McLaughlin Morris, P.A.
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyers in Delray Beach, FL
Justice means everyone is treated fairly and the law is evenly applied.
In a criminal case, it means the defendant, who faces the weight of the government's criminal accusation, is able to exercise the rights granted by the Constitution. Justice means the state or federal government must prove its case beyond all reasonable doubt or end the prosecution quickly.
In a personal injury matter, it means the victim is able to achieve a fair recovery after a lost that resulted from another's negligent or wrongful act. A personal injury lawsuit aims to make a person whole after a devastating loss.
At McLaughlin Morris, P.A., we represent people in both criminal defense and personal injury cases. We protect our clients’ rights and help them obtain justice in their case.
Experienced Trial Attorneys for Palm Beach County, FL
The team of trial attorneys at McLaughlin Morris, P.A. has the experience to represent you, if you are facing criminal charges or seeking compensation for a personal injury matter. We represent people on criminal defense and personal injury matters throughout Palm Beach County, Broward County and Miami-Dade County, including in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Hialeah. We have offices conveniently located in Delray Beach in Palm Beach County and in Miami in Miami-Dade County, FL.
We understand that each case is different. Our lawyers fight passionately to protect your rights so that you can rest easy. We are dedicated to justice and vigorously advocate for our clients to achieve the best possible result in their case. Call us at (561) 404-0529 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to speak directly with one of our attorneys or to schedule a free office consultation to discuss the unique facts of the case.
Learn More About Our Attorneys
The attorneys at McLaughlin Morris, P.A. can handle your case, whether you are facing criminal charges or whether you have been injured due to the negligence of another. Our trial attorneys have a broad range of experience and will honestly and aggressively represent you in and out of the courtroom.
Andrew J. McLaughlin, Founding Partner, leads our Personal Injury Practice. Drew McLaughlin is an experienced personal injury lawyer who helps his clients recover fair compensation for their losses. Drew McLaughlin has spent close to a decade working on personal injury-related matters in the Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County and Broward County area. He represents people who have been the victims in car accidents, wrongful death and other types of matters where a person was harmed because of someone else's actions.
Drew McLaughlin has also represented insurance companies. He understands how the attorneys working for the insurance companies make decisions in these cases. Understanding the insurance defense side is important because, in most personal injury cases, an attorney working for the insurance company will be defending the other side.
Jeffrey L. Morris, Founding Partner, leads our Criminal Defense Practice. Jeff Morris is an experienced criminal attorney and former South Florida prosecutor. As an Assistant State Attorney in the State Attorney's Office for the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County, FL, Jeff Morris represented the State of Florida in thousands of criminal cases.
He prosecuted criminal cases for nearly nine years, including six years exclusively in the Economic Crimes Unit (ECU). While in the ECU, Jeff Morris prosecuted white collar and financial crimes cases. As a former prosecutor, Jeff Morris understands how the State works when pursuing charges and how it will build its case. He will use that knowledge to develop the strongest possible defense for you and aggressively fight for the best possible resolution.
If you have been accused of a crime or have been victimized in an accident, the legal process can be scary and confusing. At McLaughlin Morris, P.A., we understand the process and how overwhelming it can be to face going to court. We will explain your rights to you, passionately negotiate on your behalf, and aggressively advocate for you in court.
Criminal Defense in Palm Beach County, FL
If you are accused of committing a crime in Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Broward County or Miami-Dade County, then your liberty is on the line. You could have your freedom completely stripped from you, if you are sentenced to prison. You could also face steep fines, lose your driver's license, lose your right to bear firearms and, for sex crimes, be required to register as a sex offender, possibly for the rest of your life.
Many of our clients have no prior record. We are experienced representing doctors and nurses in the health care profession, teachers and certified educators, lawyers and law school students, members of the military and employees of law enforcement agencies. For many professionals, the accusations itself is career ending, even if the criminal charges are ultimately dismissed.
After a criminal accusation avoiding a conviction is important. Otherwise, a criminal record could continue to haunt you long after your sentence is served. A criminal record could keep you from getting the job of your dreams, traveling outside the United States, or going to college to advance your education. Even if you are admitted to school, a criminal record could prevent you from receiving financial aid or lead to you being turned down for student loans. A criminal record can even cause problems when you try to rent an apartment or find housing.
