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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal charges can threaten every aspect of one’s life, such as employment, financial stability and even your personal freedom. The criminal defense attorney you choose to represent you can make all the difference.

Steinberg Law is an experienced South Florida criminal defense firm with a proven record of achieving positive results for its clients. If you need to hire an attorney, Steinberg will take every meticulous step necessary, including an examination of all evidence and determine whether law enforcement has followed each pertinent procedure.

Criminal Defense Areas of Expertise include the following:

Any person accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs knows the impact a conviction could have on their future. For starters, if you have been arrested for a DUI, you could lose your driving privileges or even end up in jail. Additionally, if your case is not handled appropriately, a DUI conviction could be problematic for years to come. Most people are not aware of their rights, including the right to refuse to submit to a beathalyzer test or roadside examinations. Steinberg Law is well versed in defending DUI charges and can assist you throughout this difficult time.

Drug possession and trafficking charges, state or federal, can result in severe consequences, ranging from five to thirty years in prison as well as fines up to $10,000. Additionally, certain drug possession charges can cause up to a two-year license suspension. Despite the harsh penalties that accompany drug charges, when a law enforcement officer fails to recognize a person’s civil rights, such as freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, a drug charge can be overcome. A skilled defense lawyer can beat these charges by excluding evidence that was illegally seized. Steinberg Law has significant expertise in defending those accused of drug charges and is prepared to represent you.

Sometimes, and most unfortunately, family arguments can escalate beyond yelling and screaming. When a spouse or family member uses physical force against another family member, a domestic violence offense has occurred. Typically, the State Attorney’s Office will protect alleged victim’s rights in domestic violence cases, but those accused of committing such crimes need and deserve legal representation. Steinberg Law has the experience to provide a defense in domestic violence matters.

Steinberg Law represents those accused of a range of theft crimes in Florida, including shoplifting, petit theft and grand theft. Theft crimes can be classified as misdemeanor or felony offenses resulting in steep fines, jail time, or substantial prison sentences. In addition, convicted offenders might have to return stolen property or make restitution to the property owner. They might also be civilly liable in damages to the property owner as well. Steinberg Law is fully prepared to defend individuals charged with Petit Theft, Shoplifting, Uttering a Forged Instrument, Felony Grand Theft, Robbery and other related charges.

Completing a job application can sometimes be a difficult and daunting task, especially when confronting questions such as: “Have you ever been arrested for a crime such a felony or a crime of dishonesty or untruthfulness?” Typically, when a business owner or a manager sees that an applicant has a criminal history, they will choose to hire someone else. In Florida, individuals have the option to seal or expunge one misdemeanor or felony criminal arrest, so long as that arrest did not result in a conviction or involve a crime of a sexual nature. If that arrest is successfully sealed and expunged and it is your only arrest, a job applicant can check “no” when asked about prior arrests. However, certain government jobs require disclosure of prior arrests regardless of whether that record has been sealed and expunged. Contact Steinberg Law to find out if sealing and expungement is an option for you.

Florida’s violent crime laws address offenses including assault, battery, robbery, domestic violence and murder. While the prospect of being charged with a violent crime is a very serious matter, there are certain viable defenses to such charges, including self-defense and justification. For example, violent crimes that occur against someone trespassing in a person’s home are afforded a higher degree of leniency. Specifically, Florida law states that a person defending their home or occupied vehicle from forceful entry may use deadly force to stop the invasion or attempted invasion of the property. In such instances they need not retreat before using deadly force, they need not warn the intruder of their intent to shoot, and there is an absolute presumption that the person attempting the entry was doing so with the intent to commit a violent act and that the defender is presumed to be acting in reasonable fear of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself. Steinberg Law has the experience and legal knowledge necessary to defend a wide range of violent crime charges.