Awards & Accolades

  • John S. Hager Milestone Award
    John S. Hager Milestone Award
  • Brett M. Schwartz Milestone Award
    Brett M. Schwartz Milestone Award
  • Avvo 10.0
    Avvo 10.0
  • The 2018 Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
    The 2018 Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
  • SuperLawyers
  • Florida Legal Elite
    Florida Legal Elite
  • AV Preeminent
    AV Preeminent
  • South Florida Top Rated Lawyers
    South Florida Top Rated Lawyers
  • 100 Attorneys
    100 Attorneys
  • US District Court Southern District of Florida
    US District Court Southern District of Florida
  • US District Court Middle District of Florida
    US District Court Middle District of Florida
  • Dade County Bar Association
    Dade County Bar Association
  • Broward County Bar Association
    Broward County Bar Association
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award 2017
    Avvo Clients' Choice Award 2017
  • Avvo Reviews 5 Stars of 71 Reviews
    Avvo Reviews 5 Stars of 71 Reviews
  • Avvo Top Contributor Award 2012
    Avvo Top Contributor Award 2012
  • Avvo Client's Choice 2018
    Avvo Client's Choice 2018

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 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 murder/manslaughter, sex crimes, and federal crimes.

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 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 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 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.


  • Free initial consultation with an attorney
  • Available 24/7, including weekends
  • Decades of legal experience on your side
  • Former prosecutors handling your defense
  • Top-rated lawyers fighting on your behalf

Protect your legal rights! Contact Hager & Schwartz, P.A. today to discuss your case.

Case Results

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The lawyer you choose to represent you can make all the difference in your case. At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our lawyers are passionate about protecting clients’ rights, freedoms, and futures - and we go the extra mile in every case. Watch our videos to learn more about our team, our qualifications, and how we can help you!

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Client Testimonials

  • Hager & Schwartz, P.A. Thank you John for giving me back my life
  • Hager & Schwartz, P.A. John Hager is someone of high integrity
  • Hager & Schwartz, P.A. Mr. Schwartz made the miracle happen
  • Hager & Schwartz, P.A. Brett Schwartz is one of the best attorneys
  • Hager & Schwartz, P.A. I was lucky to have Mr. Schwartz as my lawyer
  • Hager & Schwartz, P.A. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone
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Over 40 years of experience

Protecting your rights & defending your freedom

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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 cyber crime, domestic violence, DUI or 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 also serve clients throughout Broward County, including Fort Lauderdale.

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