Bottari & Doyle is a top-rated criminal defense law firm located in Delray Beach. We've helped hundreds of people navigate the complex criminal justice system – from DUI, domestic violence, and drug possession, to burglary, weapons and other serious charges, we have the experience and determination to stand up for you and defend your constitutional rights. Whether you're facing a misdemeanor charge or a felony arrest, the Delray Beach criminal defense attorneys at Bottari & Doyle can help you. Our felony attorneys and misdemeanor attorneys will help you or a family member. Our office is located just a few blocks away from the South County courthouse located at 200 West Atlantic Ave. Many cases start in the Delray Beach courthouse.
What is a criminal lawyer?
A criminal lawyer is a type of lawyer who defends individuals who have been accused by the government of committing a crime or crimes.
Do I need a criminal attorney if I was charged with a misdemeanor in Delray?
Yes, misdemeanors, although not as serious as felonies, do expose individuals to jail time. For example, in Florida, a person can go to jail for up to 6 months for a misdemeanor DUI.
Why hire Bottari & Doyle?
We understand that a criminal charge or arrest can change your life in an instant. Relationships, jobs, family, and more will be put on the line when a criminal charge is brought against you. At Bottari & Doyle, our criminal defense attorneys strive to do everything possible to keep clients out of jail and prison. If you've been arrested, contact the Delray Beach criminal lawyers from Bottari & Doyle today – we will work tirelessly on your behalf to go over every single detail in your case, fighting for every single advantage at every possible moment.
What are the categories of crimes?
Florida criminal offenses can be divided into two categories:
- Misdemeanors have a maximum sentence of 1 Year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Common examples include DUI, Drug Possession, and Domestic Violence. Sometimes misdemeanor cases can be resolved without requiring your personal appearance in court.
- Felonies are more serious matters that are punishable by imprisonment in Florida state prison. If you've been arrested for a felony, it's important to speak to a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible – it might be possible to reach a plea deal with the State's Attorney Office where you are not considered a convicted felon or your record is sealed. Felony charges include: drug trafficking, drug sale, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, murder, and numerous other charges. The maximum penalty on a third degree felony, such as grand theft or felony DUI is five years in state prison. The maximum penalty on a second degree felony, such as dealing in stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felony is fifteen years in state prison. First degree felonies carry a maximum of thirty years in state prison.
How much does a criminal lawyer cost?
The cost for attorney representation depends on the type of charge and the amount of work that will go into working the case. Generally, our misdemeanor fees range between $1500 and $3500. DUI fees will start at $2500 for first time offenders. Felony attorney fees will start at $3000 for drug possession cases and get progressively higher with more complicated cases.
What can a Delray Beach criminal attorney do for me?
- We will determine if the officer had probable cause to arrest you. A case without probable cause for an arrest should be dismissed.
- In a drug case, a DUI case, or other criminal cases, we will determine if the officer violated your 4th amendment rights that protect you from unreasonable searches and seizures.
- We will obtain witness testimony through affidavits or depositions.
- In felony cases, we will have the ability to depose witnesses to find out what they would say at trial.
- We will seek dismissal of your charges by speaking to the state attorney who is prosecuting the case against you.
- If we are unable to obtain an outright dismissal, we will negotiate the best possible resolution or go to trial to try to win a not guilty verdict.
Criminal Case Results:
HIT AND RUN LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT
Case: Dan's client allegedly fled the scene after hitting a parked car in a parking lot. The charge was for hit and run, leaving the scene of an accident. Afterwards, she was nervous and did not know what to do. Fortunately, she hired us and we quickly spoke to the state attorney's office. After negotiating with the state attorney's office, our client only had to pay a small fine, perform community service and take a driving class. The case was then dismissed resulting in no jail time or probation.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (DUI)
Case: Dan's client had over six DUI convictions and was facing prison time on a new dui charge. The new DUI could have been charged as a third-degree felony. A person charged with a third-degree felony can go to prison for up to five years. Fortunately for Dan's client, Dan was able to negotiate with the state attorney's office to keep the case in county court. The client did not serve a state prison sentence.
Case: Dan's client was arrested for public intoxication at a local bar after being drunk and disorderly with a bartender. The client had prior misdemeanor convictions. Despite these convictions, Dan was able to negotiate a deal with the state attorney's office that resulted in no jail time or probation.
PETIT THEFT – SHOPLIFTING
Case: Dan's client was arrested for shoplifting clothing at a local department store. Dan was able to get the client into a pre-trial diversion program. After completion of an anti-theft class, the case was dismissed and eventually the charge was expunged from her record.
Case: Dan's client was placed on probation for lewd and lascivious conduct. The client transferred his probation to a different state. While on probation, the Defendant was arrested and convicted of home invasion robbery. After serving his sentence, the client was extradited to Florida for the violation of probation. The issue in this case was whether the client should receive credit for the time he spent in custody to apply to his probation violation sentence. Dan successfully got his client two years of credit applied to his probationary sentence, because the client was served with the violation of probation warrant while in custody.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BATTERY
Case: Dan's client was on federal probation for an unrelated offense. The domestic violence charge served as the reason for the violation. At a jury trial, Dan successfully argued for a mistrial due to the alleged victim's testimony. The testimony heard by the jury was unfairly prejudicial to the client. Afterwards, the prosecutor dismissed the charge.
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA
Case: Dan's client was charged with possession of marijuana. Dan filed a Motion to Dismiss based on Florida's constructive possession laws. Dan contended that the facts as alleged by the State did not amount to a crime. The State agreed and dismissed the charge.
Case: Dan's client was alleged to have violated his probation for not paying his monetary obligations. At the violation of probation hearing, Dan didn't even have to cross-examine the probation officer, because the State did not prove the client had the ability to pay. The violation was subsequently dismissed.
FRAUD – CONCEALING INFORMATION TO OBTAIN PRESCRIPTIONS (DOCTOR SHOPPING)
Case: Dan's client was charged with multiple counts of doctor shopping. The state alleged the defendant went to numerous doctors to obtain higher quantities of prescription drugs. Each count is a third degree felony. Dan was able to get the prosecutor to agree to a probation sentence with an opportunity for early termination of probation.
FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEXUAL OFFENDER
Case: Dan's client was charged with Failure to Register as a Sexual Offender. This charge scores a client to prison. Dan negotiated with the prosecutor to get his client a probation sentence.
POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON, GRAND THEFT, DEALING IN STOLEN PROPERTY & DRUG CHARGES
Case: Dan's client was charged with possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. This carries a three year minimum mandatory prison sentence. The client was also a Habitual Felony Offender. His maximum exposure was over 30 years. Dan was able to negotiate with the prosecutor to amend the charging document from actual possession to constructive possession.
* Disclosure: This is a sample of Criminal Defense cases that Dan Bottari has handled. You may not obtain the same results. Each case is factually different from any other case.
Contact a Delray Beach criminal lawyer from Bottari & Doyle, P.A. at 561-588-2781 for a free consultation.