Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Palm Beach
Experienced Palm Beach County Defense At Your Side
As criminal attorneys, it is our job to do everything in our power, including using all our local resources, to ensure the best possible outcome for you. This begins with a thorough review of your case. At The Skier Law Firm, we will review your arrest affidavit (also known as the probable cause affidavit) prior to meeting with you. We do this so we can properly determine possible defenses regarding your matter.
If you were arrested for a crime, it does not necessarily mean that the state must file charges. We look for deficiencies in the prosecution’s case and inconsistencies among witness statements and question each detail. Due to our tenacity and dedication, we have built a strong reputation as criminal defense attorneys who exceed the expectations of our clients.
Ready to get started on your case? Call our criminal defense lawyers in West Palm Beach today at (561) 220-3355.
What Does a Defense Attorney Do?
A defense attorney is a legal professional specializing in representing individuals or organizations accused of committing a crime. Their primary goal is to provide legal representation and support for their clients throughout the criminal justice process.
The role of a defense attorney begins as soon as their client is accused of a crime. They work to ensure that their client's rights are protected, and that they receive a fair trial. This may involve conducting their investigation into the case, interviewing witnesses, and gathering evidence to build a strong defense.
Once the trial begins, the defense attorney will present their case in court, cross-examine witnesses, and challenge the prosecution's evidence. They may also negotiate plea deals with the prosecution to reduce charges or avoid a trial altogether.
In addition to representing their clients in court, defense attorneys provide legal advice and support outside the courtroom. They may help clients navigate the legal system, advise them on their options, and provide emotional support during stressful and challenging times.
Ultimately, the role of a defense attorney is to ensure that their client's rights are protected and that they receive a fair trial. Whether representing an individual or an organization, The Skier Law Firm will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.
Criminal Charges We Defend Against
Defending clients charged in criminal matters, including:
- Federal offenses: A myriad of federal charges are brought by the United States government. The rules in federal court differ greatly from state court. We have extensive experience in all federal matters, including trial experience in the Southern District of Florida.
- Violent crimes: The maximum punishment for violent crimes includes, and sometimes requires, life in prison if a person is convicted. We have handled hundreds of violent criminal matters and obtained jury acquittals for clients charged with first-degree murder with a firearm, attempted second-degree murder with a firearm, aggravated battery with a firearm, and countless other offenses.
- Drug crimes: Drug cases, especially those involving the sale or trafficking of prescription medication and cases involving the cultivation and growing of marijuana, require extensive knowledge of current Florida and federal law. We routinely handle such matters and have successfully defended these matters in trial.
- Racketeering: The government and state’s burden is quite high in these matters. The government must prove that the individual charged under a RICO statute is involved in “furthering a criminal enterprise.” We have handled local RICO matters, including the successful defense of RICO charges alleging a client to have been a member of the nationwide gang, the “Gangster Disciples.” In that instance, all RICO charges were dismissed following the completion of discovery.
- White-collar crime: Also known as economic crimes, this includes organized schemes to defraud, fraudulent use of identification, intent to commit fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion, money laundering, and other economic criminal acts involving finances. Recently, Palm Beach County has seen an increase in public corruption charges. We have successfully defended a variety of economically motivated crimes.
- Burglary and robbery: Burglary is unlawfully entering a structure to commit a crime. Robbery is the taking of the property of another person by force, threat, or intimidation. We have handled such cases and have successfully defended these charges in trial. Each of these charges falls under the umbrella of offenses that are subject to enhancements under the Prison Releasee Re-Offender Statute (PRR).
- Misdemeanors: Misdemeanors are considered “minor crimes.” We have handled thousands of misdemeanor charges. These crimes, such as driving while license suspended, possession of marijuana, DUI, battery, and domestic battery, are brought in county court. We treat our misdemeanor clients no different than clients charged with more serious crimes. We understand that your case is critical to you.
- DUI: We often instruct our clients NOT to provide any evidence to law enforcement. This includes refusing to provide a breath sample if suspected of DUI. We don’t even recommend performing the “roadside” tasks. The less evidence you provide the state, the less likely the state will possess sufficient evidence to convict you! We have successfully defended countless DUI accusations, with results ranging from jury acquittals to reduced charges.
Helping People Navigate the Criminal Justice System
Being accused of, or even suspected of, committing a crime is very serious. Before you speak with the authorities, call The Skier Law Firm. We have been practicing criminal defense for over a decade.
At The Skier Law Firm we work tirelessly to defend your rights. Call us today at (561) 220-3355 or send us a message to make an appointment with our criminal defense lawyers.
Attempted Second Degree Murder State vs Mckenley Dismissed
Burglary With A Battery State vs. Santos Not Guilty
DUI (3rd) State vs. Williams Not Guilty
First Degree Murder State vs. Duncan Dismissed
First Degree Murder
State vs. BrunyNot Guilty
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Criminal Defense FAQs
If you don’t see your question here or need a West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer, contact The Skier Law Firm at (561) 220-3355 for a free consultation.
What is Considered a Felony in Florida?
A felony is a serious crime. Felonies can be broken down into third-, second- and first-degree felonies, which carry maximum penalties of five-years in the Department of Corrections, fifteen-years in the Department of Corrections and thirty-years to Life in the Department of Corrections respectively.
What is a Misdemeanor?
A misdemeanor is a less serious crime such as a DUI, Marijuana Possession, or a Battery. Most of these charges carry a maximum penalty of one year in the Palm Beach County Jail.
What is Aggravated Assault?
Aggravated assault occurs when one individual threatens to physically attack another individual with an aggravating circumstance. This crime may be committed with a dangerous weapon, such as a gun, a knife or a blunt object.
What is Sexual Battery?
Sexual battery is an unwanted form of contact with a private part of one’s body. The victim may or may not be clothed for this to occur. This is typically done for purposes of sexual arousal on the part of the offender.
What Constitutes a Federal Offense?
A federal offense is any type of action that the United States Government defines as criminal. Federal offenses are extremely serious. The Federal system is completely different than the State Courts. The Rules, Prosecuting Authority and Judges/Magistrates do not in any way shape or form mirror the Rules, Prosecuting Authority and Judges in the State system.
What is a “White Collar” Crime?
White collar crimes involve dishonest business schemes, usually committed for some kind of financial gain. Examples include fraud, embezzlement and insider trading. The harm caused by these crimes is usually spread out among a large number of victims. In some cases, victims are lured by promises of risk-free investments involving large amounts of money.
What is Racketeering?
Racketeering is considered either a federal or state offense and occurs when individuals conspire to commit crimes on an ongoing basis as part of an organized crime operation. The Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a law, passed in 1970, that allows the federal government to give increased sentences for organized crime. This RICO statute has been adopted by the State of Florida and is often used to prosecute Defendants in State court.