September 19, 2004, didn't seem to be Marcie Lynn Musgrave's lucky day. The petite blond, two months shy of her 21st birthday, had just spent the night partying on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach. As she headed home in her car, an off-duty cop followed. He had noted that, as she drove, Musgrave vomited out her window. Continuously. She did it all the way home, heaving as she went, West Palm Beach Officer Pat Ross said afterward. He followed Musgrave down Okeechobee Boulevard, and he continued to tail her as she puked her way south on Parker Avenue.
The officer stayed on the phone with the police station until an on-duty cop showed up to pull her over. Musgrave denied everything (not a bad strategy, lawyers who handle DUI cases will tell you). Asked why she was upchucking out her window, the arrest report said, Musgrave, who did not return phone messages for this story, retorted defiantly: "I wasn't throwing up." At the jail, the cops told Musgrave to stand in front of the infamous Intoxilyzer 5000, the state's weapon of choice in testing the breath of accused drunk drivers. The briefcase-sized device of brushed steel looks like something out of a 1980's Radio Shack catalog. It has only two buttons, power and start, and a simple, green LED display that blinks "BLOW" in block letters. The cops attached a disposable plastic mouthpiece to an arm that extends off the side and told Musgrave to blow as hard as she could into it.
The machine screeched like an old dot-matrix printer and spat out a card with the bad news: The Intoxilyzer reported her blood-alcohol level to be .10 percent. That's two-hundredths of a percentage point higher than the legal limit in Florida and enough for Musgrave to catch a drunk driving charge. Like most criminal cases, Musgrave's misdemeanor charge languished in the bowels of the court system for nearly a year. Then, in August, her luck changed dramatically. Thanks to some shoddy work by the technicians who maintain Palm Beach County's main Intoxilyzer machine, prosecutors dropped drunk driving cases for Musgrave and 169 others. The Intoxilyzer technicians had been doing improper maintenance on the machine for a year, an enterprising defense attorney had discovered, and the state was forced either to drop the cases or go to court with little evidence. Almost a thousand other Palm Beach County cases have been similarly weakened, lawyers say, with prosecutors forced to go forward without the breath-test results.
Even in cases like Musgrave's, where a cop's testimony alone might have seemed enough to wring out a guilty verdict, prosecutors say they usually need more to bolster DUI cases. That's because jury members are likely to have had experiences of their own with driving drunk. Call it jury empathy; for the prosecution side of the courtroom, it can make for a tough crowd. The blunders that have allowed a slew of accused drunk drivers to walk recently are not a rarity. In fact, a recent wave of such mistakes is indicative of the uncertain technology used to prosecute DUIs. Florida's police departments have chosen to use balky, outdated equipment that's often as much as two decades old. There are new, more accurate machines available, but law enforcement agencies say that a statewide changeover would just make DUI cases in the pipeline vulnerable to the predatory attacks of clever lawyers.
According to Laura Barfield, who's in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's breath-testing monitoring program, buying the new machines would put into question any arrest made on the old machines. "It would open the door for defense attorneys to question why we haven't used the new one," she says, repeating the bunker-like philosophy of cops and prosecutors who have been stung by smart defense lawyers. Those lucky defendants accused of drunk driving in Palm Beach have some happy compatriots in Broward County and elsewhere in the state. Technicians who run Intoxilyzer machines in Broward have had maintenance problems of their own, perhaps jeopardizing thousands of other DUI cases, and lawyers who specialize in DUI cases say every county in the state may have similar faults with Intoxilyzer maintenance. Drunk driving is still the third-most-prosecuted crime in Florida (after theft and assault), but lawyers pick apart DUI cases like vultures poking the most decayed part of roadkill. Their success has frustrated cops, who are arresting fewer drunk drivers every year in Florida. While it's no surprise that, in our legal system, only the rich can manage an O.J.
Simpson-style murder defense, it is - there's no better word to describe it - sobering to realize that anybody with a few thousand dollars to spend on a lawyer can almost assuredly beat a drunk driving charge. Walking into the Aventura office of Richard Essen feels a bit like being ushered into the headquarters of a Sicilian businessman in northern Jersey. On a recent Monday morning, the hefty, 67-year-old Essen fills the chair behind his redwood desk as his cadre of lawyers and an investigator stand solemnly in a semicircle around him. Essen's wearing a blue dress shirt with red suspenders and has a suit jacket draped on the chair behind him. His arms stretch out in front, gripping his desk as if he's preventing it from taking off. He shakes hands without getting up and gestures to a chair among the simple furniture in the small office that overlooks a parking lot. This is the lair of the DUI King.
Essen's firm is responsible for uncovering the Intoxilyzer problems in Broward and Palm Beach counties, and Essen himself has become a legend for helping to shape the lucrative industry of DUI defense. Essen was practicing law for about two decades before he got the idea of a practice specializing in DUIs. In the mid-1980s, he converted the firm he had inherited from his father into what he says was the first law firm in the country to do only drunk driving cases. "Before that, I was defending drug cases and murder," Essen says. "There were some very bad people going back on the street. I never considered drunk driving to be a crime. I wanted to defend people I knew, people who just made a mistake and weren't criminals."
Essen has helped to define the technicalities that dominate DUI defense. Pick any of the myriad details that cops use to try to prove an arrestee's drunkenness and Essen and Co. have a ready defense. Your eyes looked bloodshot when you were pulled over? Maybe it was from contact lenses that needed eye drops. A failed roadside sobriety test? It could have been the result of blinding lights from a patrol car.
Did you slur your speech? Maybe you should have removed your ill-fitting dentures. There are always explanations. There's even a simple, unassailable defense for the case of the drunk driver who falls asleep at the wheel - perhaps like Tyler Lower, a 25-year-old golf attendant from Palm Beach Gardens. According to a February 25 arrest report, Lower didn't quite make it over a speed bump on Vision Terrace in Palm Beach Gardens. Cops found him slouched over the steering wheel, car running, transmission in drive, with his car paused on the upside of the speed bump. Cops say it took them 30 seconds to wake Lower up, after they had put his car in park.
During sobriety tests, he reportedly said, "I can't do this sober." The Intoxilyzer claimed he was more than two times the legal limit, with a blood-alcohol level of .18 percent. Lower's case was one of the 170 thrown out in Palm Beach County because of the Intoxilyzer maintenance problems. But if it hadn't been, Essen suggests an elegant response to the charges: The defendant was too tired to perform the tests. Essen claims to have won 1,800 straight cases without a loss. His record has earned him the attention of the Wall Street Journal, which did a front-page profile of him in 1986. He has appeared in papers from Miami to San Francisco, on Oprah and CNN. A 60 Minutes profile called him the drunk driver's "best friend." He now boasts of a record for his law firm somewhere near 11,000 wins and about 100 losses.
It's a number that's impossible to confirm, but if true, it means he's batting more than .900. The fact that lawyers like Essen have begun attacking DUI charges could help explain why drunk driving arrests in Florida have been on the decline. Florida Department of Law Enforcement statistics show that, while the state's population has jumped by 23 percent in the past decade, DUI arrests have increased by only 8 percent. In fact, drunk driving arrests have decreased statewide in recent years. The same holds true for South Florida. Cops in Broward and Palm Beach made 7,715 drunk driving arrests last year; the last time it was that low was 1998. Since his early days, Essen has hired seven lawyers and opened two satellite offices, and he says the firm now works in every county in Florida.
His promise of getting almost everybody off doesn't come cheap: $10,000 for a case that will almost certainly not go to trial. For that kind of money, you get the works. It should be no surprise that two lawyers in Essen's firm were responsible for discovering the Intoxilyzer maintenance problems. As Essen's firm grew, so did an industry built on DUI defense. Lawyers prospered, but so did court-appointed experts, often paid thousands of dollars an hour to testify. There's even a National College for DUI Defense in Alabama that trains experts and lawyers. Many of the authorities called to dispute DUI charges are retired cops, whose salaries multiply by switching sides.
Take, for instance, retired Broward County deputy Jay Zager. His job was to run the Breath Testing Unit for the Sheriff's Office. He oversaw the Intoxilyzer maintenance and reviewed DUI cases to make sure the cops followed the rules. After he retired two years ago, Zager switched sides. Defense attorneys from around the country now send him cases to review to determine if the cops did anything wrong. Deputies he worked with have called him a traitor for helping defend accused drunk drivers, but Zager says the truth is that prosecutors and cops often get tunnel vision trying to convict. "They don't want to see that there are flaws with a case," he says.
"If somebody's life and liberty is on the line, you've got to make sure the case is good." For instance, if the accused drunk driver had been drinking shortly before the test, the results can be skewed because of alcohol in the mouth. If the body temperature of the accused has risen - something not uncommon in Florida - every degree can add as much as a 7 percent change to the breath-test results. But often, it's much simpler to challenge the breath-test results. In most law enforcement departments in Florida, the Intoxilyzer machines are so old that getting a legitimate reading out of them is unlikely. Many departments bought their machines shortly after they came out in 1980. "The technology is no longer state of the art, by and large," Zager says.
In 2002, the state approved a new machine for use in Florida, the Intoxilyzer 8000. Officials at CMI Inc., maker of the Intoxilyzers, didn't return phone calls to its office in Owensboro, Kentucky. But on the company's website, CMI claims the new model "takes accuracy and reliability to a new level." But the state has resisted bringing in new equipment and instituting new procedures, such as factoring in the temperature of accused drunk drivers. The resistance to change is another version of the police statistics race, says Mary McMurray, who used to head the drunk driving unit for the Wisconsin State Police and now works as a full-time court expert in Minnesota. Florida officials are driven by fear that previous arrests would be questioned because they were made under the old rules. "They want to get as many convictions as they can," she says.
"Instead of doing what's right, they're ignoring the problem. Accused drunk drivers are far from innocent until proven guilty in the Sunshine State. Shortly after their arrests, drunk drivers must go before a Florida Department of Motor Vehicles board to try to prove their innocence. The same government agency that brought you the DMV office gets to decide how long accused drunk drivers will go without their licenses - usually three months to a year - even before their day in court. It was at one of these hearings in July of last year that lawyer Fred Susaneck spotted something odd on a routine government form. It noted that five technicians from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office had been splitting the duty of maintenance on their Intoxilyzer 5000 machine. Like resetting an empty scale to read zero, the machine needs at least monthly recalibration to make sure it detects no alcohol on the breath of a sober technician.
