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Ernest L. Chang

Criminal defense Attorney at Melbourne, FL

4.8   17 reviews

also known as Ernie Chang


Licensed for 32 years

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About Ernest

Learn Ernest’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    I handle all types of Criminal Cases, State and Federal. (Assault, Battery, DUI, Sale and possession of Drugs, Sexual Battery, Lewd and lascivious, Weapons offenses, Burglary, Robbery, Murder, etc.)

    33 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    I have represented clients in all types of DUI cases. Complete refusals, High Blood Alcohol levels, DUI Manslaughters, DUI accident cases, Felony DUI cases.

    33 years

  3. Expungement
    5%

    33 years

  4. Federal crime
    5%

    33 years

  5. Juvenile law
    5%

    33 years

  6. Sex crime
    5%

    33 years

  7. Violent crime
    5%

    33 years

  8. White collar crime
    5%

    33 years

BOARD CERTIFIED CRIMINAL TRIAL LAWYER. WE HANDLE ALL STATE AND FEDERAL CRIMINAL CASES.

I am a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer.

Let my 27 years of experience defending criminal cases work for you.   If you have been arrested, then you need to speak with a lawyer about the facts and circumstances of your case.   Every case is different and an experienced trial lawyer can spot issues and explore probable defenses in your case.  

Over the past 27 years, I have personally handled over 10,000 criminal cases and I have tried well over 240 jury trials to Verdict.    

Although I handle ALL types of criminal cases,  I have a lifelong passion for firearms and the outdoors.  I am a Life member of the NRA and the North American Hunting Club and I am a  Zealous advocate for 2nd Amendment rights.   This benefits clients especially in handling firearms cases as I have a far greater knowledge and understanding of firearms and the applicable laws because of my personal interests.

It costs you nothing to simply discuss your case with me.

Call now-  

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Ernest L. Chang is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer.
Attorney Ernest L. Chang
Licensed for 32 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1990
Updated 11/23/2022
State PA
Status Inactive
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/04/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Ernest

