Areas Of Defense

Criminal Law is a very broad subject.  Here are is a short list and description of some cases that we can handle for your or someone you care about.  Click each title to learn more about each case and potential defenses.

Aggravated Battery

Under Florida law, Aggravated Battery is defined under Section 784.045, Florida Statutes. An Aggravated Battery arrest or charge is extremely serious and you speak to an attorney immediately after you are arrested or otherwise accused of committing a Felony Battery.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Animal Cruelty Defense Lawyer

The State of Florida seeks to aggressively prosecute anyone who is alleged to have harmed an animal. Florida Statute 828.12 governs what is considered cruelty to animals. If you have been accused of Animal Cruelty you may ask yourself: What is Animal Cruelty, what are the penalties, and what possible defenses can I raise?

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Arson Defense Attorney

Grant Schwarz, Miami Arson Defense Attorney, is dedicated to protecting the rights of the criminally accused, including those charged with the very serious felony of arson. A conviction for arson can lead to a long prison sentence, and various other serious consequences. To make sure that your rights as a criminal defendant are properly protected, you need to hire an arson defense attorney from Dell & Schaefer as soon as possible. Whether you are facing charges in state or federal court, we are ready to take the necessary actions to defend you.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Assault Defense Attorney

Assault is the intentional threatening of another person, along with the present apparent ability to carry out the threat at the exact time the threat is made and the threat must create a well-founded fear that violence is imminent. Circumstances that may increase the penalty for an assault conviction are if the alleged victim is a family member, spouse or other type of domestic relationship, the use of a deadly weapon or firearm during the time of the assault.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Asset Forfeiture Lawyer

As if getting arrested for criminal charges isn’t bad enough, sometimes after you are arrested, the government will swoop in and try to keep your property. This action is known as a Seizure or Asset Forfeiture. This process takes place in civil court and often includes items such as:

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Battery Defense Attorney

Under Florida law, Simple Battery / Misdemeanor Battery is defined under Section 784.03, Florida Statutes. The intentional touching or striking of another person against their will is a very serious matter. The State of Florida is likely to take these cases more seriously. These matters are made even more serious when there are allegations that the intentional touch or strike caused great bodily harm, permanent injury or was committed using or while in possession of a weapon.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach County Bribery Lawyer

Florida Statute 838.015 also makes it illegal for the public servant to accept, solicit or agree to accept any money or other benefit with the intent to influence his/her public duty. This means that an officer, judge, prosecutor, state representative, mayor or other public servant cannot accept anything in exchange for doing something within their official discretion of a public servant, in violation of a public duty, or in performance of a public duty.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Bond Hearing Lawyer

Issues related to bond and modifications of bond can be just as important to the defense of your case as anything else. When a person is arrested for any criminal offense, or when a police officer issues a warrant for your arrest the issue of bond is always a part of the story.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Burglary Defense Attorney

Choosing a criminal defense lawyer to represent you after being arrested on charges of Burglary is a very important decision you need to make very soon. Florida Law considers burglary and related offenses particularly serious. From the State and alleged victim’s point of view, a person who commits burglary has not only invaded someone’s place of business, vehicle or their home.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Check Fraud Attorney

This statute seeks to criminalize the act of a person drawing, issuing, making or delivered a check, draft or any other written money order, or use a debit card when at the time of doing so, the person knew that there insufficient funds in the account to cover the transaction or payment.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Credit Card Fraud Charge Attorney

Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card is often associated with a number of other crimes involving theft of another person’s identity. Credit card fraud can be committed several different ways, each of them is considered very serious.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Crimes on Children Defense Attorney 

Child Abuse occurs when a caregiver intentionally inflicts physical or mental injury upon a child, commits an intentional act that could reasonably expect to result in an injury or actively encourages any person to commit an act that could result in injury. These are very serious allegations and can result in years of prison or probation.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Criminal Mischief Defense Lawyer

Criminal mischief is governed under Florida Statute 806.13 and can be classified as either a Misdemeanor or a Felony. Criminal Mischief is sometimes referred to as “Destruction of Property” or “Vandalism”. The Criminal Mischief Law makes it illegal to intentionally or maliciously damage or destroy the property of another. Former Prosecutor and Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Grant Schwarz at the Office of Dell & Schaefer can start building a defense for you today!

