Criminal Defense Lawyer Fort Lauderdale

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Being charged with a crime is a difficult and stressful experience. You are up against the power of the Federal or State Government and all their resources, so you need the expert guidance of an experienced criminal attorney to help you get through the confusing procedures and processes that will decide your future. Criminal charges are often difficult to separate into clear categories because the specific circumstances of each case, and nuances of the law, will determine whether a crime is charged in Federal or State court.
*Specific nature of offense determines whether charges are Federal or State. As one of the most trusted firms in Fort Lauderdale, Richard Della Fera Attorney is dedicated to helping clients navigate the winding road that is the legal system. With numerous years of experience in defending the rights and reputation of his clients, Mr. Della Fera and his team are able to lend their legal knowledge to aid clients facing any of the following criminal issues:
If you have been arrested or are under investigation, the best possible outcome is that criminal charges are never filed. Ft. Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorney Della Fera has a successful track record of persuading local prosecutors not to file charges, to drop charges, or to significantly reduce charges in many cases—including some serious felony investigations of homicide and firearms possession. At this stage of a criminal defense case, you have the valuable opportunity to improve your situation before charges are brought. With the help of an experienced criminal attorney, you can take the initiative and place yourself at an advantage before any charges can even be filed against you.
Often, the most critical efforts are done immediately after the client becomes aware of a problem. This can include the chance to interview witnesses while information is fresh, or before they move away, or before feelings and loyalties change.
This phase can involve talking to the police to avoid the client having to do so. Often, discussions with the prosecutors can avoid a charge being filed or lead to the filing of a reduced charge, because your lawyer can bring in favorable facts or point out favorable law that the prosecutor did not learn from the police or otherwise discover.

For more information on all stages of Early Advocacy Defense, contact RDF

Being charged with a crime is a difficult and stressful experience. You are up against the power of the Federal or State Government and all their resources, so you need expert guidance through the confusing procedures and processes that will decide your future. Criminal charges are often difficult to separate in to clear categories because the specific circumstances of each case, and nuances of the law, will determine whether a crime is charged in Federal or State court.
After an arrest for DUI, you must act quickly to protect yourself. We have only 10 days following a DUI arrest to notify the DMV that you will be fighting the suspension of your driver’s license. If you fail to obtain the counsel of an experienced attorney, you place your rights and your future at risk. Additionally, there are various legal strategies for challenging any evidence used to convict you, including breathalyzer test results and the stated reasons for being pulled over in the first place. Drunk driving arrest triggers two parallel legal actions: 1) a criminal proceeding that determines your guilt or innocence of the charge, and 2) a DMV administrative proceeding that could result in the loss of your driver’s license. A person facing a DUI charge needs effective representation in both proceedings to fully protect their rights.
Conviction of a drug charge has serious consequences that can include a jail sentence and a permanent blemish on a person’s record. As an experienced criminal defense attorney, Della Fera has successfully represented numerous clients accused of drug crimes. Della Fera looks for every opportunity to obtain a dismissal or reduction of the charges and has persuaded the State Attorney not to press charges for these and other reasons through assertive pre-filing activities. If a case does go forward, Defense Attorney Della Fera dedicates himself 24/7 to developing a strong case and vigorous defense effort to minimize the consequences for clients accused of:

  • Under the influence
  • Possession
  • Possession with intent to sell
  • Prescription drug fraud
  • Drug Trafficking (manufacturing, sales and transportation of drugs)
In Economic crime cases, it may not be enough to pay restitution to the alleged victim. Even if you pay back the amount of money allegedly stolen, a conviction could still result in being sentenced to jail, house-of-correction, or state-prison. Criminal Defense Attorney Della Fera represents individuals charged with all types of economic crimes.

  • Forgeries
  • Identity theft
  • Internet fraud…
If you have been charged with a weapon or firearm offense, Defense Attorney Della Fera will hear the facts of your particular case and determine the defenses to reduce your charges or possibly have your case dismissed.

  • Concealed Firearm/Weapon
  • Felon or Delinquent in Possession of Firearm…
A conviction for any type of theft can adversely affect your future in many ways. Employers typically screen job applicants by running a criminal record check, and most employers will instantly disregard an applicant with a criminal record, even if his/her skill set is superior to the competitions. It is paramount to avoid a conviction for a theft crime.

  • Shoplifting
  • Larceny
  • Vandalism…
There are a number of scenarios that could lead to robbery charges. Many robbery cases are identification cases. The prosecutor’s key evidence comes from an alleged victim, or an eyewitness, viewing a photo array or a lineup and identifying the person who looks like the suspect. South Florida Criminal Defense Attorney Della Fera has experience in handling all types of robbery charges and the subjective nature of the identification process. In many cases, a successful motion to suppress identification may leave the State with no case against you, and force the prosecutor to dismiss the charges entirely.
As with other criminal allegations, a person accused of a violent crime is often innocent of the crime charged, or responsible only for a less serious charge. Miami Criminal Defense Attorney Della Fera will investigate all aspects of the evidence against you, and all relevant issues of law. Piece by piece, and element by element, he will work to build an effective defense that maximizes the likelihood of a positive outcome for you.

