Dedicated Vero Beach Criminal Defense Attorneys
Once you become aware that there are criminal charges pending against you in the state of Florida, one of the most important decisions that you will make will be which criminal defense attorney to hire. This choice is critical and it is imperative that you choose a criminal defense attorney who will defend your best interests and who has a proven track record of successful outcomes to criminal cases. This choice can make the difference between paying an exorbitant amount of fines and serving a lengthy sentence in a state prison or having the charges reduced or possibly completely dropped altogether.
The legal defense team at Musca Law is dedicated to preserving your freedom and clearing your good name. Our attorneys are focused and experienced. If you have been arrested or are the focus of an ongoing criminal investigation, then you need to take advantage of our free consultation. Acting quickly is going to be vital to the success of your case. Call us today!
Criminal Defense Lawyers in Vero Beach
Because our law firm has represented people charged with a broad spectrum of serious traffic violations, misdemeanors, and felonies, we have the background, expertise, and resources to handle virtually all federal and state court crimes. Some examples of the types of offenses we handle include:
- DUI (Drunk Driving Related Offenses)
- Violent Offenses
- DUI Manslaughter
- White Collar Financial Crimes
- Domestic Violence Offenses
- State and Federal Drug Crimes
- Sexual Offenses
- Child Pornography
- Property/Theft Crimes
- RICO & Organized Crime Charges
According to reports from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida sees an average of 115,000 drug-related arrests every single year. Most of these arrests pertain to lower level drug crimes, such as possession charges and charges for paraphernalia.
Just like any other state, drug crimes in Florida are classified as either felonies or misdemeanors. There are, however, some counties in Florida where certain possession charges are considered to be civil infractions and are handled accordingly.
Our Vero Beach criminal defense attorneys have defended a lot of clients accused of this very thing and seen very successful outcomes. We make use of legal maneuvers that range from questioning whether or not a traffic stop and subsequent search and seizure methods were legal to debating convenient terms in your plea bargain.
The penalty that you receive for a drug crime charge is subject to a wide array of circumstances, such as whether an alleged distribution or sale really took place, the classification of the drug in question, and the amount of the drug involved. If you have any previous criminal convictions on your record, those will also play a role in the outcome of your case. Receiving a guilty verdict for an offense of drug trafficking can end in 20 years in prison, but even a conviction of a much smaller crime has the ability to change your life completely, and not for the better. A criminal conviction, especially a felony, will not only negatively impact your finances and your personal freedom but also the number of basic options that you have available to you such as education, employment, and housing for a long time to come. At Musca Law, we work tirelessly in an effort to reduce the negative impacts that these allegations could have on the rest of your life.
Annual reports handed down by The Florida Law Enforcement Department records that roughly 32,000 arrests take place each year of people who are driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. It is important to remember that an arrest will not automatically lead to your conviction for the crime. With the aid of an experienced criminal lawyer in Vero Beach, you will be likely to avoid the harshest of these outcomes, possibly even dodging a conviction altogether.
Florida state law forbids both of the following:
- “Driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance or any controlled substance to the extent one’s normal faculties are impaired”
- “Driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 0.08 grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath”
Scientific analysis to determine someone’s blood alcohol level is normally accomplished by the use of either a breathalyzer test or by taking a sample of their blood. Both of these methods have their individual checkered pasts of statutory and technological issues. Moreover, what qualifies as “impairment” can be subjective, especially in the event that there isn’t any physical data to support the drunk driving allegations. This allows plenty of wiggle room for the law to be challenged where a charge of DUI is involved, in addition to the possibility of unlawful police stops and illegal search/seizure.
DUI crimes pertaining to death and injury as the result of a drunk driving accident are particularly pressing. They carry mandatory time in state prison. On top of that, if you make the decision to abandon the site of an accident fatality, even if your level of intoxication cannot be established, you will certainly face a minimum of a four-year compulsory prison sentence just as if you had committed DUI vehicular manslaughter.
Property and Theft Crimes
Property and theft crimes are one of the single most frequently charged crimes in Florida. The defense attorneys for theft and property crimes at Musca Law are dedicated to assisting our clients in securing the most desirable outcome to their case as possible.
The word “theft” envelops an entire spectrum of criminal acts, ranging from minor to incredibly severe. Florida law broadly defines theft as having occurred when somebody knowingly uses, takes, attempts to use or take the personal property of someone else with the intention of permanently stripping the rightful owner of the property or securing that property for the use of a person to whom it is not entitled.
Alongside the central theft law which covers petty theft, grand theft, larceny, and embezzlement, various other laws cover other crimes that are theft-related. For instance robbery, burglary, credit card fraud, carjacking, retail theft, shoplifting, and retail theft. The seriousness of a theft charge in the state of Florida will be contingent on the value of the stolen property, the kind of property that was stolen, how many offenders were involved in the theft, and whether or not the offender has any previous criminal convictions. Fines may be raised and prison sentences may be extended if the theft included taking the stolen property with the threat of the use of a firearm, by force, or by a gang.
