Attorney Matheny from the Law Offices of Eric M. Matheny, P.A., takes pride in providing his clients with the personalized service, high ethical standards, innovative strategies, and aggressive defense they need when facing criminal charges. As a former prosecutor for Miami-Dade County, he possesses a unique perspective of the justice system and has a direct insight into how criminal cases will often be presented. It is his experience and expertise which has allowed him the opportunity to represent, and successfully defend, his clients against all kinds of criminal charges.
While each case is different, and there is no guarantee as to the success of any given case, Attorney Matheny is committed to fighting hard on behalf of his clients, to see that they achieve the most positive outcome for their case. One recent case involved a client, with multiple prior convictions, who was arrested for burglary of an occupied dwelling, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and battery on a law enforcement officer. This particular case was thrown directly into the media spotlight when it made national headlines. During the prefile stages, however, Attorney Matheny was able to polygraph the client and clearly establish a creditable claim of self-defense. Although the client originally faced over 20 years in prison upon conviction, due to the fact that the prosecutor was forced to acknowledge the weaknesses in the case, all felony charges were subsequently dropped. In the end only two misdemeanor charges were filed, and those charges were ultimately resolved with no fine, jail time or probation.
In another instance one of his clients, who had a prior arrest record consisting of a felony and various domestic violence offenses, was found with 50 pounds of marijuana growing in his home. The client was charged with marijuana trafficking and faced 45 years in state prison, with a mandatory 3-year minimum sentence, a mandatory $25,000 fine and the mandatory suspension of his driver's license. The prosecutor for the case made clear that he was unwilling to waive the mandatory 3-year minimum sentence. Thankfully, during the discovery process, Attorney Matheny was able to uncover the fact that police has previously trespassed on the client's property, thus violating his 4th Amendment rights. When confronted about the incident, one of the involved officers lied about it, despite the incident being recorded on the client's home security system. In the end, the trafficking charge was dismissed and the client was convicted on one count of owning property for the purposing of trafficking. He received no prison time, did not have to pay any fines, was sentenced to one year of probation. He was also able to keep his driver's license.
One of the most important aspects of any criminal defense case is having a skilled attorney who not only understands what you are going through, but who is willing and able to provide you with the aggressive defense you need to protect your interests and rights. If you are in need of a South Florida criminal defense attorney, contact Attorney Matheny at his offices today and schedule a free initial consultation.