murder, for example, can result in a death penalty or life in prison without parole.
Consequences of a Conviction
Incarceration and fines are not the only consequences of being convicted of a crime in Fountainbleau. Many individuals who have a criminal record are not able to find a job, apply for credit or even vote. Undocumented immigrants could be deported. It is also common for individuals who have been convicted of an offense to struggle to regain the social standing and reputation they had prior to the criminal conviction.
Getting the Help You Need
The experienced Fountainbleau criminal defense attorneys at Musca Law work diligently to protect the rights of our clients. We understand that the stakes can be extremely high in criminal cases. If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, please contact us for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.