According to the law, a theft charge must have very damning evidence in order to prove your guilt. A seasoned defense lawyer from Vero beach will be able to help you dispute these allegations in a successful manner.
Being accused of a sex crime is undoubtedly one of the most disparaging things that can happen to you. Understandably, as the accused you are anxious to clear your good name, however, the repercussions of speaking with law enforcement without a sex crimes defense attorney present can be very damaging to your case in any circumstances.
Even though the American justice system is supposed to believe in your innocence until you are proven guilty, this is almost never the case with sex crimes allegations hanging over your head. The alleged victims of the supposed sex crime are afforded believability, more often than not, while prosecuting attorneys and police detectives go after these cases in a very aggressive manner. Sex crime charges include being accused of rape, sex crimes against a minor, neglecting to report that you are a convicted sex offender, prostitution, harassment/stalking, the distribution or ownership of pornographic material featuring children, pimping, lewd or lascivious battery, and human trafficking.
Florida sex crimes attorneys from Musca Law understand that even when you are up against a pile of convincing evidence, legal options are always available to you to help alleviate the hardship. Our primary goal is always the dismissal of all your charges. Failing that, we will strive diligently towards the dismissal of specific offenses or do our best to achieve a decreased sentence. It is essential that your sex crime charges are reduced to the least possible offense under Florida law because not only will that keep you from being legally required to register as a sex offender or a sexual predator, but it would also prevent you from being subject to the Jimmy Ryce Act, where you must go before a panel of people who assess those regarded as sexually violent and decide if they are likely to commit further sex crimes.
Our sex crimes criminal defense attorneys at our Vero Beach office will aggressively and skillfully protect all of our clients from the unseemly allegations of sexually based crimes. Offenders in Florida sex crimes cases need to have a qualified and highly determined defense attorney in their corner at all times until the matter has been resolved.
White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes, according to Florida law, are crimes that include the “commission or conspiracy to commit any felony theft or fraud.” White collar crimes received their name because they are most commonly associated with those in corporate professions. These crimes, however, are usually a tad more complex than your average run-of-the-mill street robbery that is accomplished by simply grabbing what you want. White collar crimes also usually involve a far greater amount of money than any home burglary or smash and grab job.
White collar crimes are unlawful acts such as counterfeiting, forgery, passing bad checks, racketeering, taking advantage of the disabled or the elderly, insurance fraud, offenses involving financial transactions, extortion, embezzlement, and pyramid schemes. They often require the aid of high-level technology, and prosecutors and law enforcement attack these types of cases very aggressively. Aggravated white collar crimes are crimes that involve more than one offense, 10 or more elderly targets, 20 or more assorted victims, or a subdivision or agency of the United States government.
It is important to keep in mind that simply because someone was not subjected to bodily harm during the commission of a crime that is considered white collar, it does not imply you cannot serve time in prison. The majority of white-collar crime offenders are looking at anywhere from five to 30 long years in Florida state prison. Even more in certain cases. Sentencing guidelines vary greatly and will largely rely on the sort of crime that you committed, how much money was stolen, the number of victims affected, and whether or not you already have a criminal history. Not receiving a guilty verdict is our main goal in cases involving white-collar crimes. In the event that there is a substantial amount of evidence against you, this might mean arranging a plea bargain for a reduction in your criminal charges and therefore a reduction in your penalties as well. You will need to have a defense attorney in Vero Beach who is skilled in handling these types of extremely complex and time-consuming cases, and who has previously worked with the other people who will be involved in your case, such as law enforcement, judges, and prosecutors. Our 150 years of collective experience at Musca Law have demonstrated repeated, positive outcomes for our clients, making Musca Law and its team of criminal defense attorneys a commonly relied on and trusted law firm in criminal defense in the state of Florida.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense in the Vero Beach County area, you are going to need an experienced Florida criminal defense attorney working tirelessly on your behalf. At Musca Law, we have those attorneys. Call us today for a free, no-obligation confidential legal consultation. The criminal defense attorneys here at Musca Law in Vero Beach are able to fully prepare you for the difficulties that you have ahead of you and help you to realize the possible outcomes of your specific situation.
During this free consultation, we will begin to build a defensive strategy for you. We will create one that is focused on getting your charges dropped or if it looks like that won’t be doable, working our hardest to get your charges reduced to more minor criminal charges. Your criminal defense attorney will also be responsible for explaining to you any mitigating and/or aggravating factors that we become aware of while we are diligently working on your case. If it starts to look as though a guilty verdict is unavoidable, then we will work with the prosecutors to obtain a plea agreement that will reduce the potential penalties that you are facing. Go ahead and give us a call at (888) 484-5057 as soon as possible.