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Chris Haddad

1530 N. Federal Hwy.
Lake Worth FL 33460
(561) 832-1126

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The Law Office of
Christopher A. Haddad, P.A.

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The Law Office of Christopher A. Haddad, P.A. was founded in 1999 and is located just north of the College Park section of Lake Worth, Florida, only minutes from downtown West Palm Beach. The firm provides aggressive representation in the areas of:

•Federal and Florida state criminal law;
•Federal civil rights violations involving acts of wrongdoing amounting to violations of the Federal civil rights laws;
•Florida civil rights violations involving police misconduct resulting in false arrest, excessive use of force, misuse of a weapon or other state law violations;
•Driving under the influence (DUI); and
•Juvenile law.

Our approach to criminal law can be summarized by the phrase, “the best defense is a good offense”. Each case is approached from the perspective that a rigorous pursuit of the facts and understanding of the law are the essential components to formulating a strong defense. We combine a thorough and detailed case investigation with the use of experts and other trial consultants to convey the essential message of your case while refuting the opposing side’s arguments. Our court-proven process is focused on fighting for the rights of our clients.

A Track Record of Success
A cornerstone of the American judicial system is the right to a trial by jury. Mr. Haddad and his staff have the skills, passion and proven track record to represent you effectively and persuasively. The firm is committed to providing personal attention, detailed case analysis and persuasive advocacy to each case that the firm undertakes.

Mr. Haddad is an experienced trial lawyer. He has tried over 100 jury trials to verdict. Let our firm put his track record of success to work for you.

If you have been charged with a federal or state crime or believe that you are the victim of a civil rights violation involving police misconduct, please contact the Law Office of Christopher A. Haddad, P.A. today for a frank and honest assessment of your case 561-832-1126. Our experienced team can advise you of your rights, as well as options that can lead to a successful outcome.

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Attorney Profile

Christopher A. Haddad
1530 N. Federal Highway
Lake Worth Florida 33460
Phone: 561-832-1126
Fax: 561-832-1127


chris@chrishaddad.com
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Education
Law School:
Loyola University, New Orleans, LA, 1990

Undergraduate:
Bentley College, Boston , MA, 1987

West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney
I was born in New York City. I have been practicing law in Palm Beach County for over 20 years. I am privileged to live in and practice law in such a beautiful and diverse part of the Country.  I have a deep network of lawyers, trial consultants and other experts that can assist to strengthen your case.

My background
I was just an innocent little child in the 1960s. The 1960s were an era that saw a multitude of significant historical events that resonate today at the dawn of the 21st century, including: 

•The founding of the Peace Corps in 1961;
•The Martin Luther King, Jr. “I had a Dream” speech in 1963;
•The Kennedy presidency;
•The rise and ultimate passage of the Civil Rights Act  in 1964;
•The Civil Rights Act in 1964;
•The 1967 race riots;
•“The 1967 Summer of Love”.
•The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968;
•The first U.S astronaut landing on the moon in 1969;
Though too young to understand the significance of these events at the time they were occurring, as an adult I have come to put the significance of that era into perspective. The common theme during those tumultuous years was a strong belief that all persons are equal under the law and must be afforded a strong and vigorous defense.

I now realize that these events helped to develop my core value system and beliefs. I believe fundamentally in the importance of equality and fairness for all members of society. I’ve learned to appreciate some of the fundamental rights embedded in the American legal system, such as the right to a fair trial and legal counsel, as well as the Miranda rule. I passionately believe that a just society is one where all persons are afforded equal opportunity to live, learn and grow.

As it pertains to the justice system, and your case, I will fight hard to ensure that the values comprised in these historical events, such as equality and the willingness to work hard to ensure fairness are applied to your case.

I am honored to be a member of the Florida bar and to work in the justice system. I will use my legal skills, knowledge and over 20 years of experience in the courtroom to do everything within my power to ensure that you are treated fairly and afforded the best representation possible in your case.

Please Call : 561-832-1126

Attorney Profile

 

Christopher A. Haddad
1530 N. Federal Highway
Lake Worth Florida 33460
Phone: 561-832-1126
Fax: 561-832-1127


chris@chrishaddad.com
Download vCard

Education
Law School:
Loyola University, New Orleans, LA, 1990

Undergraduate:
Bentley College, Boston , MA, 1987

West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney
I was born in New York City. I have been practicing law in Palm Beach County for over 20 years. I am privileged to live in and practice law in such a beautiful and diverse part of the Country.  I have a deep network of lawyers, trial consultants and other experts that can assist to strengthen your case.

