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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.

At the 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.

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
  • Distribution of controlled substances
  • Sale
  • Cultivation
  • Transporting or trafficking
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Prescription drug fraud

Controlled substances include: 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).

Firearms Offenses

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 firearms offense.

Healthcare Fraud

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 such processes.

Misdemeanor Crimes / Minor Offenses

A 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 Crimes

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 Crimes

A 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 Services

Many 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 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.

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