With so much on the line, the Constitution guarantees certain rights to anyone accused of a crime. Your rights include freedom from being forced to incriminate yourself. In other words, you are never required to hand over evidence against yourself in a criminal matter. You also have the right to a speedy, public trial and to a jury of your peers.
You also have the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Unless you consent, police cannot conduct any kind of search, for example of your home, car, or person, without probable cause. In most cases, that means obtaining a warrant from a judge. If the police fail to follow proper procedure, your lawyer can challenge the evidence and possibly have it thrown out.
Prosecutors must prove the elements of the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. If you are facing a drug charge, for example, the primary evidence is usually the drugs themselves. If the evidence is thrown out, the prosecutor may have no choice but to drop your charges.
Challenging the constitutionality of the prosecution's evidence is not the only tactic a defense attorney has. He will also vigorously cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses, challenge the science and chain of custody of the prosecution’s evidence, and present your evidence and witnesses to support your case. The sole goal is to expose the reasonable doubt in the case against you. If there's any reasonable doubt, the jury must acquit.
At McLaughlin Morris, P.A., our attorneys have handled thousands of criminal cases. Each case is unique, and we rely on our vast experience to represent our clients’ individual needs. We have trial experience with a variety of misdemeanor and felony cases, including drug possession, drug trafficking, driving under the influence, theft, burglary, robbery, battery, aggravated battery, arson, attempted murder, identity theft, embezzlement, investment fraud, healthcare fraud, mortgage fraud, tax fraud, insurance fraud, and other types of crimes. Our firm also helps clients with outstanding felony or misdemeanor warrants.
Call us today at (561) 404-0529 to arrange a free personal consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Palm Beach County, FL. We also have offices conveniently located in Miami, FL.
Helping Accident Victims in Broward and Miami-Dade County
Your life can change in an instant, through no fault of your own, if you are involved in an accident. After an accident, you may have exorbitant bills from the hospital, face years of physical therapy, and lose your paycheck for months. You could become disabled and lose your ability to work at all. In the worst scenarios, you could lose a loved one in a deadly accident (often called "wrongful death").
If your injury was caused by an accident involving negligence or an intentional wrongful act, you have a right to recover for your injuries from the responsible party. Negligence means a person failed to act in a reasonably careful way or did something a reasonably careful person would not do.
Car wrecks, in addition to being the number one cause of accidental death and injury in Florida, are a prime example of negligence. Reasonably careful drivers would not speed, change lanes without looking, run stop signs, or text and drive, and they certainly would not drive while intoxicated. Yet, every day, people are injured in accidents caused by these careless decisions on I-95 and in the streets in Miami Shores, Pembroke Pines, Boynton Beach and other areas both urban and rural.
You have a right to recover for your hospital bills, doctors’ bills, lost wages, lost ability to work, pain and suffering, mental anguish and more. However, in most cases, you'll be trying to recover from an insurance company, which seeks to pay you as little as it can. The insurance company may offer you a settlement that doesn't fully cover your needs, and may tell you it's the best you will do.
Don't take the settlement, and don't listen to them without consulting an attorney. With McLaughlin Morris, P.A. representing you, you will have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side, negotiating for a settlement that more truly covers your needs. And if you’re not offered a settlement that is satisfactory to you, our trial attorneys can represent you in court. Call us today at (561) 404-0529 to arrange a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
Attorneys Fighting for the Best Result
You may be in need of justice in the State or Federal court systems in West Palm Beach, Miami-Dade County or Broward County, whether you face criminal charges or need compensation from the responsible party after an injury. The first step toward achieving the results you desire is to engage an attorney who will aggressively advocate on your behalf.
The lawyers at McLaughlin Morris, P.A. have the experience to help you get the results you seek. We fight for our clients, whether they have been accused of a crime or have been the victim in an accident. Call us 24 hours a day / 7 days a week at (561) 404-0529 to arrange your free consultation to discuss your criminal defense or personal injury case today.
This article was last updated on Monday, February 15, 2016.