Dade City Criminal Defense
Criminal charges can result in serious consequences including time in jail or prison, loss of civil rights, deportation, substantial fines, loss of parental rights and employment termination. For an individual facing such charges, a defense attorney’s counsel will prove invaluable with his or her experience, knowledge, skills and resources. The attorney will immediately work toward to protecting his or her client against any and all potentially devastating consequences stemming from the charges. Anyone who is currently under investigation or has been arrested needs an attorney with a wealth of experience handling all types of criminal cases. The attorney must have knowledge of the laws that apply to your particular case and the skill to negotiate with the prosecution.
When you hire an experienced defense lawyer, you are in fact taking a crucial step toward protecting your rights. 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
Dade City Crime Information
The annual Kumquat Festival is hosted in downtown Dade City, but the locally grown citrus is only one of many reasons why people visit. Others enjoy the historic buildings, such as the Pasco County Courthouse, the Crescent Theatre and the Hugh Embry Library. Dade City began as Fort Dade in the 1870s and was named the seat of Pasco County in 1887. Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Dade City is 6,437.
The Dade City Police Station is located on Pasco Avenue. According to City-data.com, there were three reported rapes, eight robberies, 43 assaults, 113 burglaries, 245 thefts, 11 auto thefts and three incidents of arsons in Dade City in the year 2011. Government databases show that 75 residents of Dade City are registered sex offenders. This means that approximately one out of every 96 residents of Dade City has been convicted of at least one serious sex crime.
DUI Checkpoints in Dade City
In an effort to prevent impaired driving accidents in Dade City, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Department has created the Selective Traffic Enforcement Patrol (STEP). It is a specialized group of law enforcement officers who are dedicated to cracking down on drunk driving. According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s official website, 912 people were arrested for drunk driving in Pasco County in the year 2009. Officials with STEP state that a conviction for drunk driving in Dade City can cost up to $8,000, which includes fines, fees and lost wages.
Consequences of a Conviction
A criminal conviction has serious consequences. Even misdemeanors, which are considered relatively “minor” offenses, are punishable by up to one year in jail. Felony convictions in Florida can result in years in prison and some crimes, particularly sex crimes and violent crimes, carry lifetime sentences. Additional penalties associated with criminal convictions in Dade City include fines, restitution, loss of driver’s license, mandatory counseling, treatment programs and significant probation terms that have an impact on your liberties and privileges.
Beyond the legal penalties, a conviction for a misdemeanor or felony in Dade City can have a profound professional and personal effect. Families can get torn apart and having a record can make it difficult to get into school, find gainful employment or obtain a loan.
Fight for Your Future
The criminal defense attorneys at Musca Law have a long history of handling different types of criminal cases in Dade City. We know that the stakes are extremely high in criminal cases. If you or a loved one has been arrested on suspicion of committing a crime in Dade City, please contact our offices for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.