Miami Criminal Defense
Being arrested in Miami can certainly prove unnerving. If this is your first time dealing with the criminal justice system in Miami-Dade County, you are likely worried about your future and concerned about the penalties you face. It is absolutely vital to your case to immediately contact an experienced attorney who can provide you with answers to your questions and address your concerns about potential consequences.
Understanding the nuances and the complexities of the criminal justice system can certainly be daunting. You need a lawyer who will do everything possible to ensure that your rights and best interests are protected. A skilled Miami criminal defense lawyer can guide you through the complex process and help you understand the strategies that can be utilized to obtain the best possible outcome in your case. At Musca Law, our Miami 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
Miami Crime Information
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Miami has 399,457 residents. However, the Miami Police Department estimates that the city has a daytime population of one million people due to the number of people who work and visit this vibrant city. According to the 2011 City of Miami Police Department Annual Report:
- The Intelligence and Terrorism Unit conducted 36 investigations and made 24 arrests.
- The Narcotics Unit conducted 70 investigations, made 260 arrests and seized close to $47 million in U.S. currency. If you are a first-time offender, there may be legal options available that help you avoid jail time and other devastating penalties.
- The Crime Suppression Unit is tasked with stopping the sale of narcotics and with cracking down on prostitution. They made 947 felony arrests and 744 misdemeanor arrests.
- The Tactical Robbery Unit made 434 felony arrests and 390 misdemeanor arrests in their pursuit of getting violent offenders off the streets.
- The Felony Apprehension Team made 404 felony arrests. During that same year, 46 percent of the offenders were accused of committing homicide, robbery, sexual battery and/or felony domestic violence.
- The Gang / Juvenile Unit investigated 17 gangs and made 316 felony arrests and 147 misdemeanor arrests. There are particularly stringent punishments reserved for gang-related activity.
- The Traffic Crash Investigations Unit handled 36 fatalities.
- The Domestic Violence Unit received 3,415 cases and made 15.6 percent more arrests than in the previous year.
- The Special Victims Unit received 153 sexual battery cases. The SVU determined that 15 cases were determined to be unfounded and 114 were cleared.
Fighting for Your Rights
If you are among the many Miami residents who are arrested each day, it is important that you politely request an attorney and exercise your right to remain silent. There are serious consequences for criminal convictions in Miami-Dade County, and if you talk to an officer without a lawyer by your side, you could jeopardize your case.
It is helpful to contact a Miami defense attorney as soon as you are aware that you are under investigation. Your lawyer will act quickly to gather the proper evidence that is needed to build your defense, including police reports, videos, 911 calls and witness statements. It may be possible to prevent charges from being filed or to even prevent your arrest.
The law says that every defendant is innocent until proven guilty and the burden of proof in all criminal cases rests on the prosecution. It is not your job to prove that you are innocent. It is the prosecutor’s job to prove that you are guilty. At Musca Law, we are committed to protecting our clients’ Constitutional rights. Please contact us today to find out how we can help you.