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About Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

Defending You Against Criminal Charges in Miami, FL


At Hager & Schwartz, our firm policy is to keep our clients informed at all times throughout the entire process. All decisions concerning cases are made together with each client after we have fully researched the law, investigated the facts and thoroughly analyzed the evidence. Whether the case has a strong and winning defense or if it is one where negotiation is the best means of minimizing our clients' exposure, our attorneys will draw upon all of their nearly 50 years of expertise and experience to strive for the best possible result.

We understand how frightening it can be to face criminal charges of this nature and we, therefore, work tirelessly to ensure that we are doing everything in our power to help our clients receive the legal assistance that is best suited to the individual nuances of their cases. If you choose to work with a Miami lawyer from our firm, you can be confident that we will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to help you receive your desired outcome. While many firms are simply content to run their clients through a legal mill, we do not operate in this manner. We believe that success lies in the details and we are devoted to ensuring that every one of our clients are given the comprehensive and tailor-made solutions that will best help them combat the charges against them so that they can move forward into the next chapter of their life as successfully as possible.

We have and will continue to maintain a serious commitment to providing individual attention with each client about every aspect of his or her case. Please browse our firm's website to learn more about some of our criminal defense services. We are available 24/7 and offer a immediate defense case evaluation. Additionally, our attorneys are awarded Super Lawyers from 2017-2022.

Why You Need Legal Representation

If you have been arrested or are already facing criminal charges, you may wonder whether you should involve a criminal lawyer, and at what point in this process. You do have the right to legal counsel in the event of an arrest or truly at any point in a criminal investigation. It is never too early to involve a legal professional who can protect your rights and work to represent your interests in this important matter. Whether you are currently a suspect in a police investigation or if you have already been arrested and are now in danger of facing criminal charges, an attorney can step in and make a difference.

What an attorney can do is help you get a better picture of what you may be up against, including the potential repercussions of a conviction. A Miami criminal defense attorney can also offer you advice on what to do and what not to do so you can make the right choices about your case. They can provide you with the criminal defense counsel you need in the face of at any point in the investigation or questioning by law enforcement.

Understanding Criminal Court Processes

The legal process is likely unfamiliar to you. The Florida criminal court system is difficult to navigate on one's own, even if your charges appear small to you. When it comes to defending you from these charges, it is important to have a legal team that you can rely on through all of the rigors of litigation. We at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. are former state prosecutors with commanding knowledge of the trial system.

We have experience handling a variety of criminal charges, including:

If you have recently been arrested and charged with a crime then you may have to appear in County Court or Circuit Court. Most misdemeanors are handled in County Court while felonies are heard in Circuit Court. With your criminal record hanging in the balance, you can't afford to be blindsided by the attacks of the prosecution. Even those who are innocent can be charged as guilty without the right representation.

What We Offer

At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., both of our attorneys are former state prosecutors who have previously worked on the "other side" of the law. Attorney John S. Hager was a prosecuting attorney for Broward County and attorney Brett M. Schwartz was a prosecutor for Miami-Dade. As former prosecutors, we draw from our unique prospective and experience to the benefit of each one of our clients which we use to their advantage during negotiations and in court.

Since working on innumerable misdemeanor and felony cases, we have come to understand the high level of stress and anxiety that follows an arrest. For this reason, we take pride in the fact that we make ourselves accessible to our clients and prospective clients 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week to answer any questions they may have about their arrest or their case. In fact, we provide our cellular numbers so we can be reached directly by our clients; we find that this availability helps provide reassurance during difficult and uneasy times.

As former state prosecutors who strictly practice criminal defense all throughout Miami, Miami Dade County, Broward County, Volusia County, and all throughout South Florida, we have personally handled thousands of cases in the state and federal courts. We have built a solid reputation for providing tenacious, aggressive, and superior representation to all of our clients.

5 Things You Should Know Before Hiring a Lawyer

Facing criminal charges in the state of Florida can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. Since our criminal justice system is exceptionally harsh, it's vital that you take the matter of selecting an attorney very seriously since you are leaving your future and your liberty in their hands.

There are five crucial elements to consider when you are going through the attorney selection process. These important elements are what make up a good attorney, an attorney who you can place your faith in to protect your best interests all throughout the criminal process.

The five things you should learn about a Miami defense attorney before hiring them are:

  • Experience (Are they former prosecutors?)
  • Accessibility (Are they readily available to answer your questions?)
  • Reputation (What kind of reputation have they established?)
  • Exclusive in Criminal Defense (Are they exclusive in criminal defense?)
  • Successful Case Results (Do they have a proven track record of success?)

Exclusively Practicing Criminal Defense

When you are choosing an attorney to defend you against criminal charges, you are going to want to choose somebody who practices exclusively criminal defense. While there are other law firms who cover a number of practice areas, it's impossible for multiple-service firms to devote all their time to criminal defense representation. At our firm, we practice exclusively criminal defense which allows us to sharpen our skills and enhance our successful case results with each and every case we take on.

Having handled thousands of cases all throughout South Florida, we have garnered a reputation for being an aggressive and dedicated law firm. We are result driven in all that we do, and our clients' success is the motivation in all that we do. Not only are we committed to results, but are committed to the entire process. From start to finish, our firm stands out among other firms as one of the most compassionate and skilled. It is also to your benefit that our attorneys are intensely familiar with Florida courts and use that insight to give more strength to your defense.

If you are facing criminal charges in Miami or another part of South Florida, we urge you to contact our firm today!


The Team Who Will Fight For you

going the extra mile in every case We Take on
  • 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


  • 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.”

  • 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.”

A Defense Firm With a Winning Record

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


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