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Criminal Defense Lawyer Representing Miami Area Residents

If you are arrested, you may be worried about going to prison and the impact of an arrest and conviction on your loved ones. You may be concerned that a conviction will make it difficult to get a job, find a place to live, go to school, or exercise your civil rights. An arrest is distinct from a conviction, and if you’ve been arrested, you have an opportunity to retain an experienced Miami criminal defense attorney who can mount a strong defense. At The Hoffman Firm, our principal Evan Hoffman provides dedicated representation to those accused of crimes. He may be able to look at your situation and determine a strong defense strategy.


Drunk driving is taken seriously in Florida. You can be convicted of a per se DUI if your blood alcohol concentration was .08% or higher. You can also be charged and convicted of a DUI if you drive while impaired to some degree due to alcohol, drugs or both. Even if you are being charged with a per se DUI, there may be defenses you can raise, such as issues with the way the chemical test was conducted or calibrated, or with police procedure.

Drug Crimes

There are many narcotics and pharmaceutical drugs that are regulated as controlled substances in Florida. You can be charged for possessing, selling manufacturing, transporting, importing into Florida, or distributing controlled substances. If you possess a threshold amount of a particular drug you can be charged with drug trafficking. Mandatory minimum sentences are imposed in connection with drug trafficking.

Theft Crimes

In Florida, theft occurs when someone takes or uses another’s property. The prosecutor will need to establish your specific intent to take someone else’s property; she’ll need to show you intended to permanently or temporarily keep the owner of property from possessing or using the property. There are two categories of theft: petit theft and grand theft. However, these are further divided into degrees of petit theft and grand theft. A skilled criminal defense lawyer serving Miami can help you navigate charges of this nature.

White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes are usually nonviolent crimes perpetrated for money. Some common white-collar crimes are fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, racketeering, and forgery. There are sentencing enhancements imposed in Florida if white collar crimes are committed against a certain number of people.

Violent Crimes

Violent crimes involve violence and force. They include murder, assault, sexual assault, battery, rape, and robbery. If you’re convicted of a violent felony, you’ll be prevented from possessing a firearm and you’ll likely be incarcerated, need to pay restitution and fines, and need to perform community service.

Sex Crimes

Sex crimes include lewd or lascivious offenses, sexual battery, sexual assault, rape, and various Internet crimes. What needs to be shown depends on the particular offense charged. There are four lewd or lascivious offenses, for example. In addition to dealing with a sentence that involves incarceration and imposition of huge fines, those convicted of sex crimes may face a requirement that they register for the rest of their lives as sex offenders.

Gun Crimes

There are many different gun crimes in Florida. They include carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a concealed firearm, improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon or firearm, possession or discharge of a destructive device, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In Florida, penalties may be enhanced if a gun was brandished, used or discharged in commission of a crime.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can include a wide range of serious crimes including battery, aggravated battery, assault, aggravated assault, sexual battery, kidnapping, stalking, aggravated stalking or false imprisonment. These crimes are considered domestic violence if they result in the physical injury or death of a family or household member of the perpetrator. There is a family or household member relationship where victim and perpetrator are spouses, exes, related by marriage or blood, living together as if they’re a family, or who previously lived together as a family and parents of a child in common.

Juvenile Crimes

When a perpetrator of a crime is under age 18, the offense will likely be handled by the Juvenile Justice System. Unlike the adult criminal justice system, the juvenile system’s focus is rehabilitation of young offenders. Where a juvenile has committed multiple crimes or a very serious crime, the offense may be filed directly in adult court.

Traffic Tickets

Drivers are often issued tickets that they may pay without thinking about it. However, if you accumulate too many points based on those tickets you can have your driver’s license revoked or suspended. If you fail to pay tickets, a bench warrant may be issued. Some traffic offenses such as racing, leaving the scene of an accident, or reckless driving can trigger misdemeanor or felony charges. You should consult an attorney if you wish to fight a traffic ticket.

Probation Violations

Probation is a kind of community supervision that requires an offender to stick with certain terms and conditions rather than be incarcerated. It is a privilege, not a right, and it can be revoked for failure to follow the conditions mandated by the court. There are technical and substantive probation violations, with a substantive probation violation occurring when a new crime is perpetrated.

Federal Crimes

Generally, federal crimes are punished more harshly than state crimes. Probation is common in state court, but less so in federal court. It is usually harder to prepare federal cases than state cases. The sentencing scheme is set forth by the United States Sentencing Commission, and sentences can be very harsh. If you’re charged with a federal crime, it’s critical to retain an experienced federal criminal defense attorney.

Post-Conviction Relief

A conviction at trial is not necessarily final. There may be ways to get your case reexamined. Post-conviction relief can come in many forms including appeals, expungement, and record sealing.

Consult an Experienced Miami Criminal Defense Attorney

Evan Hoffman of The Hoffman Firm may be able to examine your situation closely to determine applicable defense strategies. If you’ve been convicted, he may be able to evaluate whether there is a form of post-conviction relief for which you’re eligible. We represent people charged with crimes in Miami, as well as Miami Beach, North Miami, Key Biscayne, and Aventura. Call us at (305) 249-0090 or contact us via our online form to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

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