Susaneck knew right away he had discovered the silver bullet of technicalities. "I started asking them if they knew who last did the maintenance, and they had no idea. They said it was one of five people, but they didn't know who," says Susaneck, a partner in Essen's firm who spent six years as a prosecutor before becoming a defense attorney in 1987. "It became clear they had no idea what they were doing maintenancing these machines." The problem with the "ring around the rosy" maintenance, as Susaneck calls it, is that those accused of drunk driving can't question those who performed the maintenance. Accused criminals have a constitutional right to confront their accused. "Some people may call this a technicality," Susaneck sniffs.
"I've never viewed a constitutional right as being a technicality." A day after the DMV hearing, the Sheriff's Office changed its policy and put one technician in charge of the maintenance. Sheriff's Office Capt. Nancy Grimes, who's in charge of the Intoxilyzer, says the problem was easy enough to fix. "It was a protocol problem," Grimes says. "We fixed it that day, and that's the end of it." But the problem was enough to force the State Attorney's Office in West Palm Beach to review every drunk driving charge filed since the maintenance problem began.
Elizabeth Parker, the State Attorney's deputy chief of county court, scrutinized 1,100 cases, often reviewing videotapes cops made of the sobriety tests and meeting with every prosecutor handling DUIs. While it may seem logical to go forward with cases of repeat offenders, ethically Parker was forbidden from doing so. In the end, she decided that 170 cases, or 15 percent of the total, couldn't go forward without the breath test. The dropped cases include those that police officers felt were clear-cut. Take the arrest of Father Gaudioso Zamora, a 41-year-old Catholic priest from Delray Beach. Cops claim they stopped him at 3 a.m. on March 6, 2005, when he swerved his Honda so hard that he drove the car next to him off the road.
Zamora, a lightweight at five-foot-seven and 150 pounds, admitted to drinking five to seven bottles of beer earlier that night at a birthday party. According to his arrest report, Zamora failed the roadside sobriety tests horribly, touching his upper lip instead of his nose, reciting the alphabet by finishing "W, X, Y and G." The Intoxilyzer gave him a blood-alcohol level of .17 percent. Reached on his cell phone, Zamora says his drunk driving was an accident. "Things happen, OK?" he said. The Diocese of Palm Beach wasn't aware of Zamora's arrest until a call from New Times. Lorraine Sabatella, chancellor of the diocese, said she'll investigate it. "We were unaware of it, and we are looking into it."
Luckily for Zamora, his case was dropped anyway. In the midst of Parker's inquiry into the problems in Palm Beach, another lawyer in Essen's firm, Carlos Canet, made a similar discovery in Broward. During a routine deposition on December 2 in a DUI case, Canet was searching for a technicality by questioning Stephanie Silber, who headed the breath-testing program at the Davie Police Department. He began by asking her obscure questions about the maintenance, including what kind of water she used to calibrate the machine. "Distilled water," Silber said under oath, according to a transcript of the deposition. State regulations require distilled water for the calibration process. "Where does it come from?" Canet asked.
"It comes from the supermarket." When Canet pressed her on which store she bought the water from, Silber admitted she had fibbed. "And sometimes, I have to be honest," she said, "sometimes if I don't have water - I did use tap water on occasion." Bingo. Canet knew he had discovered something big. Because Silber had failed to use the distilled water required under state guidelines, any tests done while tap water was used during the calibration could be voided. The error could throw out the breath-test results in hundreds of DUI cases in Davie.
Canet suspected other departments might be using tap water too. In another DUI case, he questioned Patricia Nanz, who heads the breath-testing unit at the Broward Sheriff's Office. Nanz admitted she also uses tap water. "I think if we went around the state and looked at every law enforcement agency," Canet says, "a great number of them are doing the same thing." The problem with tap water, according to Canet, is that it contains chemicals that can fool the machine into reporting the presence of alcohol. The Intoxilyzer uses infrared light to detect methyl, which is found within alcohol. Chemicals in tap water, including chloroform and xylene, also contain methyl, Canet contends.
Canet hired Dr. Stephan Rose, a forensic toxicologist from West Palm Beach, to run tests on an Intoxilyzer machine using tap and distilled water. For years, Rose has been called by defense attorneys in DUI cases to argue that the cops are too reliant on the machines. Rose says the machine, with or without distilled water, isn't accurate enough to be used as evidence in court. Its results should be used only to corroborate what cops already believe, similar to the way lie detector tests are used. "The Intoxilyzer is a screening method," Rose says. "It is not a confirmation of intoxication.
It is unreliable as criminal evidence." Using an Intoxilyzer owned by Florida International University, where Rose is an adjunct professor, he ran a series of tests over several days for Canet. When using tap water, the tests found that the Intoxilyzer registered "false positives" - showing a slight amount of alcohol when it should have shown none at all. It also exaggerated the results when slight amounts of alcohol were present, adding .007 percent to the blood-alcohol level results. The tests, Rose concluded, showed that an Intoxilyzer calibrated with tap water could suggest somebody was drunker than he actually was. But unlike the prosecutors in Palm Beach who agreed to drop a slew of cases, the State Attorney's Office in Broward was far from interested in giving up, according to spokesman Ron Ishoy, who agreed to comment only by e-mail. "Here's the bottom line.
We're not automatically losing even one case," Ishoy said in his reply. "We'll try every single one of these cases, even if we lose the appeal." Canet took the case to court, convincing seven Broward County judges who hear DUI cases to meet in July for a rare, joint hearing to consider whether breath-test results should be used. Canet represented 300 accused drunk drivers, but if the judges agreed with him, their decision could affect as many as 3,000 cases. At the hearing, prosecutors called Barfield, the FDLE breath-testing expert, to testify in their defense. Barfield claimed her office performed 75 separate tests on the Intoxilyzer and found that the machine performed perfectly, whether it was calibrated with distilled or tap water. "We tested this machine over and over," Barfield says, "and every time, it performed exactly as it should."
What has happened since the hearing has been an administrative mess. Two judges have agreed with Canet, meaning the breath-test results made on machines calibrated with tap water can't be used in their courtrooms. But five other judges have ruled the opposite way. An appeals court will likely have to decide which judges were right. In the meantime, drunk drivers will hope they appear before either Judge Robert Zack or Judge Michael Kaplan, both of whom have thrown out the breath-test results. Looking to cast blame for the tap water problems, the Davie Police Department stripped Silber of her duties monitoring the breath-test results and gave her a written reprimand, citing her "contradicting statements" to Canet and her failure to follow established procedures. BSO, meanwhile, has allowed Nanz to continue in her role overseeing the breath-testing unit and did not cite her for failing to follow state regulations.
The FDLE, which is responsible for overseeing breath-test programs, blamed its chief investigator, Warren Sanger, for failing to report quickly enough that the Sheriff's Office and Davie police were using tap water. FDLE was ready to fire Sanger in May, but when he hired an attorney and threatened to sue, FDLE allowed him to resign in June. Sanger's resignation means that he won't be available to testify, something that's necessary in perhaps hundreds of cases in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties. It's Sanger who did the yearly checkups on the Intoxilyzer machines, and without his testimony, there's no way for prosecutors to prove that the work had been done. Sanger has agreed to appear in court for a fee of $200 a day, but the state has said it would pay him only a standard $8-a-day witness fee. His attorney, Michael Catalano of Miami, says FDLE may have sacrificed hundreds of drunk driving cases in order to find a scapegoat. Catalano says that "FDLE has jeopardized thousands of very provable DUI cases."
So Miami-Dade may soon join Palm Beach County in throwing out perhaps hundreds of cases, something that's becoming common in a time when almost anybody can beat a DUI bust. The 170 accused drunken drivers who had their cases dropped thanks to sloppy police work include a doctor, a priest, a teacher, and a stripper. What they had in common, according to the cops who arrested them, were some bad driving, a breath-alcohol reading above the .08 percent legal limit, and poor performances in roadside sobriety tests. Andrew Weiss, 45, of Boca Raton, doctor. Why he was stopped: The doctor, who specializes in pain management, was speeding and changing lanes in Boca Raton in his Mercedes S-series on the night of March 8, 2005. What he said: Weiss went from A to V, then Z. (Coincidentally, Weiss was also arrested that night on a warrant for federal charges of illegally dispensing oxycodone.)
Machine results: .11 blood-alcohol level. Summer Pauley, 27, of Port St. Lucie, entertainer. Why she was stopped: Pauley struck the grass median at the corner of A1A and Indiantown Road in Jupiter shortly before 5 a.m. January 8, 2005. What she said: Customers had bought her untold drinks, Pauley told the cops. During questioning, Pauley said she had just realized she had put her shirt on backward before leaving work.
When asked to recite the alphabet, she didn't get far, then explained that she's a bad speller. Machine results: .161 blood-alcohol level. Jason Holloway, 25, of Loxahatchee, draftsman. Why he was stopped: Instead of putting his Jetta in drive while waiting at a stoplight on the night of November 15, 2004, on Biscayne Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Holloway put it in reverse. Unfortunately, a police car was behind him. He tapped bumpers before realizing what happened. What he said: He'd only had two beers, but Holloway told the cops he "deserved what he was getting" and that he was "glad he did not kill anyone or their family because he could have."
Machine results: .145 blood-alcohol level. Anthony Coppola, 56, of Wellington, director of the Saratoga Polo Association and Polo Club in Saratoga, New York. Why he was stopped: Just after midnight on November 21, 2004, Coppola tried to take the turn into the Palm Beach Polo Club in Wellington, where he owns a home. He jumped a curb, hit a gate, and struck a tree. What he said: He told a nearby security guard: "I didn't drink too much. I just came around a little too fast." He admitted to "probably" being drunk after downing about four beers at the Players Club but said it was "debatable" whether he was feeling the effects. What he says now: "My attorney got rid of it.
I don't really have much to say about it." Suveshen Naidoo, 25, teacher. Why he was stopped: Naidoo was doing 70 mph on Lake Worth Road at 2 a.m. January 9, 2005, when he swerved into oncoming traffic. Unfortunately for Naidoo, the car he almost struck heading in the opposite direction was a cop car driven by a Broward County deputy on his way home. What he said: He said he'd had only a couple of Budweisers while fishing with friends in Loxahatchee. Machine results: Refused the breath test.
