Evan A. Hoffman
Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer and the principal of the Hoffman Firm. He has practiced criminal law exclusively throughout his career. He went to Florida State University for his undergraduate degree, and then attended Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law School. While in law school, he agreed to work as an Assistant State Attorney for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. While there, Mr. Hoffman prosecuted more than 100 jury trials and more than 120 nonjury trials. He handled both felony and misdemeanor charges, including battery, drug possession, and DUIs. He left the State Attorney’s Office and founded the Hoffman Firm, where he began work as a successful criminal defense attorney. He is admitted to practice in Florida and in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He also belongs to the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Mr. Hoffman works by the philosophy that his firm’s knowledge and experience is a client’s best defense. He has authored work on DUI, illegal searches and seizures, and domestic violence. He was the only attorney in South Florida to find that a fundamental error was being perpetrated in a specific DUI breath test machine, which had resulted in more than 50 people being prosecuted. His client’s charges were dropped as result of his discovery. Mr. Hoffman harnesses the same determination that led him to find that error in every new case. He is available to go over the facts of your individual situation and help you assess your legal options.Criminal Charges
Mr. Hoffman handles the defense of drug crimes, theft or property crimes, violent crimes, white collar crimes, domestic violence, DUIs, traffic tickets, firearms and weapons offenses, sex crimes, probation violation, and federal crimes. He also handles record sealing and expungement. He defends first time offenders, out-of-state residents, those subject to asset forfeiture, and people who have been arrested at airports. Mr. Hoffman understands that an encounter with a law enforcement officer can be harrowing. Often clients who have been arrested are confused and anxious about the prospect of harsh penalties. If you’ve been arrested, you should immediately seek out defense counsel.
All criminal charges need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. You are presumed innocent until you’re proven guilty, and you don’t need to establish your innocence. It is the prosecutor’s responsibility to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. However, most prosecutors only bring charges when they’ve accumulated a significant amount of evidence against a suspect.
What must be proven in a given case depends on the crime. For example, there are many different narcotic drugs and pharmaceuticals that Florida law regulates. You can be charged with possession, manufacturing, selling, possessing with intent to sell, or transporting any of these controlled substances. It is a third degree felony to possess less than 28 grams of cocaine. If your activity involves at least 28 grams of cocaine, you can be charged with cocaine trafficking. You won’t be charged based on the amount of pure cocaine in the mixture, but by the total amount the mixture that includes cocaine weighs. Trafficking is a particularly serious crime with which to be charged because it carries a mandatory minimum sentence.Defenses
Every case is different. There are certain situations in which a procedural or constitutional defense is appropriate, such as where you’re charged with a drug crime, and the police didn’t have probable cause to search in the place where the drugs were found. In other situations, there may be a more substantive defense available such as defense of self, defense of others, or Stand Your Ground. In still other situations, it may be appropriate to challenge the credibility of a witness or confidential informant.Consult an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in Fort Lauderdale
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, Evan Hoffman of the Hoffman Firm can evaluate the particular facts of your situation closely to determine a strategy to defend you. If you’ve already been convicted, he can evaluate whether you are eligible for post-conviction relief. We represent clients in areas including Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Deerfield Beach, Davie, and Sunrise. Contact us at (954) 524-4474 or via our online form to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
J.D., Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center, 1998
B.S., Florida State University, 1995
United States District Court, Southern District, 1998
Florida State Bar
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers