West Palm Beach Criminal Lawyer
An experienced firm fighting for your rights
Facing any type of criminal charges is a serious matter. In addition to the criminal penalties associated with your case, which may include heavy fines, mandatory community service, and a potential jail sentence, you are likely to face serious repercussions in your personal life. Relationships with others at home, in the community, and in your profession may be impacted, while the criminal record that follows you upon conviction could prevent you from getting a job, going to school, or even getting an apartment or mortgage.
If you have been charged with a crime in Florida, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. Scott Berry Law, P.A. fights to defend the rights of each client. He provides the professional legal guidance and aggressive legal representation you need when facing this type of situation. Serving clients throughout West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas,Scott Berry has built his reputation on getting results. The firm is intimately familiar with all facets of the Florida criminal justice system, and have the knowledge and skill to make sure you understand your legal options and to guide you through the legal process.
With 15 years of legal experience in representing clients and defending their rights, the West Palm Beach criminal lawyers at Scott Berry Law, P.A. have represented individuals in both state and federal courts on charges ranging from minor offenses to serious felonies. Cases in which we may be able to assist you include:
- Abuse & Neglect
- Assault & Battery
- Burglary & Trespass
- Drug Crime
- DUI Manslaughter & Vehicular Homicide
- Federal Crime
- Felony Sentencing
- Juvenile Delinquency
- Kidnapping & False Imprisonment
- Robbery & Carjacking
- Sex Crime
When you have charges on your record that you want eliminated, Scott Berry Law, P.A. can help you get those charges sealed or expunged.We can also gather the evidence needed to represent you in appellate court, seeking an overturn of your conviction. No matter what obstacle has been placed in your way, rest assured that Scott Berry Law, P.A. will strive diligently to help you overcome it. You can trust our West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer and our entire legal team to work tenaciously to attain the best possible result for you in your criminal court case.
Full Range of Criminal Defense
At Scott Berry Law, P.A., we offer a full range of legal services, designed to defend your freedom while protecting your rights and best interests. Our West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers represent clients who face the following types of criminal charges:
Abuse and Neglect: Florida criminal charges involving allegations of abuse or neglect often stem from cases involving families, particularly those with children or concerning elderly relatives receiving long term care or living in a nursing home.
Charged as child or elderly neglect and abuse, these charges arise in situations where a parent, teacher, caregiver, or other individual causes injury or fails to provide reasonable care. Depending on the nature of the injury,these crimes may be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony crime, and can carry a sentence ranging from probation to multiple years in jail.
Assault and Battery: Under Chapter 784 of the Florida Statutes, anytime you threaten to harm another person and have the apparent ability to carry out that threat, you have committed an assault. If you use a potentially deadly weapon while making the threat, such as a gun, knife, or even objects such as a metal pipe or baseball bat, you could be charged with aggravated assault. If you actually touch or harm another person during an altercation, you have committed a battery.
While minor assault or battery may be charged as a misdemeanor crime, the circumstances surrounding the situation can result in a felony offense.These have very serious consequences, which may include an extended jail sentence. It is important to note that there are several defenses to these accusations that your lawyer should consider, which may include disputing the circumstances or claiming self-defense.
Juvenile Delinquency: Children who commit crimes can find themselves in juvenile court or even charged as adults, depending on the nature and seriousness of the offense. Parents may be held financially accountable for any damages their children cause, and the impact of a conviction could jeopardize the child’s ability to attend school or even to live at home.
Drug Offenses:Possessing or selling any type or quantity of drugs can lead to lengthy prison sentences. When dealing with larger amounts, you could also be charged with trafficking in state or federal court.
Whether you are charged with a crime involving marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or prescription drugs, you need an expert criminal defense attorney to help you avoid mandatory minimum prison sentences, otherwise lengthy incarceration, costly fines, probation, and even a driver’s license suspension.
DUI/DWI:Thousands of people are charged with DUI/DWI every day. Breathalyzer tests, blood tests, and field sobriety exercises are just some of the tools the government will use to
try to take away your freedom when the police and prosecutors believe you have been driving under the influence. A criminal defense attorney can help you fight back.
Federal Crimes:When the federal government comes knocking, you can be sure the consequences will be severe. Whether they accuse you of human, drug or firearm trafficking or cyber-crimes and financial fraud, the federal government has vast resources to take away your freedom. They play by different rules than the local police and you need a lawyer with the skill set to combat them.
