Practice Areas Overview
Whether you are simply under criminal investigation or whether you are
already charged with a crime, your reputation, professional and business
life, social relationships, and freedom are at stake. At such a difficult
time, your first priority must be finding a qualified criminal defense
attorney who will protect your rights and help you develop a defense strategy
that is thorough, aggressive, and professional.
Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi, you will find Miami criminal defense attorneys and certified legal professionals
who are committed to obtaining the outcome that is most favorable to you.
Our team of experienced criminal defense professionals will pursue every
available legal avenue to ensure that your defense is conducted in an
effective and professional manner, while providing you with the personal
support and guidance you need throughout the criminal legal process.
To learn more about the types of cases our firm handles, we have compiled
the following information as an instructive guide. By clicking on the
highlighted areas, you will be directed to another page within our site
that will give you a much more detailed understanding of that topic and
the legal services we offer to assist you.
Miami Criminal Defense
Drug Crimes / Narcotic Offenses
Crimes involving drugs and narcotics may be investigated and charged at both the state and federal
level. These crimes can range from the simple possession of marijuana
for one's own use to the distribution, sale, cultivation, manufacturing,
transportation, and trafficking of controlled substances including cocaine,
heroin, marijuana, hash oil/hashish, cannabis, prescription medications
(Oxycodone, Xanax, Adderall, etc.), methamphetamine, MDMA or methylone
(Molly, Ecstasy, bath salts (Flakka, Gravel), ketamine “Special
K”, LSD, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), benzodiazepines, amphetamines,
ethylone (also known as 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-ethylcathinone and MDEC,
bk-MDEA) and butylone (also known as β-keto-N-methylbenzodioxolylbutanamine
and bk-MBDB). Drug crimes may also include many related offenses ranging
from the possession of drug paraphernalia to prescription drug fraud.
Many laws exist at both the state and federal level regarding
possession, carrying, and use of firearms. Generally, crimes committed with and through the use of deadly weapons
are regarded much more seriously by law enforcement and the courts. Such
crimes include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or attempted murder.
Laws concerning firearms are also frequently changed, which means that
you should have experienced legal counsel if you are charged with any
Healthcare fraud involves the use of deceptive practices and misrepresentations in order
to make false claims for profit through federal, state, and private health
insurance programs. Such claims may be associated with medical equipment,
assisted living facilities, Medicaid and Medicare, mental health clinics,
HIV infusions, illegal kickbacks, billing for services not rendered and
conspiracy to do any of these crimes and more. These crimes can be committed
by healthcare professionals and others.
If you are
being investigated by a state or federal law enforcement agency concerning any type of criminal
matter, it is important that you have the protection of a skilled attorney
present during any questioning. You may be facing a federal investigation
by the FBI, DEA, ATF, HSI, or IRS civil tax investigators, state law enforcement,
local police, or you may be the subject of a pending Grand Jury matter.
Regardless, you need to ensure that your rights are safeguarded during
Misdemeanor Crimes / Minor Offenses
misdemeanor may seem like a minor matter, but if you are convicted you will have a
permanent criminal record which can lead to adverse consequences in the
future. Your criminal record can be accessed through a routine background
check by future employers, educational institutions, state licensing agencies,
and more. To protect yourself and your future, you may wish to be thoroughly
defended against such repercussions regardless of how you view the severity
of the actual offense.
Other Felony Crimes
Felony crimes are more serious than misdemeanors as they carry penalties of more than
a year in a state or federal prison, fines, probation, and other court-mandated
penalties. Where these offenses involve the threat or use of force with
weapons, the punishments can be quite severe. Federal penalties will involve
federal sentencing guidelines and mandatory sentences which can also add
to your potential punishment if convicted. Having a criminal defense attorney
who is a professional with experience in both State and Federal court
is therefore essential.
Sex crime investigations and charges are among the most serious that an individual
can face and your reputation may be tainted indefinitely if you are convicted.
Your career, family and social relationships, may be compromised beyond
repair if you are convicted and your freedom and future are at risk. The
stigma of a sex crime conviction can follow you long into the future;
especially if you are required to register as a sex offender. Aggressive
and competent legal representation by a criminal defense professional
is therefore imperative.
violent crime is any offense which includes the threat or use of force against others,
such as aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, carjacking,
manslaughter, and murder. These crimes are taken very seriously by prosecutors
and courts as they are generally charged as felonies, and involve lengthy
sentences in state or federal prisons in the event of a conviction. The
stakes are very high in a violent crime case, which means that you will
require a tough and relentless legal advocate.
White Collar Crimes / Fraud Offenses
White collar crimes are generally nonviolent offenses involving deception
and misrepresentation in which the offender seeks financial rewards, services,
or benefits which are not otherwise deserved. These types of crimes are
commonly committed by professional persons in positions of trust, such
as accountants, finance managers, investment professionals, public officials,
office managers, and more. Various types of fraud as well as embezzlement,
forgery, money laundering, counterfeiting, and similar schemes are involved.
other legal matters are involved in criminal defense work. These include such actions as asset
forfeitures, asset seizures, extradition, Medicaid and Medicare audits,
probation violations, criminal record sealing and expungements, sentence
hearings and reduction, and supervised release violations. All of these
legal criminal matters require the skilled legal assistance and protection
of a criminal defense attorney Miami who is capable of handling both State
and Federal criminal matters.
Consult with a Miami Criminal Defense Attorney about your case
Regardless of the nature of the criminal charges or investigation you face,
how your case is developed and its final outcome will be greatly impacted
by the quality and dedication of the legal representation you have. To
protect yourself, your families, and your future, talk to an attorney
at our firm today.
Find out where you stand, the implications of the charges you face, and
how we can help you with a thoroughly professional criminal defense. We
understand that your future depends on how you are defended today and
we work diligently to give you the legal opportunities and effective strategies
needed to achieve optimum case results.