My background
I was just an innocent little child in the 1960s. The 1960s were an era that saw a multitude of significant historical events that resonate today at the dawn of the 21st century, including: 

•The founding of the Peace Corps in 1961;
•The Martin Luther King, Jr. “I had a Dream” speech in 1963;
•The Kennedy presidency;
•The rise and ultimate passage of the Civil Rights Act  in 1964;
•The Civil Rights Act in 1964;
•The 1967 race riots;
•“The 1967 Summer of Love”.
•The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968;
•The first U.S astronaut landing on the moon in 1969;
Though too young to understand the significance of these events at the time they were occurring, as an adult I have come to put the significance of that era into perspective. The common theme during those tumultuous years was a strong belief that all persons are equal under the law and must be afforded a strong and vigorous defense.

I now realize that these events helped to develop my core value system and beliefs. I believe fundamentally in the importance of equality and fairness for all members of society. I’ve learned to appreciate some of the fundamental rights embedded in the American legal system, such as the right to a fair trial and legal counsel, as well as the Miranda rule. I passionately believe that a just society is one where all persons are afforded equal opportunity to live, learn and grow.

As it pertains to the justice system, and your case, I will fight hard to ensure that the values comprised in these historical events, such as equality and the willingness to work hard to ensure fairness are applied to your case.

I am honored to be a member of the Florida bar and to work in the justice system. I will use my legal skills, knowledge and over 20 years of experience in the courtroom to do everything within my power to ensure that you are treated fairly and afforded the best representation possible in your case.

Federal Criminal Law

Federal criminal law involves the defense of individuals accused of violating a federal law of the United States. A carefully devised and methodical approach to the defense of these types of cases is essential. The Law Office of Christopher A. Haddad, P.A. is prepared and ready to defend you in these cases. Oftentimes, these cases involve intense pre-indictment investigation. Our approach is to work proactively whenever possible to gain information and organize an approach to defending your case. If charges are filed, we will work to secure your release under the Bail Reform Act, if possible.

The district court has numerous alternatives available to consider whether to order a pretrial release and we explore all available opportunities. In some cases, you may be expected to testify before the Grand Jury. If this is the case, we will prepare you for your testimony so that your case can be presented in a truthful and positive light. If you are charged with a crime in federal court, we will aggressively utilize the rules of discovery to obtain access to any evidence that the government intends to use against you. This method allows us to adequately address these matters through the creation and presentation of a defense tailored at refuting these allegations. If appropriate to the case, we will file challenges to illegal searches and seizures. This evidence can include tangible items (such as drugs, firearms or papers illegally obtained) and, in some cases, statements that are illegally obtained. In formulating your defense, we will also address any mental health issues or other evidence that may help exonerate you in the case.

One of the most important decisions to be made in a federal criminal prosecution is whether to take your case to trial or to accept a plea agreement. Our systematic approach to your defense will help you make an informed decision with Mr. Haddad’s counsel and advice on which is the better option for you.  West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer, Christopher A. Haddad, has extensive experience defending cases in the federal courts. He is a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He has also handled cases in other districts throughout the nation.

The following are some examples of successful outcomes that Mr. Haddad has obtained on behalf of his clients in the federal criminal courts:

Federal Drug Charges
Client originally facing five-year mandatory minimum sentence for trafficking in over 300 marijuana plants received sentence of one year and one day as part of plea agreement to reduced charges.

Federal Drug Charges
Client received significant reduction in charges and reduced two-year sentence for trafficking in one kilogram of cocaine.

Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
Mr. Haddad persuaded Court to reduce sentence by applying safety valve provision of Federal Sentencing Guidelines over government objection resulting in reduced sentence. 

Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
Client originally faced mandatory minimum prison sentence. Mr. Haddad successfully negotiated a dismissal of several counts and persuaded the District Court to impose probation with home confinement for client with no prior record.

Conspiracy to Distribute Hashish
Client charged with conspiracy to import hash from Middle East. Case dismissed after Mr. Haddad filed a motion to dismiss based on Speedy Trial violation under U.S. Constitution. 

Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
Client charged with involvement in selling large quantity of cocaine to undercover informant. Client received downward departure from the sentencing guidelines resulting in significant reduction in sentence.

