St. Petersburg Criminal Defense
St. Petersburg is the fourth most populous city in Florida. St. Petersburg is a very popular tourist destination that is located on a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. St. Petersburg gained popularity as a retirement destination, but the population has become younger in recent years with the city’s vibrant arts scene. St. Petersburg has an accredited police department, which employs about 545 sworn officers and 212 civilian support staff.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of a crime in St. Petersburg, you will need an attorney capable of defending your best interests and legal rights. There are harsh consequences for criminal convictions in Pinellas County and you could face jail or prison time as well as many other serious penalties. 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
Crime in St. Petersburg
The St. Petersburg Police Department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) as well as by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). According to the 2011 Annual Report:
- The Investigative Services Bureau conducted 675 investigations including 21 homicides and cases of aggravated assault, suicide, arson, bomb treats, false imprisonment and kidnapping.
- The Crimes Against Property Division handled 3,412 residential and commercial burglaries and 847 auto thefts.
- The St. Petersburg Mounted Unit made 243 arrests.
- The DUI Unit made 742 arrests in 2011.
- The Street Crimes Section of the department issued 1,661 citations and made 1,746 arrests with 1,108 categorized narcotics offenses.
How To Protect Your Rights
While it is important to be polite and appear cooperative, it is not advisable to discuss the specifics of your case without an attorney present. It is common for officers to engage suspects in so-called casual conversation in the hopes that he or she will admit guilt and say something that could hurt his or her case. It is important not to take the bait and to remain silent. Simply provide your name and request to speak with your attorney. A St. Petersburg defense attorney will guide you through the process and ensure that your rights are protected.
Reviewing Your Case
Your St. Petersburg defense attorney will review every aspect of your case, including how evidence was obtained, the motives of the alleged victim, the specific charges you face, your criminal history and the potential legal options available. In some cases, it is advisable to aggressively fight the charges in court. In other circumstances, it is in the best interest of the defendant to negotiate for reduced penalties. There are typically more options available for individuals who are first-time offenders and those who have been charged with a nonviolent offense.
Get the Help You Need
If you are convicted of a crime in St. Petersburg, it is likely that you will potential jail time and hefty fines and court fees. Even misdemeanor offenses can result in up to a year in jail. Individuals convicted of drunk driving will have their license suspended and they may have to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles. If you are convicted of drug offenses, you will likely have to attend treatment programs in addition to incarceration. If you have been convicted of a sex crime, you may have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
Learn about your legal options, strategize an effective plan and pursue the best possible outcome by calling the St. Petersburg defense team at Musca Law. Please contact us today for a free and comprehensive consultation.