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DUI & Criminal Defense Law Firm in Clearwater, FL

Clearwater Office
13575 58th Street North, Suite 200
Clearwater, FL 33760 - 3721
Phone: 727-480-9675

Clearwater Criminal Defense

Clearwater is renown for its natural beauty and outdoor activities. It was incorporated in 1891 and has grown into one of the largest cities in Pinellas County. In the event you or a loved one has been arrested on suspicion of a crime in Clearwater, you will need an attorney who will aggressively fight for your rights and strive to protect your best interests. An arrest in Clearwater may temporarily hurt your reputation, but a conviction that results in the creation of a criminal record could definitely impact you negatively for the rest of your life.

All criminal convictions result in penalties that could have serious repercussions. A knowledgeable attorney will know how to evaluate the charges and defend against the criminal allegations. At Musca Law, our criminal defense lawyers handle all state and federal crimes, felonies and misdemeanors, including, but not limited to:

Information about Clearwater

The city of Clearwater is located west of Tampa and northwest of St. Petersburg along the Gulf of Mexico. It is a beautiful city that thrives on tourism because of its beaches, events, and attractions. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Clearwater has a population of 107,685. It is the seat of Pinellas County and a part of the Tampa Bay Area.

Crime in Clearwater

The residents of Clearwater are under the watchful eye of the Clearwater police force and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department. Local law enforcement is known for using community policing and a proactive approach to crime prevention. With their 231 sworn police officers, they are the third largest law enforcement agency in Pinellas County.

Crime has decreased in Clearwater over the past four years. According to the 2012 Police Brochure, forcible sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, larceny, burglary and motor vehicle thefts decreased by 3.6 percent over the past year. The biggest drop was in robbery, which was down 25.7 percent. Crime rates are based on the number of crimes per 100 residents. To reduce crime, the Clearwater Police Department uses an approach they call “predictive policing.” This means that they focus on areas that are known to be problematic. They zero in on crime trends and hotspots all over the city and target those areas.

What to do After an Arrest

If you have been arrested in Clearwater, in addition to experiencing a great deal of stress and fear, you may have a number of questions. What you can tell with certainty is that police and prosecutors will do everything in their power to build a case against you. It would be in your best interest to remain polite, but decline to talk to them until your attorney is present. Remember, whatever you say or do after your arrest can and will be used against you during your trial. Police are looking for statements that appear inconsistent, behavior that makes you look bad before a jury or words that can be self-incriminating. All of this could seriously hurt your case. This is why it is critical to contact an attorney before you speak with the authorities.

Protecting Your Rights

At Musca Law, our goal is to help resolve your case with the best possible outcome in a timely manner. Our legal defense team, in addition to getting acquittals, has come up with many solutions including reduced charges and penalties and alternative sentencing. We are always prepared to take your case before a judge or to a jury trial and fight the charges with all our resources. It is important that you choose an attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable. The stakes are usually much higher in criminal cases. Please contact our offices to schedule your free consultation today.

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