Criminal Defense Attorney West Palm Beach
The Law Office of Jonathan Wasserman, PA is a full service criminal defense law firm located in West Palm Beach, FL. While nobody ever expects to find themselves needing a criminal defense attorney, our office understands the importance of proper representation during such a critical and emotional time. We handle all varieties of criminal cases including Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Domestic Violence, Theft, Drug Cases, Financial Crimes, Violent Crimes, Sex Crimes and all other Misdemeanors and Felonies as well as Juvenile matters. As a criminal defense lawyer, Jonathan Wasserman is a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney and has an AV rating from Martindale Hubble. Additionally, Mr. Wasserman is a member of the Federal Bar for the Southern District of Florida. We represent clients in all stages of the criminal justice system including bond hearings and criminal investigations before charges have been filed. The firm also represents clients who have had property seized by the government pursuant to a criminal investigation or arrest. Jonathan Wasserman is a former prosecutor who knows how to win. No matter what a person has been accused of, The Law Office of Jonathan Wasserman, PA is prepared to handle the matter and protect your rights. Having opened in 2007, the firm represents individuals throughout South Florida, including but not limited to the following areas: Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lantana, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Tequesta, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Stuart, Martin County, Ft. Pierce, St. Lucie County, Okeechobee, Ft. Lauderdale, Broward County, Miami-Dade County.
560 Village Boulevard, Suite 240
Brandywine Centre II
West Palm Beach FL 33409
A violent crime or crime of violence is a crime in which the offender uses or threatens to use violent force upon the victim. This entails both crimes in which the violent act is the objective, such as murder, as well as crimes in which violence is the means to an end, such as robbery. Violent crimes include crimes committed with and without weapons. Crimes of violence include murder, manslaughter, robbery, kidnapping, aggravated battery or aggravated assault. Violent crimes often result in jail or prison when there is a conviction. If you have been charged with a violent crime, contact the office to schedule a consultation Driving Under the Influence (DUI) In Florida, a conviction for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) carries certain minimum mandatory penalties, even for a first offense. Such penalties can include fines, probation and a driver's license suspension. There is also a possibility of jail upon a DUI conviction, even for a first offense. The penalties for a DUI conviction get worse if there are previous DUI convictions and can include mandatory jail and/or lengthy driver's license suspensions. A third offense may be prosecuted as a felony as can an accident if serious bodily injury occurred. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help defend you against DUI charges. If you have been accused of Driving Under the Influence, call the office to schedule a consultation. Drug Crimes Drug crimes deal with controlled substances as defined in the Florida Statutes. Such charges may consist of possession, sale, possession with intent to sell or trafficking in various narcotics or controlled substances. Some of the various drugs or narcotics defined as controlled substances are marijuana, cocaine, heroin, xanax, oxycodone, methamphetamine as well as many others. Most drug charges are felonies carrying with them the possibility of severe penalties if there is a conviction. Such penalties may include heavy fines, mandatory jail or prison as well as a driver's license suspension. If you have been accused of a drug crime, call the office to schedule a consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Domestic Violence Domestic violence typically consists of someone being charged with Domestic Battery or Domestic Assault where the two parties are either family members, live together or have a child in common. Domestic violence cases can be either misdemeanors or felonies. The possible penalities for such charges can range from probation to jail or prison, depending on what charges were filed. An experienced and qualified criminal defense attorney can defend you if you have been accused of a crime of domestic violence. Contact the office to schedule a consultation. Burglary and Theft In Florida, theft is the illegal taking of another person's property without that person's freely-given consent. The word is also used as an informal shorthand term for some crimes against property, such as burglary, embezzlement, larceny, looting, robbery, shoplifting, fraud and sometimes criminal conversion. Theft charges can be filed as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the circumstances surrounding the allegation. Burglary is a felony that can be filed many different ways. The most common forms of Burglary are to a structure/conveyance or to a home/dwelling. Depending on how the charges are filed, mandatory jail/prison time may be a penalty upon a conviction. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is important to defend against such allegations. Contact the office to schedule a consultation.
-University of Florida - College of Law, J.D. 1997
-University of Miami, B.A. with Honors 1994
-Professional & Bar Association Memberships
-Palm Beach County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
-Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
-National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
-Florida Bar Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee - Palm Beach County (2004-2010)
-Florida Bar Grievance Committee - Palm Beach County (2012-Present)
Jonathan Wasserman, a native of South Florida, has been practicing law in Palm Beach County since 1997. Mr. Wasserman began his career as an Assistant State Attorney for Palm Beach County. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Mr. Wasserman handled all types of criminal cases ranging from DUIs and Domestic Violence to various Felonies such as Drug Cases and Violent Crimes including Homicide. While at the State Attorney's Office, Mr. Wasserman worked in multiple divisions developing quality experience in all aspects of criminal trial law. As a prosecutor, he filed cases, served as a division chief and also worked in a specialty unit prosecuting major drug cases and other crimes associated with such charges. By spending over five years as a prosecutor, Mr. Wasserman gained great experience handling criminal cases.
From 2002-2003 Mr. Wasserman worked for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office as an Assistant Legal Advisor. While there, Mr. Wasserman was responsible for handling forfeiture cases on behalf of the Sheriff's Office when property was seized as a result of an arrest. In 2003, Mr. Wasserman resigned from the government and soon dedicated himself exclusively to criminal defense. After gaining valuable experience in the private sector as a criminal defense attorney, the Law Office of Jonathan Wasserman, PA was opened in 2007.
Mr. Wasserman has extensive jury trial experience in criminal cases. Such matters include DUI, Domestic Battery, Assault, Aggravated Battery, Resisting Arrest, Drug Cases, Firearms Charges, Burglary and Homicide. This allowed Mr. Wasserman to apply for Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law with the Florida Bar. After passing the examination in 2007, Mr. Wasserman was recognized by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney.
Mr. Wasserman is a member of several associations, including the National, Florida and Palm Beach Associations of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Mr. Wasserman is a member of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida. Additionally, Mr. Wasserman has served on the Florida Bar Committee for the Unlicensed Practice of Law for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida. When not in court, Mr. Wasserman is an avid scuba diver and a PADI certified rescue diver. Mr. Wasserman is also a sponsor of Pet Haven Rescue, a non-profit animal rescue in Palm Beach County.
Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, Mr. Wasserman attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. It was there as an undergraduate that he became passionate about the criminal justice system under the guidance of Paul Cromwell, PhD. While in college, Mr. Wasserman interned with the State Attorney's Office in Miami which is what cemented his desire to attend law school. In 1994, Mr. Wasserman obtained his undergraduate degree with a double major in Criminology and History and graduated with Honors.
Mr. Wasserman then attended Law School at the University of Florida. While there, Mr. Wasserman interned with the Public Defender's Office in Ocala, FL. During this internship he gained valuable experience representing individuals accused of crimes. It was also during this time that he conducted his first jury trial. In 1997, Mr. Wasserman obtained his law degree and began his career in Palm Beach County.
Jonathan Wasserman is a second generation attorney in South Florida. His father, Richard W. Wasserman, practiced law in Miami-Dade County from 1959-2012. Jonathan attributes his tireless work ethic to his father who represented individuals in South Florida for over fifty years.
University of Florida - College of Law
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