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Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorney

Experienced Criminal Defense For State & Federal Crimes
If you have been arrested for a serious felony in Florida state or federal court, or even for a misdemeanor offense, you have so much at stake including your liberty, your livelihood and your reputation.  For this reason, you should only consider hiring the best attorney possible to represent your interests. Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer Deric Zacca is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Criminal Defense which is a rigorous process that has produced only a handful of Board Certified criminal defense lawyers in the Fort Lauderdale area. Deric Zacca is truly an expert in criminal defense.

Additionally, Mr. Zacca is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, recognizing his skills and experience as a trial lawyer. A former prosecutor in the State Attorney’s office, Mr. Zacca has conducted well over 100 trials in the roles of prosecution and defense in both the Florida state and federal systems. While Deric Zacca will attempt to resolve your matter favorably at the earliest possible stage, he is ready and able to take your case to trial and vigorously defend you in Florida circuit and federal courts. Contact an experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer today.

Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense FAQs
As a former prosecutor and experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer, Deric Zacca understands the questions that are going through your mind when you have been confronted by the police or placed under arrest. Below are answers to just some of the questions that may be foremost in your mind regarding Florida criminal law. If you have other questions, or if you need immediate assistance with an arrest or prosecution in Fort Lauderdale, contact Deric Zacca, P.A. at 954-450-4848 for a no-cost, confidential consultation.

What are my rights if I am arrested?
As a person accused of a crime, you have many constitutional rights that are there to ensure that you are treated fairly at every stage of the criminal justice process. When you are arrested or otherwise in custody, you have the right to remain silent and refuse to submit to police interrogation or questioning. You also have the right to an attorney of your choosing. At trial, you can choose to testify if you want to, but the government cannot make you testify against your will. You also have the right not to testify and have the court instruct the jury to not consider your silence as evidence against you.  You have the right to compel the presence of witnesses you wish to have testify, and you have the right to confront and cross-examine any witnesses against you. You also have the right to demand a jury trial where the government must turn over any evidence they possess which may help show you are innocent. These are just some of the rights you have as an accused. Make sure you retain a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense lawyer so that all your rights are protected and are not accidentally or unknowingly waived.

When should I hire a lawyer?
You should hire a lawyer any time law enforcement wants to question you about a criminal act that you may have allegedly committed.  You are entitled to have a lawyer present during any questioning by the police whether or not you have been arrested. Once arrested, you have the right to be represented by a criminal defense lawyer at all critical stages of a criminal prosecution. This includes important stages such as arraignment, bond hearing, preliminary hearing and all phases of the criminal legal process.

Do I have to let the police search my car if they pull me over for speeding or suspicion of drunk driving?
The police may use a traffic stop as a pretense to search you, your belongings or your car in hopes they will turn up evidence they can use against you. You may be nervous when you are stopped, and you might think that if you refuse to let the police search your car, they will suspect you of illegal activity and arrest you. The truth is, if the police ask for your permission to search, you have the right to withhold your consent, and they cannot search you or your property without probable cause. However, if the police are not asking your permission but are telling you they have the right to search, you should not argue with them or obstruct them. If the search turns out to be unlawful in any way, your lawyer will fight to get the charges against you dismissed or have any evidence that was found in the search thrown out.

What happens if I am called to testify before a Grand Jury?
You should hire a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer any time you are suspected of committing a federal offense and receive a Grand Jury subpoena.  Grand jury proceedings are highly secretive, and it can be hard to know why you are being called into a grand jury. This is why it is crucial for your lawyer to determine whether you are a witness, subject or target of the Grand Jury investigation. If you are concerned that any testimony you provide to a grand jury could in some way incriminate you, make sure you talk to an attorney before the hearing. While your lawyer cannot go into the grand jury room with you, he can advise you before you go in and also negotiate an immunity agreement for your testimony if necessary. There are many different types of immunity agreements, such as Use Immunity, Derivative Use Immunity, and Transactional or Blanket Immunity, so make sure you get assistance from a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who will look out for your best interests in any grand jury proceeding or criminal prosecution.

