Miami Beach Criminal Defense
If you have been charged with a crime, you know that it can be a frightening and stressful experience. This is especially true for someone who has never had encounters with the law or has not had experience dealing with Florida’s criminal justice system. The stress of being investigated, scrutinized and questioned can be extremely overwhelming. You may be wondering about how the arrest or a conviction will affect your family, your job, reputation and future. A criminal conviction may also impose severe residency requirements. If you are not a U.S. citizen or are undocumented, a criminal conviction can result in deportation.
So, is there ever a way to get your life back on track? Is there a way for you to ever lead a normal life again? The answer to both questions is “yes.” But you need to act promptly. You must know and understand your rights and act quickly to protect them. You need a skilled Miami Beach criminal defense attorney on your side who will fight hard to protect your rights and best interests at each stage of the legal proceedings. At Musca Law, our criminal defense lawyers handle all state and federal crimes, felonies and misdemeanors, including, but not limited to:
- Traffic offenses
- Sex crimes
- Domestic Violence
- Violent Crimes
- Drug crimes
- Theft crimes
- Federal crimes
Miami Beach Crime Information
Miami Beach is a coastal resort city that is separated from the city of Miami by Biscayne Bay. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 87,779 call Miami Beach home. The actual number of people in Miami Beach at any given time, however, is much higher because it is one of the most popular beach resorts in the country and there are tourists here throughout the year.
There are many different neighborhoods in South Beach, Mid Beach and North Beach and all of them are patrolled by the Miami Beach Police Department. Miami Beach has a fully accredited law enforcement agency that is located on Washington Avenue. According to City-Data.com, in the year 2011 there were four murders, 40 rapes, 370 robberies, 473 assaults, 1,171 burglaries, 7,838 thefts, 576 auto thefts and 19 cases of arson in Miami Beach. The United States Average crime index score is 307.5 while the City-Data crime index score of Miami Beach is 638.9.
Miami Beach Law Enforcement
All criminal convictions can result in serious consequences such as jail or prison time, heavy fines and the creation of a criminal record. A conviction for a sex offense, however, is particularly damaging if the penalties include mandatory registration as a sex offender. Individuals who are forced to register as a sexual predator or sex offender will have where they live and work restricted by the terms of their probation. They will also have their every move carefully monitored.
In the weeks leading up to Halloween in 2012, for example, the Miami-Dade County Sex Predator Enforcement Team increased its efforts to track registered offenders. According to local media reports, a special law enforcement task force spent weeks visiting the 2,000 offenders in the area. They made sure that individuals were adhering to the terms of their probation and reminded them that they are not allowed to give candy to children on Halloween Day. This is typical of the enforcement efforts local police agencies undertake to keep track of the area’s registered sex offenders.
Protecting Your Rights
Whether you are facing charges relating to a sex offense, a DUI, a drug crime or a violent crime, it is important that you exercise your right to remain silent. It would be in your best interest not to divulge any specific information about your case and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who will work diligently to protect your rights.
The knowledgeable Miami Beach criminal defense attorneys at Musca Law will review your case at absolutely no cost to you and help you understand the severity of the charges. We know that the stakes are extremely high in all criminal cases. Your reputation and future are on the line. Please contact us to find out how we can help you.