SUNRISE: Area Served by South Florida Criminal Defense Attorney

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Sunrise is a city in central-western Broward County. Sawgrass Mills, a popular shopping and outlet mall, is located in Sunrise. The last estimate of Sunrise's population was calculated in 2018 to have approximately 95,458 people.


The number of violent crimes that occur annually in Sunrise is about 186. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery, and assault. Property crimes include burglary, theft, and grand theft auto. Violent and property crimes combined increase the number of annual crimes in Sunrise to about 2,536. Sunrise is safer than 18% of U.S. cities but has a higher crime rate than 70% of Florida’s cities and towns of all sizes.

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Sunrise Crime data from Florida Department of Law Enforcement:

Sunrise Average Annual Crime Rates

Violent Crimes Property Crimes
  • Murder: 2
  • Rape: 21
  • Robbery: 57
  • Assault: 106
  • Burglary: 187
  • Theft: 1,998
  • Grand Theft Auto: 165​









The total crime index for Sunrise is 2,536. From 2017 to 2018, the crime index decreased about 16%. The crime rate was 2,737 per 100,000 people in 2018, which was a 16% decrease from 2017. ​​

To see a crime map of Sunrise, click here

Why you need a Sunrise Criminal Attorney:

Sunrise is well-known for its wide range of areas to shop at. With their own local police department working alongside the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Sunrise has a crime rate higher than about 70% of other Florida towns and cities. 

If you or someone you know has been arrested in Sunrise, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you make the legal arguments that will get you the results you’re looking for


Rossen Law Firm has worked with both the Sunrise Police Department and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to get our clients the resolution they are looking for in their criminal cases. Conducting depositions and doing our own investigation of what the police did is how we get more information about what arguments we can make to get you the results you want on your case. 


To find out more about what our award-winning attorneys can do for you and your case, call us today to set up a free strategy session at 754-206-6200 or 754-999-2499. 


Sunrise Law Enforcement

Sunrise Police Department

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Sunrise Police Department

Within the city limits of Sunrise, the Sunrise Police Department has jurisdiction. 


The Sunrise Police Department consists of 302 professional employees that include 202 sworn police officers. The department has three divisions: Administration, Investigations, and Uniform. The administration division includes Support Services, Personnel, Research and Planning, Training, Logistics, Information Technology (IT), Body Worn Camera, and Records. The Sunrise Police Department has more than 170 body cameras distributed throughout all 3 divisions of the department. 

The investigations unit's responsibility is to investigate felony and misdemeanor crimes occurring within the city of Sunrise and to identify, arrest, and present offenders to the judicial system. The largest division within Sunrise Police Department is the uniform division that includes Road Patrol, Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU), Honor Guard and Mobile Field Force and Special Operations; K-9 Unit, Traffic Unit, Bicycle Unit, School Resource Officers (SRO), Public Information Office (PIO), Community Resource Officers (CRO), Police Explorers, the Citizen Volunteer Program, Public Service Aides, and Reserve Officers. 

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Sunrise Police Department

10440 West Oakland Park Boulevard

Sunrise, FL 33351


Phone: (954) 764-4357

Sunrise Police Chief: Anthony W. Rosa

Email: [email protected]


Sheriff’s Office for Sunrise

Outside the city limits of Sunrise, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office handles complaints, arrests, pressing charges, and more. 


Sheriff Gregory Tony oversees BSO. The Sheriff’s Office has 16 districts. BSO’s services include a Child Protective Investigations Section, a Civil Division and a Department of Law Enforcement. In addition to road patrol and other operations, special BSO units include a Bomb Squad, a K-9 (canine) unit, School resource deputy unit and more. Community programs including drug court, in-custody behavioral services, probation division, employment services programs, and more. 


BSO also supports texting to 911 if calling is not an option. 


    Broward Sheriff’s Office - Headquarters

2601 West Broward Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312


Phone: (954) 831-8901

Sheriff: Gregory Tony


Broward Sheriff’s Office DUI Task Force

The Broward Sheriff’s office contains a DUI Unit that specializes in the control and prevention of driving under the influence of Alcohol and Drugs. This specialized unit possesses three separate divisions that include the DUI Task Force, DUI/Breath Alcohol Testing (also known as BAT), and BAT Video. Within each division there are specially trained deputies who work together to enforce DUI Laws, process individuals who are arrested for DUIs, and aim to increase the knowledge surrounding the issues that arise when one drives under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.


BSO’s DUI Unit includes:

  • Yvette Washington 
  • Joshua Sapp    
  • Brittany Armstrong      
  • Sean Strazalkowski
  • Steven Serphos

Visit Broward’s sheriff’s website to learn more about their special units.


Sunrise Court System

Sunrise Courts are part of the 17th Judicual Circuit, which encompasses all of Broward County. Any cases that are appealed are handled in the 4th District Courts of Appeal in West Palm Beach. 

There are four Broward County Courthouses. The Central Courthouse, North Regional Courthouse, South Regional Courthouse, and West Regional Courthouse are collectively referred to as “the “Broward County Courthouses.” 


The Broward Court System has a total of  90 judges and 11 magistrates. The Chief Judge, Jack Tuter, was first elected in 2017. 


Main Courthouse

201 S.E. 6th Street,

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


North Regional Courthouse

1600 West Hillsboro Boulevard,

Deerfield Beach, Florida 33442


South Regional Courthouse

3550 Hollywood Boulevard,

Hollywood, Florida 33021


West Regional Courthouse

100 North Pine Island Road, 

Plantation, Florida 33324


Cases handled in Court from Sunrise

Court hearings held at regional courthouses include county civil, misdemeanor criminal, and traffic cases. In Sunrise, these types of cases are held at the West Regional Courthouse


Broward’s Main Courthouse handles many types of cases, including: circuit civil, county appeal, felonies, county civil, county criminal, domestic violence, misdemeanor and felony mental health and drug court, unified family court, probate and guardianship, foreclosures, juvenile delinquency, dependency and traffic cases. 


Rossen Law Firm defends misdemeanor and felony criminal cases including: DUI, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, petit and grand theft, fraud, trespassing, domestic violence injunctions, drug possession and trafficking, burglary, robbery, criminal mischief and sex crimes. 


Sunrise Jails or Detention Centers

The Broward Sheriff’s Office manages 4 different jails:

Main Jail Bureau
555 SE 1st Ave,
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

The Joseph V. Conte Facility
1351 NW 27th Avenue,
Pompano Beach, FL 33069


North Broward Bureau
1550 NW
 30th Avenue,
Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Paul Rein Detention Facility
2421 NW 16 Street,
Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Sunrise City Commission Information

Sunrise’s city government includes Michael J. Ryan and 4 city commissioners: Joseph A. Scuotto, Neil C. Kerch, Mark A. Douglas, Lawrence A. Sofield. Deerfield’s City manager is Richard Salamon.

Sunrise City Commission

10770 West Oakland Park Boulevard

Sunrise, FL 33351


City Clerk: Felicia M. Bravo
Phone: (954) 741-2580
Email: [email protected]

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