If you or a loved one have been accused of or arrested for a crime, you may be scared and unsure of what your next steps should be. Having a knowledgeable attorney on your side to alleviate your stress, handle the case legalities, and fight for your rights and interests is very important. The Brevard Country criminal defense attorney at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. can help you learn more about the charges, potential penalties, and your best options.

Once you retain our services, our legal team can help you build a strong, individualized defense strategy, prepare for an interview during an investigation, and/or negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution. Our attorneys are former state prosecutors, and as we understand how the other side thinks, we can work to poke holes in the prosecution’s case using a host of defense tactics, such as challenging evidence, investigating police conduct, or establishing a sound alibi.

Contact our Brevard County attorneys for help today by calling (305) 330-1360 orreaching out online.


The attorneys at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. are committed to helping our clients achieve the best possible results in their cases. We understand how frightening it can be to get arrested and/or be charged with a crime, which is why our team assists clients throughout the entire criminal process. Whether you need help in the face of formal charges, an arrest, or an investigation, our attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and options and advise you of the best course of action.

We assist clients with a variety of criminal cases, including but not limited to:


Depending on the specific offense, you may either be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense. The penalties increase based on the nature of the crime. Under Florida Statute § 775.082 and § 775.083, the breakdown for the consequences of a conviction is as follows.

  • First-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year of imprisonment and a fine of no more than $1,000
  • Second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a fine of no more than $500
  • Capital felony, punishable by death
  • Life felony, punishable by life in prison and a fine of no more than $15,000
  • First-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years of imprisonment and a fine of no more than $10,000
  • Second-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years of imprisonment and a fine of no more than $10,000
  • Third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years of imprisonment and a fine of no more than $5,000

In addition to jail time and hefty fines, felony offense convictions further penalize people as they can affect a person’s:

  • Ability to obtain employment, educational opportunities, and loans
  • Reputation and social interactions
  • Ability to hold professional and hunting licenses
  • Second amendment rights


Retaining the right attorney for your case can be a key determining factor in the outcome of the criminal case. You should be confident that your criminal defense attorney is providing you with the high-quality legal representation that you deserve.

At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our attorneys have exclusively dedicated our practice to criminal defense cases, and we have over 35 years of collective experience. If you or a loved one are under investigation or have been charged with a crime, you can trust us as we:

  • Are AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for 15 years straight
  • Have been rated as Super Lawyers for a decade running
  • Are award-winning attorneys
  • Are known for being communicative and collaborative with clients
  • Develop personalized defense strategies for clients based on the case specifics and are not afraid to think outside of the box when building strategies
  • Have a successful track record
  • Represent clients whether this is their first arrest or have a criminal record
  • Understand the prosecution as our attorneys are former state prosecutors

Let us help you protect your rights and freedoms. To get started on your defense, contact our firm online or via phone (305) 330-1360 today.


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