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Criminal Defense Attorney David J. Sobel

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When you are arrested and charged with a crime, you are in a fight for your life, liberty and freedom.  The government has an army of lawyers, investigators and the entire police force at their disposal.  There are no minor charges, as all criminal charges carry the possibility of jail time.  A criminal record can ruin your future; it can prevent you from getting a job, an apartment, admission from school and many other obstacles.  When the stakes are that high you need a pit bull of an attorney to represent you.

The Law Offices of David J. Sobel P.A. is a full service criminal defense law firm.  David J. Sobel focuses his practice exclusively on criminal defense in both state and federal courts. While our main office is in Fort Lauderdale, David J. Sobel represents clients throughout the South Florida area including Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties. Criminal Defense Lawyer David J. Sobel is a relentless, aggressive and dedicated attorney.

Criminal Attorney David J. Sobel P.A. represents clients in many areas of criminal defense in both state and federal courts including for all felony and misdemeanor crimes; Drug Trafficking, Battery, Domestic Violence, Burglary, Robbery, Resisting Arrest, Drug Possession, DUI, Conspiracy, Violation of Probation and many other criminal offenses.

If you have been arrested choosing the right Criminal Defense Attorney is the most important decision you will ever have to make. It can mean the difference between freedom and incarceration. Criminal Attorney David J. Sobel, P.A. takes a proactive and aggressive approach to representing his clients. Mr. Sobel understands that every case is unique in its facts and circumstances. There is no one approach to take to every case. Each case is evaluated for their specific facts so that a game plan can be formulated and the best defense can be raised.

Aggressive Defense

David Sobel does more than just review the discovery that is submitted by the government, he runs his own parallel investigation. Mr. Sobel utilizes experienced investigators who will be able to interview witnesses as well as expert forensic crime scene investigators who will be able to take a forensic view of the case. Mr. Sobel believes that the best defense is a prepared defense. To fully prepare a case, David Sobel will set depositions of witnesses, review and evaluate physical evidence and evaluate the applicable law for the crime alleged. When it comes to your freedom and your future, there should be only one way to fight your case, and that is prepared way. Mr. Sobel will fight aggressively for your rights and for your freedom

Most cases are won and lost before you ever step into a courtroom.  It is the exhaustive and detailed pre-trial work that seperates David Sobel as an attorney from the rest of the pack.  From the moment you hire Fort Lauderdale Criminal Attorney David J. Sobel, your defense begins and it never stops.

Innovative Criminal Defense Representation

Criminal Attorney David J. Sobel gives innovative, high quality and personalized criminal defense representation to each and every one of his clients. Every case is unique in their facts and circumstances and thus David Sobel creates a defense strategy that best fits your unique facts and circumstances, as they apply to the law.  It is the personal and methodical attention to detail that separates David Sobel from other criminal defense lawyers.  Cases are won and lost in the details.  A proactive, aggressive, methodical and creative approach to a criminal charge can be the difference between freedom and jail, as does your choice of lawyer to represent you.

How To Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney

When you are seeking representation in a criminal defense matter, hiring the right lawyer is very important.  This is not the time to bargain shop or to use a friend of a friend as a lawyer.  If you were sick and needed to see a doctor, you would not look for the cheapest doctor, why would you look for the cheapest criminal attorney?

When searching for the right criminal defense attorney, you are looking for two key characteristics.

1. You need to find a criminal attorney who is knowledgeable in the area of criminal defense law.

  • Does the attorney focus his practice on criminal defense?
  • Does the attorney practice other areas of law?
  • When you speak with the attorney does he understand and explain the nuisances of the law as it applies to your case?

2.  You need to find someone who you feel comfortable putting your life in their hands, because that is what you are doing.  You need to find the attorney who will stand with you ever step of the way.

  • Do you trust that the criminal defense attorney has your best interest at heart?
  • Is the criminal defense attorney passionate about what he does and representing you during your time of need?
  • Will that attorney pass your case off to an associate or a coverage attorney?
  • Will that criminal defense attorney answer your phone calls in the evening or on the weekends?
  • Will you be able to get the attorney on the phone and not an answering service?
  • Will the criminal defense attorney aggressively defend you?

If you can find these two characteristics in a criminal attorney then you have found the right criminal attorney.

Personal Attention From A Lawyer

Criminal Attorney David J. Sobel takes pride in the personal attention he is able to provide all of his clients during their difficult time. Every client is given Mr. Sobel’s cellular phone number. It is this type of personal consideration that our clients appreciate. David Sobel understands that his clients will have issues and questions at all times of the day. When a client has an issue at 9 pm on a Saturday night, they don’t want to wait until Monday morning for an answer or advice. Mr. Sobel himself is directly available 24/7. When you are represented by David J. Sobel, YOU WILL NEVER BE ALONE IN YOUR FIGHT.