Law Office of Ernest L. Chang, P.A.
6767 N Wickham Rd., Ste 400
Melbourne, FL, 329402025
Law Firm of Ernest L. Chang, P.A.
9100 S Dadeland Blvd.
Suite 1500
Miami, FL, 33156
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Tim | November 23, 2010
Represented me on a criminal matter
Ernie represented me in a felony domestic violence case. Not only did he get it knocked down to a misdemeanor, I ended up pleading to the lowest possible one they had. No probation, no jail, and a $200 fine. Ernie was instrumental in getting the State's Attorney to see things his way.
Posted by Joseph | April 15, 2012
Awsome results
Mr. Chang did an awsome job for my Son And I. Both cases were dismissed and never even had to go to court. Very nice and understading lawyer
Posted by Francisco | April 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best results I could hope for
Mr. Chang was gave me very personal service. He was consistently available through phone, email and text messages. He clearly explained every part of the process as my case in court unfolded. His advice turned out to be very sound, and in the end he was able to work with the state and court representatives to help me get the best possible results. I high recommend Mr. Chang for anyone needing legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
With such a big decision, I’m so glad that I made the right one by choosing Mr. Chang. The communication was outstanding, professional and the outcome more than I could have hoped for. At such a vulnerable time, I had other attorneys that I interviewed using fear tactics that almost worked. I had to put my trust in the intuition I had (as well as another good reference) that Mr. Chang was the best choice, and he was absolute perfection. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
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Posted by Stacey | September 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Such an Amazing Attorney!
Mr.Chang is An Amazing Attorney,I was extremely scared with what I was charged with especially never being in trouble before with the law.He had so much patience with me( I sent a lot of emails with my concerns)... He responded very quickly and reassured me numerous times that he would get me the best possible result.which he did!no jail time,I would recommend this lawyer to anyone,and if I ever have anymore issues with the law which heaven forbid I do,he will be the first lawyer i contact Thank you Mr.Chang you have saved me and my family's future.
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Won jury trial
I hired Mr. Chang for a very serious criminal case in Osceola county. I was kept informed of all matters pertaining to the case up until the time of trial. Mr. Chang showed incredible trial skills and the jury returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend his services to anyone charged in a criminal matter.
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!!
I have had to use Mr.Chang on multiple occasions and i was very satisfied with his expertise. I would definitely hire him again although i hope i never have to.
Posted by Jessica | November 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very responsive!
We had a VOP case and Mr. Chang did exactly what we wanted which was to serve time. He was able to get the state to top out at a certain amount of time. He is very responsive in his emails, comments and uploading documents for your case. He also uses a website to do online pay, upload documents, etc. which was nice to have. If needed in the future, I would definitely hire him again.
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Posted by Courtney | June 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you for help 15 years later
In 2002 Mr.. Chang represented me in a federal case, in which he helped me get one of my charges dismissed and no time in jail. Fifteen years later I contacted him with questions about my case and how to best explain my charge to potential employers. With the clarification I received and good advice on how to move past my charge I feel more confident with my past and future. Thankfully he personally spoke with me at that moment and provided his valuable time and info to support me and I'm grateful for him then and now 15 years later!
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Posted by Vinnie | August 31, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not Just An Attorney
More often than not, I'll assume that when you hire an attorney, they are just that: an attorney. Ernie is not only an exceptional attorney, he made me feel as comfortable with him as I do with my family, and to me, is also a friend. I never felt like Ernie sugar coated things or performed a "bait and switch" in any of my interactions with him. He was a straight shooter who ALWAYS kept me in the loop and ALWAYS kept me prepared. My case was not an easy one. It was very serious and the outcome was looking extremely bleak. Ernie worked very diligently to get me the best possible outcome but was never unrealistic. Ironically, my outcome turned out much better than even our best case scenario was thought to be. I would recommend Ernie to any potential future clients that want a dedicated attorney that is not going to oversell himself and then fall drastically short, an attorney that will be honest no matter the situation, and an attorney who actually cares for his client and not just looking for a "quick pay day". Thank you for everything Ernie! You made a huge difference in my case and I'll be forever grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2015
Hire a defender not a plead bargainer!
I was facing a 3rd degree DUI felony. Ernie got it reduced to 1st degree DUI misdemeanor. I interviewed 5 lawyers in Brevard county. Ernie was the only one that talked to me about taking my case to trial. He worked an aggressive offense on the strength of my case not the weaknesses. He didn't take the prosecutors first offer, instead he kept fighting for me. I was facing 5 yrs. I received no jail time. When your facing a felony, your 1st question to a lawyer should be how many cases have you actual gone to trial. He wasn't the cheapest lawyer but you get what you pay for. I was very satisfied with Ernie Chang and would highly recommend him on his results.
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Posted by Chester | August 16, 2013
Excellent, knowledgeable representation!
Consulted on a complicated legal issue, very impressed.
Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2013
Professional, courteous and understanding attorney!
Mr. Chang represented my son recently and did an excellent job. We met Mr. Chang during our first consult (which he apparently offers for free to all clients). He was very professional, courteous, and always answered our questions with patience and understanding. During the course of an impending trial, Mr. Chang always treated my son and I with respect. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2013
Performance evaluation
I found Ernest Chang to be an excellent lawyer. His responsiveness to my calls and many questions was excellent. Ernie was referred to me by several well respected professions and non-professionals. When I told people who my attorney was those familiar with attorneys within the DUI arena were all very happy for me. Ernie has an excellent reputation, he is not only extremely knowledgeable but caring and compassionate and he was successful in achieving our goal . I am very grateful to him.
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Posted by Steve | October 2, 2011
Defended me on a domestic violence felony charge
With law enforcement failing to proper investigate in a domestic violence arrest you need a attorney who will get to the bottom and seek justice. Being arrested is serious. Can ruin you for life with a record that will keep you from obtaining employment. Erny did a great job on saving my future.Had charges Not file and had my arrest record expunged . Steve W.
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Posted by Jason Hicks | November 14, 2010
Respected local attorney
Although I have never been a client of Mr. Chang's, I am a local attorney and former prosecutor. Mr. Chang is well respected by the local attorneys in Brevard County and has a stellar reputation. This review was not solicited. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of criminal law.
Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incompetent and uncaring.
Hired attorney Mike Hill (who mine as well be a state attorney himself) and ended up having Ernie on my case. My very first charge or experience in the criminal justice system. I had no idea the different options or outcomes, that is why you hire "competent" legal counsel. They failed to secure a good plea deal in my best interest to include adjudication withheld. I became a convicted felon at the age of 20 because of their law firm and I will never forget it. Knowing alot more about the criminal justice system now, that is an absolute horrible plea deal. I probably could have gotten the same with a public defender, not a paid attorney. DO NOT GIVE THIS MAN YOUR MONEY HE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOU.
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Response from Ernest Chang October 16, 2017
Attorney Hill has not been a member of this firm for over 8 years. He left the firm many years ago. However, Please feel free to contact my office to discuss your case and the reasons why, unfortunately, your case was resolved in the manner that it was.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Ernest L. Chang, P.A.
  • 1995 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Reinman, Harrell, Graham, Mitchell & Wattwood, P.A.
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Assistant Publilc Defender
  • 18th Circuit- Public Defender's Office
  • 1990 - 1993
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Dade County State Attorney's Office (Miami, FL)
  • 1989 - 1989
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Education

  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Associations

  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors- State of Florida
  • 2015 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • LIFE Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Brevard County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Brevard Chapter- Florida Association Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Chapter representative
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Berks County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Trial Advocacy Award
  • Nova Law School
  • 1990

Speaking Engagements

  • Public Defender CLE Series
  • Challenging Ballistic Evidence under Daubert
  • 2016
  • 2014 Advanced Fireams Seminar
  • Federal Firearms Law
  • 2014
  • Firearms- Lock, Stock and Barrel
  • Firearms- Lock, Stock and Barrel
  • 2013
  • Guest Analyst and Commentary on Casey Anthony Trial
  • Casey Anthony
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (25)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top notch attorney, who provides excellent legal service and successful representation. I happily endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Chang does an excellent job of communicating the law and he consistently exceeds expectations."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone needing legal representation."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ernie. He's one of my go-to guys in Brevard County for all criminal defense matters. His peers universally regard him as a top-caliber criminal defense attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ernie has a long history of providing quality representation for his clients. He gets great results with a personal touch. Ernie also goes out of his way to participate in our community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ernie's command of the issues, coupled with his commanding presence, make for an attorney you can count on in the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked with him for nearly 5 years. He is ethical, hard-working and passionate about protecting the constitutional rights of citizens."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Mr. Chang both in and out of the court room. He is a man of high ethical standards; he is hard working and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to criminal matters involving both local and federal cases. I trust him as an individual and an attorney and he has my highest degree of endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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