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It takes years of experience and refined legal skill to effectively defend clients from criminal charges. At Musca Law, our Florida criminal defense lawyers have over 150 years of combined legal experience and have established a track record of success in their field. Whether our clients need help navigating a traffic offense or sex crimes charges, our team of capable attorneys can provide legal guidance and aggressive defense. By getting to know our clients and working to understand their circumstances, we are able to effectively uphold their rights, represent their interests, and exploit any weaknesses in our opponents’ cases.
Call Musca Law at (800) 687-2252 to speak with an experienced Florida criminal defense attorney
With the help of Musca Law, our clients benefit from personal attention, helpful advice, and 24/7 availability for emergencies. We can walk you through what to expect in every step of your case. Musca Law offers comprehensive criminal defense services for clients throughout Florida. We have been featured on NBC News and FOX News for our exceptional representation.
What Are Criminal Cases?
Criminal cases are crimes against society rather than a dispute between individuals or organizations. For example, a person who drives drunk and is pulled over will be charged with a criminal case because they have created a dangerous situation for people in the community, their fellow drivers, by driving while intoxicated.
On the other hand, a person who is in a collision with another vehicle may be sued in civil court because another individual, the person in the other car, has been injured, rather than the community in general.
Some major crimes committed with individual victims, such as kidnapping, may be charged in criminal court due to their severity even though an individual has been victimized.
What Are the Main Differences Between Criminal and Civil Cases?
Some examples of criminal cases include murder, arson, aggravated assault, rape, kidnapping, selling illegal drugs, and drunk driving. Notice that all of these cases involve a threat to society.
Even though it might seem that murder and arson are much more of a threat to a community or society than crimes such as selling drugs or drunk driving, all of these crimes pose dangers to society to some degree.
Some examples of civil cases include being injured on the job (such as an injured worker suing their employer for creating a dangerous work situation), overbilling for services (such as a contractor charging more for installing kitchen countertops than agreed upon by the customer, or disputes between individuals (such as a neighbor stealing another neighbors’ lawnmower). Notice that in all of these cases, individuals or organizations such as businesses are involved, rather than society in general.
Other differences between civil and criminal cases include the way their trials take place. In a criminal case, the prosecutor, representing society, must prove the defendant’s guilt. The full burden of proof is on the government. In a civil case, a plaintiff (the person suing) takes the defendant (the person sued) to court. In civil cases, both parties must argue for their side.
What Are the Average Rates for Criminal Lawyers in Florida?
Criminal cases are complex; criminal lawyers may charge more than lawyers who handle civil cases. Depending on how the lawyer bills their clients, you should expect to pay a retainer of several thousand dollars and a $1,000-5,000 flat fee per case or, if they charge by the day or hour instead of a flat fee, around $1,000 per day or $100-$300 per hour.
If you’re convicted of a criminal case, you could possibly serve jail or prison time. An experienced criminal lawyer will prove they are worth their fee by fighting aggressively for your rights.
150+ Years of Collective Experience at Musca Law
At Musca Law, we’ve been around too long to think that emergencies only happen during office hours. We are available 24/7 to take our clients’ calls and to provide them with legal guidance when they need it. Additionally, for client convenience, we offer free case evaluations to get the process started.