Possession of Cocaine With Intent to Distribute
Client charged after being pulled over for alleged traffic stop. Trooper conducted search of vehicle and found two kilos of cocaine hidden in the rear panel. Mr. Haddad successfully argued motion to suppress all evidence on 4th Amendment grounds. All charges dismissed.

Possession of Sawed Off Shotgun
Client allegedly received illegal gun parts in mail. Other guns found inside house. After hard fought trial, client was convicted.

Cultivation of Marijuana
Client received sentence of home confinement instead of incarceration for charges that client operated a grow house with more than 100 marijuana plants.

State Criminal Law

 

Criminal law differs from civil law in that in criminal law cases in state court, the plaintiff or party bringing the case (lawsuit) is the State of Florida. In Florida, the prosecuting attorney is called the State Attorney. The State Attorney has many assistant state attorneys that handle cases day in and day out. On special occasions, the Attorney General’s office, through the Office of the Statewide Prosecutor, handles the prosecution of the case. Most often, this occurs when the case involves multiple counties or jurisdictions, giving the Statewide Prosecutor jurisdiction. 

The prosecuting attorney works hand-in-hand with local and state police agencies in handling criminal cases. Oftentimes, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), a county sheriff or the local police department will be the first to investigate a case. Their investigations can range from simple, straightforward matters that are not very time-consuming to cases that are painstakingly put together over the course of months or even years. Obviously, more significant matters involve more detailed approaches by law enforcement. 

Upon completion of an investigation, the police or law enforcement agency will often assemble a packet to submit to the prosecuting attorney for initial review. The prosecuting attorney assesses the strength of the case and determines whether the necessary things needed to prove the case in court are present. Is there probable cause that the person charged actually committed a crime? Is the person charged the person that committed the crime? Are there witnesses? Are they quality witnesses? What other evidence exists? Does forensic evidence exist? Was there a confession? 

While all this is going on, a savvy defendant will ensure that his or her voice is also heard in the process. Oftentimes, the police and prosecution are so caught up in trying to “make a case” that they lose sight of other important issues. Does the accused person have a criminal background? What are the circumstances surrounding the case? What is the accused person’s educational background and employment history? Medical and/or mental health issues can also be important pieces of the overall equation.

The Law Office of Christopher A. Haddad, P.A. has existed since 1999. Prior to founding his own firm, Mr. Haddad was an assistant public defender in Palm Beach County, Florida where he gained valuable trial and appellate law experience. At the public defender’s office, he handled a wide range of cases from simple misdemeanor offenses to first-degree murder charges. 

Mr. Haddad has always believed that the criminal justice system is a shining example of democracy in action – a place where differences, sometimes very significant and immeasurably important differences, are resolved with a sense of fairness and respect for all involved. Mr. Haddad has been committed to ensuring the highest quality representation for all of his clients for over 20 years. He believes that the best defense is obtained by incorporating a multitude of aspects including investigations, forensics, psychology and legal precedent to ensure the best defense is provided to each and every client. 

Our team of dedicated staff and colleagues are available to talk to you anytime. Please contact our offices to arrange a consultation to outline a sensible and winning strategy for your state court criminal case. 

The Law Office of Christopher Haddad has extensive experience and our caseload is representative of the broad range of services that we provide to our clients.

Mr. Haddad’s career has included successful defenses for the following cases:

  • First degree murder
  • Second degree murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Drug Conspiracy
  • Grand Theft
  • Attempted First Degree Murder
  • Armed Robbery
  • Sale of Cocaine
  • Child Abuse
  • Violation of Probation
  • Kidnapping
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Sexual Battery
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Possession of a Firearm

Representative Cases:

CASE 1- ATTMEPTED MURDER OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
Mr. Haddad’s client  was accused of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer for allegedly trying to run over an officer with an all-terrain vehicle.  As the result of an intensive investigation, a detailed analysis of the eyewitnesses, and the use of expert testimony on crime scene analysis and mechanical engineering, the jury returned an acquittal on all charges.

CASE 2- AGGRAVATED BATTERY
This was one of the longest criminal trials in Palm Beach County history, and an early case involving the prosecution of alleged gang activity.  Mr. Haddad’s client was charged with aggravated battery, for allegedly beating another youth at a park let. The defense established that the witnesses gave inconsistent testimony and were biased in favor of the complainant.  After a hung jury, the case was resolved by plea agreement to a misdemeanor charge.

