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Sarasota Criminal Lawyers

Whether you have become the target of a law enforcement investigation or you have been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony, knowledge constitutes the most powerful tool to protect your future. This knowledge includes understanding your legal rights, the benefits of representation from experienced Sarasota criminal defense lawyers, and the importance of exercising your right to “remain silent” and your right to counsel. A significant number of individuals currently residing in Florida jails and prisons did not follow these simple principles when dealing with criminal charges.

Many people make a difficult situation worse by trying to “give their side of the story” to law enforcement officers and prosecutors. While investigators might try to persuade you that “honesty is the best policy,” the police and prosecutor are interested in evidence that can be used to build a criminal prosecution rather than any abstract notion of “the truth.” Since your interrogators mostly likely have no concern for your best interests, you should promptly and unequivocally assert your desire not to answer any questions until your Sarasota criminal defense attorney is present to advise you.

Drunk Driving Defense in Sarasota

The phrase “drunk driving” often is used to describe the criminal offense of driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or above or “exercising control” of a motor vehicle while your physical or mental skills are impaired by drugs or alcohol. The crime is formally referred to as “driving under the influence” (DUI) under Florida Statutes, Section 316.193.

DUI Lawyers in Sarasota [Florida Statute 316.193]

The penalties associated with even a first offense of DUI can be significant, and these consequences increase dramatically if a person has prior convictions. The penalties for a 1st DUI offense with a BAC between .08 and .15 include:

  • Misdemeanor record
  • Maximum of six months of incarceration
  • Fine between $250-$500
  • Driver’s license suspension of 6 months to a year
  • 10-day vehicle impoundment
  • DUI school
  • Maximum of fifty hours of community service

Enhancements for a BAC above .15 include:

  • Maximum of 9 months of incarceration
  • $1,000 to $2,000 fine
  • Mandatory installation of Interlock Ignition Device on all vehicles

While these consequences are significant and will increase based on prior convictions or certain facts that justify enhanced penalties, seasoned and proven Sarasota DUI defense attorneys can defend you in many ways, such as:

  • Challenging the legal basis for pulling over your vehicle
  • Exposing the inherent unreliability of Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs)
  • Revealing the officer’s failure to comply with required procedures in administering FSTs and/or chemical tests
  • Attacking the accuracy of the officer’s observations of you during the stop
  • Revealing facts like a low carb diet, GERD, or vomiting that could impact the results of a breath test
  • Arguing that your BAC was under .08 when you were stopped but rose above this level by the time of your chemical test (Rising BAC Defense)

These are just a few of the defenses that we might employ because the precise defense will depend on your specific situation and charges. Some of the DUI-related cases we defend include:

Sarasota Domestic Violence Attorneys

The legal term “domestic violence” refers to many types of offenses that involve force or the threat of force or inflicting injury by one member of a family or household against another. See Florida Statutes, Section 741.28. Conduct that falls within Florida’s domestic violence statute includes:

  • False Imprisonment
  • Sexual Assault
  • Stalking
  • Battery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Assault
  • Other Crimes Resulting in Physical Injury

These offenses constitute domestic violence when they occur between the following parties:

  • Persons related by marriage or blood
  • Parents of a child
  • Spouses (current or former)
  • Individuals residing together as a family (currently or previously)

Domestic Violence Defense in Sarasota

Along with jail time, mandatory participation in a batterer’s intervention program, and probation, an individual facing allegations of domestic violence can be subject to an injunction or restraining order. Violation of these protective orders will result in additional charges and penalties. Further, these types of protective orders could impact your career by limiting your ability to obtain a security clearance and your legal rights regarding firearms.

The Importance of Hiring an Experienced Domestic Violence Lawyer in Sarasota

While domestic violence is an important issue, the powerful impact of domestic violence allegations and related injunctions can make such allegations a weapon subject to abuse. If you are involved in a divorce or child custody case, the opposing party might raise false allegations with almost no notice. Despite the unfairness of this process, the complaining witness might receive exclusive possession of your joint residence, sole custody of your children, or a significant advantage in your child custody dispute. Our Sarasota criminal defense lawyers recognize such nefarious motives and work diligently to expose false allegations and improper motivations.

Sarasota, Florida Sex Offender Registration

Any individual accused of a sex crime must navigate more than the standard types of criminal penalties like jail/prison, fines, mandatory education or counseling, probation, and a criminal record. Because life sometimes imitates art, a sex offense now comes with a “Scarlet Letter.” If you are charged with this type of offense in Florida, you usually must submit to sex offender registration, which could permanently limit your employment, personal relationships, and residential options. Because of these long-term hardships stemming from the conviction of a sexual offense and the devastating impact on an accused’s reputation, skilled and experienced legal representation by a proven criminal defense law firm in Sarasota should be a top priority.

While every case will be unique based on the charge, identity of the alleged victim, and surrounding circumstances, some defense strategies your lawyer might employ include:

  • Exposing faulty witness identifications
  • Revealing fabrications by the complaining witness
  • Uncovering lab errors and contamination of physical evidence
  • Seeking exclusion of incriminating statements
  • Demonstrating the prosecutor has failed to prove every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt

Our Sarasota Sex Crime Defense Attorneys Can Help You With The Following Case Types:

Sarasota Criminal Defense Attorneys

Our attorneys focus on passionately defending the legal rights and liberty of individuals charged with these offenses and other sex crimes. We recognize the damaging impact of sex offender registration and utilize thorough investigation, insightful analysis of the facts, up to the minute legal research, and skilled advocacy to defend our clients.
We have over 150 years combined experience defending people accused of the state and federal crimes listed above and the full spectrum of narcotics offenses, property crimes, financial crimes, serious traffic offenses, violent crimes, and organized crime. We also handle the following offenses and more:

Our Sarasota criminal defense lawyers are dedicated to fiercely defending the liberty, reputation, and future of individuals facing criminal allegations or charges in state and federal courts.


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The steps you take following a criminal charge are crucial. Make sure you take those steps with the right legal team on your side. Our Miami criminal defense lawyers are passionate, caring, and understanding. We are ready to go above and beyond to defend your name and your freedoms.

Request a free consultation with Musca Law today when you call (941) 909-3234.

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