Stuart Ross Hubler, 23, student. Why he was stopped: Hubler was dozing in his car in the right lane of traffic on Military Trail in West Palm Beach. It took five minutes for cops to wake him. What he said: Claimed to have drunk three beers at his house, but during sobriety tests, he fell over, catching his car to prevent sprawling on the ground. Machine results: .167 blood-alcohol level. Thomas Rising, 37, of Palm City. Why he was stopped: The eight-foot boat he was spending the Fourth of July on in 2004, off Riviera Beach, had no lights, catching the attention of the Marine Patrol.
What he said: Rising told the Marine Patrol officers that he had an "important job" and threatened to never return to Peanut Island for recreation if they arrested him. Asked how much he had to drink, Rising said defiantly, "Not enough." Marine officers subdued him after he belligerently refused to do sobriety tests. Machine results: .177 blood-alcohol level. William DeSoto, 62, of West Palm Beach. Why he was stopped: On November 6, 2004, DeSoto pulled a .45 caliber from his waist band, put it on the counter of Gator Guns in West Palm Beach, and asked for ammo. He left with it, then came back a few minutes later and complained that the bullets didn't work. Gator Guns employees called police, who found DeSoto's Black Lincoln Town Car crashed into a parking lot median.
What he said: Claimed he had three beers to get up the courage to shoot himself. Cops threw him in the drunk tank. Machine results: .156 blood-alcohol level. What he says now: Attorney John Cleary says that even without the technicality, DeSoto would've gotten off by claiming temporary insanity. A day after trying to shoot himself, Cleary says, DeSoto downed a gallon of Drano. He survived that too. Jose Silva, 28, of Wellington, heavy equipment operator.
Why he was stopped: Three out of four of the tires on Silva's Ford pickup were flat when cops pulled him over on Northlake Boulevard in West Palm Beach on the morning of March 20, 2005. What he said: Silva admitted to drinking five or six beers. There was vomit on the outside of his driver's door. Machine results: .117 blood-alcohol level. Kurt Jagers, 27, pro surfer. Why he was stopped: Jagers was doing 75 mph on Military Trail in Boca Raton when police pulled him over November 2, 2004. Jagers had sprayed himself with cologne, but he still smelled of liquor.
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I straightened my truck out and proceeded to drive to the back of the building to inform the owner of the vehicle when i was pulled over by a police officer that was parked across the street doing surveilance work. He didn't believe i was looking for the owner and made me get out of my truck and locked me in the back of his police car while he did his investigation, after waiting for a long time in the back of the police car i was asked to get out by a DUI investigator. The officer was the biggest jerk i had ever met in my life, i told him i had 2 drinks with some co workers after work around 4 o'clock, it was now 830 at night. He asked me if i would be willing to do a roadside sobriety test, after performing a pretty much perfect test he still arrested me for DUI and leaving the scene. I refused the breathalizer and i spent the night in broward county jail and was released in the morning. As soon as i was released i turned on my phone and started searching for dui lawyers, i googled top dui attorneys in broward county and Roger P Foley popped up every time. I called Mr.
Foley that afternoon and was sitting in his office the next day. My first impression of Roger was this guy means buisness, he's tall, well dressed and talks with authority, he knew DUI laws inside out. I thought to myself, if i wanted a chance to get out of this situation, this was the guy i needed on my side. We discussed his fees, and he was nice enough to work out an easy payment plan for me. Before i left his office i asked him how long would this case take from beginning to end? he said about 12 months. Mr Foley got right to business, he ordered my DUI video, police report and a copy of the radio conversations with the aressting officers.
After getting a depostion from the officers he scheduled a meeting for me and him to sit down and discuss a strategy for my case. We discussed all the factors and reviewed my dui video and agreed that this was a case that needed to taken to trial. Days before my trial date Mr Foley contacted the district attorney and asked her to review my case and video, after looking it over she offered me a plea, part of the plea barging included probation. I asked Roger if he thought i should take the plea, and he said you have a strong case, if it was me i wouldn't. After another couple weeks of negotiating back and forth with the district attorney and her supervisor, i was sitting in a courtroom with a motion to supress. When Mr Foley speaks on your behalf he amediatley takes control of the court room, i could tell he really intimedated the arresting officers. After 3 long hours in the court room i was denied my motion to supress evidence.
Mr Foley insisted that my trial be reset and he be given time to find a case that mirrored mine where that case was won. 3 weeks later i was back in the court room, the district attorney knew Mr Foley had a strong case, so i was offered another plea. I was originally charged with a DUI, leaving the scene, and improper backing. I accepted a plea of reckless driving with adjudication with held, leaving the scene with adjudication with held, and my improper backing fine just disappeared. I received no jail time, no probation, no suspension on my license, i just received court costs.Mr Foley and i agreed that this was a win! He said i haven't seen a plea offered to anyone with a dui case that was so lenient in 10 years. My case was over in only 10 months.
I know i made the right decision in hiring Roger P Foley as my dui attorney, i would recommend him to anyone with a criminal or misdemeanor case. I went out and had a couple of drinks with the girls for happy hour and then went to the car and fell asleep waiting for them and a cop came to my door and started testing me for a DUI. The cop called for backup and I got arrested. They charged with me with DUI even though I was not driving and I had two separate friends tell me that they had a good lawyer. It turns out it that they were both talking about the same lawyer, Roger P. Foley. I contacted him and retained him on my case.
He seemed like a cool guy that was down to earth but also new his business. The case lasted over a year and 4 months. He argued a motion about the mistakes that cops made but the judge denied. Then we waited and set it for trial. The day before Roger called me and said they offered a better plea to a reckless driving charge with an adjudication and 6 months probation and 6 months dl suspension. Roger told me if I has was his sister that he would go to trial but that it was my decision. I said lets go to trial.
Then he called me back and said they would withhold adjudication but he said the same and added that the only reason they are making offers is because they have problems with the case so I said ok lets go to trial. I did not sleep because I was worried. On the morning of trial the judge asked Roger if he was ready and he said yes but then the state said they were making an announcement and dismissing the charges. If it was not for Roger being so confident I may have taken the deal even though I was not guilty. Now I am free of everything and putting it all behind me. Thank you for proving my innocence. I would recommend to anyone that needs a criminal defense lawyer.
Roger Foley has been my lawyer for seven years and has defended me on numerous occasions. I was first introduced to Roger as a juvenile with a serious felony charge of Second Degree Arson. Granted I wasn’t the model teenager, I still didn’t deserve to be with such outrages felony charges. After meeting with Roger he gave me the raw reality of the situation and I knew exactly where I stood, and the direction we were going to take in defending my case. After this case was settled a couple years passed and I ended up on the wrong side of the law with another felony charge of Grand Theft and Criminal Mischief over a thousand dollars. I wasn’t some outrages troublemaker out to find trouble; I was just a kid that didn’t have the best of luck. Thankfully I had Roger and he was able to understand my situation and defend me appropriately and ended up not having to do a day in jail or a juvenile facility.
My misfortune ended up piling over to my adult years and I most recently was charged with the Felonies of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Aggravated Battery. I was obviously wrongly charged of these crimes, but I was facing 20 yrs in prison. I thank god I had Roger Foley as my lawyer who believed in me and fought for me with all his power. He was able to get both charges dismissed and I am free. Roger was there through all my teenage years and early adulthood keeping me out of jail because he believed that I was a better person. He has represented me on major high profile felony cases to petty misdemeanors and has never stopped fighting for justice. Roger Foley is the top lawyer in South Florida.
I can never forget the turmoil we were in as a family when our son for the first time faced serious charges. He was a teenager on a golf course with his friends when as a prank decided to drive around maintenance golf cart for the fun of it, unfortunately that incident landed my son with a charge of grand theft felony. Hefty charges for a prank. The next few months while waiting for the courts was a nerve wrenching experience, it started with my search for an attorney. I went to five attorneys in order to make a decision as to whom I would pick. All were rated well, had good records, and while half charged in the same price range, other were astronomically higher. It was clear their only passion was money not so much what's best for the client.
My gut feelings led to Roger P. He was realistic, but at the same tie he didn't make us feel as if our son was a terrible criminal as many others did. He gave us hope while others remained pessimistic about keeping him out of a juvenile jail. He gave logical examples and personal experiences which created a sense of trust between us. The case ended up with no jail time, no juvenile jail, nor probation. Most of all I can tell you through the years whatever he told us would be his hope and goals for a case, happened. We have yet to be disappointed with the results, and although we hope never to need his services again, it's a piece of mind know that he is there as a sign of hope and care all the way.
Took the time before I even hired him to explain the process. He went above and beyond for me. He even did more than I expected. Foley treated me like family. It should be his slogan. I met with several attorneys all of them gave me the same pitch that you can beat this and that it will be an easy win. Foley and he said the opposite but he explained why I was in this situation and what the law said on the subject.
He spent 30 minutes on phone answering questions without knowing if I was interested in hiring him. He always emailed me, called me back and I was always updated. I did not have to blow him up to get answers, everything was smooth. We could have filed motions and went to trial, they started with a plea with lots of conditions. Foley went through each case and cut down all the conditions and had the charge lowered. My friends at first were thinking why am I hiring an attorney you can just plea out yourself or get a public defender but as the process went they were saying "good job hiring that guy," "you are so lucky." I would recommend Mr. Foley to anyone that is arrested.
I dont plan on needing him again. Driving home from a shopping center a mile from home at 11:15pm and out of the blue someone appeared on my hood. I hit the breaks, screamed and stopped my car. I got out and i saw the man slide off my hood and then run away across the street. I stayed for a few minutes and then left and went home. I did not have phone with me. When I arrived home I called the police and reported it.
As I was talking to 911, I saw two police cars arrive so I said, " Oh good the police are here." I did not realize that they were going to put me in handcuffs and take me to jail. At the main jail I was placed in a small room with 12 other guys with tattoos. Some were eating food off the floor. Some screaming obscenities at lady at the desk. Next day they let me make a call to bond out. A Very kind Bondsman helped me. I was recommended to Mr.
