Relentless Criminal Defense

The Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi, P.A. is a boutique criminal defense law firm specializing in all Federal and State criminal matters including, but not limited to pre-charge criminal investigations, criminal grand jury investigations, criminal trial practice, criminal appeals, post-conviction litigation, asset seizures and forfeitures, and prisoner rights litigation in Federal courts throughout the United States and State courts throughout the State of Florida. The Firm is committed to a personalized and focused approach to handling all client matters with dedication, professionalism, and expertise. The Firm is designed to focus its attention on each of its clients' matters and relentlessly pursue the rights of every client in a completely equal fashion. The Firm's clients are not just numbers. As such, each client receives the individualized attention they demand and desire in seeking the vindication of their rights through the presentation of their matters in courts across the United States. Each of the Firm's clients receives uniquely focused efforts from every qualified professional at the Firm; each of whom is assigned to discrete and specific aspects of any particular client's matter.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Federal Criminal Defense 
  • State Criminal Defense 
  • DUI/DWI
  • Drug Violations
  • Sex Offenses

Working as a team with individual strengths and areas of focus, the Firm provides the clear expertise needed to handle all types of criminal matters. These experiences give us the perspective to evaluate and expertly handle a variety of criminal matters from their beginning to end. The firm's practice areas, while focusing on criminal defense matters including criminal trials, appeals, and post-conviction litigations, also professionally handles sub-specialty matters including criminal forfeitures, civil forfeitures, sentence reductions on the basis of substantial assistance to law enforcement, changes in sentencing laws, and evolving case law.

Call 305-373-6773 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Paul D. Petruzzi

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, pro hac vice
  • Connecticut
  • Louisiana
  • Texas

Education:

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Won Book Award
  • Hamilton College, Clinton, New York
    • A.B. - 1990
    • Major: Government
    • Minor: Music and African American studies

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Recognized as one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by the American Trial Lawyer's Association, 2007-2015
  • 10.0, “Superb,” rating by AVVO
  • Awarded the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell

­­­Attorney Ernesto J. Sanchez

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America

Education: 

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 2004
  • University of Pennsylvania
    • Bachelor's Degree - 1998
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: History
  • Cambridge University
    • Master’s Degree - 2001
    • Major: History

­­­Attorney Beatriz Vazquez

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida

Education: 

  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • Florida International University
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Philosophy

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • National Women Trial Lawyers Association - Top 25
  • Legal Services of Greater Miami - Pro Bono Honoree
  • Association of American Trial Lawyers - Top 40 Under 40
  • Client's Choice Award 2018-2020 - Avvo
  • Dade Legal Aid - Put Something Back
  • Legal Services of Greater Miami

Languages Spoken: 

  • English
  • Spanish

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