Felony Division

David Wheeler

Chief Assistant Public Defender

David Wheeler

David Wheeler

A Pompano Beach native, David graduated from Ely High School. He attended Nova Southeastern University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies and a minor in Psychology. He was among the first graduating class of Florida International University’s College of Law, receiving his Juris Doctorate in 2005, and serving on the Board of Advocates.

David is proud of his home city, and is heavily involved in his community. He serves as vice chairman of the Pompano Beach Zoning Board of Appeals, the Nuisance Abatement Board, Pompano Beach Historical Society Board of Directors, and is an Assistant Den Leader for the Boy Scouts of America. David is a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Felony Trial Division

The felony trial division handles more serious charges where a defendant is facing punishment greater than 364 days incarceration. These include the majority of drug charges, thefts, burglaries and enhanced misdemeanors, as well as crimes against persons, such as aggravated battery, sex crimes and homicides. The attorneys assigned to these divisions are more experienced and must have completed arduous training in order to represent and appropriately counsel clients with felony charges.

The felony trial divisions also address violations of probation and community control. First time offenders may qualify for Pretrial Intervention (PTI), depending on the crime alleged and subject to agreement of the victim.  While this program can sometimes take a year to complete, a client can reap the benefits of having the charge ultimately dismissed and one day expunged from their record. There are time limitations for entering the PTI program run by the State Attorney’s Office; interested clients should speak with their assigned attorneys as quickly as possible and decide whether they should seek to challenge the charge or enroll in such a program.

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