Foley and with some time he was able to have the case dismissed. Now I can go out and do it again. Kidding. And the bodies they find in my attic I have nothing do do with. Really, I am very happy to have it all over with. I never thought I would need a defense lawyer after 40 years of driving. I would recommend Mr.
Foley to anyone needing a defense lawyer and he is a good audience for my bad jokes. I have known Mr. Roger Foley for many years. My husband picked him out of numerous lawyers when faced with then our teenage son’s initial charge. Foley has become not only our trusted and devoted lawyer, but also a guide for our son. Foley has not only helped my son’s charges get dismissed as a teenager, but continued to trust in our son and direct him on the righteous path. As some people believe my son has done “boyish things”, the reality is that the law is extremely tough and unrelenting.
When my son was faced with severe felonies due to wrongful charges, Mr. Roger Foley helped get the charges dismissed. Foley is not only an example of professionalism but also a humanitarian. He has shown compassion and trust. Foley believes in his clients, however he is a realist and will no doubt give his honest professional opinion. He will not give false hopes, however behind the scene he will fight for you with all his knowledge and power. Yes he has won my son’s cases, and felonies have been dismissed, however he truly is an exceptional lawyer and continues to be a mentor.As my husband and I are both professional people, we have the utmost respect for Mr.
Roger P. I got caught with 2 xanax, 2 joints, Oxycodone, Narco, soma, and furacet and they arrested me for drug trafficking. They hit me with everything they could and added a few traffic tickets too. I ended up coming to foley because of the bailbondsman. Foley and I clicked right away. We are both movie buffs. The State dropped the oxycodone trafficking case after Foley explained and showed proof that it was my medication.
However, the weed and the Xanax stuck. Foley entered me into drug court and they did not want to allow me to enter because of my individual situation. I had to see their doctor and he agreed that i needed the medicine but the state and the manager kept objecting. It wa a mission but Foley convinced the state and the judge and I was able to get the case dismissed by going to drug court. I had to go through a back way( outside program) to get it done but it worked. I am happy to get it all over with and now I can travel again. I would recommend Atty Foley to anyone and I actuall keep his card in my wallet just in case.
I was upset with My daughter and had a drink and was coming home in the rain and hit a police car. Thought life was over arrested when I was arrested for DUI. I was referred to Mr. Foley who made me comfortable at the first meeting. The thing that made me feel the most comfortable was that when I hired Mr. Foley he told me that if I was his sister he would handle things the same way and I believed him. He was always helpful and returned calls.
I thought I had no chance against the 10 police officers listed against me. He prepared for trial 4x and the state finally reduced the charges to a reckless with no reporting probation, a W/H of adjudication and no other conditions. All that accomplished even though according to the state I had 1.60 and 1.62 breath level. I never thought I had a chance but Mr. Foley has no fear and had my back 100%. I would refer anyone to him who is in a bad situation because he takes the time to get to know you and to give you his best. Thank you and hopefully I will not need your services again.
My fiancé was wrongly convicted of multiple felonies and was abused by the justice system and power hungry cops. I went in to meet with Mr. Foley to give my statement and was so happily surprised with his professionalism and his true passion for what he does. He completely understood what a serious predicament we were in, and wanted to defend us. He told me about similar cases he has worked where people are screwed over by the law, which is put in place to protect us. I felt that I was in safe hands and relieved, but he made sure I understood what the worst case scenario could be. He’s not a man to give you high hopes in a high profile case; he gives you the raw reality of it.
Although his presence alone gives you a sense of hope, I am happy to say that my fiancés charges have been dismissed even when I feared the worst. I have recommended him to my mom to help her in another unjust situation, and will continue to recommend him to anyone who needs the best representation around. He is your go to guy. The legal profession is vast, with each attorney having his or her specialties. A criminal defense lawyer is probably the attorney the average person imagines. Criminal attorneys are the men and women who defend individuals accused of a crime. The lawyer may work pro bono - for the public good - so the accused is certain to have representation, even if he or she cannot afford an attorney.
Criminal lawyers are experts in the criminal justice system. They help their clients decide how to plead when first charged by the police and guide them through trial procedures. Defense lawyers must use every bit of their knowledge and resources to get their clients the fairest results from criminal proceedings. If you are a small business owner or the head of a larger corporation, you may come into contact with a business lawyer. Many big companies keep a legal staff on payroll to deal with the daily operations of running and maintaining a large enterprise. Business lawyers may have more specific specialties like copyright law, product liability and mergers and acquisitions. Business attorneys may focus their practices on certain industries.
There are entertainment lawyers to guide artists through royalties and media contracts, while hospitals employ malpractice attorneys to protect doctors from aggressive litigation. When you work for a company, you may find yourself in need of an employment lawyer - especially if the relationship between you and your employer sours. An employment attorney prevents people from losing their jobs due to unfair reasons. Workers' compensation lawyers help maintain safe employment conditions and ensure workers receive fair compensation after workplace injury or discrimination. A personal finance attorney can protect and manage your investments and securities. You may use a finance lawyer to help you prepare your taxes, but you might be better off working with an accountant. A tax attorney is more commonly contacted after a business or individual runs into trouble with the IRS or state regulators.
Your family may keep a lawyer on retainer to guide you through the major expenses that come up in life. When buying a home, you could work with a real estate lawyer to make sure you get the best deal and won't get taken advantage of by tricky mortgage agreements or unfair landlords. An estate attorney can help you plan for the worst by creating a will and preparing your finances for after your death. A bankruptcy lawyer is essential to help you resolve your financial difficulties when they start to spin out of control. Certain attorneys help create strategies to bring you out of debt and speak to your creditors. A lawyer can advise you on which type of bankruptcy you should file for. If you are suing someone or being sued, you need a civil lawyer.
Civil attorneys - and criminal lawyers - are the legal representatives who argue on your behalf in a courtroom setting. Civil lawyers may represent you on matters of business, finance or a wide variety of other specialized needs. One of the most common types of civil attorneys is a personal injury lawyer. When you're hurt by an outside party and you would like to hold them legally responsible, a personal injury attorney conducts litigation and negotiates settlements to compensate for your pain and suffering. Sometimes many wronged people will join together with a single civil lawyer or law office to form a class action lawsuit. Most people will turn to a lawyer during a divorce to navigate the emotionally charged legal proceedings. A divorce attorney can assist in determining grounds for separation, division of property and custody of children.
Family attorneys deal with much more personal matters. If you're getting married, a family lawyer can help you prepare a prenuptial agreement or other family planning paperwork such as adoption or inheritance documents. To ensure you find a competent attorney who won't abuse your trust or drain your finances, you have to make the proper inquiries. One of the best ways to determine quality is to examine an attorney's history. When you first step into a lawyer's office, you should check for the appropriate certifications and diplomas. You have to ask how long he or she has practiced law and request information that demonstrates the practice's success. Look for precise details such as percentage of cases settled out of court.
Once you inquire about the broad details of their legal career, you should ask questions about their experience that pertains to your specific issue. You should ask how many similar cases they have handled and if they have special skills or training that applies specifically to your needs. Lawyers can't mention clients by name, but you should ask for basic details about identical past cases. You need to ask about every possible fee that will come up when working with an attorney. You should request a list of all costs in advance so you won't be surprised by additional expenses like overhead. Also determine exactly when you will start being billed. You want to inspect paperwork carefully.
If the attorney charges you for his or her experience, you need to make sure he or she will perform tasks personally and not hand it off to an assistant. Find out if the attorney has a flat fee or charges by the hour. Many civil lawyers work on contingency. Whatever the payment plan, make inquiries about how the lawyer plans to provide service for your money and what you can do if you start to feel unsatisfied with his or her performance. When you hire a lawyer, you're agreeing to work with someone over a certain period of time. You need to ask questions about how the attorney will communicate with you and what responsibilities you hold in the relationship. The attorney should let you know the best channel for quick communication and you need to inform him or her when you want updates.
You should also ask questions to get to know the attorney as an individual in order to ensure this is a person you can trust. Ask about their legal philosophy and how he or she views the lawyer/client relationship. Great questions to start off with are ones that will make your life easier, such as how to keep fees down or what daily disruptions you should expect from a long legal battle. The more forthcoming the lawyer appears to be with individual needs, the better. You may keep a lawyer on retainer or you could turn to an attorney during specific situations. If you sign documents and you come across a word you don't recognize, you need assistance. You may need a third party to help you navigate important employment or real estate paperwork.
It's essential you fully understand the terms of any legally binding documentation or activity you become a part of. If you are not an expert in a given field, you'll want to hire an attorney who is. A lawyer may find legal implications or opportunities you might miss. If you find yourself in a civil or criminal matter, a proper attorney ensures you don't receive a harsh punishment for a small mistake. When making decisions critical to your financial stability or personal life, you may want a lawyer with expertise in your situation to make sure you do everything you can to arrive at the proper resolution. This is especially true when you become involved in a criminal case and your freedom is on the line. It's not just a matter of legal knowledge; lawyer's have access to numerous resources you do not.
They have staff ready to work around the clock and experts in a variety of fields to give your important issues the attention they deserve. During times when personal matters intersect with legal proceedings, you may need to have an advocate to prevent your emotions from getting in the way of level-headed thinking. For example, divorce lawyers can mediate a heated argument and help both partners get on with their lives. Emotional investment could be subtle. You may want to have a lawyer look over an investment opportunity that looks too good to be true or investigate the merits of a possible civil suit when you feel wronged. Many people turn to lawyers when they are in trouble. If you've been accused of a crime or are in a terrible financial situation, you can find an attorney who will work with what you have available to assist you as you deal with your problems.
Personal injury lawyers find solutions for people who can no longer work under their own power and bankruptcy attorneys prevent people from giving in to debt. If you find yourself in a situation where you can't find a solution, a lawyer may be able to offer the counsel you need. When it comes time to choose a lawyer, you should start by searching close to home. While you probably don't want the conflict of interest that comes from being represented by a family member, friends and loved ones can recommend lawyers who served them well in the past. If you do have attorneys you are familiar with, ask who they believe would be best for you. After going through personal references - especially from individuals who had similar needs - you should broaden your search through public information resources. You can call your area's attorney referral service or check legal organizations like Martindale-Hubbell.