There are two types of crimes in Florida, Misdemeanor and Felony.  They are then broken down into specific categories relating to the severity of time crime charged.


A felony is a crime that is punishable by more than one year in state prison.  All felonies are presided over by circuit court judges.  Felony offense are sentenced under Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code.  There are several categories of Felony offenses.

In all Felony cases, a scoresheet is created by the prosecutor.  The scoresheet is the way that the court determines the sentencing range for all felony criminal cases.  The score sheet is controlled and codified under the Florida Criminal Punishment Code, but is better known as “The Scoresheet.”  For more information, please read the article titled, “What is a scoresheet.”

Third Degree Felony

A Third Degree Felony is punishable by up to 5 years in Florida state prison and a $5,000.00 fine.  Some examples of a Third degree felony are Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Possession of Cocaine, Aggravated Assault and etc.

Second Degree Felony

A Second Degree Felony is punishable by up to 15 years in Florida state prison and a $10,000.00 fine.  Some examples of a Second degree felony are Aggravated Battery, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and etc.

First Degree Felony

A First Degree Felony is punishable by up to 30 years in Florida state prison and a $10,000.00 fine.  Some examples of a First degree felony are Trafficking in Cocaine, Home Invasion Robbery and etc.

Life Felony

A life felony is punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole, or probation for the remainder of your life, and a $15,000 fine.

Capital Felony

A capital felony is punishable by death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.


A misdemeanor is a crime that is punishable by up to 364 days in the county jail and up to a $1,000.00 fine.  A misdemeanor is prosecuted in county court unless the defendant is also charged with an accompanying felony offense.

Misdemeanors are categorized as either a first degree misdemeanor or a second degree misdemeanor.

First Degree Misdemeanor

A First Degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 364 days in the county jail and a $1,000.00 fine.  Some examples of First Degree misdemeanors are Possession of Cannabis, Battery, Resisting Arrest Without Violence and etc.

Second Degree Misdemeanor

A Second Degree Misdemeanor is punishable by up to 60 days in the county jail and a $500.00 fine.  Some examples of a Second Degree Misdemeanor are Petit Theft under $100.00, No Valid Driver’s License and etc.

There are Lasting Consequences of a Criminal Conviction:

When you are facing a criminal charge, you need a serious criminal defense attorney.  This is not the time to hire a lawyer who is a friend of a friend.  You need someone who has dedicated their entire practice to criminal defense work.

A criminal conviction even to what many people consider to be minor charges can and will have significant and brutal impact upon your life, your career, freedom, and future will suffer.   If you are convicted of a felony then you will be labeled a convicted felon for the rest of your life.  If the charge that you are convicted of is a drug charge, additionally your driver’s license will be suspended.  In such a serious situation you need aggressive and professional representation.

David J. Sobel has dedicated his entire practice solely to criminal defense.  It is so very important to hire a criminal attorney who has the knowledge and expertise in criminal defense.  There are many nuisances in the law that a “true” criminal defense attorney both understands and utilizes for your defense.

A Defense Attorney You Can Trust With Your Future

When you are being represented by David J. Sobel you can trust that you will be getting an aggressive and relentless defense.  The criminal justice system is a scary place when you are the one being accused of a crime.  The entire process is an emotional and trying time for you and your loved ones.  There are many pitfalls and hidden dangers.  That is why it is so important to have an experienced criminal attorney to help you navigate the complex criminal justice system.

Free Consultation

Whenever anybody is arrested it is an emotion and stressful time not just the accused but for their entire family.  You do not have to faces these charges along, consultations with David J. Sobel are completely free of charge.  Contact Criminal Attorney David J. Sobel to schedule your free initial consultation.

During this meeting you can tell your side of the story without fear of self-incrimination. You will have your chance to get answers to your questions. We will be ready to take immediate action on building a strategy for your defense.  David Sobel will explain the severity of the charges that you face; he will explain the law and begin to lay out an aggressive defense to protect your freedom.  You will not be meeting with an associate or paralegal but with David Sobel himself.

You can contact Criminal Defense Lawyer David J. Sobel directly on his cell phone at 954-383-3000 immediately to schedule your free consultation.  David Sobel understands that when you have a question about your case that you need immediate help and counsel, you want to speak directly with a lawyer and that is why David J. Sobel personally answers his phone 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  You will never get a secretary or associate on the phone.  Help is only a phone call away.  Our office is located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale one block south of the main courthouse.

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