Sarasota City Criminal Defense
The City of Sarasota has many urban amenities while maintaining a small-town feel. It is a destination location for those who love outdoor activities such as sailing, fishing and boating as well as those who enjoy museums, galleries and locally owned shops. In addition to the land along the southwestern coast, there are a number of keys that are considered part of Sarasota, such as Lido Key and St. Armands Key. All residents of Sarasota are protected by a local police force.
If you or a loved one has been arrested in Sarasota County, it is important that you contact a defense lawyer who has recent experience handling similar cases in your area. You deserve an attorney who has working knowledge of the Sarasota County justice system. 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
Sarasota City Crime Information
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there were 51,917 people living in Sarasota City and that number grew to about 52,341 by 2011. The Sarasota Police Department works with the Sarasota County Sheriff Department to crack down on crime in Sarasota City. There are thousands of arrests made in Sarasota County each year and a number of them occur right in the City of Sarasota. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) reports that 16,373 arrests were made in Sarasota County in the year 2011. According to City-Data.com:
- There are 256 registered sex offenders living in Sarasota.
- In the year 2011, there were eight murders, 28 rapes, 172 robberies, 305 assaults, 698 burglaries, 2,414 thefts, 114 auto thefts and four arsons in Sarasota.
- There are 3.27 officers per 1,000 residents
- The City-Data crime index of Sarasota is 497.3, which is considerably higher than the U.S. average crime index of 319.1.
The Immediate Consequences of Being Arrested
With the growing popularity of social media, word of your arrest can travel quickly. Long before you get a chance to defend yourself in court, your neighbors, friends and coworkers may have already discussed your situation. Your reputation and social standing may have taken a hit. The circumstances of your case will also affect how long you will be held before a court date is set and what legal options are available to you. It is important to contact an attorney right away because the consequences of a criminal conviction can be severe.
The Consequences of a Conviction
Even a first-time offender facing misdemeanor charges can face up to a year in jail. A conviction for a felony can result in years of incarceration in a state prison. A conviction will also typically result in heavy fines and a lengthy probation. Other potential consequences include the loss of a professional license, fewer employment opportunities in the future, community service, mandatory rehabilitation or counseling and driver’s license suspension. Those convicted of sex crimes must deal with the requirement to register as a sex offender as well. These individuals face severe residency restrictions and often times struggle to reintegrate into their communities even after serving time in prison.
Fighting the Charges
At Musca Law, our Sarasota defense attorneys provide no-cost consultations on all criminal cases. We can review your case and help you determine your best legal options. It may be possible to fight the charges or to have the penalties reduced. We will put our years of experience to work for you. Please contact us today to find out how we can help.