There are other resources available online. You should check websites for client reviews and other third-party forms of approval. When you build a list of possible candidates, perform a background check on each one. See if you can find information on their history and success record. Once you find a possible lawyer, you should call to arrange a consultation so you can ask your important questions in person. By performing the necessary research and taking every available precaution, you can narrow your search to the attorney most suited to your needs. DUIs come with very serious penalties in Florida.
Whether this is your first offense or your fourth, you need an experienced criminal defense team by your side. An attorney will protect your rights and possibly help keep your license. What is a DUI Under Florida Law? Driving Under the Influence or DUI is when a person is driving while under the physical control of alcohol or another controlled substance. If the individualвЂ™s blood alcohol level is 0.08 percent or higher, then he or she is guilty of a DUI. A person does not have to be drunk to be arrested for a DUI. The penalties for a DUI can be harsh, especially if this is not your first DUI offense.
That is why it is critical that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. The DUI penalties handed down the by courts are based on how frequently you are convicted of DUIs and the severity of each offense. You could also be subjected to administrative penalties from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, which could include financial and personal penalties. First Offense – Up to $1,000 in fines, 180 days license suspension, six to nine months in jail, community service, probation and an interlock device. Second Offense – Up to $4,000 in fines, one year probation or one year jail time, impounded vehicle, interlock device for one year, and more. Third Offense – Up to $5,000 in fines, one year jail time or probation, ten years license suspension, two years of an interlock device. Fourth Offense – Up to $5,000 in fines, one year jail time and probation up to five years, ten-day impoundment, two-year interlock device, and DUI Counter Attack School.
What Are My Defense Options? DUIs do not always make it to trial. In your case, your attorney may be able to challenge it long before it ever sees the inside of a courtroom. Challenging the accuracy of the breathalyzer – these are often left inaccurately calibrated and can result in inaccurate BAC levels. If you have been arrested for a DUI offense, the criminal defense team at Farkas & Crowley has special knowledge regarding DUI law. As experienced trial attorneys with years of experience in the prosecutorвЂ™s office, we can help you defend your rights and reach the best possible outcome for your case. Arrested for a DUI Offense?
If You Need Help Call 561-444-9LAW NOW! Boca Raton DUI Attorneys – Silver & Silver P.A. Boca Raton DUI Attorneys – Silver & Silver P.A. Under Florida law, drunk driving and DUI offenses are taken very seriously. For a first time conviction of a .08% Blood Alcohol Level (BAL), the minimum penalty is: DUI is an enhancement crime and subsequent convictions will be punished with an enhanced sentence. There are also time-sensitive issues relating to a drunk driving arrest.
It is critical to contact an attorney as soon as possible. You have 10 days from the day of your arrest to request a Formal Review Hearing with the Florida DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles). This hearing is to establish whether you will get your license back, and while it has no effect on the outcome of the DUI case in the criminal court, it does affect your ability to drive in the short-term and your ability to drive without restriction in the long-term. Therefore, a person arrested for DUI must move quickly to protect themselves and their driving privileges. If you’ve been arrested for Drunk Driving / DUI, you need experienced representation. The Boca Raton DUI Attorneys of Silver & Silver will help you to understand your rights and determine whether or not the proper procedures were followed by law enforcement during your stop, detention, DUI investigation, and arrest. There are legal technicalities relating to the investigation of a DUI / Drunk Driving Arrest and the administration of Roadside Field Sobriety Tests or a Breathalyzer test.
As attorneys experienced in DUI cases, we understand these procedures as well as the technicalities relating to the prosecution of these cases. Contact the Boca Raton DUI Attorneys of Silver & Silver. We are standing by to answer all of your questions regarding a potential case. Call us toll-free at 561-235-3219. attorney immediately. County, Broward County and all of South Florida. If you are asking yourself any of the following questions.
How much trouble am I in? What are the most likely outcomes? What should I be doing NOW to help myself? Is this guy experienced in getting people off of MY CHARGE? There are few situations in life more stressful than a DUI or criminal law problem. Anyone who has had to deal with the police, the district attorney's office or judges understands that this can be an extremely scary time. Making the wrong decision after you've been arrested in regards to your defense can affect the rest of your life, which is why you need to make sure that you build a strong case for yourself to mitigate the possibility of life-changing consequences.
The law offices of Adam Frankel, P.A., has been representing residents of the Boca Raton, West Palm Beach & Fort Lauderdale Florida areas and visitors for years, and his practice centers on representing criminal defendants in several types of cases. Attorney Frankel is behind his clients every step of the way, from the initial inquiry and arrest all the way through the verdict if a case goes to trial. One of the most prevalent situations that arises with Mr. Frankel's clients is a DUI. A DUI arrest in Florida is a serious charge, and one that can affect your life substantially and in many ways. The best way to handle these cases from the attorney's perspective is to make sure that a proper level of communication is established and an advisable level of trust is built so that Mr. Frankel's clients feel comfortable telling him everything he needs to know in order to present a strong defense.
If you have been arrested and charged with any criminal offense or a DUI, the worst thing you can do is sit and wait for the situation to resolve itself, as it most certainly will not. In fact, your situation will most likely get worse. You need to contact Adam Frankel, P.A. immediately for a consultation, as he is ready to help guide you through the process of gaining a result. You can expect Mr. Frankel to meet with you personally, to explain the charges before you and the potential consequences you face if you're convicted and to help you understand how your defense will be formulated based on the facts at hand. Begin by entering your contact information into the form fields below then click the "continue" button to be redirected to the full case review form.
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It starts by enlisting the help of attorneys you can trust. McKamey, P.A., we’re here to defend your best interests. When you’re facing charges, it’s time to enlist the help of a criminal defense lawyer in West Palm Beach. We’re here to help with your case, fighting for your best results! Don’t accept anything less than the best when it. When someone is charged with a white collar crime, there can be a lot of stress and confusion. McKamey, P.A., we know the right help is key at this time.
Our white collar crime attorney in West Palm Beach is here to defend your best interests. Before moving forward with your case, working with law enforcement or giving statements, give us a call. We can help you make the most of your case, pursuing your best interests and defending your rights. What can a white collar crime attorney in West Palm Beach do for me? At. The Law Offices Of Steven C. About The Law Offices Of Steven C.
If you have been charged with a crime, then you need help immediately. The legal team at the Law Offices of Steven C. Sessa in West Palm Beach, Florida, provides premium criminal defense services to those charged with driving under the influence/driving while intoxicated (DUI/DWI), drug trafficking, and other criminal offenses. "Was referred to Maria from a fellow co-worker and I must say, I am glad I was referred to her. She was very professional and personable while making me feel very comfortable with me hiring her. I knew everything ahead of time with the potential outcome as she explained everything to me prior to hiring her. She went above and beyond to get no points and no school, even though I paid court costs and the fine I was completely satisfied with that because my main objective was no points or school.
I will be referring all business to Maria and I hope in the future I do not have to utilize her services, but if so, she will be getting my business again." "Ms.Albanese is absolutely a wonderful lawyer. She explained every scenario of my case to better prepare me for any outcome. Ms. Albanese kept up with my case without me having to call her several times . She worked with my situation and is a very pleasant person . I highly recommend her."
"Ms. Albanese is a professional attorney that was involved in my complicated case from beginning to end. No page was left un-turned. She was available to answer questions at all hours and was prompt to reply. She was truly concerned for me and my family. She brought comfort to some of our biggest fears. She is dedicated and proficient.
Thank you Maria for representing and supporting me. you are a blessing!" Albanese is a professional and a strong believer in her position. She is one of the most knowledgeable attorney in the state. You really get to know someone's work when you go head to head with them. I was impressed with her abilities in and out of the courtroom. Even as an opposing counsel I highly recommend Ms.
Albanese." "Maria, was excellent. I have never before hired such a great lawyer. She explained everything to me and went beyond her scope to help me." "Maria was excellent through all phases of my case. She promptly contacted me, explained to me what to expect, updated me on my situation, and handled the case by exceeding my expectations. I would not hesitate either recommending her to friends, or using her again for my own use."
As a former Assistant State Attorney, Attorney Albanese handled more than 1,000 criminal cases, including charges ranging from misdemeanors and DUI’s to violent felonies. As a former prosecutor with experience in Juvenile, County, and Felony Court, Attorney Albanese has argued in countless motion hearings, and has conducted over 30 jury and non-jury trials. Attorney Albanese will take time to devise and discuss with you an individualized strategy for your defense based on the unique facts of your case. She’ll work tirelessly to protect and preserve your rights. 8461 Lake Worth Rd. I handle all traffic voilations, suspended licenses, DUI/DWI. drug charges, assault, battery, theft, and all other misdemeanor and felony charges in Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Greenacres, Wellington, Loxahatchee, and throughout Palm Beach County.
Sending a message, or visiting this website, does not create an attorney-client relationship. When sending a message, please do not send any confidential information about your case. Your contact information, and the type of case that you are inquiring about, is all that is needed. If you or a loved one is under investigation and in need of legal representation, allow Attorney John Olea to work for you. Our legal team is committed to aggressively advocating for your rights, and will not relax while the DA builds their case. You are innocent until proven guilty. Attorney John Olea is committed to clients in need of criminal defense representation and offers an affordable solution.
When experience and aggressive representation matters the most, you can count on Attorney John Olea. Attorney John Olea has been providing skilled, aggressive and effective legal services for almost 20 years to residents in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, North Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Welllington Palm Beach Gardens, Delray and Royal Palm Beach. No matter the charges you face, it is important to have an attorney who will help you navigate the complex judicial system and provide you with a clear understanding of the charges you face. If you are seeking an attorney that will review every piece of evidence, look no further. Our law firm's goal is to make certain no one is ever taken advantage of by the criminal system. We are you advocates and working for you is a pleasure. 561.615.9785
A full service criminal defense law firm representing individuals accused of a variety of matters. The United States Constitution guarantees your rights. A qualified criminal defense attorney is just one of these rights. The Law Office of Jonathan Wasserman, PA is a full service criminal defense law firm located in West Palm Beach, FL. While nobody ever expects to find themselves needing a criminal defense attorney, our office understands the importance of proper representation during such a critical and emotional time. We handle all varieties of criminal cases including Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Domestic Violence, Theft, Drug Cases, Financial Crimes, Violent Crimes, Sex Crimes and all other Misdemeanors and Felonies as well as Juvenile matters. As a criminal defense lawyer, Jonathan Wasserman is a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney and has an AV rating from Martindale Hubble.