Criminal Mischief and Arson: Both of these crimes involve property damage. If you are charged with arson, the damage done resulted from a fire you set. Both crimes can lead to time in prison with the punishment increasing based on the amount of resulting damage and the threat to human life.
Fraud and Theft: Theft involves taking property that does not belong to you, or depriving the owner of the property or benefits.Fraud is one way of committing a theft, which involves deception, misrepresentation, or posing as someone other than yourself. These crimes can be charged as felonies or misdemeanors and can have very serious consequences. Not only could these crimes land you in prison, but your reputation for dishonesty, particularly with future employers, can be a collateral consequence of the accusation itself.
Burglary and Trespassing: When you are accused of breaking into someone’s house or vehicle, you are likely to be charged with burglary. The difference between burglary and trespassing lies in your intention. If you intended to commit another crime once you got inside (like stealing things or hurting someone), you may be charged with burglary. If your intention was not to commit another crime, you were merely trespassing by being on someone else’s property without their permission.
Kidnapping and False Imprisonment:False imprisonment occurs when someone’s freedom to move is restricted by another person. Kidnapping is false imprisonment with a purpose.
The purpose is usually to aid in committing some other type of felony. Both are very serious charges and can carry potentially lengthy prison sentences.
Murder and Manslaughter: The difference between murder and manslaughter is one of
intent. First-degree murder is one that was premeditated, or committed during the course of other serious felonies. Second-degree murder was committed with ill will, spite, hatred or evil intent. Manslaughter occurs when your behavior is reckless and results in another person’s death.
Vehicular Homicide and DUI Manslaughter:Engaging in reckless driving behaviors, such as speeding, ordriving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance becomes significantly more serious if someone dies as a result. Both charges are classified as felonies and punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Sexual Offenses:Sexual harassment, rape, molestation, and child pornography can result in lengthy incarceration, sex offender registration requirements, and even civil commitment. Simply being accused of these types of crimes will destroy your reputation.
Going The Extra Mile To Ensure Your Freedom
At Scott Berry Law, P.A., our West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer goes the extra mile to protect your rights and to ensure that you get the justice you deserve. Scott Berry and his legal team have taken an oath to provide exemplary service, an oath that they are dedicated to honoring. Through meticulous preparation and a firm attention to detail, the firm’s efforts are always focused on achieving that goal.
Our legal team diligently works in gathering evidence in your favor, which includes personally speaking with witnesses, reviewing police records, examining the alleged crime scene, and reviewing any videotape or other evidence involved. Depending on the situation, we may also bring in experts who challenge the prosecution and help prepare trial strategy.
Nothing is more important than defending your freedom. If you need a defense attorney who is dedicated to your case, contact Scott Berry Law, P.A. today.
Criminal Defense Cost
At Scott Berry Law, we believe the defense of your freedom should not depend on the size of your bank account. For that reason, we try to keep our fees reasonable and competitive, while recognizing our firm tries to provide outstanding service regardless of the price. It is important to remember that when facing criminal charges, you cannot afford notto have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side.
Important Exclusions & Other Information
To ensure transparency, we want you to be aware of the following exclusions and other important information:
Fees are due before we begin work on your case.
Trial fees are not included in these prices. Trial fees will be discussed at the initial consultation, but will not be due until 60 days prior to trial or the first calendar call, whichever is earlier.
We accept cash, check, credit or debit cards and you can pay in person, over the phone or through our website.
Listed prices are for cases originating in Palm Beach County only.
Prices for more serious felonies, federal charges, out of county cases, and cases involving multiple counts or defendants vary depending on the amount of work the attorney anticipates will be involved in the representation.
Prices for violations of probation will be based on the charge for which you are on probation. For example, if you are on probation for a 3rd degree felony, the price will be based on the price listed for 3rd degree felonies.
Costs are not included in the listed prices. Additional costs could include fees for expert witness, court reporters, process servers, private investigators, and out-of-county travel expenses for the attorney. Credit and debit cards cannot be used to pay costs.
Contact Our Experienced West Palm Beach Criminal Lawyers Today
When you have been charged with a crime, choose an experienced, aggressive West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer to represent you. You want someone dedicated to defending your rights and freedoms, who will work diligently to make a difference in the outcome of your case. Call us at 561-281-7155 or contact the firm online to schedule an appointment. With our office conveniently located in West Palm Beach, Florida, Scott Berry Law, P.A. stands ready to represent you in your criminal matter.