CASE 3- BATTERY ON A SCHOOL BOARD EMPLOYEE AND DISRUPTION OF A SCHOOL FUNCTION
Mr. Haddad successfully defended a mother accused of slapping her son's school principal during an Honor Society event. The defense established that any conduct was unintentional and a reflexive action. The defendant was acquitted of all charges.

CASE 4- MANSLAUGHTER
Mr. Haddad defended the step-father of a young boy who died while riding on a go-cart with his father. The defense established that a bottle in the road caused the go-cart to lose control and strike a truck parked on the side of the road. Expert testimony revealed that the defendant did not have enough time to stop the go-cart to avoid the collision. The defendant was acquitted.

CASE 5- ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER, AGGRAVATED BATTERY WITH A FIREARM
Mr. Haddad defended a 13-year-old boy accused of a middle school shooting.  It was established that the boy's age and mental state proved him to be incompetent to stand trial, and showed that he was legally insane at the time of the offense.  All charges were dismissed.

Civil Rights – Police Civil Liability

 

In 1964, Congress passed a law to give equal rights to all persons regardless of race, creed, national origin or gender. This law, called the Equal Rights Act, single-handedly transformed our country, and we have moved forward in leaps and bounds as a result.  The progress we’ve made over the past 50 years is undeniable and the progress we have yet to make is even more undeniable. 

The Law Office of Christopher A. Haddad, P.A. is here to fight for and protect your civil rights. We concentrate in the area of police civil liability. Many actions taken by the police create liability (legal responsibility) as a result. As with many other areas of the law, a careful approach must be utilized to determine the merits of any particular case. We realize the important role that police play in our society. We also understand the risks that they take during the course of their duties and the responsibilities that go along with the job. No one is expected to be perfect, but everyone is expected to perform their job in a way that demonstrates respect and acknowledgment of the individual rights and liberties that we all share. When this line is crossed against any single person, we are all impacted and all of our rights are infringed upon. 

In certain cases, the police perform their functions in ways that infringe on others’ rights.  For example, if the police arrest someone without a legal basis or act out of ulterior motives that go beyond their rights and responsibilities as law enforcement officers, they should be held accountable for their actions. Occasionally, we see abuses of power by police officers resulting in physical and emotional injuries. 

Sometimes these injuries are the result of a failure to use care by the police that amounts to negligence.

Federal and state laws provide remedies for those whose rights have been violated by law enforcement agencies. In cases where the facts show that law enforcement acted with a deliberate indifference to a person’s rights, a federal cause of action may exist. Other cases involve more traditional actions such as false arrest or unreasonable force in making an arrest. 

Mr. Haddad has fought these cases at the trial level and has obtained monetary judgments on behalf of his clients for wrongful police conduct involving excessive force and false arrest. He has also successfully negotiated monetary settlements with numerous police agencies.

The following are examples of successful civil rights cases handled by the Law Office of Christopher A. Haddad., PA

Case 1- Mr. Haddad obtained a significant jury verdict for his client who was physically mistreated and had his wrist broken by a Deputy Sheriff, when the client was returning to his home. 

Case 2- Mr. Haddad received a monetary settlement for his client who was falsely arrested by the police, without any probable cause.

Case 3- Mr. Haddad received a monetary settlement for his client who was attacked and thrown to the ground by a police official for no legitimate reason.  The client had been in the area where the police were called and when instructed to leave, he followed the commands of the officer.  Despite this, the officer still used excessive force by throwing him violently to the ground causing significant neck and back injuries.   

Mr. Haddad has extensive experience in the field of police civil liability. He has the knowledge, dedication and determination to do what is necessary to ensure justice is achieved when a civil rights violation has occurred by virtue of improper police conduct. If you think your rights have been violated, we would love to hear from you. Please call or email us anytime to arrange a consultation to discuss your case 561-832-1126. We look forward to hearing from you.

About Us

About Us

Mr. Haddad’s practice focuses on criminal defense, civil rights litigation, DUI’s and juvenile law. The phrase “champion of the underdog” most aptly describes Mr. Haddad’s beliefs and values. We are committed to the basic and fundamental belief that the American justice system is the finest in the world and remains a model for all other nations to follow and emulate. We value our clients’ rights. We are passionate about fighting for the pursuit of justice.

We seek to know each and every client well so that we can aggressively present the case in a manner that will present the client’s interests in a sincere tone and manor.

If you have been charged with a crime or believe that you are the victim of a civil rights violation, please contact the Law Office of Christopher A. Haddad, P.A. today 561-832-1126. If we take the case, we will work with you to achieve a favorable judgment in your case.



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