Additionally, Mr. Wasserman is a member of the Federal Bar for the Southern District of Florida. We represent clients in all stages of the criminal justice system including bond hearings and criminal investigations before charges have been filed. The firm also represents clients who have had property seized by the government pursuant to a criminal investigation or arrest. Jonathan Wasserman is a former prosecutor who knows how to win. No matter what a person has been accused of, The Law Office of Jonathan Wasserman, PA is prepared to handle the matter and protect your rights. Having opened in 2007, the firm represents individuals throughout South Florida, including but not limited to the following areas: Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lantana, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Tequesta, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Stuart, Martin County, Ft.
Pierce, St. Lucie County, Okeechobee, Ft. Lauderdale, Broward County, Miami-Dade County. Being accused of committing a crime is an emotionally draining experience. In fact, this experience can quickly send your life into a downward spiral. If convicted, you’ll face devastating consequences that could threaten your freedom and finances and harm your reputation, career, and relationships. With stakes this high, it’s essential to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney willing to be your advocate and fight to protect and defend your rights.
The Law offices of Michael T. Rabideau, P.A. is a full-service criminal defense law firm. The firm provides high-quality legal representation for those accused of committing crimes in Palm Beach County. As a full-service law firm, we have the knowledge, resources, and capabilities to defend against any type of criminal charge in both state and federal courts. For nearly 20 years, our founder and lead criminal defense attorney Michael Rabideau garnered a proven track record of success. He achieved “not guilty” verdicts, charge reductions, and case dismissals for clients.
If you or someone you love is being investigated for possible involvement in a crime or has already been arrested and/or charged in West Palm Beach or the surrounding counties, call us today (561) 820-4848 to schedule an initial Free consultation. Don’t delay. Criminal cases require swift and immediate action. In fact, the longer you wait, the more time you allow the prosecution to build a case against you. We are conveniently located in Palm Beach County with offices in Downtown West Palm Beach and Wellington and serve all of Palm Beach, Broward, Martin and St. Lucie Counties. We negotiate personalized payment plans that are tailored to your budget and accept all major credit cards.
Expungement process/sealing criminal histories. Crimes in Florida are designated as either misdemeanor or felony offenses. Misdemeanors are crimes punishable by no more than one year in county jail whereas felonies can carry a sentence of one year to life in state prison. First DUI, battery, a second offense of petit theft, writing bad checks under $150, disorderly conduct, spousal abuse, vandalism, prostitution, loitering, marijuana possession (under 20 grams), shoplifting (under $300), ticket scalping, and reckless driving. Maximum penalty for first degree misdemeanor is fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail. Criminal mischief where the damage is less than $200, disorderly intoxication, a first offense of petit theft, simple assault, harassing phone calls, and simple trespass. Second degree misdemeanors carry penalties of up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.
Burglary with assault and battery, trafficking in controlled substances, kidnapping, child molestation, and sexual battery. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (no intent to kill), burglary of an occupied structure, unlawful sexual activity with a minor, sale of a controlled substance. In addition to the harsh criminal penalties that may be imposed by the court, the long-term collateral consequences can be just as devastating. Having a criminal record can adversely affect every aspect of your life. Your life could be damaged through your reputation among friends and colleagues. This makes it difficult to obtain employment or rent an apartment in the future. Additionally, you can even lose your driving privileges, be stripped of your rights to vote and possess a firearm, and more.
If you are a first time non-violent offender, you may be eligible for a pre-trial diversion program aimed at rehabilitation instead of incarceration. Upon completion of a diversion program, your charge may be dismissed and you can also avoid the consequences of having a criminal record. After nearly 20 years of handling every type of criminal case, criminal defense attorney Michael Rabideau knows what it takes to build a strong defense. Once retained, he will immediately review the police report and begin to investigate the timeline of events leading up to your arrest. Also, he will look to see if law enforcement breached protocol or violated your constitutional rights. For example, if there was an illegal search and seizure, any evidence that was uncovered would be considered inadmissible in court. Rabideau knows how to look for faults and weaknesses in the prosecution’s case which can be exploited to create reasonable doubt and and as leverage for negotiating a potential plea deal.
Depending on the facts of your case, possible defense strategies could include: alibi, entrapment, self-defense, someone else did it, incompetence (insanity, mental defect, intoxication, lack of intent. The Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida serves Palm Beach County. Depending on where you were arrested, your case will be heard in one of five different regional courthouses. North County Courthouse (3488 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410) West County Courthouse (3844 S.R. If you are arrested on a criminal charge in Florida, you’re eager to learn what is going to happen to you. The criminal justice system is complex and confusing to navigate.
However, Mr. Rabideau will guide you through every stage of the process as your case works its way through the Palm Beach County criminal justice system. In order for law enforcement to make an arrest in West Palm Beach, they must have probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed. Depending on the circumstances, police will make an arrest either at the scene of a crime, after a warrant is issued or a grand jury returns an indictment. 1.) Police issue a written “Promise to Appear” (PTA) or “Notice to Appear” (NTA) with a date to appear in court. A PTA or NTA notice can be issued in lieu of an actual physical arrest, but only for first and second degree misdemeanor cases, county or municipal ordinance violations. Some examples of first-degree misdemeanors includes: possession of marijuana, resisting an officer without violence, petit theft (2nd offense or more than $100 in stolen goods).
Examples of second-degree misdemeanors includes: petit theft (1st offense or less than $100 in stolen goods), prostitution, assault, and disorderly conduct. 2.) Police make a physical arrest in which you are placed in handcuffs, taken to the Palm Beach County Jail ( located on Gun Club Road) and “booked in” or “processed.” When you arrive at the Palm Beach County Jail, you will be strip searched, photographed and placed into a holding cell. You will be fingerprinted and allowed to make a phone call to a family member, friend or bondsman. Throughout the arrest and booking process, do NOT discuss your case with the authorities or make a statement until you have an attorney present. Even if you are innocent and want to explain what happened, now is the time to exercise your right to remain silent. Only provide the essential information, such as your name, date of birth and address.
The booking process can take several hours. Within 24 hours of being booked in jail, you will be brought before a judge in what is known as a “first appearance” or magistrate hearing. At this hearing, the judge will advise you of the charges against you and will set conditions for a pretrial release from jail, including whether bail is appropriate and in what amount. Bail amount is based on the seriousness of the charges, your past criminal history, ties to the community, and the danger you may pose to the public. If you can post bond, you will be released, otherwise you will remain in custody. First appearances take place at the Gun Club Courtroom, 3228 Gun Club Road in West Palm Beach. If you live in the western part of the county and have been booked into the West County Detention Facility, your First Appearance would take place in Belle Glade at the West County Courthouse, 38844 SR80.
Bail serves as assurance that you will show up for future scheduled court appearances. If a bail amount is set, you or a loved one can use cash or a surety bond to secure release from jail. If cash is used, you will pay the full amount to Palm Beach County. Once the case concludes, you will be refunded your money unless you are found guilty. Posting a surety bond involves the assistance of a bondsman who will file a bond with the court on your behalf. In return, you must pay the bondsman 10 percent of the overall bail amount. You have a right to bail unless you are charged with a capital crime such as first degree murder.
You may not have bail if you violated probation. Bail can also be denied if you are considered a danger to the community or a flight risk. If bail is set at an unreasonable amount, Mr. Rabideau can file a motion to have your bail reduced or lowered. Depending on your circumstances, he can argue that you lack the financial resources to meet bail. Additionally, he can discuss your good standing in the community, employment record, and lack of criminal history. CASE FILING DECISION – WILL FORMAL CHARGES BE FILED?
Even if you are arrested, there’s no guarantee you will be formally charged with a crime. The police will submit the initial arrest report or probable cause affidavit to the local State Attorney’s Office. Then, it is up to the prosecutors in the case filing unit to decide whether or not your case is prosecuted. This is a crucial time in your case because Attorney Rabideau can intervene with the State Attorney’s Office in an effort to persuade them that formal charges are not warranted or that less serious charges would be more appropriate. He may be able to uncover new evidence, provide witness statements and other supplemental materials for the prosecution to review and consider. If the State decides to prosecute, they will file a document called an “Information” which lists the exact charges being prosecuted. If the local State Attorney’s Office proceeds with filing charges, you will be scheduled for an arraignment.
An arraignment is your first formal appearance in court. At this time, you will be advised of the charges against you. Also, you are asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. If you plead not guilty, a trial date will be set. After the arraignment, the prosecution must provide you with a discovery packet. This packet includes any and all evidence they plan on using against you at trial. This also can include police reports, physical evidence, witness statements, etc.
In response, Mr. Rabideau can examine the physical evidence, take sworn statements from the witnesses, hire experts, and file motions to challenge evidence. In reality, only 2% of cases end up going to trial. Most criminal cases end in some type of plea bargain or agreement negotiated between the defendant’s attorney and the prosecution. Plea bargaining can occur at any stage of a criminal case. At the Law Office of Michael T. Rabideau our first priority is to seek a dismissal of the charges.
But, if the evidence against you is overwhelming with a high-probability of conviction, it may be in your best interest to seek a plea bargain. This way, you are not placing your fate in the hands of a judge or jury. A plea deal may involve pleading guilty to the original charge in exchange for a more lenient sentence. Another option is to plead to a lesser charge, like a felony dropped down to a misdemeanor. Our goal is to secure the best possible outcome for you. We will never accept a deal that is not in your best interests. Nor would we force you into taking a deal you are not comfortable with.
If a fair plea deal cannot be reached, you will have a trial by judge or trial by jury. Trial by judge: You appear before a judge to have both sides of the case argued on your court date. Trial by jury: A jury is selected for a six-person or twelve-person jury of your peers (depending on case type). They will hear the evidence presented and must unanimously determine whether you are guilty or not guilty of the charges. If you or a loved one is under investigation or has been charged with a crime, hiring the right criminal defense attorney in Palm Beach can make all the difference. Luckily, you can find the right criminal defense attorney at Palm Beach Law. Our skilled criminal attorneys in West Palm Beach are experienced, compassionate, dedicated, and will do everything in their power to protect your freedom.
