Hialeah Criminal Defense
Hialeah is in the heart of northwest Dade and is connected to every major thoroughfare in the region. Commuters appreciate the easy access to I-75, Palmetto Expressway, US 27 and the Florida Turnpike. Residents of the vibrant communities of Hialeah love their access to the wide array of cultural activities, locally owned stores, Hialeah Park and family friendly neighborhoods. Hialeah is a major municipality within the South Florida and Greater Miami metropolitan areas that has a population of 224,669 according to the 2010 U.S. Census. It is a full service city with a hard-working police force that takes any and all allegations of criminal activity seriously.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of a crime in Hialeah, it is important that you fully understand the consequences you face. Local prosecutors aggressively pursue all criminal cases and they often seek the harshest punishments available. It is important that you act quickly by contacting an attorney who has the knowledge, skill and experience necessary to protect your rights and help you achieve the best possible outcome. 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
Hialeah Crime Information
Hialeah is the sixth largest city and the fifth largest municipality in all of Florida, but it only has the 75th largest law enforcement agency in the state. The Hialeah Police Department has over 355 sworn officers as well as 500 non-sworn members. The uniform patrol division works with the criminal investigation division to prevent crimes, enforce the law and arrest individuals suspected of committing various crimes.
According to Neighborhood Scout, Hialeah is only safer than 18 percent of the cities nationwide, but it is below the state averages for violent crimes and property crimes. Hialeah is, however, a relatively compact city, so it has a high number of crimes (374) per square mile compared to the Florida average crimes per square mile (74). On an average, there are four murders, 31 rapes, 261 robberies, 585 assaults, 1,121 burglaries, 5,577 thefts and 954 motor vehicles thefts here each year.
Consequences of a Conviction
The charges and penalties a person faces often depend on the nature of the crime, the circumstances of the case, the defendant’s criminal history and the competence of his or her defense lawyer. It is important to remember that even misdemeanor offenses in Florida can result in up to a year in jail and felony convictions can result in years of incarceration in prison.
Additionally, convictions can result in thousands of dollars in fines, severe probation requirements, license suspensions, the loss of a professional license and community service. Individuals convicted of a DUI or an alcohol- or drug-related offense could also face costly and time-consuming court-ordered rehab and counseling. Perhaps most importantly, a conviction will result in a blemish on your permanent record making it more difficult to get a job or even credit to buy a house or a vehicle.
Virtually all employers these days run background checks on their job applicants and employees. Banks also run background checks before giving out loans. Therefore, individuals who have been convicted of a crime could feel the repercussions of a conviction long after they have done the time. It is absolutely necessary to take all criminal charges seriously and to contact an experienced defense attorney right away.
If You Have Been Arrested in Hialeah
Once you have been arrested, it is important to contact an attorney and to refrain from discussing the specifics of your case with the authorities. Do not engage in a conversation with the police or discuss your case with anyone except for your lawyer. Your defense attorney will have your best interests at heart and will guide you throughout the legal proceedings, protecting your rights every step of the way. If you or a loved one has been accused of committing a crime in Hialeah, please contact Musca Law for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.