West Palm Beach Criminal Attorney
Building Your Case From the Ground Up
As West Palm Beach criminal attorneys, it is our job to do everything in our power, including using all of our local resources, to ensure the best possible outcome for you. This begins with a thorough review of your case. 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 what possible Defenses might exist regarding your matter. It is important to remember that simply because you are arrested for a crime, it does not necessarily mean that the State must file charges. We look for deficiencies in the prosecution’s case, 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 exceeds the expectations of their clients.
Selecting A Local, Respected West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney Will Have a Dramatic Impact on the Ultimate Resolution of Your Case
Being accused of, or even suspected of, committing a crime is very serious. Before you speak with the Authorities, your first call should be to The Skier Law Firm in Palm Beach County. We have been practicing criminal defense for over a decade in Palm Beach and surrounding Counties. Our practice, The Skier Law Firm, defends clients charged in all criminal matters, both Federal and State, including:
Federal Offenses — A myriad of Federal offenses 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.
Major Violent Crimes — The maximum punishment includes, and sometimes, requires, life in prison if convicted. We have handled hundreds of violent crime matters and obtained JURY ACQUITTALS for clients charged with the following: First Degree Murder with a Firearm, Attempted Second Degree Murder with a Firearm, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm and countless other successful jury verdicts (Please see the tab, “In the News”).
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. I 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 nation-wide gang, the “Gangster Disciples.” In that instance, all RICO charges were Dismissed following the completion of Discovery.
White Collar Crime — Also known as an economic crimes, these include Organized Scheme 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 of 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 there-in. Robbery is the taking of the property of another person by force, threat or intimidation. We have handled countless such cases and have successfully defended each of 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. I treat our misdemeanor clients no different than those 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 included refusing to provide a breath sample if suspected of DUI. We don’t even recommend performing the “Road Side” tasks. The less evidence you provide the State, the less likely the State will posses sufficient evidence to convict you! I have successfully defended countless DUI’s, ranging from Jury Acquittals to reduced charges.
Florida Criminal Defense FAQs
Our Palm Beach County Criminal Defense Attorneys Have the Answers
If you don’t see your question here, or you are in need of a Palm Beach County criminal lawyer, contact The Skier Law Firm, any time at 561-820-1508 or you can contact us online for a free consultation.
- What is considered a felony in Florida?
- What is a misdemeanor?
- What is aggravated assault?
- What is sexual battery?
- What constitutes a federal offense?
- What is a white collar crime?
- What is racketeering?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Call a West Palm Beach Criminal Attorney Who Aggressively Defends Each Client
The Skier Law Firm, P.A. serves West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Martin County, St. Lucie County, Broward County, Dade County, Lee County and surrounding Counties. If you’ve been arrested, I can be reached at any time at 561-820-1508 or you can contact me online to schedule your free consultation.