Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense & Personal Injury Attorneys
Interview with Eric Rudenberg

Interview with Eric Rudenberg

What Made You Choose a Career in Criminal Law?

I believe that too much behavior is made "criminal" by the State of Florida and the U.S. Government. Perhaps more alarmingly, the way in which police agencies enforce the law—which often involves cutting corners and violating the Constitution—has become totalitarian. In a similar way, insurance companies have near-total control over their customers' lives. In theory, insurers provide a service like any other business; in reality, insurance companies can take advantage of injured people at their most vulnerable, leaving them without a future.

By defending the treasured rights of those who need justice for their injuries or wrongful arrest, we as lawyers can protect American values such as liberty, freedom, and free expression.

In Your Opinion, What Sets Your Firm Apart?

We lose sleep over our clients' problems. If a person has a criminal record, even for a relatively minor offense, the criminal justice system has a pernicious way of keeping that individual in trouble. If a person is seriously injured, their medical costs and lost time at work can leave them financially unstable for years. In either criminal or civil cases, a person's entire future is at stake; that's why there are no second priority cases for us, and why we fight to exceed our clients' expectations. It is also why we are in constant communication with our clients during the often-nerve-wracking ordeal of fighting the state's accusations. We work harder and smarter than the competition at every stage of the process to get results.

What Case Are You Particularly Proud of?

A 19-year-old young man was in jail for violating probation by being caught in possession of cannabis. Despite coming from an incredible and loving family, being exceptionally bright and kind, and immediately taking responsibility for his mistake, the prosecutor's office refused to offer anything less than a prison sentence of about four years. State statutes give the prosecution enormous power in probation violation cases.

By dogged persistence and a thorough understanding of the life story not only our client but also his family, we were able to spare this young man a felony conviction and a trip to prison. Everybody deserves another chance, and we fight to the end of the road to see that our clients have every chance to get it. Along the way, we have the privilege of getting to know some clients so well that we become part of their families.

What Steps Do You Take to Prepare for a Difficult Case?

We believe that the better-prepared side almost always prevails. We do everything it takes to be the better-prepared side. Knowing the law inside and out helps, as does being immersed in the facts, right down to the smallest detail. None of this is possible without active communication with the client, however, whose input guides the entire process.

What Is Your Role in the Attorney-Client Relationship?

The foremost duties are to keep our clients' confidences and fight hard for them, no matter who might dislike us for it. The criminal justice system is a battlefield, and we are honored and humbled to be the ones our clients turn to when they are most in need of help.

What Sets You Apart from Other Attorneys?

Trial experience in front of juries and a very attentive eye for detail. This is important because it allows us to be better prepared than the competition. To be a great lawyer, one must first be a great listener. This means reading subtle cues from judges, absorbing the nuances of the law, and most importantly, never being too busy to lend an ear to our clients.

How Does Having Experience Benefit Your Clients?

Criminal and tort law (the law governing personal injury cases) are different in every state, county, and courtroom. Having been the attorney for over 1,000 cases in Broward County, I can navigate both the charted and uncharted hazards that pose serious risks to my clients' future.

What Types of Cases Do You Specifically Handle?

Criminal matters in State Court and Federal Courts throughout Florida, as well as civil matters involving personal injury and civil rights violations at all levels. We also handle appeals.

What Is the Most Rewarding Aspect of Your Job?

Hearing the jury listen to my client's story and give them what they need, whether it's freedom or financial relief.

What Advice Do You Most Often Give Your Clients & Why?

If you're arrested: be polite and friendly with the police, but never speak with law enforcement if you are the subject of an investigation without first speaking to a dedicated defense attorney. If you're injured: never apologize, admit fault, or speak to the other party's insurance company without our counsel.

Exceptional Counsel Right At Your Fingertips

  • You will not find another law firm that is more passionate than us.
  • Clients continue to refer our firm to those who need legal help.
  • Our firm is both feared and respected in the legal community because of our tenacity.
  • We treat our clients as we would treat our own family members.
  • Our legal team is relentless, determined, and results-oriented.

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.
  • “If you live a lifetime, you will never meet a more sincere, heartfelt, loving, caring person than Mike Glasser.”

    Becca

  • “Provided a High Level of Support & Skill”

    DUI Client

  • “They will give you honest, truthful, realistic counsel and they will fight hard for you; as they did for me.”

    Donovan

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

    Dan

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

    David

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

    John J.

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

    M.C.

  • “Michael jumped through hoops to give me the defense I deserved and I will always be grateful. Michael and Eric are not just Lawyers, they are friends and will look out for your best interest!”

    G.W.

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

    R.N.

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

    Parent of Charles C.

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

    C.C.

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

    N.S.

  • “In My Eyes, He's the Best”

    Greg

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

    C J

  • “THE BEST ATTORNEY”

    A. Ariel

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