Anyone seeking to hire a Tamarac criminal defense lawyer must be sure the attorney they choose isn’t just technically qualified, but skilled, successful, and strongly recommended for local cases similar to the one they’re facing. In the 20+ years the Broward defense team at The Ansara Law Firm has been practicing in Southeast Florida, we’ve earned a solid reputation for being fervent defenders of our clients’ rights and due process - and have the client testimonials to prove it.
In general, the sooner defendants sign on with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, the better their case outcome. A defense attorney will advise you early on against any conversation with law enforcement absent a lawyer at your side - as those rarely yield anything in your favor.
A defense lawyer can also quickly identify:
- Police violation of due process and/or civil rights that should lead to suppression of certain evidence against you.
- Weaknesses in the case against you.
- Witnesses or evidence that might help bolster your case. (Certain evidence - like surveillance videos or text messages - may only be preserved for a short period of time. Having a private defense lawyer improves the chances you won’t miss something important.)
- Ways in which you can limit mounting evidence against you (i.e., not talking to police - or anyone else - about the case; not posting on social media; refusing consent to any searches of your car or home absent a warrant and/or defense attorney present.
- Whether you should be teaming with any co-defendants, or if your best bet is to go it alone.
- Advantageous plea deals with lower charges or alternative sentences.
Tamarac, Florida is a suburban community in Broward County, home to some 72,000 people. The city’s early leaders envisioned it primarily as a quiet bedroom community - and went so far as to allow annexation of several pockets of valuable commercial land to nearby cities order to preserve that small-town vibe.
However, as noted in the most recent Tamarac Comprehensive Plan, the city has since shifted into an emerging center for business that is actively working to attract retail and other business operations and minimize blight. There’s also a fair amount of green space, and the city boasts a culturally diverse population. Tamarac’s motto is “The City for Your Life.”
It’s known for having an active adult community that caters in large part to retirees and older adults, but there are also plans in the works for new elementary schools - signaling a growing population of younger families too.Crime in Tamarac
Although many residents describe Tamarac as relatively quiet and peaceful, statistically, it’s not among the state’s safest communities. According to government crime data,the number of annual reported crimes per square mile in Tamarac is 93, compared to 45 statewide. But the rate of property crimes was lower, presumably in part because there are fewer businesses and the median household income in Tamarac is lower compared to the rest of the state.
FBI UCR reports show in a single recent year, there were 186 reported violent crimes in Tamarac (including 3 homicides, 17 rapes, 51 robberies, and 115 aggravated assaults). With respect to property crimes, burglary and petty theft are the most common.
Our Tamarac criminal defense lawyers represent individuals arrested for a broad range of alleged offenses. As the Tamarac special magistrate is primarily dedicated to matters like code enforcement and business licenses, any traffic or criminal matters are most likely going to go through the 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Broward County - specifically at the West Regional Courthouse in Plantation. Criminal case appeals go before the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal.Hiring a Tamarac Criminal Defense Lawyer
Contrary to popular belief, if you’re arrested in Tamarac, you do NOT automatically have the right to a free public defender in all cases.
If you are charged with a crime for which the prosecutor is seeking jail time, you may be afforded the benefit of a court-appointed criminal defense lawyer - assuming you’re deemed indigent/unable to afford one on your own. However, if the prosecutor is not seeking jail time, you either have to represent yourself or hire a private defense lawyer at your own expense.
To be clear: Just because the possibility of jail is off the table doesn’t mean the impact of a conviction will be minimal. For one thing, a felony conviction doesn’t always equal incarceration (even though it’s usually a strong possibility). But whether you serve time or not, a felony conviction will follow you the rest of your life, potentially limiting where you can live, what sort of jobs you can get, and certain civil rights such as voting and firearm possession. Misdemeanor defendants shouldn’t presume they’ll have an easy time of it either. A conviction on a misdemeanor can still have a significant impact on your freedom, your finances, your family, and your future.
Defendants in Tamarac who represent themselves are at a notable disadvantage, and they face potentially major consequences - even if they’re avoiding jail. You’re up against prosecutors who graduated from law school, passed the bar exam, and likely have both extensive experience and a wealth of state government resources. A defendant who is unrepresented does not understand the law and cannot possibly recognize the strengths/weaknesses of their case. They don’t know what advantages to press for dropped charges, reduced charges, or advantageous plea bargains. Even when the evidence against you seems substantial, there are always defense strategies that can minimize the impact to your life.
It is in your best interest if at all possible to hire a Broward criminal defense lawyer to represent you.
If you have been arrested in Tamarac and need to secure immediate legal representation, call The Ansara Law Firm in Broward County at (954) 761-4011.