Chipley Criminal Defense
If you have been arrested on suspicion of a crime in Chipley, it is important that you fully understand the consequences of the penalties you face. Even a misdemeanor conviction can result in up to a year in jail and a fine of $1,000. The penalties for a felony charge are considerably more severe. In such a situation, taking a proactive approach and contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney is vital to the result of your case.
When you have been arrested on suspicion of a crime, your life, career, reputation and future hang in the balance. You need an attorney who will fight to protect your legal rights and your best interests. The defense team at Musca Law offers free consultations to anyone facing criminal charges in Chipley. 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
Chipley Crime Information
The City of Orange was renamed Chipley in 1882 after William Dudley Chipley, a Florida state senator. It is the seat of Washington County and home to the Washington County Courthouse. Residents enjoy outdoor activities at Blue Lake Park near I-10 and Highway 77. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Chipley is 3,605.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is located on Jackson Avenue in Chipley. There were no murders, rapes or cases of arson in Chipley in the year 2011, but City-data.com reports that there were three robberies, 13 assaults, 11 burglaries, 70 thefts and four auto thefts during that year. Government databases show that there were 44 registered sex offenders living in Chipley.
Drug Crimes in Chipley
The Washington County Drug Task Force has a track record of carrying out drug busts in Chipley. In one recent sweep, 15 Washington County residents were arrested. According to a WCTV news report, the 15 local residents were arrested on a number of different charges including possession, possession with intent to sell and drug manufacturing. One of the most publicized arrests that resulted from this sweep involved a man who was allegedly selling synthetic marijuana out of the Chipley gas station he managed.
Misdemeanors and Felonies
Crimes in Florida are broadly classified as misdemeanor and felony offenses. Misdemeanors and felonies are further categorized depending on the nature of the crime. For example, the maximum penalty for a second-degree misdemeanor is 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. A first-degree misdemeanor can result in up to one year in jail and a fine of $1,000.
All felony crimes in Florida can result in several years of incarceration. A third-degree felony, for example, is punishable by five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. A second-degree felony can result in up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. A felony of the first-degree can result in 30 years in prison. For the most violent and serious crimes such as murder, individuals may even face the death sentence or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Following your Arrest
If you have been arrested, there are several steps you would be well advised to immediately take in order to preserve your rights. It would be in the arrestee’s best interest to remain courteous to the arresting officer, but to not divulge any specific information about the case. What you do or say after your arrest can and will be used against you. It is also important to remember that most police departments record the arrest and any interviews they conduct.
Do not answer questions or make statements to officials without a defense attorney at your side. At Musca Law, we ensure that your constitutional rights are protected and that you have all the information you need to make important decisions relating to your case. If you have been arrested or charged with a crime in Chipley, please contact us for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.