St. Johns County Criminal Defense Attorneys
When you are accused of a crime, the future quality of life of both you and your family are placed at high risk. This experience can be extremely overwhelming and can leave you feeling powerless. That is why it is important to be backed by a highly skilled attorney, particularly one who is equipped in handling some of the most complicated cases. Criminal defense law firm Taylor & Taylor has a legal team with more than 40 years of combined experience. The firm handles cases relating to a broad spectrum of crimes, whether they are misdemeanors or felonies. The firm can also handles cases that are heard at both the state and federal levels.
Taylor & Taylor is not just any criminal defense law firm. It is able to take some of the most complex cases since it is one of the few firms in Florida that is equipped to handle
death-penalty cases and death-row inmate post-conviction motions. If you are looking for legal counsel that has the appropriate level of experience to properly handle your case, you should turn to Taylor & Taylor. The attorneys at the firm have tried hundreds of cases since 1978, with a high percentage of those cases resulting in "not guilty" verdicts. The firm serves clients throughout St. Johns County in Florida.
Crime in St. Johns County
St. Johns County covers 608 square miles in northeast Florida. The city of St. Augustine serves as its county seat. The county's population has grown dramatically over the past 30 years, having increased from 51,303 in 1980 to 190,039 in 2010, according to the county's website. The county is expected to reach a population of 219,957 by 2015. St. Johns County has been recognized as one of the fastest growing counties in Florida through 2010, with a growth rate of 54.3 percent between the years of 2000 and 2010.
From 2010 to 2011, arrests for crimes decreased while the total number of index offenses—or the total number of crimes as reported to law enforcement—increased, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. (The index offenses include murder, sexual offense, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.) There were 4,594 arrests in St. Johns County in 2011 compared to 4,659 arrests in 2010, representing a decrease of 1.4 percent, according to the department's crime statistics. Total crimes reported rose to 5,322 in 2011 from 5,134 in 2010, representing a 3.7 percent increase.
For reported crimes, the rate for violent offenses per 100,000 people dropped by 2.5 percent while the rate for nonviolent offenses remained flat. This created a total crime index decrease of 0.3 percent. Nationwide, the rates for violent crime and property crime have been experiencing downward trends over the past two decades.
Cases Handled by Taylor & Taylor
Taylor & Taylor deals with cases that relate to a variety of criminal offenses. The firm's attorneys handle cases related to assault and battery, which involve physical force or the threat of physical force against another individual. The attorneys also handle more serious crimes, such as
sex offenses, federal crimes and those related to the death penalty.
The firm has been handling drug-related offenses in St. Johns County since 2002. These types of cases might involve offenses ranging from simple drug possession to drug trafficking, among other types. There can also be cases in which the individual was accused of driving while under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol, or with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher. Other areas the firm works in include
appeals and more.
Finding the Right Criminal Defense Lawyer
Individuals in St. Johns County who are being investigated for a crime or who have already been arrested should not hesitate in seeking legal counsel. They will need to find an attorney who is knowledgeable about the laws involving their alleged offenses, and one who has a record for success. Individuals who turn to Taylor & Taylor can depend on the fact that they are dealing with distinguished attorneys who have proven their advanced criminal defense skills.
By contacting Taylor & Taylor you can receive a consultation with one the firm's attorneys. The firm, which serves clients in areas all throughout St. Johns County, has an office located at 2303 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd., Suite L, St. Augustine, FL 32084. The firm's attorneys can be reached at (904) 687-1630.
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