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Possession of Stolen Property Law

Dealing in Stolen Property refers to behavior involving buying and selling of property that you knew or should have known was stolen. Most often, these charges come about when you allegedly sell an item at a pawn shop that turns out to be stolen. The owner of the item will come forward, the pawn shop will have your name, ID and fingerprint on file.

Call a Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Disorderly Conduct Attorney

Disorderly Conduct falls into a category of crimes that is very general. Arrests for Disorderly Conduct often arise when a police officer finds your behavior to be rude or unruly. This opens the public up for potentially overzealous police officers to abuse their powers and arrest people they simply find “offensive”. It is an excuse for a police officer to take you off of the street. The crime of Disorderly Conduct is very hard for the State Attorney to prove.

Broward Disorderly Intoxication Attorney

Disorderly intoxication is committed when you are intoxicated and endanger the safety of another person or property and are drinking or intoxicated in public and cause a disturbance. In other words, the disorderly intoxication statute was written to prevent people from causing a disturbance and/or fighting in public while intoxicated. It is a very general category to describe these certain behaviors. But more accurately, it describes a Disorderly Conduct + Alcohol.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Domestic Violence Defense Attorney 

Under Florida law, Domestic Violence defined under Section 784.28, Florida Statutes. Domestic Violence means any assault, aggravated assault, kidnapping, stalking, aggravated stalking, false imprisonment or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death to a member of ones family or household.

Domestic Violence Battery By Strangulation

Under Florida law, Domestic Violence Battery by Strangulation is defined under Section 784.041, Florida Statutes. A Domestic Violence Battery by Strangulation arrest or charge on your record can be extremely disruptive to your life. You could be ordered to stay away from your own home, stay away from your own children along with many other significant consequences. It is recommended that you speak to an attorney immediately after you are arrested or otherwise accused of committing a Domestic Violence Battery.

Drug Defense Lawyer in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami

Drug Charges can have an especially serious effect on your life, career and education. Many defendants charged with Drug Offenses are immediately at risk of losing their jobs, some people could be at risk of losing housing and potential for suspension or expulsion from school. We know how hard it can be to face a Drug Charge and we do not want you to face it alone. At Dell & Schaefer, we are available for a consultation all day, every day 24 hours a day 7 days a week, weekends and holidays included. Whenever you need to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney, call Grant Schwarz at 800-403-3887 or email at Grant@dnslaw.com

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Florida Drug Defense Lawyer

Drug charges can cover a wide range of different types of offenses, some of which are simple misdemeanors with minimal consequences, and could even potentially be Sealed or Expunged off of your record. On the other hand, there is also a wide range of offenses that are classified as Felonies.

Driving with a Suspended License

In Florida, driving while your driver's license is suspended, revoked, cancelled or disqualified is a crime only if you knew that your license was suspended. This charge is prosecuted in County Court because it is a misdemeanor. However, if you have multiple prior convictions for Driving While License Suspended, the State Attorney’s Office can choose to charge you with a serious felony which exposes you to long probation sentences, jail or even prison.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach DUI Attorney

Nothing will turn your life upside down quite like a DUI in Florida. These cases are prosecuted extremely aggressively even before the case reaches the courthouse. Once you are arrested for DUI you will be fighting 2 separate cases simultaneously. The first case happens immediately and it is against the DMV. The DMV will suspend your driver license for a period of 6 months for a first offense if your breath alcohol level is over the legal limit, and 1 year if you refuse to provide a breath sample.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach False Imprisonment Attorney

False Imprisonment means to forcibly, by threat, or secretly confining, abducting, imprisoning, or restraining another person without lawful authority and against her or his will.

Felony Battery

Under Florida law, Felony Battery is defined under Section 784.03, Florida Statutes. A Felony Battery arrest or charge on your record can potentially be a very damaging thing to your personal life, career and reputation. It is recommended that you speak to an attorney immediately after you are arrested or otherwise accused of committing a Felony Battery.

