Award-Winning Defense As former state prosecutors, our attorneys at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. possess experience from both sides of the courtroom. We are the defense team you need. Schedule Your Consultation

Daytona Beach Criminal Defense Attorney

Nearly 50 Years Of Legal Experience in Volusia County, FL

The Daytona Beach criminal defense lawyers at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. offer aggressive defense representation in Daytona Beach, Deltona, DeLand, Ormond Beach, Port Orange, Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Flagler County, and beyond. 

With more than five decades of combined experience, we are confident in our ability to provide the effective advocacy that you deserve, even against the most complex charges.

As former state prosecutors, our Daytona Beach criminal defense lawyers approach each case with from a unique advantage – one that allows us to create strategies specifically designed to find weaknesses in the prosecution's case against you.

If you were arrested for a crime, contact our law firm today at (386) 693-1637. Our Daytona Beach criminal defense attorneys also serve clients in Miami-Dade County and Broward County.

A Firm With A Winning Record

  • Case Dismissed
  • Charges Reduced and No Conviction
  • Case Dismissed
  • Case Not Filed

You don't Need To Face It Alone

Cases Our Daytona Beach Criminal Lawyers Handle

Avoid Common Mistakes After An Arrest

A successful defense starts with early involvement. Do not wait to contact a lawyer before it's too late. When you work with our Daytona Beach criminal defense lawyers, we will guide you through every facet of the legal process from start to finish, to ensure the best possible chance of a favorable case outcome.

When looking for a defense lawyer, remember this: shopping for a bargain isn't a good deal. A public defender may seem like an economical option, but a criminal conviction can cost more in the long run. With a skilled legal professional on your side, you can have pace of mind that your case is in capable hands.

Florida Criminal Process

The criminal process in Florida starts with the initial investigation by law enforcement. If enough evidence is gathered, a person will be arrested and charged with a criminal offense. This can then lead to a criminal trial where a jury or judge will decide whether the defendant is guilty or innocent. If found guilty, the court will determine the punishment, which can range from probation to incarceration. The criminal process also includes post-conviction options such as appeals and sentence reductions. Throughout the criminal process, defendants have rights such as Miranda warnings and access to an attorney. It is important for individuals to understand their rights and the criminal process in order to protect themselves and ensure fair treatment under the law.

Why Hire A Former State Prosecutor?

Our background in criminal prosecution gives us a unique advantage in court. We understand common strategies and techniques used by prosecutors to obtain a conviction; let us put this experience to work for your case. Learn more about our prosecution experience and representation philosophy here.

Defense For Drug Crimes In Daytona Beach

"Drug crime" is an umbrella term that encompasses criminal charges related to any controlled substances. This includes marijuana charges, cocaine, drug manufacturing, cultivation, sales, and possession. These offenses range from misdemeanors to serious crimes: first-time drug possession all the way to trafficking and manufacturing.

If you are under investigation for a drug crime, it is imperative that you speak with a Daytona Beach criminal defense attorney today. Drug crimes involve a variety of legal complications not found in other case types, and our firm is ready to help you make educated decisions to choose the best path for your defense. To learn more about your options with us, visit our drug crimes defense page.


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  • I thoroughly recommend Brett Schwartz as a defense attorney.

    “I thoroughly recommend Brett Schwartz as a defense attorney. He worked tirelessly and relentlessly to get my case dropped even before it went to trial. He succeeded, although the odds were heavily stacked against us.”

    - Michael

  • Should you ever need a defense attorney, he is the person to contact.

    “I was referred to Brett Schwartz by a friend facing very serious charges. He was very understanding and also very honest, walked us through the process of what could happen from beginning to end best case scenario and of course worst case scenario.”

    - Lisbeth

  • If you need help go see Brett!

    “We worked with Brett on a domestic violence charge. He was the third lawyer we went to and we FINALLY got the result we desired. His knowledge of the law, the system and straightforwardness are beyond impressive.”

    - Sally


The right criminal defense begins with the right Daytona Beach criminal defense attorney. If you were arrested for a crime, your future, freedom, and your reputation are on the line.

Some of our firm's distinction are:

  • Nearly 50 years' legal experience
  • Custom-fit case strategies
  • Former state prosecutors
  • Daytona Beach Criminal Defense Attorneys who truly care
  • Immediate consultations at (386) 693-1637


  • Highlighted by SuperLawyers from years 2016-2022.
  • Top-rated lawyers fighting on your behalf.
  • Former prosecutors handling your defense.
  • Decades of legal experience on your side.
  • Available 24/7, including weekends.


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