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Miami Criminal Defense Lawyers

Aggressive Criminal 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 Miami 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 do not shy away from any case, no matter how large or small they may seem. We have represented minor cases like disorderly conduct, all the way up to serious charges including, but not limited to, homicide, sex crimes, and federal crimes. Other cases our Miami criminal defense lawyers handle include domestic violence, child abuse, drug crimes, DUI, probation violations, theft crimes, juvenile crimes, expungements and more.

Fighting a criminal offenses 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.

Florida Criminal Process

The criminal process in Florida starts with an arrest. Once a suspect has been apprehended, they are typically brought before a judge for a bail hearing where the court decides whether or not to release the defendant on bond. The next step is the arraignment, where the defendant enters a plea of guilty or not guilty. The case then proceeds to pretrial motions, where both sides present evidence and argue for certain outcomes. The actual trial follows, during which witnesses are called to testify and a jury determines the defendant's guilt or innocence. If found guilty, sentencing occurs in which the judge determines an appropriate punishment for the crime committed. After sentencing, there may be appeals if either side believes that mistakes were made during the criminal process. However, if all appeals are exhausted and no mistakes are found, the criminal process comes to an end and the punishment is carried out.

A Firm With a Winning record

read a Few of Our Case Results
  • Case Dismissed
  • Case Dismissed
  • Case Dismissed
  • No Jail/Prison Time
  • Case Dismissed

Why Hire a Miami Criminal Defense Attorney?

Most people searching for a criminal defense lawyer in Miami aren't aware of the significant advantage they have when they choose defense local to their area. Most Miami 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 community.

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 Miami criminal 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.

Why Hire Hager & Schwartz, P.A.?

  • Free initial defense consultation with an Miami criminal attorney
  • Available 24/7, including weekends
  • Nearly 50 years of legal experience on your side
  • Former prosecutors handling your defense
  • Awarded SuperLawyers from 2017 to 2022

What Is a Defense Attorney?

Defense attorneys in Miami represent their clients during criminal court cases, helping them navigate the complexities of the legal system. Defense attorneys are responsible for representing their clients in court, advocating on their behalf, and helping them to understand their legal rights and options. They are both advocates and advisors, providing emotional support as well as legal defense plans.

From building a defense strategy by developing arguments that weaken prosecutors' cases to submitting motions that may prevent crucial evidence from being admitted at trial, negotiating plea deals, and providing advice and guidance throughout the legal process, defense attorneys in Miami will do everything they can to ensure their clients have the strongest defense possible and get a fair trial.

If you've been arrested or accused of a crime, you need to contact Hager & Schwartz, P.A. today to speak with our Miami criminal defense lawyers.


How Do I Find a Good Criminal Defense Attorney?

If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to find a good criminal defense attorney in Miami, FL who can help you through the legal process. There are a few ways to go about finding a criminal defense attorney. You can ask for recommendations from friends or family, or you can search online for attorneys in your area. Once you have compiled a list of potential attorneys, you should schedule consultations with each one. During the consultation, be sure to ask about the attorney's experience, their success rate, and their fees. You should also ask how the attorney plans to defend your case.

What is Criminal History?

Criminal history is the record of behavior by an individual that has been deemed criminal or unlawful by any official authority. It includes criminal activities in both secular and ecclesiastical systems, such as criminal justice records, military criminal court proceedings, criminal transcripts, criminal complaints and indictments, and criminal inmate records.

The criminal history of an individual may be divided into two sections: prior criminal convictions and possible open criminal cases. Prior convictions are generally easier to access as they are officially filed documents while open criminal cases are much more difficult to find, since they are not publicly available.

What is a Criminal Investigation?

A criminal investigation is a process of gathering evidence to determine if a person has committed a criminal act. It is conducted by police or criminal justice professionals, including experts in criminalistics and forensics. During an investigation, these individuals will collect physical evidence, digital records, testimonials, and any other relevant information which can be used in court. An investigation may lead to the arrest and later prosecution of the alleged criminal, so it is important that the work is done accurately to ensure a fair trial for all parties involved.

If you're facing criminal investigation, contact Hager & Schwartz, P.A. today at (305) 330-1360 to speak with our Miami criminal attorneys today!


  • Super Lawyer - All Years
  • AV - All Years
  • The National Trial Lawyer Top 100
  • 100 Nation's Top Attorneys
  • TopRated Lawyers
  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite
  • Avvo 5 star Reviews - Hager
  • Avvo - Top Contributor - Hager
  • SuperLawyers - Schwartz
  • Avvo - 2018 Hager
  • SuperLawyers - Hager
  • Avvo - 2017 Hager
  • Florida Legal Elite 2021
  • US District Court - South District of Florida
  • US District Court - Middle District of Florida
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Avvo - 10.0
  • Top Rated 2021
  • Expertise - 2020

It Starts with Caring for Our Clients

Our Miami criminal defense lawyers understand that being arrested is a frightening and helpless experience. This is why we pride ourselves on being accessible and available for a 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 every client with our individual cell phone numbers in the event they have a question about their case. Our Miami criminal defense attorneys strive 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).

Our Client Success Stories

  • I could not be happier with the outcome as it exceeded my expectations!

    “Words can not describe how happy I am tonight! I want to give a big thanks to Hager & Schwartz, P.A. From beginning to end I had no doubt in my mind that Brett would be able to handle my case, and handle he did.”

    - Robert

  • I will be forever grateful.

    “I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for me. I realize you are and to know that you took this time to help me when I needed you the most is just amazing. I will be forever grateful.”

    - B. D.

the Right Defense Team MATTERS

  • Highlighted by SuperLawyers from years 2016-2022.
  • Top-rated lawyers fighting on your behalf.
  • Former prosecutors handling your defense.
  • Decades of legal experience on your side.
  • Available 24/7, including weekends.

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