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Maggie Arias

also known as Maggie Arias

About me


My successful litigation of criminal cases depends entirely on me, on my work ethic, trial preparation, research, on my negotiation with prosecutors, relationships with the various judges and judicial assistants, and on the tenacious pursuit of something better for my client, than whatever ordinary offer the State has on the table. If clients have cases that one day may go to trial, they choose me because of my renown ability to be prepared, organized, and properly handle cases for trial.


My client’s success in any given criminal accusation hinges on my extraordinarily thorough review of evidence as well as my experience and skill in trial litigation. What makes me unique is that, unlike other firms which handle hundreds of cases, I only take on a certain number of cases at a time in order to dedicate full concentration to doing the best possible job for the clients of my firm.  My practice embodies a focused approach in preparation, investigation, motion practice and trial presentation.


I am unique in the way I practice criminal defense because I devote enormous attention to each case, often changing the momentum of a case, and giving clients the attention typically not received elsewhere.  My knowledge of how to best present a case to a jury is something that my peers in the legal community have recognized me for and something for which I am extremely proud given the industry in which I practice. Clients know that I fight hard, a reputation that surrounds the entire case and affects perceptions of all those involved, even opposing counsel.  The perception that a well-prepared, well-read, and ready-for-trial attorney is handling a particular case often creates outstanding resolution opportunities.



Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

7 total 

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    I endorse this lawyer. An extremely diligent, creative, and resourceful lawyer. Doesn't take no for an answer. Cares deeply about her clients and is prepared to do whatever it takes to get the result she is after. Pays attention to the small details. Great personal skills. Knows the people you need to know or knows someone who does and how to get them on board. I would have her represent me, a family member, or a close friend.


    Benjamin Waxman Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Pablo Andres Tamayo

    I endorse this lawyer. Excellent and reliable attorney who zealously represents all of her clients. Highly recommended!


    Pablo Tamayo Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Arias & Pereira, PLLC

2937 SW 27th Ave.
Ste. 206
Miami, FL, 33133


FLMember in Good Standing200506/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
President's Service AwardFACDL-Miami2012
New Young Lawyer's AwardFACDL-Miami2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerArias & Pereira, PLLC2013 - Present
Managing PartnerMaggie Arias, PA2012 - Present
AttorneyMiami-Dade Public Defender's Office2005 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationBoard Member2013 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Director2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationVice Chair of Immigration Section to Criminal Justice Committee2012 - 2013
Florida Bar, Grievance CommitteeMember2012 - 2015
Publication nameTitleDate
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section newsletterPractice Tips & Ethics for Criminal Defense Attorneys Representing Noncitizen Clients2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of FloridaCriminologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers CLELifting the Veil on Immigration Detainers2014
Building A Better Defense Summer ConferenceMaking Picadillo Out of Padilla2014