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Law Firm OverviewThe William Moore Criminal Defense Law Firm in Broward County, FL, helps those who have been charged with a crime. The firm boasts nearly 20 years of experience in litigating criminal cases in state and federal courts. The firm has represented more than 200 clients in criminal cases.
Attorney William Moore has successfully handled thousands of cases and makes his track record available to anyone who requests it. Through years of serving as a criminal attorney, he has developed an aggressive and innovative strategy designed to protect the rights of citizens. Unlike other firms, his criminal defense law team never rushes to plea bargain a case.
Mr. Moore knows that the only possible way to achieve the best result is to plan in advance for the case going to trial. He is meticulous about strategizing his cases. He investigates cases, looking for the flaws in the prosecution's case and use that information to help clients. The William Moore Criminal Defense Law Firm uses every available resource to ensure his clients have the best chance of success with their case.
Year this Office was Established: 2001
Languages: English, Spanish
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Accessory to Attempt Solicitation or Conspiracy; Accessory to a Crime; BUI; Consent to Search; Criminal Mischief; Dealing in Stolen Property; Disorderly Conduct; Disorderly Intoxication; Driver License Offenses; Driving with a Suspended License (DWSL); Enforcing Plea Agreements; Failing to Adhere to Business Terms; False & Fraudulent Motor Vehicle Insurance Application; False Imprisonment/Kidnapping; False Report of a Crime; Fleeing and Eluding; Indecent Exposure; Lewd & Lascivious Conduct; Loitering and Prowling; Obstructing Justice; Removing or Altering Identification Marks; Plea Deals; Possession of a Fraudulent or Stolen Driver License; Possession of Burglary Tools; Probation Violations and Community Control Violations; Reckless Driving; Resisting With Violence; Right to Remain Silent; Stalking; Tampering with a Witness or Evidence; Trespass; Unlawful Use of Badges of Certain Orders, Organizations & Other Groups; Possession of Marijuana; Drug Trafficking; Prescription Drug Charges.
Areas of Law Description
WR Moore Criminal Defense represents clients for their criminal law concerns in the following areas, among others:
- Accessory to a Crime
An accessory is someone who helps in the commission of a crime even though he does not actually participate in the crime. An accessory before the fact is a person who knows about and aids or abets the principal in the commission of the crime.
- Aggravated Assault
William Moore, explains that if you are charged with aggravated assault, you have been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, such as a gun, knife or other weapon without the intent to kill or with intent to commit a felony. An assault is an intentional and unlawful threat - either by word or by actions - to commit violence against another person.
- Aggravated Battery
Fort Lauderdale Criminal Attorney William Moore states that to prove aggravated battery, simple battery must first be proven. According to Florida Statutes §784.03, battery is defined as "actually and intentionally" touching or striking another person against their will and intentionally causing bodily harm to that person. Battery is a misdemeanor in the first degree.
- Assault and Battery
Fort Lauderdale Criminal Lawyers explain that Assault and battery are not normally charged to a person for the same action. To understand this, you must understand the differences between an assault charge and a battery charge. An assault is committed when you intentionally and unlawfully threaten another person by word or action to harm or do violence to the other person and it must be "coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear" that the violence in imminent to the other person (F.S. §784.011).
- Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer
Broward County Criminal Defense Attorneys know that committing battery on law enforcement officers does not include just police officers. It also includes correctional officers, probation officers, anyone in those positions in a part-time position and anyone in those positions as auxiliary positions.
- Burglary of a Dwelling or Conveyance or Structure
To be charged with burglary, you must enter a dwelling, structure or conveyance intending to commit a crime, unless the premises are open to the public at the time of entry. If the structure is not open to the public at the time you enter it (whether it is a public dwelling that is closed or a private residence) you must remain inside with the intention of committing an offense.
- Child Abuse and Child Neglect
Child abuse and neglect can range from leaving a child unattended in a vehicle to severely beating a child. Child abuse and the abuse of a vulnerable adult are treated in much the same way, with both crimes reportable to the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).
- Credit Card Fraud
Credit card fraud encompasses the many ways and means people (individuals and companies) use to obtain products without paying for them or to take money from someone's account. Credit card fraud is sometimes combined with identity theft.
- Criminal Mischief
To commit criminal mischief, a person must purposely and with intent injure someone or damage property. An example of criminal mischief is putting graffiti on someone else’s property.
- Disorderly Conduct
Disorderly conduct is generally charged as a second-degree misdemeanor. It is usually charged a "breach of peace." It can include acts inappropriate in public, acts lacking in public decency, or acts that cause distress to those who witness the acts. It also includes fighting and brawling. If you resist arrest, the charge is usually bumped up to a first-degree misdemeanor.
- Domestic Violence
As a criminal defense attorney in South Florida, who has worked on thousands of cases, domestic violence charges always seem to be the most troubling. Even in situations where the family has worked through their differences, the State Attorney's office will certainly still seek a conviction for an alleged offense. This often has the effect of tearing the family apart.
- Driver License Offenses
There are many reasons for the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to suspend someone's driver's license. Some of the offenses include, but are not limited to a gas drive-off, non-payment of child support, non-payment of a traffic ticket and non-payment of vehicle insurance.
- Failing to Adhere to Business Terms
All too often, in the practice of criminal defense, attorneys will come across organized fraud cases that result from what appear to be legitimate business dealings. William Moore has been defending organized fraud cases in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach for over a decade. Recently, our criminal defense attorneys were asked if the operation of a business would insulate that business owner from criminal charges where false representations had been made.
- False and Fraudulent Motor Vehicle Insurance Application
If you make a statement that contains any false, incomplete or misleading information on an application for insurance, and you intend to injure, defraud or deceive the insurer (including any statutorily created underwriting association or pool of motor vehicle insurers), you may be charged with a third-degree felony.
- False Imprisonment / Kidnapping
False imprisonment and kidnapping are two separate crimes. Kidnapping, a forcible felony, is use of force, or is done in secret, or by use of threat to confine, abduct, or imprison a person against his or her will and with no legal authority to do so, with the intent to commit a felony or facilitate the committing of a felony.
- Personal Property; Removing or Altering Identification Marks
In Florida, if you remove, erase, deface or alter in any other way any identification marks made by the true owner of personal property or serial number placed on said property by the manufacturer, you may be found guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor. You must have intended to prevent identification of the personal property by its rightful owner.
- Sex Crimes
Criminal defense attorneys agree that getting arrested and later convicted for a sex crime can ruin your life. In Fort Lauderdale alone, there are currently nearly 500 registered sex offenders and sexual predators, with many more in surrounding Broward County.
The modern movement toward "stalking laws" is another attempt to use statutes to prohibit threatening conduct that may not amount to an assault. Stalking laws and statutes prohibiting threats are thought to be necessary because an assault requires some physical act beyond mere communication of the defendant's hostility toward the victim.
Mr. William R. Moore
Arson, Assault, Battery, Bribery, Burglary
- American Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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