Fleeing and Eluding from Law Enforcement

Have you or someone you know been arrested for fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer? The crime of fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer is governed by Florida Statute 316.1935. You will be charged with fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement if you are:

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Fraud Crime Lawyer

Florida law punishes crimes involving fraud very aggressively. In any fraud related case the state attorney must prove that you intentionally acted for personal gain or to deceive or harm another. Many times, these cases begin with a call from law enforcement wishing for you to give a statement to tell “your side of the story”.

Broward, Miami and Palm Beach Grand Theft Defense Lawyer

Florida Defines Theft as the Unlawful taking of property. To prove the crime of theft, the State Attorney has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you took property from another person with the intent to deprive the person of a right to the property or appropriate the property for personal use or for the use of another who does not have the right to use the property.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Injunction Attorney

At the Law Office of Dell & Schaefer, we are very aware that a life free from unlawful disruptions is very important. Having an injunction served on you will certainly disrupt whatever peace and privacy you were seeking to enjoy. A restraining order will prevent you from being able to go certain places, own a firearm and could result in the loss of employment, issues with your family, your children or your ability to obtain housing.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Juvenile Crime Attorney 

The State of Florida handles criminal cases involving Juveniles under the age of 18 in a completely separate system under the Florida Unified Family Court umbrella. This special court was set up to protect children and their families from having the case information become public record and to provide specialized treatment and punishment programs for young offenders.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Kidnapping Defense Attorney 

Kidnapping is a 1st Degree Felony. Being charged with an Kidnapping, or being under investigation by the police for allegations of potential Kidnapping related criminal activity can have serious and long lasting effects on your life both at home, your career or your ability to stay in school.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Loitering Lawyer

A person commits the offense of Loitering and Prowling if they Loiter or Prowl in a manner unusual for a law abiding citizen. The factual circumstances must establish that the defendant’s behavior is alarming in nature, creating an imminent threat to public safety.

Theft of Lost or Abandoned Property in Broward, Miami and Palm Beach Counties

Theft of Lost or Abandoned Property is charged merely as the method you allegedly used to commit the theft. In Florida, if you are accused of Theft of Lost or Abandoned Property you would be charged under Statute 705.102 in addition to the Theft Statute 812.014. The two statutes work together to describe more specifically the type of conduct you were alleged to have committed. The degree of crime will depend on the “value” of the item allegedly taken:

Luring and Enticing

Luring or Enticing a Child is a 1st Degree Felony. Being charged with Luring or Enticing a Child, or being under investigation by the police for allegations of potential Luring or Enticing a Child related criminal activity can have serious and long lasting effects on your life both at home, your career or your ability to stay in school. Receiving a felony conviction for Luring or Enticing a Child will have serious effects including jail, prison, minimum mandatory prison sentences, probation, heavy fines, restitution payments to victims and the loss of your civil rights including your right to vote or own a firearm. A felony conviction for Luring or Enticing a Child will make you unemployable at most companies or cause you to lose your professional license. This is why it is so important to contact a Florida Luring and Enticing Defense Attorney right away. Call Grant Schwarz at 800-403-3887 any time to discuss your case.

Misdemeanor Battery

Under Florida law, Simple Battery / Misdemeanor Battery is defined under Section 784.03, Florida Statutes. A Battery arrest or charge on your record can potentially be a very damaging thing to your personal life, career and reputation. It is recommended that you speak to an attorney immediately after you are arrested or otherwise accused of committing a battery.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Murder Defense Attorney

The absolute most serious charge anyone can face is one that involves the unlawful killing of another human being. There are different ways that the government can charge and accuse you of murdering another person and each one is extraordinarily serious with sentences from Life in Prison to the Death Penalty.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Fraud Scheming Charge Lawyer

A case involving an organized scheme to defraud is usually presented to the state attorney’s office Economic Crimes Unit. These cases are generally reviewed extensively by prosecutors and detectives prior to filing charges. If you are reading this, you or someone you know has been charged with, or is under investigation for Organized Scheme to Defraud in Florida.

Permitting an Unauthorized Driver in Florida

Florida Statute 322.36 states that a person may not authorize or knowingly permit a motor vehicle owned by him or her to be operated on any highway or public street by a person who is not lawfully licensed to drive.

Florida Minor in Possession of Alcohol Attorney

A person commits the offense of Possession of Alcoholic Beverages by a Minor if they have in their actual or constructive possession any Alcoholic Beverages. Alcoholic Beverages include: Beer, Wine, Malt Liquor, Malt Beverage (Smirnoff Ice, Mikes Hard Lemonade) or other distilled liquor (vodka, whiskey etc.)

