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Criminal Defense

The criminal defense attorneys at the William Moore law firm only accept cases involving crimes in which at least one of the founding partners has significant experience and skill in defending. This has ensured over the years that each of us maintain a reputation as a leading defense lawyers among Broward County attorneys and residents. Any one of us will be happy to provide a full account of our noteworthy cases and successes in defending people who were charged criminally in South Florida.

We truly love what we do and we have worked at it daily from last 20 years now. The opportunity to be a hero for someone who has invested all of their hope in your performance in building a successful defense is something that has not been felt by any of us with regard to other aspects of our lives.

The drive to be successful in an arena considered both interesting and exciting by the public is ever present. It is no surprise that the handful lawyers in Broward County known for consistent strategic and effective criminal defense work enjoy a level of respect that is different to analogize to any other profession. Some people were just born to be criminal defense attorneys. Everybody in the profession knows who is winning far more often than their colleagues. In almost every circumstance even competitive law firms will routinely admit when asked about specific lawyers who have  excelled at the profession since entering it.

It is always advisable to call local criminal defense lawyers and ask about the law firms that you are considering to represent your defense. Always go straight to the people that know.

Our lawyers have shown proficiency in defending the following crime types over the last two decades.

Probation and Community Control

Defending probation cases requires significant experience and knowledge of  how each and every criminal judge  response to various types of violation. Judges differ as to how they view substantive offenses as opposed to technical, how inclined they are to consider treatment in lieu of incarceration as well as the general severity of crime that that judge generally presides over.

Record Sealing is pretty straightforward when it comes to the application process. Obtaining a certificate of eligibility simply requires that forms be filled out correctly. Real criminal defense work comes into play where the Broward County State Atty.’s office challenges a ceiling of a defendant’s criminal record despite having this certificate from the Florida Department of Law enforcement. These cases require litigation in open court before criminal judge by a criminal defense attorney.

  • Probation
  • Drug Offender Probation
  • House Arrest
  • Early Termination of Probation
Record Sealing & Expungement Drug Crimes

Attorney William Moore focuses his defense work on drug possession and trafficking cases in addition to organized crime and violent crime. The prosecution of these offenses require experience to be effective as a criminal defense attorney in Broward County. These cases carry severe penalties along with both prosecution and defense issues that cannot be found in any other types of criminal litigation.


Shoplifting or petty theft cases do not require a higher level of criminal defense knowledge and skill to be effective as an attorney, rather these cases require a defending attorney to have a strong working relationship with Broward County prosecutors. Often it is the defense attorney’s job to convince a specific prosecutor in a division to allow diversion rather than prosecution. This makes effectiveness quite political in nature. The attorney simply has to be respected by prosecutors assigned to the case.

A crime classified as a felony is far more serious than one charged as a misdemeanor. Likewise a first-degree felony is exponentially more severe than a third-degree one when considering a defendant’s exposure to imprisonment as a result. Major crimes require a certain breed of criminal defense attorney to really excel in helping people charged with some of our most egregious Florida criminal offenses.

Felony Class Theft Crime Fraud and White Collar Crime

Fraud and white-collar crime involve issues that are quite technical and diverse from a criminal defense standpoint. The use of computers, forensic accountants, false identities and money laundering make this type of practitioner different than other defense lawyers. This is because knowledge of other professions and to the same degree are required to truly be effective. Attorney William Moore has devoted such a focus to defending white-collar crime involving the use of computer systems that he is considered by many to be more knowledgeable about computer Internet  search engine issues than  most professionals in the nation who have made it their single profession.

Arrests for Violent Crime  Domestic Violence Arrests Cybercrime Resisting Arrest and Battery on Law Enforcement Officer Obtaining Bail / Bond in Broward County Criminal Trial and Appeals
  • Stages of a Criminal Trial in Florida
  • Criminal Trial Stages Explained
  • Criminal Appeals
Firearm Possession Murder and Justifiable Homicide Vandalism and Disorderly Conduct Sex Crime Defense

If you’ve been arrested for a crime in Broward County, it’s time to take action. Start talking to local lawyers and get informed.

At the William Moore Criminal Defense Law Firm, we have been practicing criminal law in Broward County since the mid-90s. Since then, each of us continues to focus on specific areas of Florida criminal law. It’s been over 15 years that we have been defending people charged with crimes out of our local Fort Lauderdale Office which is within walking distance of the Broward County central courthouse.  We are lawyers who have worked together since our first days licensed to practice law. Just as it was then, each of us still focus on specific crime types. We are a 100% criminal defense firm and do not accept other types of cases. No two of us defend criminal offenses of another’s primary career focus.

Review Our Criminal Law Articles for Information and Defense Lectures on Every Crime Type

Our lawyers have been helping people with questions about their criminal charges for years. There is never a charge to talk to us about your case and we welcome your call. Remember, we are all former prosecutors who have focused on specific areas of criminal defense throughout our individual legal careers. Lear how we can help you.

