Criminal Defense

Facing state or federal criminal charges in South Florida is an incredibly stressful experience, regardless of whether it is your first arrest or if you have been through the justice system several times before. You are up against the overwhelming power of the government, and you need a lawyer who can aggressively defend your rights every step of the way.

At Chukwuma, Hildebrandt & Ray, we proudly fight for those who find themselves in the government’s crosshairs. As former Prosecutors, our team of Miami criminal defense attorneys understands how prosecutors think and what gives them pause about the strength of their case. In some cases, we are even able to have the charges dropped before they are filed. However, our firm of experienced trial attorneys have tried almost 100 jury trials to verdict, argued hundreds of motions, and are not afraid to take your case to trial.

What to Do If You Were Arrested in South Florida

If you’ve been arrested for a crime in Miami or South Florida, your freedom is literally on the line. Immediately after your arrest, the government will begin preparing its case against you. You should do the same by reaching out to a Miami criminal lawyer.

At Chukwuma, Hildebrandt & Ray, the moment you bring us on your team, we will tirelessly advocate on your behalf.  

We understand that up until this point, no one has listened to you. Police did not ask for your side of the story or maybe did not investigate the case at all. Law enforcement may not have respected your constitutional rights and maybe even physically abused you. Here at Chukwuma, Hildebrandt & Ray we not only want to hear your side of the story, but we care about it.

Cases We Handle

Our team of attorneys routinely handles all types of federal and state criminal cases, ranging from first-time misdemeanor arrests to serious felony allegations. A few of the most common types of cases we handle include:

  • Drug possession and drug trafficking offenses
  • Gun crimes
  • Domestic violence allegations
  • Theft crimes
  • DUI offenses
  • Probation violations
  • Juvenile offenses
  • Violent crimes
  • Sex offenses
  • White-collar crimes

Regardless of the charges the government has brought against you, our firm can and will help. 

Why You Should Hire Our Firm

When prosecutors bring criminal charges, they do so with the full force and nearly unlimited resources of the government. That being the case, it is incredibly important to retain an experienced criminal lawyer in Miami to help you defend against the charges. At Chukwuma, Hildebrandt & Ray, our attorneys will take the following steps:

  • Aggressively work to get you out of jail by immediately contacting a bondsperson
  • File Motions to Set Bond or Reduce Bond
  • Diligently investigate your claim by interviewing witnesses, visiting the scene, and gathering evidence
  • Strategically develop a compelling defense
  • Persuasively request quick court dates to expedite the process
  • Skillfully litigate pre-trial motions to suppress evidence or statements

Above all, we are available when you want to talk and will listen to you. We recognize how stressful this process is, and we are here for you. We believe that the strongest defense starts with our clients. If you have input, we want to hear it. If you have questions, we want to answer them.

How to Handle a Probation Violation in South Florida

After a conviction, a sentence of probation may feel like a major victory. And certainly, probation is better than incarceration. At the same time, those on probation deal with many restrictions on their freedom, some of which may not be entirely clear. And if a probationer takes one step out of line, they may face a violation of probation hearing.

South Florida probation violation hearings can be just as serious as picking up new criminal charges. If a judge finds that a defendant violated their probation, the judge has a few options:

  • Reinstate or continue probation
  • Modify the terms of probation
  • Revoke probation and resentence the defendant

The goal of a violation of probation hearing is to avoid the judge finding you in violation. While the government does not need to prove a violation beyond a reasonable doubt, they still need to show that the defendant violated a term of probation. We aggressively represent clients facing probation violations, helping to keep them on probation and out of jail.

Accused of a White Collar-Crime? We will Help Defend You

White-collar crimes are very different from the other offenses most criminal defense lawyers handle. Allegations of white-collar crime are complex, and many criminal lawyers are ill-equipped to handle these cases. Yet white collar crimes can carry extremely serious punishments, affecting a business and its executives in their individual capacity. Our law firm handles state and federal white-collar criminal cases.

A few of the most common types of white-collar cases we handle include:

  • Identity Theft
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Cybercrime
  • Corporate Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Securities and Commodities Fraud
  • Embezzlement

Unlike other areas of criminal law, the subject of a white-collar criminal investigation will often know they are under investigation. This gives those under investigation an opportunity to help clear things up or, in some cases, make things worse for themselves. Armed with a detailed knowledge of white-collar criminal practice and the experience to back it up, we can confidently defend clients facing the most complex charges.

Contact Our Criminal Defense Team Today

Are you looking at serious state or federal criminal charges in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, or Broward County? We proudly defend the rights of those facing the overwhelming power of the government, standing up for their rights at every opportunity. Regardless of the allegations brought against you, we are here to defend you. To learn more and to schedule a free consultation, call 786-408-9903.

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