Panama City Criminal Defense Attorney
Arrested in the Panama City Area?
Being arrested and charged with a crime is an embarrassing and terrifying experience. It is a time of great uncertainty and the stress being charged can affect every aspect of your life including your bank account, career opportunities, and your relationships with friends and family. Your freedom, or maybe even your life, may be at stake and resolving the matter favorably is crucial to your future. Panama City attorney Rusty Shepard is ready to protect your rights and help you attain the best possible result in your case. Mr. Shepard offers free consultations and you can talk to an attorney at any time on the Shepard Law 24/7 emergency hotline.
About Shepard Law
Shepard Law is a result-focused criminal defense law firm. When you retain Shepard Law, you will be represented Rusty Shepard, a former Assistant State Attorney who has handled literally thousands of criminal cases. Mr. Shepard is currently President of the Bay County Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers ("Bay County Criminal Defense Bar") and served as President of the Bay County Bar Association from 2007-2010. Mr. Shepard has over a decade of courtroom experience and has spent his entire legal career practicing throughout Florida's 14th Judicial Circuit (Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties). Mr. Shepard will work to aggressively protect your rights in the courtroom while putting an emphasis on having a good working relationship with judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers (which may work in your favor in attaining a favorable disposition in your case). Mr. Shepard and Shepard Law's professional paralegal staff are focused on getting the result you need in your case.
Shepard Law - Focused on Results
Mr. Shepard knows the most important thing in a criminal case is the result. That is why the result-oriented team at Shepard Law is focused on working to attain the best possible outcome with a minimum of damage to your reputation and criminal record. Mr. Shepard has assisted many clients in high-profile positions in the community; clients with professional licenses to protect; law enforcement officers; as well as students with career aspirations that could be negatively affected by a criminal history.
Mr. Shepard prepares each case as if it were going to trial; however, depending on the circumstances of the case, the goal may be to have the charges dismissed based on weaknesses in the case, or it might be to negotiate a favorable plea bargain which will help you avoid prison. Call or visit us now for a free confidential consultation to learn more about your legal options and to begin working on a strategy for your case.
Frequently Charged Criminal Offences in the Panama City/Bay County Area
According to information from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, theft crimes are among the most widespread type of criminal offense charged in Bay County, with crimes such as robbery, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft adding up to 7,712 in 2011 alone.
Violent crimes including
battery and murder accounted for 915 reported offenses, while there were 1,553 arrests for
drug crimes ranging from simple possession to cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and trafficking of drugs. Last year saw 18 instances of forcible
sex crimes including forcible rape and fondling, as well as 82 non-forcible sex offenses such as indecent exposure and possession of child pornography. Local law enforcement made 513 arrests for
DUI, including both arrests driving under the influence with a blood alcohol concentration above .08%, as well as arrests of drivers who were allegedly impaired by controlled substances (illegal of validly prescribed drugs).
Defending Your Rights and Your Future
The situation may appear overwhelming and even hopeless - particularly if this is the first time you have been arrested - but you can find the dedicated legal representation by contacting Shepard Law. Whether you have been charged with a white collar crime, a
violation of probation or a serious
federal offense, Shepard Law is ready to answer all your questions and guide you through the legal system with an eye on a favorable disposition of your case. Contact Shepard Law on the firm's 24/7 Emergency Hotline now!