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Miami-Dade County Criminal Defense Lawyers

Aventura, Coral Gables, Hialeah, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Shores
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Our lawyers are not only former prosecutors from the Miami-Dade County, 11th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, but they have also been lauded by Super Lawyers, AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and selected as a Legal Elite of Florida Trend Magazine.

A criminal charge can bring about a particularly harsh series of events that can ultimately change your life forever. No matter what type of crime you have been charged with, a misdemeanor or serious felony, you must act fast and protect your future by enlisting the help of a Miami-Dade County Criminal Defense Attorney at Whittel & Melton. Unfortunately, many people are wrongfully convicted of crimes that they did not actually commit every day across the United States. In 2013, 87 people falsely convicted of crimes were exonerated, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. Since 1989, the U.S. has documented 1,300 such cases. Protect yourself and your legal rights by contacting a Miami-Dade County Criminal Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton at the first signs you may be charged with a crime.

A criminal conviction may result in jail or prison time, substantial fines and other consequences that can follow you around for the rest of your life. A criminal defense attorney can investigate the facts of your case and mount a powerful defense on your behalf. Criminal charges are not to be taken lightly. As former prosecutors, we know how the other side builds its case and can put this knowledge to work for you. Contact us today at 866-608-5529 for a free consultation.

White Collar Crimes

White collar criminal cases or government investigations are often complex, requiring a special skill set to defeat such charges. Our Miami-Dade County Criminal Defense Attorneys have both state and federal trial court experience. Corporations and their executives accused of all types of criminal matters including health care fraud, tax fraud, credit card fraud, insurance fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, embezzlement, immigration law violations, counterfeiting, identity theft, conspiracy, money laundering and antitrust deserve competent legal representation. We are equipped to take your case all the way to jury trial or, depending on the circumstances, we may be able to persuade prosecutors to refrain from filing any charges at all.

Sex Crimes

People tend to group all sex offenders together, whether the offense involved sex between two consenting minors or a more heinous offense making major headlines. Convicted sex offenders have no sense of privacy as their names, addresses and other private information is made public knowledge on national registry databases that is easily accessible on the Internet by all. Due to the fact that neighbors and prospective employers can gain access to this information rather quickly, it may be next to impossible to find a job as well as housing, especially as more cities seek to ban sexual offenders from residing in all or most of the community.

Sadly, just being accused of a sex crime carries a certain social stigma. While allegations of sexual assault usually involve no physical evidence and no witnesses other than the accused and the accuser, those accused are often presumed guilty by the media and the public even before the cases make it to trial. The criminal justice system can be harsh, and as sex crimes defense lawyers in Miami-Dade County we know that there are more people wrongly convicted of sex offenses than most other types of criminal offenses combined.

Our Miami-Dade County Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys are ready to defend in sex crime-related cases including:

  • Child Molestation
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Child Exploitation
  • Child Pornography Possession
  • Child Pornography Distribution/Transmission
  • Traveling to Meet a Minor
  • Voyeurism
  • Failure to Register as a Sexual Predator
  • Human Trafficking
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Internet Solicitation/Computer Sting Operation
  • Lewd and Lascivious Conduct
  • Prostitution

Violent Felonies

If you have been accused of a violent crime then you know the seriousness of the situation you are facing. Violent crimes are classified as felonies and a conviction carries the very real possibility of a prison sentence, and a lengthy one at that. Because of this, you will need a Miami-Dade County Violent Crime Lawyer at Whittel & Melton to fight aggressively so that the allegations you face do not jeopardize your future.

The most important thing to understand is that just because you have been accused of a violent crime, this does not mean you are automatically guilty of the charges. However, having a criminal defense attorney on your side is paramount when it comes to defeating these serious charges.

A Miami-Dade County Criminal Defense Attorney at Whittel & Melton can help you with any accusation of a violent crime you may be facing including:

  • Assault and Battery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Murder, Manslaughter or Homicide
  • Rape or Sexual Assault
  • Firearm and Weapons Charges
  • Armed Robbery
  • Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
  • All other crimes of violence under Florida law

At Whittel & Melton, we defend people against white collar crimes, sex crimes, violent crimes and all other criminal matters. Regardless of your innocence, your rights must remain protected. Contact us today for a free initial consultation online or call us statewide and toll-free at 866-608-5529.


Client Resources & Additional Information

The following information may be useful if you or someone you love has been charged with a criminal offense in Miami-Dade County. Before you attempt to contact one of the agencies listed below, please consult with us first.

Harvey Ruvin, Clerk of the Courts, Miami-Dade County, FL
Clerk of the Board Division
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 17-202
Miami, Florida

Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
2525 NW 62nd Street
Miami, Florida 33147

Miami-Dade County Government

State Attorney’s Office for the 11th Judicial Circuit – Miami, FL

Carlos J. Martinez, Miami-Dade Public Defender – 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida

Miami-Dade Police Department

Penelope Townsley, Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections

Lazaro Solis, Miami-Dade Property Appraiser

Fernando Casamayor, Miami-Dade Tax Collector

Miami-Dade County Criminal Courthouses, State and Federal Cases

Miami-Dade County makes up the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. It has four courthouses: the Richard E. Gerthstein Justice Building, where circuit and county criminal cases are heard, especially those that require a jury trial, the Dade County Courthouse, where circuit and county civil and probate cases are heard, the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center, where family and domestic violence cases are heard, and the Juvenile Justice Center, where juvenile delinquency cases are heard.

Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building
1351 NW 12th Street
Miami, Florida 33125

Juvenile Court
3300 NW 27th Avenue,
Suite #1000
Miami, Florida 33142

Miami-Dade County Courthouse
73 W. Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33130

Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center
175 NW First Avenue
Miami, Florida 33128

Florida Third District Court of Appeals
2001 SW 117 Avenue
Miami, FL 33175

Juvenile Justice Center
3300 N.W. 27th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33142

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