Maggie and Eddie
Who We Are

Arias and Pereira, PLLC is a law firm representing clients in the areas of criminal defense, immigration law and naturalization. Maggie Arias and Eduardo X. Pereira are experienced attorneys passionate about pursuing the best possible result for every client.

The Law Firm of Arias and Pereira, PLLC is based in Miami, Florida and has other affiliates in New York, Boston, Tampa and St. Petersburg. Whether you have the need for a criminal defense attorney or whether you require representation in the area of immigration law, visas, or consular processing, Maggie Arias and Eduardo X. Pereira and the team at Arias and Pereira can assist you! Call today for a confidential consultation: 786.360.1341

Criminal Defense
As former assistant public defenders, Maggie Arias and Eduardo X. Pereira understand how the criminal justice system works. If you or a loved one gets arrested, would you know what to do and what not to do?  Would you know what to say in order to protect and preserve all your Constitutional rights as an accused person? Probably not. That’s why it’s important to hire qualified criminal defense counsel who understands procedures that can often keep clients out of jail. Arias & Pereira will aggressively fight to prevent charges from being filed, have charges reduced or dismissed, and when applicable, proceed to trial.
Immigration
Many of the clients Maggie Arias and Eduardo X. Pereira have represented during their legal careers have been non-US citizens, immigrants fighting deportation, and residents and visa-holders wishing to remain in the United States or return to the United States without incident.  Arias & Pereira, PLLC has an extensive background in this area of the law and specializes in criminal immigration matters. Maggie Arias and Eduardo X. Pereira will work hard to fight deportation, preserve residency and other types of immigration statuses, and keep clients in the United States while aggressively fighting the charges against them.
Why Choose The Law Offices of Arias and Pereira?
 Comprehensive Approach:
Education is important to us. First and foremost we want you to understand without doubt what you’re being accused of and the charge(s) you are up against. We will ensure you know exactly what is happening during each phase of your case. Law is a business of details and we will ensure you experience no surprises.

Work with the Founders Directly:
With more than 16 years of combined experience in the criminal justice system, founders Maggie Arias and Eduardo X. Pereira will meet with you directly. Unlike many larger firms, we will not pawn you off to a recent law school graduate, a newly-hired associate, or a law partner who will not personally handle your case. We will work with you directly throughout the entire process.

 Focused and Strategic: 
From the very beginning of a case, we are researching and analyzing the case facts, and all relevant statutes and applicable defenses. If you are not a U.S. citizen, the strategic approach to preserve your right to remain in the United States must be executed immediately. For example, if you’re here on a work visa, if you’re a resident, or if you have no legal immigration status, and you are charged with a criminal offense, your immigration status may change and your right to remain in the United States could be in jeopardy. We understand the process and are aware of the residual effects of your charge. Because we are focused on your ultimate life goals which may include residing in the United States, travel outside the country, or simply the goal of remaining out of custody, we strategically work to maintain and preserve those goals every step of your case.

 Aggressive Defense:
We will challenge the arrest and argue in favor of our client being released from jail. We will not waste any time and will fight for your rights immediately. We are often seen visiting the scene of a crime, taking photographs personally, interviewing witnesses, and preserving information in preparation for a client’s defense. In criminal cases, when there is physical evidence at a police station’s evidence bureau, we personally inspect the evidence to discover and analyze the case from the perspective of the police and prosecutors. The use of an investigator is a key aspect in any criminal defense case. The use of experts, agents, law professors and other professionals is often critical in both the preparation of a criminal defense case as well as in an immigration trial setting.

 Humanitarian Approach:
We bring a face and a story to the prosecutor and mitigate the case. We have extensive experience in the acquisition of favorable pleas and verdicts at trial.

Your Rights, Liberty and Reputation Are at Risk! 
Take Immediate Action and Hire an Aggressive Defense Attorney Today
When you are charged with a criminal offense, so much of your life is affected. Your reputation, your liberty, the ability to maintain your lifestyle, the ability to preserve your employment situation, and so much more.  Because the main concerns are generally focused on liberty and reputation, it is imperative to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense trial lawyer. When your immigration status is at risk, you need to have an experienced attorney working to preserve your immigration and travel goals as well as any goal you may have to become a United States citizen.

Team Members
Maggie Arias
Founder
Maggie Arias is an experienced attorney who personally follows her clients’ cases from beginning to end. As a former assistant public defender, Maggie Arias understands how the criminal justice system works. She will aggressively fight to prevent charges from being filed, have charges reduced or dismissed, and when applicable, proceed to trial. Maggie also specializes in criminal immigration matters. She will work hard to fight deportation, preserve residency and other types of immigration statuses, and keep her clients in the United States while they fight the charges against them.
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Eduardo X. Pereira
Founder
Eduardo X. Pereira is the first attorney in the State of Florida to win a dismissal of a homicide case with Stand Your Ground after the death of Trayvon Martin.  Eduardo has gained national attention after securing multiple dismissals by employing Stand Your Ground defenses, most notably in two internationally reported cases which were documented by the television shows ‘The First 48’ and ‘After the First 48.’ Eduardo has championed the belief that self defense is not a legally created concept, but rather a natural right endowed to all persons.

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