  • Assault & Battery
  • Manslaughter
  • Homicide
  • Aggravated…
Intentionally touching another person in an unwanted way, regardless of the outcome, can lead to a charge of battery—whether it was a simple unwanted touch or contact leading to bodily harm. The penalty for lewd and lascivious battery Florida may increase if you are accused of using a weapon or committing battery against a pregnant woman or a law enforcement officer. In domestic violence cases, the alleged victim does not have the power to “drop the charges.” Once a person is arrested and brought before a court for arraignment, the State Attorney’s Office takes control of the case. You should hire a good attorney to work toward ultimately getting the case dismissed if you are charged with domestic assault and battery, violation of a restraining order, or any other type of domestic violence.

For more information on all State Crimes, contact RDF

Federal Crimes, as well as, White Collar Crimes, may involve a single act or a series of complex, events or financial transactions over time. Defense of White Collar and other Federal Crimes raises issues, which are significantly different than State Crimes. South Florida Criminal Defense Attorney Della Fera has extensive experience defending client’s accused of White Collar and other Federal Crimes to obtain the best outcome possible for the client.
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Money Laundering
  • RICO charges
  • Fraud
  • Mortgage
  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Prescription Fraud
  • Internet Fraud

For more information on all White Collar Crimes, contact RDF

Conviction of a drug charge has serious consequences that can include a jail sentence and a permanent blemish on a person’s record. As an experienced Florida criminal defense attorney, Della Fera has successfully represented numerous clients accused of drug crimes. Della Fera looks for every opportunity to obtain a dismissal or reduction of the charges and has persuaded the US Attorney not to press charges for these and other reasons through assertive pre-filing activities. If a case does go forward, Defense Attorney Della Fera dedicates himself 24/7 to developing a strong case and vigorous defense effort to minimize the consequences for clients accused of:

  • Possession
  • Possession with intent to sell
  • Prescription drug fraud
  • Drug Trafficking (manufacturing, sales and transportation of drugs)
If you have been charged with a weapon or firearm offense, Defense Attorney Della Fera will hear the facts of your particular case and determine the defenses to reduce your charges or possibly have your case dismissed.

  • Possession
  • Sale or Transfer and Shipping…
A conviction for any type of theft can adversely affect your future in many ways. Employers typically screen job applicants by running a criminal record check, and most employers will instantly disregard an applicant with a criminal record, even if his/her skill set is superior to the competition’s. It is paramount to avoid a conviction for a theft crime.
There are a number of scenarios that could lead to robbery charges. Many robbery cases are identification cases. The prosecutor’s key evidence comes from an alleged victim, or an eyewitness, viewing a photo array or a lineup and identifying the person who looks like the suspect. South Florida Criminal Defense Attorney Della Fera has experience in handling all types of robbery charges and the subjective nature of the identification process. In many cases, a successful motion to suppress identification may leave the Government with no case against you, and force the prosecutor to dismiss the charges entirely.
As with other criminal allegations, a person accused of a violent crime is often innocent of the crime charged, or responsible only for a less serious. Miami Criminal Defense Attorney Della Fera will investigate all aspects of the evidence against you, and all relevant issues of law. Piece by piece, and element by element, he will work to build an effective defense that maximizes the likelihood of a positive outcome for you.

For more information on all Federal and White Collar Crimes, contact RDF

Before any criminal charges are filed, an investigation is commonly conducted to ensure there are grounds for filing the charges. Hiring a Ft. Lauderdale criminal attorney during the early stages of the investigation creates a small window of opportunity to address the possibility of charges not being filed, dropped or significantly reduced. For this reason it is necessary to hire the services of an experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney immediately after you become aware of a problem. This will give our attorney, Richard F. Della Fera, a chance to better study the case as it proceeds. Full knowledge of the case will give him a better opportunity to prevent any other charges from being filed and to work on any outstanding charges being dropped or reduced. While it is in your best interest to hire the services of a reliable attorney at any point during the legal process, having representation even before charges are filed allows you to significantly improve your situation. Whether addressed in State or Federal court, meticulously collecting evidence and preparing properly are keys to increasing your chances of a favorable outcome. By choosing Attorney Della Fera, you are choosing representation to help your case tremendously regardless of the type of charges filed. At each step of the process, you will be duly informed of the current state of your case, and what options are available for the best possible outcome. Above are different types of criminal defense issues for which Attorney Della Fera provides representation. For more information on Criminal Defense or any of the other practice areas the firm handles, contact RDF. We provide services in Fort Lauderdale/Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach Counties and throughout Florida. To find out more about our services, visit our Contact page and fill out the form, or call us at 954.514.9955.