Collier County Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Collier County Criminal Defense Lawyers in Naples, Florida

The criminal defense lawyers at the Law Office of Verderamo & Escobar handle many types of criminal cases.  The office is conveniently located directly across from the Collier County Courthouse in Naples, Florida.  If you have pending criminal charges in Collier County, Florida, please contact us for a free consultation with a lawyer. Please call 239-775-1004.

Why hire a criminal defense attorney?

You should hire a criminal lawyer because it is your right. If you are facing criminal charges in Collier County, Florida, you may not know what rights you have.   You are likely feeling stress and anxiety. You may have posted a bond and are wondering if you will get that money back. You may be wondering if you will have to go to jail or prison. You may be curious as to the best and worst possible scenarios you are facing. And it is likely that you are not familiar with how the criminal justice system operates and how you will defend yourself from the seemingly infinite resources of law enforcement and the prosecution.   A knowledgeable Collier County criminal defense lawyer can help. A criminal defense attorney will utilize the rules of evidence and the rules of criminal procedure to defend you. They will answer your questions and keep you informed throughout the case. They will review the prosecution’s evidence, cross-examine their witnesses and file the proper motions to prevent a violation of your constitutional rights and due process. The goal being to provide you with the best defense possible given your specific situation.

Who’s the best criminal defense attorney?

Unfortunately, this is mostly subjective, or a matter of opinion. In fact, lawyers are prohibited from using statements in advertising that compare or characterize the lawyer or law firm’s skills, experience, reputation or record that are not objectively verifiable. Lawyers are also prohibited from predicting or guaranteeing success or specific results.   To truly understand the strength or weakness of a case, a lawyer often needs to review all of the evidence in the case, which is only obtained several weeks after a lawyer has been hired and filed a “Notice of Appearance” and “Demand for Discovery.” Be wary of lawyers that tell you that they’ll “make this go away” or that they “guarantee a win.”

Hiring the best criminal defense attorney for your particular case can be one of the most important decisions you will ever make.   When selecting a criminal defense lawyer to handle your case, here are just a few factors out of many that you may want to consider before making a decision:

Does the criminal defense attorney practice in the county where charges are pending?

Many people travel to Naples or Fort Myers for vacation or for business and some leave with pending criminal charges. They are tempted to hire a lawyer from their hometown or from a general search on the Internet. First, it is important to make sure that the criminal lawyer is licensed and able to practice law in Florida. Second, a lawyer that routinely handles cases in Lee County and Collier County should be more familiar with the local rules of the courts and are sometimes more likely to know the sentencing habits of certain judges or what to expect from dealing with certain prosecutors. Collier county criminal defense lawyers will likely know the local procedures for obtaining evidence or reviewing evidence from the various local law enforcement agencies and may even know how well or how poorly certain law enforcement officers conduct investigations or testify in court. Additionally, there may be several court dates, hearings, and depositions that the lawyer may need to attend and out-of-county lawyers may charge a premium to compensate for having to travel to and from Lee and Collier counties. The attorneys at the Law Office of Verderamo & Escobar have been handling criminal defense cases in both Lee County and Collier County for years.

Does the lawyer have experience specifically handling the criminal charges you are facing?

Would you hire a plastic surgeon to perform open-heart surgery or vice versa? The Law Office of Verderamo & Escobar has handled a variety of criminal defense charges. Here are some, but not all, of the types of charges the office has handled: Murder, Drunk Driving, BUI, Drug Trafficking charges, Drug Manufacture charges, Sales Charges, Drug Possession charges, Paraphernalia, Burglary, Arson, Willful and Wanton Reckless Driving, Suspended License, Expired License, No Valid License, Trespass, Assault, Battery, Domestic Violence, Fishing violations, Hunting violations, Prostitution, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felons, Violation of Injunction, many types of theft charges such as Grand Theft and Petit theft, etc. . . .

How many years experience does the criminal defense lawyer have actually practicing criminal defense? There are many lawyers that graduate from law school and simply hang a shingle on an office and start taking cases. They learn by trial and error, sometimes at the expense of their clients. Attorneys Derek Verderamo and Juan Escobar have years of experience dealing with criminal cases. After first practicing law at a Ft. Lauderdale and Miami based law firm, Derek Verderamo, then opened his own law firm and gradually transferred the practice to Naples, Florida in 2006.  Over the last decade, he has defended countless individuals charged with crimes. Juan Escobar worked as an Assistant State Attorney where he practiced from the prosecution’s viewpoint before joining Derek Verderamo to form the Law Office of Verderamo & Escobar.

Does the criminal defense lawyer’s staff have experience in the industry?

A criminal defense lawyer is always ultimately responsible to assure that documents are filed correctly, discovery is obtained, depositions and other hearings are set properly, and clients are informed as to where, when and how to sign up or complete their various court requirements. Having the proper staff is vital. While non-lawyer staff are not authorized to provide legal advice to clients, they often interact with and assist clients in their journey through the legal system. The staff at the Law Office of Verderamo & Escobar were selected precisely due to their experience in the criminal justice system.

Does the criminal defense attorney charge a separate fee for trial?

Some collier county criminal defense lawyers will charge an additional fee should the case near a “trial posture.” The lawyers at the Law Office of Verderamo & Escobar do not charge an additional trial fee.

Call now for a free consultation with a Collier County Criminal Defense Lawyer.

We understand the importance of hiring the right lawyer for pending criminal charges. We also know that this decision should not be taken lightly. The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Verderamo & Escobar welcome you to our office, located directly across from the Collier County Courthouse in Naples, Florida, for a free consultation about your criminal case. To speak directly with a Naples criminal defense attorney right now, please call 239-775-1004.


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