North Port Criminal Defense
If you have been arrested on suspicion of committing a crime in North Port, you may have a number of questions at this point. Perhaps you are worried about the penalties you will face and how they will affect your future. You may feel stressed out about potentially losing your job or being ostracized by your colleagues and friends. In addition to social repercussions there may be serious criminal consequences such as jail or prison time, probation, hefty fines and a mark on your criminal record.
The Musca Law criminal defense lawyers in North Port are dedicated to providing our clients with assistance and guidance at every step of their legal proceedings. We have the resources and criminal law expertise it takes to handle different types of cases. 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
Crimes and Law Enforcement in North Port
North Port was originally incorporated as North Port Charlotte until 1974 when it simply became North Port to separate it from nearby Port Charlotte. It is a rapidly growing municipality with a number of large residential subdivisions. There were only 22,797 people living in North Port as of 2000. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 55,759 people called North Port home.
North Port has its own police force, which is located on City Hall Boulevard. According to a survey conducted by the North Port Police Department, more than 80 percent of the city’s residents say they feel safe. The city also boasts fewer than four crimes (against persons) for every 1,000 residents and less than 32 property crimes for every 1,000 residents. According to the North Port Uniform Crime Report, there was one homicide, four sex offenses, five robberies, 21 aggravated assaults, 80 burglaries, 214 larcenies and eight auto thefts in the year 2012.
During traffic stops, North Port officers and deputies with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department regularly look for signs of impairment and evidence of illegal activity. When they suspect that drugs are hidden in a vehicle, they either have to receive consent or obtain a warrant or have a reason for stopping the vehicle prior to searching it. For example, in a recent incident, deputies arrested a 43-year-old North Port man after finding 160 Oxycodone pills in his vehicle. Local media reports state that the man in this case was stopped for a seatbelt violation. Officials then searched his vehicle and found the Oxycodone pills, which are a controlled dangerous substance. These types of traffic stops and arrests are quite common in North Port.
Protecting Your Rights
The consequences of a criminal conviction can be severe and long-term, regardless of whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony. You could face incarceration, heavy fines, probation, license suspension and a loss of your civil liberties. The penalties for a felony are considerably more substantial than for a misdemeanor, but all convictions have the potential to cost you – emotionally, personally and professionally.
When facing criminal charges, it is crucial to quickly get in touch with a knowledgeable defense attorney and before discussing your case with the authorities. Although officials may act cordial and eager to help, it is important to understand that their motivation is to strengthen their case against you. If you have been arrested in North Port, politely decline to answer any questions until your attorney is by your side. What you say or do after your arrest can and will be used against you during the trial. Please contact us today for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.