Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense & Personal Injury Attorneys
How Do I Choose the Right Criminal Defense Lawyer?

How Do I Choose the Right Criminal Defense Lawyer?

The defense attorney you choose after an arrest is a major decision that could have a huge impact on your life. This should be obvious! Your future is at stake, your reputation is at stake, and your freedom is at stake. The right lawyer could be all the difference in the outcome of your case. It is absolutely crucial that you call a qualified attorney.

Can’t I Go with the Public Defender Assigned to My Case?

Of course, you can put your case into the public defender’s hands. This is your right. But this is not recommended. The law allows individuals charged with crimes to be represented by an attorney. There is a public defender system in place because everyone is entitled to the right to legal defense. For this reason, the public defender system ensures that every individual of every background and financial situation has access to defense.

The public defender system is an important system and it serves a crucial role in protecting democracy and fairness in our criminal justice system. However, many public defenders are swamped with cases. They may also not be experienced in handling the type of case you are facing, or representing individuals facing the charges that are against you. Or maybe, quite simply, you do not get along with the public defender assigned to your case.

The main reason that it is a good idea to hire a private criminal defense lawyer to represent you is because it allows you to take control and ownership of your case. You choose a lawyer who believes in you and in your case. You choose a lawyer who you believe can represent you faithfully and fairly. And you choose a lawyer who has experience in representing individuals charged with the crimes you have been accused of committing, whether it be assault or DUI. When you choose an attorney you have confidence in, the result is your positivity and peace of mind—and the assurance of a mutual commitment to a positive outcome for your case.

How Do I Know Which Lawyer Is the Right Lawyer?

So let’s say you have made the decision to hire a private criminal defense attorney. Now what? How do you find the right firm? How do you choose the right attorney? Every individual is different, but there are some key points you should look for when picking an attorney to represent you in criminal court.

Choose a firm with:

  • Experience – You want a lawyer on your side who has handled cases like yours before—and handled them successfully.
  • Winning record – Choosing a firm with a winning record gives you confidence in their ability to fight for you aggressively and effectively.
  • Positive reputation – Select a firm with a reputation for integrity and honesty. You want an attorney who treats clients with dignity. Find a firm with glowing testimonials and a great standing in your community.
  • Aggressive advocacy – Choose a firm that is not afraid to fight hard and who is willing to go the extra mile to win. You need to make sure that the team representing you has what it takes to fight for the results you deserve.

What Makes Our Firm Qualified to Help?

At Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A., we’re absolutely committed to fighting for our clients effectively and aggressively. We have represented thousands of individuals successfully in criminal cases. Our community knows our name and trusts us for tough representation. You can trust us too.

Call Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A.for a Free Consultation

For more information about our criminal defense services, we encourage you to get in touch with our Fort Lauderdale office. We can answer your questions and provide you with a free case consultation to get started.

Contact Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A. at (954) 543-1788. We’re available 24/7.


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.
  • “Outstanding”

    Jonathan mujica

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


  • “I’ve used Mike and Eric for my cases since 2012.”


  • “A great legal team”

    A. T.

  • “He Went Out of His Way to Go the Extra Mile”


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


  • “Great results, compassionate service, and extremely professional.”


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

    C J

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

    Parent of Charles C.

  • “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”


  • “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.”


  • “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”



    A. Ariel

  • “Worked with me through every step of the case and got my name cleared!”


  • “Here to help you at all costs!”