Here for you whenever you need us with hands-on, personal attention
When you call Deric Zacca, P.A., you will speak personally with Deric Zacca. Mr. Zacca personally handles your case and deals with you directly throughout the course of your representation. Mr. Zacca is the kind of Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer who gives his cell phone number to his clients and goes out of his way to be accessible and responsive to their needs.

If you have been arrested in Fort Lauderdale, make your first phone call to Deric Zacca, P.A. We are available 24/7 to make sure your case is positioned for success from the very start. Your initial consultation is free, no-obligation, and 100% confidential. Spanish-speaking services are also available. Our office is conveniently located across the street from the Broward County courthouse in Fort Lauderdale and only three blocks from the federal courthouse. Call 954-450-4848 for a no-cost, confidential consultation, and get help in your criminal matter from a recognized expert in Fort Lauderdale criminal defense.


Deric Zacca is the founder and principal attorney at Deric Zacca, P.A., representing individuals throughout Fort Lauderdale in Florida state and federal courts who have been charged with drug crimes, violent crimes, homicide, white collar crimes, DUI and more.

Deric Zacca is a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer and former prosecutor who graduated in the top 5% of his class at the University of Miami School of Law. During his career at the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office, he tried hundreds of criminal cases involving crimes ranging from DUI to Capital Murder. He also served as a Supervising Prosecutor in the DUI Division and was responsible for training new DUI Prosecutors. His trial experience involved cases ranging from drunk driving, drug trafficking, grand theft, fraud, insurance fraud, welfare fraud, mail fraud, mortgage fraud, healthcare fraud, wire fraud, alien smuggling, sex trafficking, kidnapping, child abuse, sexual battery, conspiracy, armed robbery, armed burglary and 1st degree murder. Mr. Zacca is licensed to practice in both State and Federal Court, including the Federal 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Areas Of Practice:
Criminal Law – Federal and State Court
Appeals / Post Conviction Relief
Drug Crimes
Forfeiture (Civil and Criminal)
Sex Crimes
Violent Crimes
White Collar Crimes
Traffic Crimes
Bar Admissions:
Florida State Courts, 1998
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2002
United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2002
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2005
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2005
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
United States Supreme Court, 2005
Bar and Professional Memberships:
Florida Bar Grievance Committee, 11th Judicial Circuit, Member & Chairperson (2006 – 2009)
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
J.D., 1998
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Honors: GPA: 3.642/4.0
Honors: Top 5% (16/348)
Honors: Dean’s List
Honors: University of Miami Dean’s Honor Scholarship
Honors: Minority Participation in Legal Education Scholarship
Honors: Dean’s Certificate of Achievement, Bankruptcy
Honors: CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Bankruptcy
Law Review: Member, Editorial Board, University of Miami Law Review
Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA
Bachelor of Business Administration, 1994
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Honors: GPA: 3.84/4.0
Honors: Business Academic Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma
Honors: English Academic Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta
Honors: Golden Key National Honor Society
Honors: Financial Management Association, Treasurer
Major: Concentration in Finance
Minor: English
Published Works:
Florida’s Position on Nonmutual Collateral Estoppal after Stogniew, 52 U. Miami L. Rev. 889, 1998
Past Employment Positions:
Cabrera & Zacca, LLP, Partner, 2004 – 2015
Wolpe, Leibowitz, Alvarez & Fernandez, LLP, Miami, Florida, Associate, 2002 – 2004
Office of the State Attorney, Miami, Florida, Felony Division Prosecutor, 2000 – 2002
Office of the State Attorney, Miami, Florida, Misdemeanor Division Prosecutor, 1998 – 2000
Third District Court of Appeal, Miami, Florida, Judicial Intern, 1996

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