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Martin County is home to about 155,000 thousand people, but thousands more visit the southernmost county in Florida’s Treasure Coast each year. In 2018 FDLE reported a sharp decrease in the crime rate from 2017 to 2018, but this does not tell the full story. Overall crime may be down, but the number of arrests was actually up about 200 from 2017 to 2018 to a total of 6,248. If there is less crime but more arrests then one possible explanation is more defendants are being arrested for crimes they did not commit. Other explanations could be more charges are being filed or more cases being solved, but the bottom line is more arrests mean more people having to take on the government in criminal court. If you have been arrested or are being investigated for any offense contact experienced Martin County criminal defense lawyer Benjamin Herbst anytime for a free consultation. Benjamin has successfully represented defendants facing felony and misdemeanor charges in Martin County and knows how to navigate the judicial system in Stuart in order to achieve the best possible results. Benjamin is available 7 days a week and provides all clients with his personal cell phone. He understands the toll that facing criminal charges takes on the defendant and his or her family, and will never be more than a phone call or text message away. There is no need to take on the State of Florida without a Martin County criminal lawyer in your corner, so call or email Benjamin to learn how he can begin fighting for your rights.
The population of Martin County is a little more than 10 percent of neighboring Palm Beach County, but it is only about three times smaller. This means the population density is one of the lowest in South Florida. Lower population densities usually mean fewer urban areas and less crime, but the above data indicates this is not really the case. When police arrest about 6,000 people each year in a county that only has a population of around 150,000 it translates to an arrest rate of about 4 percent. This is actually pretty high, but in reality, many of the people arrested in Martin County are not residents. The Florida Highway Patrol and the county sheriff makes hundreds of arrests each year on I95 and the turnpike for traffic crimes such as DUI or criminal offenses such as drug possession or possession with intent to distribute. Benjamin Herbst specializes in representing out of state defendants charged in Martin County and residents of other counties in Florida. He understands the challenges of facing the judicial system in an unfamiliar place, and does whatever it takes to make his clients feel at ease while working toward a favorable outcome. Benjamin is an expert trial lawyer practicing in Stuart and is not afraid to push the government to a jury trial if need be. He has tried over 50 cases in front of Florida juries and has argued hundreds of pre-trial motions such as motions to suppress and motions to dismiss.
Benjamin is an experienced Martin County juvenile lawyer and knows that communication with teenagers charged with crimes is challenging but also rewarding. He puts the time in with all his juvenile cases to earn the trust of his clients and their families, and understands how to protect a juvenile defendant’s future so that they can put the case behind them and move on to college or the work force. Benjamin also vigorously represents defendants charged with domestic crimes in Martin County, and has successfully defended hundreds of assault and battery charges. Regardless of whether you are facing a misdemeanor such as DUI or drug possession, or a serious felony such as robbery or manslaughter, Benjamin has the knowledge and dedication to fight for you in all Martin County cases. Call Benjamin today at (954) 543-0305 for a free no obligation consultation.