Our team can create a strategic defense for you in order to secure the best possible outcome for your case. While our lawyers are experts in all aspects of criminal defense, we are proud to have the best DUI lawyers in West Palm Beach. DUI cases are complex and extremely common. No matter if you are arrested at a checkpoint, during a pullover, or after an accident, a DUI charge can drastically affect your life. However, a DUI arrest does not have to end with a court conviction. Our DUI attorneys will help you fight for your rights if you’ve been arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Contact our DUI attorneys in West Palm Beach today to learn more.
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10.0 Shashi S Jairam Located next to City Furniture in the Raymond Office Plaza above the Ale House. We have free parking available around the building. Aggressive Representation. Solid results. Palm Beach County’s Top DUI & Criminal Lawyer – Joshua LeRoy, ESQ. J oshua LeRoy, Esq.
is a veteran Criminal Lawyer, AVVO rated 10.0 in DUI and Traffic, and 10.0 in Criminal Defense. He was selected to the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers, 10 Best in Customer Satisfaction, and is A/V Rated Preeminent by his peers. He is experienced in defending marijuana possession, drug possession, drug sales, drug trafficking, violations of probation, and violent felonies such as burglary, robbery, home invasion, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, shootings, murder, felony DUI, rape, sexual abuse, any weapon and/or gun charges, as well as theft and grand theft. LeRoy defends cases throughout South Florida including Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Wellington, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Belle Glade, Jupiter, Greenacres, Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Riviera Beach, Lantana, and North Palm Beach. T oo many lawyers determine fees based on what they suspect the client can pay. I don’t like that practice. We’ve all seen it – a lawyer charges you one fee and someone else another, even for the same exact crime!
Most professionals – from accountants to mechanics – invariably provide you with an instant quote for the job. Why should a criminal lawyer be any different? Hiring a lawyer should not bankrupt you. Everyone deserves to be represented by an experienced private criminal defense lawyer. I charge a flat fee (between $500 – $1,500) for representation in most misdemeanor criminal cases pending in the County Court of Palm Beach County, the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. Florida is overcrowded with criminal defense firms where attorneys cherry pick media worthy cases while delegating the majority of the caseload to overworked, less experienced, associates and office staff. Too many attorneys have become more concerned with seeing their own face on the evening news or cable talk show, rather than working to defend their own clients.
Appearing on talk shows does not get a client the results they need or deserve. In my practice I treat every client as if they were my only client. I don’t strive for media attention, I strive for courtroom results. I’ve written a short open letter that I encourage you to read that may give insight into how I feel about the criminal justice system, and how that applies to my clientele and the type of defense they deserve. I am confident that if you read it, you will agree that my firm is the right one to represent you. Don’t delay. The longer you take to find counsel the harder your case becomes.
Let’s discuss your case. Give me a call today. This firm carries my name. Any memory of how it performs in court, and how its clients remember it will carry my signature. I appear in court. I draft and argue the Motions. I will be your attorney.
You’ll meet with me and I’ll personally return your calls. When you need me you’ll get me, not an assistant to a secretary, an assistant to the paralegal, or a junior associate. I’m selective when it comes to what cases I take only because I’ll take on those I’m confident I’ll have a positive impact on. Media worthy or not, big or small, I know every case is big to the client and treat each accordingly. I have handled over a thousand cases and am an accomplished trial attorney. When managing the media, I am of the mind my clients deserve tact and discretion. Trials belong in the Courtroom before the jury, not in the media on the 6 pm news.
I strongly feel that any criminal defense attorney or firm that advertises every “media worthy” case on their website is treating their clientele with about as much respect and consideration as “contestants” on Judge Judy’s TV show. They are definitely broadcasting where their priorities lay and any client that is hungry for that type of attention probably deserves the defense they are going to get. I know the cost of defense is an issue for many so I am upfront with my pricing. My fees are determined by your charges – not who you are or what I think you can afford. I am honest and realistic from the onset and, unlike other criminal defense lawyers, I will not misrepresent the facts or the law to entice you to sign a retainer only later reveal the “truth” of your case. We’ll discuss your choices and strategize accordingly. That said, I am open to clients’ concerns, questions and fears.
I do my utmost to ensure clients are always well informed on their case status, and do my best to prepare them for all eventualities. The only thing worse than going through the criminal justice system, is going through it unprepared and alone. Since you’re reading this, I’d venture a guess either you, or someone you’re close with, needs an attorney. You’ve taken the first step and started to research your options online. That’s good. If you’ve been arrested for possession and need an experienced drug defense attorney, pulled over for a DUI and are looking for the best DUI Lawyer in the West Palm Beach area, or are searching for a defense attorney for a felony or violent crime you must be proactive in your defense at all times. Take the next step, keep that forward momentum, drop me a note and let me know what the problem is.
-Joshua LeRoy, Esq. W e all make mistakes. In fact, just recently, several judges were arrested and charged with DUI. I believe good people can make bad mistakes, just like I know that police often make mistakes during arrests and misinterpret what they see. The vast majority of my many DUI cases have ended favorably. Knowledge from experience, combined with the close attention to detail I devote to my cases, often revealed details overlooked by others. Details that allowed me to successfully argue Motions to Suppress Evidence, or negotiate plea agreements, that reduced many first offense DUI charges to just Reckless Driving, a misdemeanor.
It’s true, “to err is human”, but I also firmly believe that those mistakes are the source for some of the greatest lessens we learn in life. In short, mistakes are an essential part of personal, and cultural growth. That is why I don’t believe a mistake, yours or that of overzealous officers, should have a negative impact on your entire life. If you’ve made the mistake of driving while under the influence or have been accused of such by an officer contact me. Don’t exacerbate an already stressful experience by not getting yourself a best DUI attorney in the West Palm Beach area possible. M ary Jane, Marijuana, pot, weed, cannabis, chronic, krypy, or whatever name you prefer, is illegal in Florida. While a number of states have recently legalized medicinal and recreational use of the drug, Florida has not.
“Oh, it’s just a joint” in Florida is exactly that! Punishments for less than 20 grams start at up to a year in jail, plus a $1,000 fine, and mandatory driver’s license suspension. So, you’ve been charged with marijuana possession? I have a solid track record with drug possession charges. Chances are I can get your charges dismissed, help you avoid conviction entirely, and keep your license. N umerous charges in Florida are subcategorized as violent crimes. Said charges include, but are not limited to, murder, kidnapping, rape or sexual battery, home invasion, robbery, carjacking, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and even burglary.
The state attorney’s office treats said charges severely. Not to mention that most violent crimes usually carry mandatory prison sentences by law. If a firearm is used in the commission of any violent crime then the 10-20-life punishment code is enforced. If charged with such a crime it is important that you have an aggressive attorney with proven results. I have defended clients charged with all the aforementioned charges. Some of the results from said cases can be found here. I can be of assistance in defending your violent crime case.
Call me today to discuss. C ommonly referred to as breaking and entering is a very common crime. The crime is actually entering the property of another with the intent to commit a crime inside. Technically speaking, burglary does not require proof of breaking in, nor is proof that a crime ever occurred inside the property of another. Burglary only requires proof that when the property was entered the person had the necessary intent. Burglary is divided into two categories based on the type of property that is entered. Burglary of a dwelling, any home or residence regardless of whether it is occupied, is a second degree felony.
Burglary of a structure, any building other than a home, or conveyance, a vehicle, is a third degree felony. Since proof of the burglary in often hinges on the intent of the person charged at the moment of entry, there are defenses. Call my office to discuss the facts of your burglary case. T he most common reason for arrest in the United States is drug possession. Whether its cocaine, prescription pills without a valid script(Xanax, Percocet, Oxycontin, Lortab, Etc…), crack, heroin, pcp, lsd, or peyote, possession of even a small amount in Florida is a felony. Possession of any drug, except small amounts of marijuana, is a felony in Florida. Besides the punishments for a felony charge, this can include jail or probation, in Florida, a conviction for drug possession results in a mandatory driver’s license suspension.
Regardless of whether the charge itself related to a car, involved a car, or involved driving in any way, being convicted of a drug charge will take your license automatically. We can help. Remember just because you had the drugs on or near you does not mean that you are guilty. Let us examine your case. Let us analyze how the interaction with law enforcement began. Let us analyze whether your Fourth Amendment rights were violated. Let us fight for you.
B eing on probation (including house arrest and community control) is not easy. Unforeseen and unimaginable issues can arise that result in violations and incarceration. In other words, when on probation, seemingly everyday activities can put the probationer at risk of violating and going back to jail. Terms and conditions of probation can be confusing and contradictory, contact us immediately for a comprehensive review of your “probation papers” in order to clarify them for you. Probation is not freedom, you will still be under close and unrelenting supervision from the first day. W e have all been there. It’s one of those days.
Everything seems to be going wrong and you’re running late for work. Your last though as you rush out the door is, “Maybe I can make up the time on the drive in…”. Or, maybe it was late. Both big mistakes! Regardless of the reason and whether or not you are a single or repeat offender, traffic infractions must be taken seriously. If not a few ‘harmless’ mistakes on the road can domino in to arrest warrants, insurance problems, rate hikes, loss of your license and as a result jeopardize your quality of life – potentially even your employment. I have successfully defended a wide range of cases, routinely handling anything from Felony DUI, Burglary, breaking and entering, robbery, to simple misdemeanors like shoplifting/petty theft and traffic court.
I recently won a rather well known West Palm Beach homicide case using the controversial Florida, ‘Stand Your Ground’ defense. I’ve created a short case summary index that illustrates the depth of my experience. If interested you can access my case summary index here. “Thank you Josh for all your efforts on my son’s behalf. The outcome achieved in his violation of probation case is the best. He will be off probation, the probation period being significantly reduced, when he is released from jail. You were always responsive and easy to reach.
Thanks again.” “Josh Leroy is a Fantastic Attorney. He definitely puts in all the hard work and time into your case. He got my wife’s (extremely) serious charges dropped to lesser charges and released from jail. She was facing 15 years and he got it down to probation and time served 90 days. He worked magic on this case. He knows what he is doing and has good connections that can help your case.
He is also a very reasonable person when it comes to his fees. If you are looking for a very knowledgeable Attorney that knows his stuff, Josh Leroy is that attorney.” “Josh LeRoy knows how to get it done. He successfully had my son’s probation modified. Josh is invested in his legal cases and you feel like he is family. Josh is easy to contact and promptly responds. If you want real progress and results hire Josh LeRoy.”
