Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense & Personal Injury Attorneys
Don't Put Your Future in the Hands of a Public Defender

Don't Put Your Future in the Hands of a Public Defender

If you or someone you love has been arrested for a crime in Florida, it is highly recommended that you consider the option of hiring private legal counsel – no matter how "minor" the crime may seem. While you may be entitled to seek representation from a court-appointed public defender, it is important to remember that your future rests in their hands. Hiring an experienced criminal attorney could mean the difference between dropped charges and time spent in prison, so you shouldn’t take this decision lightly.

The Benefits of Hiring a Private Criminal Defense Lawyer

The public defender system exists in order to provide legal services to those who cannot afford to hire their own lawyer. Hiring a public defender may be better than not having legal counsel at all, but that does not mean that all attorneys are equal. With the number of people being arrested in Florida every day, the public defender system has become grossly over-extended. This means that your lawyer could be juggling a hefty case load.

Hiring a private defense attorney offers the following benefits:

  • They have more time to devote to your case
  • They can limit the number of cases they take on
  • They can intervene at the beginning of your case
  • You can choose the lawyer that fits your needs
  • They can attend court hearings on your behalf

Using “Free” Legal Counsel Could Cost You in the Long Run

Although public defender programs are a good option for defendants who have no means of paying for a private criminal defense attorney, the reason that you hire a public defender shouldn’t be because it is “free.” It may seem like the best option at the time, but the court costs and fees associated with a criminal conviction could turn out to be more costly than investing in the proper legal defense. For this reason, we ask you to discuss your options with Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A. today to learn more.

What Qualities to Look for in a Private Defense Attorney

If you have made the decision to hire a private defense lawyer, there are several factors that you should take into consideration when comparing qualifications. First, you may want to work with an attorney who has experience in the courthouse where your case is pending. Although the same laws are enforced statewide, certain procedures can vary.

For example, the District Attorney in one county may have a strict “no plea bargaining” policy, while the DA in a neighboring county may be more lenient. Lawyers who are familiar with the inner workings of a particular courthouse may also be familiar with how certain prosecutors operate – which could be a significant advantage at your criminal trial.

Next, you should look for an attorney who has experience. The Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers at Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A. have handled thousands of criminal cases in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Our firm is also available to speak with clients 24/7, which means that we will be there for you when you need our help most.

Contact Our Firm 24/7 for a Free Case Evaluation

If you need help weighing your options, please do not hesitate to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of the Fort Lauderdale criminal attorneys at Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A. We are backed by a long list of satisfied clients, so you can count on us to provide the honest advice and skilled legal counsel that you need at this difficult time.

Call our firm today or fill out a free case evaluation form online.


Our Victories

  • Not Guilty, Acquitted at Trial Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

    Outcome: Client was alleged to have used his vehicle to strike victim, and there was video of the incident which could have been interpreted to actually show the crime. The state was offering significant prison time before trial. By meticulous planning and strategic cross-examination to expose the motives and fabrications by the alleged victim, and an eyewitness in support of the alleged victim, Rudenberg & Glasser convinced a jury to acquit the client and avoid a mandatory long prison sentence.

  • Domestic Violence
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser went to trial and were able to show during cross-examination that the alleged victim was the aggressor and that the client acted in self-defense. The jury returned a not guilty verdict almost immediately following trial.
  • Domestic Violence With 911 Call and Pictures
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser took the case to trial after fleshing out inconsistencies in the alleged victim's account. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty and the client's unblemished record was preserved.
  • False Arrest

    Outcome: Attorney Glasser was able to show with video footage that his client did not commit the alleged offense and furthermore, the police officer who ordered his arrest was negligent in his investigation and improperly supervised.

    Read more about this story on the Sun Sentinel.

  • Probation Only Federal Conspiracy to Commit Mail & Wire Fraud

    Outcome: Through compelling sentencing memorandum and passionate oral argument, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to convince the federal court judge to sentence their client to treatment for substance abuse, and no incarceration, even though the client had a lengthy criminal history and the Government was seeking prison time.

  • Felony DUI: Client was in an Accident and Left the Scene
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser filed a compelling motion to suppress evidence based on law enforcement's actions during the investigation. Rudenberg & Glasser were able to persuade the prosecutor prior to the motion to suppress hearing that the charge should be broken down from a felony to a misdemeanor and the client was offered probation instead of the previously sought prison sentence.
  • Final Injunction Hearing
    Outcome: Client desperately needed to avoid a final injunction on his record. Rudenberg & Glasser defended him at the hearing and proved that the Petitioner was not in fear for her safety. The judge dismissed the injunction.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor: Resisting Police Officer Without Violence
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg presented evidence that the police officer’s version of events was not credible, and that accusations were made to justify excessive use of force by police officer. Jury returned a verdict of not guilty in less than five minutes.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanors: DUI & Possession of Cannabis
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg won a motion arguing the DUI checkpoint was conducted in violation of the Fourth Amendment, and the Judge entered an order suppressing all evidence. Case was dropped by the State, and client avoided a mandatory conviction for DUI, as well as mandatory fines and license suspensions.
  • $250,000 Pre-Trial Personal Injury

    Outcome: Client was injured by a malfunctioning door, requiring stitches and leaving a scar on client's knee. There were limited medical bills and no surgeries, but through extremely challenging and successful negotiations, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to secure a settlement of $250,000.

What Our Clients Are Saying

We go above and beyond to be there for clients to provide them with the best outcome possible.
  • “Great results, compassionate service, and extremely professional.”


  • “I would recommend them to anyone that’s looking for someone that really cares!”


  • “Outstanding”

    Jonathan mujica

  • “Very professional very honest and reliable, cannot thank them enough.”

    D Gonzalez

  • “There are no words for the love and respect I have for Mike and I wouldn't even think of using anyone else as my attorney.”


  • “Professional, Reliable and Supportive”


  • “The amount of respect and empathy Attorney Rudenberg has for his clients can not be described in words.”

    C J

  • “It's nice to know that you actually cared and it didn't seem like this case was just another folder.”

    John J.

  • “I don’t usually post reviews but I had to make an exception in this case. Mike and everyone at the office were beyond helpful. Went to court twice once to find out my charges the last to find out everything was dropped. I couldn’t have asked for a more pro”


  • “Their great efforts got us the most unexpected, but amazing outcome for what we were up against.”


  • “If I would need your service in the future I will definitely reach out to you again no matter the distance.”


  • “I don’t usually post reviews but I had to make an exception in this case. Mike and everyone at the office were beyond helpful. Went to court twice once to find out my charges the last to find out everything was dropped. I couldn’t have asked for a more pro”


  • “They Were There with Me Every Step of the Way”


  • “Here to help you at all costs!”


  • “If anyone, family or friends, should get into trouble we know who to call!”

    Parent of Charles C.