Fort Lauderdale Criminal
HELLO AND WELCOME! My name is Dave Simmons and I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Broward County and the greater Fort Lauderdale area. For the last 23 years, I have made Broward County my home and for the last 20 years I have been practicing in this community as an attorney in the criminal justice field. My firm is conveniently located in downtown Ft. Lauderdale near the main courthouse. As a criminal defense lawyer who formally worked as Broward Prosecutor and Broward Public Defender, I have had the unique experience of handling both misdemeanor and felony cases on both sides of the judicial system.
As a Broward Criminal Defense Attorney, my firm offers experienced and skilled representation for criminal offences including:
- SHOPLIFTING/THEFT/RETAIL THEFT
- DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/INJUNCTIONS
- DRUG CRIMES
- DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED
- ALL FELONIES OFFENSES
- ALL MISDEMEANOR OFFENSES
- SEALING & EXPUNGING OF RECORDS
- VIOLATIONS OF PROBATION
- JUVENILE OFFENSES
MY GOAL: It is important that you seek consultation from an experienced criminal attorney early on in the process for many reasons. One of the most important being, the State Attorney’s Office, not the arresting police agency, will have discretion as to what charges may be filed against you. This early representation by a skilled Ft. Lauderdale criminal attorney may have the benefit of having your charges dropped completely or having the charges reduced to a lesser offense.
Any criminal charge can have a devastating effect on your reputation and your livelihood. As an experienced Ft. Lauderdale Criminal Defense Lawyer, it is the goal of my firm to have your case dismissed, charges reduced, or have negotiated favorable plea bargains, by utilizing every option available, including negotiations with the State Attorney, Diversion Programs, Motion Practice and Trial, and upon completion, have the case removed from your permanent record.
ATTORNEY FEES: I fully understand that hiring an Attorney is a difficult decision for many reasons. One of the most important is the cost of hiring an Attorney. I appreciate the financial difficulties that many are facing in our community. When determining a fee for a particular case, I will look to the nature of the case, its complexity, and the amount of time necessary to handle the case. With this in mind, I make sure that my fees are reasonable and affordable within my profession. I charge a flat fee on all my cases and payment plans can be arranged.
EXPERIENCE: I have been practicing law in the criminal justice field for the past 20 years. A former Broward State Attorney and Public Defender and as a Ft. Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorney for the past 15 years, my practice is devoted to defending individuals accused of a criminal offense. A criminal offense is a serious matter with the potential of having a devastating impact on your reputation and livelihood. My experience as both a for former prosecutor and public defender and now bolstered by 15 years as criminal defense lawyer in Fort Lauderdale has equipped me with the skill and knowledge to assert the "very best" defense in your case with mind set of having your case dismissed and your reputation restored.
" If you are looking for an attorney who really cares about your case...call Mr. Simmons. I've seen reviews before and are quited contrived...mine is real. I was a client of his and I will attest to his character and professionalism under oath. From my initial consultation, until the closing of my case, Mr. Simmons helped me understand the procedure and kept his word. Better yet, he defended me, Isn't that what we all want, someone to actually defend us? Although I was anxious to resolve my case, Dave methodically worked through his legal strategy and defended me aggressively. My case was dismissed.!! Every case is unique; but for me, I cannot express enough what a relief it was to actually have someone work on my behalf. I am grateful, I am humbled, and I highly recommend him. Dave Simmons did a terrific job for me. He is a solid attorney with great character" by Shawn Connors
FREE CONSULTATION: "Personal Attention On Every Case" If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you may feel overwhelmed by the experience and may have many unanswered questions. My firm offers a free consultation to discuss the facts and details of your case. As you know, any arrest for a criminal offense is a serious matter, take the time to know your legal rights by calling an experienced Broward Criminal Defense Lawyer and setting up your free consultation. (954) 765-3540
Upon your arrest for DUI, the State of Florida will seek a conviction in your case as mandated by Florida Statute. A DUI conviction can have far reaching consequences including a negative impact on your reputation and livelihood. However, a DUI arrest does equate to a conviction. It is critical at this stage to retain an experienced Ft. Lauderdale DUI defense lawyer. With an experienced Broward DUI Attorney advocating on your behalf if may be possible to have the charges reduced to a lesser offense or have the case dismissed completely.
- Driving Under The Influence or DUI : is defined by Fla. Stat. 316.193(1) and (2)(a) as; (1) Driving a vehicle or in actual physical control of a vehicle and; (2) the person is either ( a) under the influence of alcoholic beverages or any chemical substance to the extent that the person's normal faculties are impaired; or (b) has a breath-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher; or (c) had a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.
- Actual Physical Control : is defined as a person inside the vehicle with the capability to operate the vehicle, regardless of whether the person is actually operating the vehicle at the time
In an attempt to secure a conviction on your DUI arrest, the State's Attorney's office will look at the Totality of the Circumstances surrounding the facts of the arrest. However, every DUI arrest has its own unique set of facts. And every defense of a DUI arrest starts with a skilled and experienced Ft. Lauderdale DUI Defense Attorney conducting a comprehensive evaluation of police investigation that lead to the DUI arrest. A skilled and experienced Broward DUI Lawyer will look to various defense strategies in an effort to have your case reduced to a lesser charge or even dismissed completely.Domestic Violence
“Domestic violence” in the state of Florida is generally defined as an act of violence against a family member, household member or a former family member. It is considered a violent crime in the state of Florida and can be filed as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Generally, when there are reports of severe or substantial injury or the involvement of weapons, the case is filed as a Felony, otherwise the case is filed as a Misdemeanor. A conviction for the charge of Domestic Violence (even upon a plea of no contest and a withholding of adjudication) will result in a permanent criminal record as the law precludes one from sealing this record.
An experienced Ft. Lauderdale Domestic Violence Lawyer will look at different methods in an effort to get the case dismissed or the charges reduced to a lesser offense. For example, often the alleged victim in the case does not wish to press charges. A skilled Broward Domestic Violence Lawyer retained early on in the process will contact the filing attorney and discuss the details of the case, pointing out possible weakness in the case in an effort to convince the State Attorney not to file the charge or to file a lesser offense. Many times the alleged victim is willing to file a Waiver of Prosecution which can help facilitate in convincing the filing attorney to dismiss the charges.Theft/Shoplifting/Retail Theft
Theft is considered a crime or moral turpitude and "petit theft does not equal petty consequences."
Many theft crimes charged by the State Attorney's Office are considered retail theft and are Petit Theft or Grand Theft in the Third Degree range. It is the prospect of having a conviction on a permanent record that gives the most trepidation to the individuals that are faced with these particular charges. A conviction or even an allegation of theft can have a devastating effect an individual's reputation and livelihood.
Theft is defined by the Florida Legislature as follows:
812.014(1) - Theft
- A person commits theft if he or she knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use the property of another with the intent to, temporarily or permanently:
- Deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property.
- Appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the use of the property.
An experienced Ft. Lauderdale Theft Lawyer will use multiple strategies in an effort to have the case dismissed or the charges reduced to a lesser offense. Petit Theft or Grand Theft is most often seen in shoplifting or retail theft situations. A skilled Broward Theft Attorney will evaluate case and hold the State to its burden of proving that a defendant had the necessary "INTENT" to commit the crime or was the incident just a mistake or misunderstanding.
Many individuals may benefit from acceptance into a diversion program known as "MDP" that upon successful admittance and completion, will have the result of your case being dismissed by the State Attorney's Office.Drug Charges
The State of Florida vigorously prosecutes drug crimes. They can be classified as either felonies or misdemeanors. The most common charge is “Possession of a controlled Substance.”
Possession Cannabis (Marijuana) Less than 20g: is defined by Fla. Stat as a First Degree Misdemeanor and is punishable by a maximum penalty of (1) year of probation; 364 Days County Jail; and up to a $1,000.00 fine.
Possession Cannabis 20g or more: is classified by Fla. Stat. as a Third Degree Felony punishable by a maximum penalty of (5) years of probation; (5) years in Florida State Prison; and up to a 5,000.00 fine.
Possession Cocaine: is defined by Fla. Stat. as a Third Degree Felony punishable by a maximum penalty of (5) years of Probation; up to a $5,000.00; and (5) years Florida State Prison.
Possession Oxycodone Less than 4g: is defined by Fla. Stat. as a Third Degree Felony to possess less than four grams of Oxycodone without a valid prescription. As a Third Degree Felony, the charge is punishable by a maximum penalty of (5) years of Probation; up to a $5,000.00; and (5) years Florida State Prison.
Possession of Hydrocodone Less than 4g: is defined by Fla. Stat. as a Third Degree Felony to possess less than four grams of Oxycodone without a valid prescription. Hydrocodone is the generic name for brands such as Vicodin, Lortab and others. As a Third Degree Felony, the charge is punishable by a maximum penalty of(5) years of Probation; up to a $5,000.00; and (5) years Florida State Prison.
Possession of MDMA (Ecstasy, Molly) Less than 10g: stands for 3,4Methylenedioxyamphetamine and is defined as a Third Degree Felony punishable by a maximum penalty of (5) years of Probation; up to a $5,000.00; and (5) years Florida State Prison.
Possession of Alprazolam (Xanax): defined by Fla. Stat. as a Third Degree Felony punishable by a maximum penalty of (5) years of Probation; up to a $5,000.00; and (5) years Florida State Prison.
Possession of Synthetic Drugs Less than 3g: is defined as a First Degree Misdemeanor and is punishable by a maximum penalty of (1) year of probation; 364 Days County Jail; and up to a $1,000.00 fine.
Possession of Synthetic Drugs more than 3g: is defined by Fla. Stat. as a Third Degree Felony punishable by a maximum penalty of (5) years of Probation; up to a $5,000.00; and (5) years Florida State Prison.
Possession of Methamphetamine 14g or less: is defined as a Third Degree Felony punishable by a maximum penalty of(5) years of Probation; up to a $5,000.00; and (5) years Florida State Prison.
An experienced Ft. Lauderdale Drug Crimes attorney will use a myriad of defenses in an effort to get the case dismissed or the charges reduced. For example, a skilled Broward Drug Possession Attorney may file a Motion to Suppress: an evidentiary hearing before the Court. If the Court grants the motion, the State would be precluded from using the evidence in trial. This ruling often leads to the case being dismissed or the charges reduced.