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.
We possess the following accolades:
- Former state prosecutors
- 2015 & 2016 winners of Legal Elite by Florida Trend
- AV Rating® from Martindale-Hubbell®
- Superb rating from Avvo
- Fully licensed to practice in all Florida state courts
We do not shy away from any case, no matter how large or small they may
seem. We have represented cases as minor as
disorderly conduct, all the way up to serious charges involving
sex crimes, and
Fighting a criminal offense can feel like you are standing up against a
wall, but we, Brett Schwartz and John Hager, founding attorneys of Hager
& Schwartz, P.A., are on your side, ready to make all of those walls
crumble. It is one of the reasons why we have risen to become one of the
most elite and most widely recognized legal advocates in Miami.
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 strive to 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 choose defense local to
their area. Most criminal attorneys take cases in all courts and counties
regardless of whether they have any experience practicing there, but a
Miami criminal defense attorney has a better understanding of your local
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.
Why contact a 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.
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You can have a greater advantage 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.
We are experienced, we are passionate and we are aggressive.
We serve clients in
Collier County and
Miami-Dade 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!
Protect your legal rights!
Contact Hager & Schwartz, P.A. today to discuss your case.