South Beach Criminal Defense
If you have been charged with a crime in South Beach, you will need a tenacious and experienced defense attorney on your side. Facing criminal charges can be a frightening and overwhelming experience. You may worry about serving time in jail. You could lose your job. Your neighbors, coworkers and friends may never see you in the same light. A criminal conviction can turn your entire world upside down.
You need a lawyer who fully understands the criminal justice system and who has a proven track record of successfully handling all types of criminal cases. The knowledgeable criminal defense team at Musca Law is here to help. We 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
South Beach Crime Information
South Beach in Indian River County is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by St Lucie County, on the west by the Indian River Lagoon and on the north by Vero Beach. South Beach is less than seven square miles large with over four square miles of water. The Indian River County Sheriff’s Department investigates all types of crimes in South Beach. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports that there were 6,108 arrests made in Indian River County in the year 2011. That is a 9.3 percent decrease from the previous year. Reported crimes in Indian River County for the year 2011 included five murders, 50 forcible sex offenses, 82 robberies, 313 aggravated assaults, 1,107 burglaries and 2,742 larcenies.
Law Enforcement in Indian River County
The Indian River County Sheriff’s Department works with other law enforcement agencies to routinely crack down on drug and other crimes in the area. Residents in South Beach who are investigated and arrested for drug crimes can expect to face the maximum punishment allowed by law.
In a recent Indian River County drug bust, law enforcement officers executed six search warrants and made four arrests. According to the official Indian River County Sheriff media release, investigators seized 10 firearms, four grams of marijuana, five grams of crack cocaine, 15.2 grams of Mathylone and drug paraphernalia. These types of enforcement activities and sting operations are usually the result of lengthy investigations.
If You are Under Investigation
If you are under investigation for a crime in South Beach, you could experience aggressive police tactics that attempt to gather evidence against you. It is important to not speak to anyone about the investigation or the details of your case without your attorney present. Be polite and cordial to the officers and investigators at all times, but decline to answer any questions that pertain to the specifics of your case. Regardless of the demeanor of the authorities, remember that any information they get from you in this manner can and will be used against you during the trial. Please remember the stakes here are extremely high, with penalties for felony offenses being considerably greater than that for misdemeanor offenses. A criminal conviction typically leads to severe consequences including, incarceration, heavy fines, probation, license suspension, residency restrictions, and a loss of your civil liberties.
Protecting Your Rights
You may be encouraged by police officers to enter a plea or to help their investigation. It is important to not make any of these important decisions without first considering all of your options. It may be possible to fight the charges, have the penalties dropped or to negotiate for alternative sentencing. The experienced South Beach criminal defense attorneys at Musca Law have a long history of handling all types of criminal cases. Please contact us today for a free and comprehensive consultation. We are here to help you.