North Miami Criminal Defense
Even the allegation of a crime can have a devastating impact on an individual. His or her reputation could be severely damaged. They may lose their job or professional license, their careers could be threatened, or livelihood taken away. It is important that every criminal case be examined and evaluated independently because each presents a unique set of factors affecting the preparation of its defense. You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side who will fight hard to protect your rights every step of the way.
The North Miami criminal defense lawyers at Musca Law take an aggressive, detailed-orientated approach to handle criminal cases in North Miami. We review all evidence obtained by the prosecution and help devise a solid defense strategy. 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
North Miami Crime Information
North Miami is a popular suburban city in the northeast portion of Miami-Dade County. It is located about 10 miles north of Miami on Biscayne Bay. The city is home to the North Miami campus of Johnson & Wales University and the Florida International University. It is also home to the largest urban park in Florida, the Oleta River State Park. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of North Miami is 58,786. According to City-data.com, there are nine murders, 35 rapes, 240 robberies, 321 assaults, 808 burglaries, 321 auto thefts and eight incidents of arson each year in North Miami. There are 30 registered sex offenders living in North Miami as well.
Miami-Dade police regularly crack down on drug crimes throughout the county. This is particularly true when there are large gatherings, concerts and festivals. Each year, for example, Miami-Dade police officers arrest dozens of individuals participating in the Ultra Music Festival, an annual electric music festival held every March. The festival coincides with the Winter Music Conference, also held in Miami. This area is culturally diverse and vibrant. Given the number of events and festivals that take place here, local law enforcement officials are always vigilant when it comes to cracking down on criminal activity.
Misdemeanors and Felonies
A crime may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on its nature and the severity of any injuries that result. Both felonies and misdemeanors can be crimes against people or property crimes. For example, driving under the influence where no one has been injured or no property has been damaged will be charged as a misdemeanor. However, when someone has been injured or killed, a DUI charge will be elevated to a felony. The penalties for misdemeanors and felonies differ as well.
Felony convictions usually involve at least a year in prison, hefty fines or both. Misdemeanor convictions result in probation, alternative sentencing such as community service and county jail time. In some felony cases such as those involving murder, a death penalty could be handed out or the defendant may be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Protecting Your Rights
If you have been arrested on suspicion of committing a crime in North Miami, it is important that you speak with an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, the skilled North Miami criminal defense attorneys at Musca Law will help protect your rights at each stage of the legal proceedings. We will review your case and help you achieve the best possible outcome. Please contact us today for a no-cost consultation and a comprehensive case assessment.