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Probation Violation Lawyer

Many prosecutors will look at your initial probation sentence as a gift that they gave you in exchange for a plea or as a sentence you received after trial. Prosecutors and judges get very upset when they see you back in “their” courtroom on an alleged violation of probation.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Probation Modification and Termination Lawyer

Certain restrictions while on probation are to be expected: no driving, no alcohol or drug consumption, no contact with the alleged victim or repayment of restitution. However, some restrictions can put a huge damper on your life in many ways. Oftentimes being placed on probation can create unexpected consequences.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Prostitution Defense Attorney

The Florida Prostitution Statute covers a very broad category of crimes that seek to punish everyone involved. The statute targets the Prostitute (the person offering to perform a sex act for money), the John (Person offering money) and even the “Assigner” otherwise known as a Pimp (Person who sets up the appointment or engagement for sex).

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Resisting Arrest Lawyer

There are several different ways that you could potentially be charged with Obstructing Justice. The most common way we see this charge brought is under statute 843.02, Resisting Officer without Violence.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Robbery Defense Lawyer

Have you been charged with any robbery related Offense in Miami, Broward or Palm Beach Counties? Hire the firm who has been defending these types of cases for over 30 years.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Seal and Expunge Lawyer

In Florida, depending on how your criminal charge was closed, your criminal record can be either Sealed or Expunged. There is a very significant legal difference between the two potential outcomes.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Sex Crimes Attorney

Sexually related crimes are some of the most aggressively prosecuted cases in all of Florida. The potential criminal and legal consequences you could be facing when charged with any Sex Crime are severe. However the worst part of facing any sexually motivated or sexually related charge is the humiliation, ridicule and disgrace involved with accusations of sexual misconduct.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Stalking Defense Attorney

Stalking charges are prosecuted very aggressively and are considered a serious crime with potential for very stern penalties.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Theft Defense Lawyer

Florida Law provides several different types and degrees of theft. Each type of Theft related offense can be charged several different ways and each carry with it many different potential penalties. When you hire the office of Dell & Schaefer, you are hiring a firm with over 30 years of experience defending clients charged with Theft and Theft related charges in the State of Florida.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach DUI Lawyer

Nothing will turn your life upside down quite like a DUI in Florida. These cases are prosecuted extremely aggressively even before the case reaches the courthouse. Once you are arrested for DUI you will be fighting 2 separate cases simultaneously. The first case happens immediately and it is against the DMV.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Traffic Ticket Lawyer

Failing to properly handle your traffic ticket can result in points on your license, suspended license, large fines and higher insurance rates. You could also be sentenced to unnecessary traffic school. Why go through all the hassle of going to court, dealing with police officers and potentially missing work. Hire an attorney to do all of this for you.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Trespassing Defense Attorney

Have you been arrested or charged with Trespassing in Broward, Miami or Palm Beach County?You should immediately consult with a proven, highly-skilled and experienced Broward, Palm Beach or Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer who has fought cases under the law of Trespassing and related offenses as soon as possible to make sure that your rights are properly protected. The Office of Dell & Schaefer has represented thousands of criminal defendants in the tri county area and throughout Florida since 1979 and knows the proven defenses that work in and out of court.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Probation Violation Lawyer

Many prosecutors will look at your initial probation sentence as a gift that they gave you in exchange for a plea or as a sentence you received after trial. Prosecutors and judges get very upset when they see you back in “their” courtroom on an alleged violation of probation.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Weapon Defense Lawyer

Despite Florida’s reputation as a tolerant firearm law state, Unlawful possession of any weapon or firearm in Florida are considered very serious and are prosecuted aggressively.

Broward County, Miami, and Palm Beach Welfare and Public Assitance Fraud Attorney

In Florida, the terms “Public Assistance Fraud” and/or “Welfare Fraud” are used to describe a variety of different types of unlawful behavior and conduct which is meant to begin receiving, continue to receive, misappropriates, attempts to misappropriate, aids or abets in the misappropriation of or use the Federal or State Funded Public Assistance Program or benefits such as: