Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer
Aggressive Defense You Can Trust
Hager & Schwartz, P.A. is a Miami criminal defense law firm devoted to the defense of people charged with a crime in Miami Dade County, and throughout Florida. As former Florida state prosecutors, the criminal defense attorneys at our offices bring a unique perspective to clients' cases, as they have handled thousands of criminal cases from both sides of the law from minor charges of
disorderly conduct to
manslaughter. Our founding attorneys, Brett Schwartz and John Hager, have earned an
AV Rating®from Martindale-Hubbell® for high ethical standards and legal abilities as voted on by other attorneys & judges. Holding licenses to practice in all Florida state courts, our attorneys are prepared and able to go the extra mile to defend your rights.
We understand that being arrested is a frightening and helpless experience.
This is why we pride ourselves on being accessible and available for a
free consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions you have regarding your case. We are committed
to individualized care, which is why we provide each client with our individual
cell phone numbers in the event they have a question about their case.
Our attorneys will do everything to ensure that each client understands
the confusing criminal justice system and also what strategies can be
utilized to obtain the best possible result in their respective case(s).
Why hire a local criminal attorney?
Most people searching for a criminal defense lawyer aren't aware of
the significant advantage they have when they hire an attorney local to
their area. Most criminal attorneys take cases in nearly all courts and
counties throughout the state regardless of whether they have any experience
practicing there, but a
Miami criminal defense attorney can give you the legal assistance you need with an understanding of your
Getting the best result for your case is most likely when you enlist the
help of a lawyer who spends significantly more time within the courts
they visit the most. Hager & Schwartz, P.A. has earned a positive
reputation in the local legal community. Our lawyers are known as aggressive
and zealous advocates for clients in all criminal cases, and this can
make a tremendous difference in the outcome of your case.
Unlike other legal professionals, local attorneys are familiar with the
courts and the prosecutors likely to be working on your case. It is important
that you have the best possible chance at success in your case. If you
have a defense attorney working your case who knows exactly what to expect
from the prosecuting attorney, your case could greatly benefit. The outcome
of your criminal case could result in a drastic and negative change in
your life or it could result in little to no change. It is your attorney's
goal to help get you the outcome that results in the least amount of negative
change in your life and that of your family.
Florida Criminal Laws & Penalties
Each state has its own criminal laws. Hager & Schwartz, P.A. has a
comprehensive understanding of the Florida penal code that benefits each
of their clients.
Assault and battery, for example, is defined by Title XLVI, Ch. 784 as a crime that can take
on many different forms. Depending on the severity of the incident, assault
and battery can be either a
misdemeanor or a felony charge.
theft crimes are the same way.
Chapter 812 has dozens of subdivisions detailing the different kinds of
theft. The distinction between misdemeanor and felony for these charges
depends on the monetary amount of goods stolen. We are also prepared to
handle a number of different
white collar crimes such as
insurance fraud. These types of crimes typically involve large amounts of money, which
means that those accused face greater penalties.
Criminal charges are generally separated into two categories: felony offenses
and misdemeanor offenses. Depending upon the specific circumstances of
your case, you will be charged with one or the other. In some cases involving
multiple criminal charges, you may find yourself facing counts of both
types of charges. Misdemeanors and felonies are further broken down into
the following categories with differing penalties:
Second Degree Misdemeanor- Maximum 60 days in jail, six months probation or $500 fine.
First Degree Misdemeanor- Maximum of one year in jail, one year probation or $1k fine.
Third Degree Felony- Maximum five years of prison, five years' probation or $5k fine.
Second Degree Felony- Maximum 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation or $5k fine.
First Degree Felony- Maximum 30 years in prison, thirty year probation or $10k fine.
Life Felony- Life in prison without the possibility of parole or possibly lifetime
Capital Felony- Punishable by death or life in prison without parole.
Felony charges are treated differently in Florida. They are based off of
the criminal punishment code (CPC) which is a point system that will determine
your punishment. Those who have less than 44 points are not required to
be sentenced to prison, but are still able to be. Additionally, a third
type of criminal charge is an infraction of the law. An infraction can
include a speeding ticket or a curfew ticket in some cases.
Contact a Skilled Miami Criminal Attorney
Most people don't know what to expect or what the possible outcome
of their case could be. By contacting our firm, you can rest assured that your
probation violation case is in the hands of someone who knows exactly how to handle cases
in your area. It doesn't matter what type of charges you are facing
or how serious those charges are, you owe it to yourself to speak with
one of our attorneys.
The sooner an attorney gets involved in your case the more likely they
will be able to gather the proper evidence, which includes but is not
limited to police reports, witness statements, videos and 911 calls. In
some instances, we can even prevent criminal charges from being filed
against you! To learn more, visit our
5 things to know before hiring a criminal attorney page. If you need a Miami criminal defense attorney, our firm can help.
We are experienced, we are passionate and we are aggressive. We represent clients throughout the State of Florida, including Miami-Dade
County, Broward County, Monroe County, Palm Beach County and Volusia County.
We have been involved in cases in all Florida courts, and one of our lawyers
is now also licensed to practice in federal courts in the Middle District
of Florida. Our entire practice is dedicated solely to criminal defense,
and with a targeted focus comes an increased skill. We promise to use
this skill for your benefit to get your charge(s) dropped!
Contact Hager & Schwartz, P.A. today to discuss your case.
We serve clients in
Collier County and