Call Our Criminal Defense Hotline: (954) 523-5333

If Our Cases Could Talk

Fortunately, they have already spoken. A voice heard loud and clear at the conclusion of each and every successful criminal case that we have been hired to defend over the past 10 to 20 years. With over 1000 successful criminal jury trials defended by three of our law firm owners, the vast number of tactical issues alone speaks to our experience.

Our Past Clients Speak Both Often and Consistently

Over the years, we have found that a majority of the people who have asked for our help learned about us through others. Both friends and family members of the past clients of our law firm’s three owners seem to make up the majority of our business. This would seem significant if it were not for the fact that criminal defense attorney William Moore so actively speaks and writes about criminal defense work in Fort Lauderdale that one would think a majority of our business was obtained to that exposure. Although it is close, the numbers seem to support word-of-mouth as being the cause of our primary source of clientele. The clients that we have defended in Broward County are quite a loud voice indeed.

Criminal defense attorneys in Broward County in the Fort Lauderdale area want your business. That is why you are  not only getting mail sent directly to your house by over 100 criminal defense attorneys but also bombarded by online pop-ups and paid placement campaigns. The amount of money spent by attorneys on advertising is shocking. Especially to us, because we don’t pay for any advertising. We don’t send out direct mail, we don’t pay Google to put us at the top of search results and we don’t accept conflict cases by government agencies. We don’t even sponsor kids baseball by buying team uniforms. That is because we defend people who have been charged with committing criminal acts. That’s all we do.

That’s all we have ever done and we’ve done it without paying for advertising that is passed off to the client.

The business of criminal law is the most competitive of all practice types in Florida. The competition amongst practitioners is often described as fierce and sometimes even cutthroat. Some lawyers have even been accused of maliciously bad mouthing the ability and experience of  similarly situated defense practitioners.

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That’s because we don’t have associates to pawn work off to and bill out to clients at an hourly rate. If anyone’s doing anything by way of work on the cases that we defend, it’s us. Groundwork in all. In fact, we don’t even hand work off to each other. This might seem strange at first but the fact is that each of us has been focusing on specific crime types throughout their career. In our criminal defense firm each of us is viewed as the authority on how to best strategically implement a defense with regard to the cases that they are assigned. These assignments are dictated by which of us has been focusing on defending that particular crime throughout their career. Nothing else would really make sense really.

Local Criminal Counsel

Not only are we career focused on specific crime types but we are also local and have been for two decades. William R Moore and his law partners have practice only criminal law and operated out of the city of Fort Lauderdale since all working together as prosecutors. Even then while learning everything about the inner workings of our local state attorney’s office, our jurisdiction of practice was right here.

We don’t run all over the state and defend people charged with crimes in unfamiliar courthouses, with unfamiliar judges and unfamiliar procedures. Many of the judges before whom we defend criminal cases are lawyers that we studied with in school. Never will you hear a Broward County criminal court judge ask us to state our names for the record. To the contrary, we have practiced criminal law in these courtrooms daily since our first day of practice.

How Can You Be Certain That We Are Qualified to Defend Your Case?

We guarantee if you come in and speak with us, you will quickly be able to pick up on the fact that we know our stuff. The fact is, that you don’t need to be a criminal defense attorney to recognize one that knows how to defend a specific type of crime. Even without each of our respective reputations for defending cases locally, our ability to explain issues specific to the tactical defense of our clients resonates loudly clear. Make an appointment to meet with us and see how seriously we take protecting people.

Fort Lauderdale Criminal Attorneys Since Day One

Over the years, we have grown to understand the subtle nuances that define how certain judges are likely to react to pleadings, motions and evidentiary issues. Similarly, we each have a firm understanding of how specific prosecutors will tactically prepare and argue their case. As for the local rules and procedures of the Broward criminal courthouse, we know them like the back of our hand.

Our Criminal Attorneys Only Practice Defense Work Right Here in Fort Lauderdale

Local lawyers are arguably at an advantage when it comes to understanding the local judicial process. When choosing a criminal defense attorney to represent your defense it just makes sense to hire local counsel. William Moore Criminal Defense maintains offices and has lawyers who are residents of Broward County.

Arrested in Broward County?

If you have been Arrested in Broward County, Florida, it is advisable to spend some time in choosing the most qualified local Broward Criminal Lawyer to represent your defense. Remember, not only the facts of each case must be challenged, but also the stop, detention and search of each arrested individual.

We are Criminal Attorneys know Local Criminal Court Policy, Police Procedures and the Officer’s who enforce them.

That just makes sense. After all, shouldn’t you be represented by a criminal lawyer who is familiar with the way that the police officers who are going to testify against you?

Client Reviews
William Moore saves the day once again... I can’t thank him enough for helping me get my life back on track...You’ll be glad he’s on your defense team, I guarantee it. Eric Bailey
William is an amazing lawyer on the first day he took my case from a felony to a misdemeanor. He always answered my calls and text messages, never a problem. He was always the one in court not sending someone else, unlike my last lawyer. 10/10 would recommend. If I ever have any other problems, he will be the first person I call. Shane B.