“Josh is very knowledgeable in the field he practices in and is also very prompt in his services. Despite the odds he fought his hardest to get my probation modifications done with ease and to our wanting. He has made my life on probation 110% more livable and I’m very proud to call him my lawyer. I would refer him to anyone in my situation and more. Thank you Josh for everything you have done for myself and my family!” “Mr. LeRoy did a awesome job for me and he got it done quick!
His fee was very fair! If you need a lawyer, he is your man!” “I have known Josh for years. He has always offered me sound legal advice and excellent guidance. He is knowledgeable, and more importantly, honest. I would strongly advise contacting him regarding any and all criminal matters.” “I’m writing this review on behalf of my son and family.
LeRoy represented my son in court several times and did a fantastic job. He never gave up and was persistent even though he was working with a difficult case. We appreciate all the hard work he did and would recommend him to anyone who needs a dedicated attorney. My son is currently on probation, and he has changed many stipulations of his probation in a few short months. LeRoy treats each of his clients as a priority and does everything in his power to fight for you. LeRoy, always gets back to you when you call, unlike other attorneys we have used in the past. Even when a case seems hopeless, Mr.
LeRoy pulls through and finds a way to defy the odds, he is the best.” “I feel very fortunate to be introduced to Mr. Leroy. For myself I found him to be very well informed in my legal matter. I felt at ease throughout the ordeal and rest assured that he would pursue the best outcome for all intents and purposes. Leroy made the court date for me and took the situation at hand to argue my case and receive what I feel was the best possible outcome. I wholeheartedly recommend Mr.
Leroy because he is able to convey to the prosecutor’s office all the necessary information in order to clarify the circumstances and advocate for you when you’re at a loss at what to do. I truly appreciate Mr. Leroy’s expertise and professionalism and highly recommend him.” “Verdict….Innocent. I am proud to say that Joshua Leroy fought my husband’s DUI case. He did a magnificent job, he was straight forward the whole time, and the process didn’t take long. Before hiring Joshua Leroy, we had a bad experience with another lawyer who just took our money and did absolutely nothing.
That lawyer was way more expensive than Leroy. I am happy my friend Marlene introduced me to JOSHUA LEROY; an honest Lawyer. I was so happy with the results and can’t thank Leroy enough for helping my husband with his DUI case… THANK YOU JOSHUA LEROY FOR YOUR HARD WORK. You did a great job.” T he firm is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication by Mr. LeRoy to vigorously defending his clients. Having defended literally thousands of criminal defendants charged with the gamut of criminal charges, Mr.
LeRoy understands the intricacies of the criminal justice system. He created this firm with the singular mission of ensuring that his clients receive the focused and detailed representation that is necessary to obtain a favorable disposition no matter the charges.The firm is located in beautiful downtown West Palm Beach and serves clients throughout Florida, particularly those located in Palm Beach, Martin, and Broward Counties. By utilizing aggressive negotiation strategies, skilled motion arguments, and refined trial skills Mr. LeRoy is relentless in defending his clients for criminal law in West Palm Beach. I f you or a loved one are under investigation or have already been arrested, do not delay. It is essential to have a skilled, respected, and truthful Criminal Lawyer working to defend your rights as soon as possible. Hiring the right Criminal Defense Attorney is an essential step to ensuring that your rights are properly protected.
LeRoy Law Pa – for Criminal Law in West Palm Beach. Arrested? What happens now? It’s essential to have a respected attorney working to defend your rights, do not delay. Edward “Ned” Reagan is an experienced criminal defense attorney with a record of fighting for his clients. As one of Palm Beach County’s top criminal lawyers, Mr. Reagan is committed to providing the highest level of defense at affordable prices.
One of the most frightening events a person can experience is being confronted by law enforcement in a criminal investigation. Whether the investigation involves Driving While Under The Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance (DUI) or Domestic Battery, a skilled and proven criminal defense attorney is critical in achieving the correct result. Reagan has represented doctors, lawyers, federal prosecutors, and ordinary folks in wrongful accusations and was able to vindicate those individuals, often times without going to trial. The key to a strong defense is a skilled lawyer who has the proven skill set to investigate the case and defend the case in a jury trial. For 21 years Mr. Reagan has been practicing criminal defense in Palm Beach County. In 2013 Mr.
Reagan moved his office to Jupiter, Florida to offer those wrongfully accused of DUI and other crimes in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Juno Beach, and North Palm Beach a more convenient location to meet to discuss their case. If you are contacted by any law enforcement agency, do not make any statements, even those denying involvement, as they will most likely be used to build a case against you later. Politely decline to comment and then contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. The sooner an experienced lawyer begins an investigation, the better your chance of defeating the government’s case. As a top Jupiter DUI Attorney, Mr. Reagan has the experience to handle your case from the administrative hearing up through trial. As an experienced DUI Lawyer, he has developed a unique defense strategy at trial to give you the best opportunity to be found NOT GUILTY!
As a Jupiter Criminal Attorney, Mr. Reagan handles cases not only in Palm Beach Circuit Court, but offenses that constitute violations of federal law. These offenses are prosecuted by the United States government and, as a result have the full force of a number of federal agencies supporting the prosecution. If you believe you are being investigated for a federal offense or if you have been charged with a federal crime, getting counsel from an experienced attorney should be a priority in protecting your rights and building your defense. What to do if you are arrested? In most circumstances no one knows when they or a loved one will be arrested. The situation can be frightening and overwhelming.
Should an arrest occur you should contact a knowledgeable and experienced criminal attorney who will be able to provide sound legal advice no matter the hour of the day. Depending on what you are arrested for you may be held in the local jail in the county in which you were arrested. A standard bond should be available for the offense charged once you have gone through the booking procedure. You will have the ability to have the bond posted in cash or you may contact a reputable bail bondsman to post your bond for a fee. However, there are other charges such as DUI, which require you to be held in custody for a period of 8 hours or until your breath alcohol level is less than .05%. Other charges such as Domestic Battery require that you be held NO Bond until seen by a judge at your first appearance who will set your bond. Byrnes Guillaume, Attorney at Law, PLLC represents clients in criminal defense matters in the West Palm Beach Florida area.
Criminal Law includes robbery, grand theft, burglary, battery, weapons charges, DUI, traffic, drug charges, and other criminal offenses. Innocent people are convicted of crimes every day. Criminal lawyers know the harmful effect a criminal record will have on your future jobs and life. Preventing charges from being filed, reducing them or dismissing them is our number one goal, aside from keeping you out of prison. If you have been accused of a crime, you are facing a legal battle that will forever change the course of your life. You are up against a prosecution team backed by the resources of the government with a single purpose — to get you convicted. Without a defense lawyer fighting for you, you are in an unfair fight.
You should act fast and act decisively. Don’t wait to take action — it may save your life! Every day that goes by the prosecution is working behind the scenes building a stronger offense, which is why you need an aggressive criminal lawyer to defend your rights and work towards your defense immediately and before the case reaches the courtroom. Conduct our own private investigation for your benefit and an advantageous result. Interview witness, victim, and police with superior expertise. Dissect and assemble evidence to establish a winning defense. Byrnes Guillaume, Attorney at Law, PLLC tips the balance in your favor.
We all know you are supposed to be “presumed innocent until proven guilty.” Unfortunately, the reality is, our criminal justice system puts the accused at a serious disadvantage. Juries are often inclined to presume guilt, and prosecutors have the benefit of your tax dollars to build and present a strong case against you. In fact, the prosecution’s case has started before you even have an opportunity to start your defense. Byrnes Guillaume, Attorney at Law, PLLC represents clients in criminal defense matters that include robbery, grand theft, burglary, battery, weapons charges, DUI, traffic, drug charges, and other criminal offenses. Additional Information See a problem? For Your Rights! N.
Have you been charged with driving under the influence in West Palm Beach or Pompano Beach, FL? Driving under the influence, often referred to as DUI, can have serious negative ramifications on your life. Whether a misdemeanor first offense or a felony repeat offense or DUI Manslaughter, thousands of dollars and significant jail and or prison time are on the line. In Florida, a first offense will often register as a misdemeanor, but this still shows on a criminal record and can cost you $1000 and up to a year in jail time. If you have been brought up on such charges, do not face them without a proper DUI attorney in West Palm Beach. At the Law Office of Matthew Glassman P.A., Mr. Glassman has over ten years of experience in helping clients with DUI and other criminal law charges receive fair and aggressive representation in a court of law.
You have a right to a fair trial, and Mr. Glassman strives to ensure that right is upheld. Do not face your criminal charges without the help of a DUI lawyer. While driving under the influence is a serious offense, you need to know what options stand before you. With The Law Office of Matthew Glassman, P.A., servicing West Palm Beach, you will learn what it means to be informed, counseled and aggressively represented. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Help you build your case - We know the workings of Florida law, and we can use such knowledge to create a case to stand against a prosecutor before a judge and jury.
Provide legal counsel - As our client, Mr. Glassman will keep you informed on both the progress of your case and the options available to you at any given time. Defend you in the court of law - Mr. Glassman will represent your case with an obsessive drive to offer the best criminal defense representation he can. And beyond - To explain all we can offer as a criminal defense law firm in such a short space would be difficult. Contact us today to find out more. [email protected]
ARS Law Located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, we strive to provide quality representation to Palm Beach County residents and businesses. You can rely on ARS Law to fight for your rights. We seek pragmatic, reliable and cost effective solutions; be the matter simple or complex, ARS Law strives to excel in all we do. If you have been arrested or charged locally for an alleged DUI offense, it is critical that you call an experienced West Palm Beach DUI lawyer as soon as possible. I am William Wallshein, a former prosecutor with 5 years’ experience turned defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the Florida criminal justice system. Throughout my 29 years of experience in criminal law, I have noticed that one of the most common charges West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens residents face is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or “DUI” as it is commonly referred to. If you have been accused of driving under the influence, there can be serious penalties ranging from suspension of a driver’s license to imprisonment.
With stakes this high, time is of the essence in responding to DUI allegations, and seeking the guidance of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Under Florida law, it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In the case of alcohol, anyone found to be operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than .08% is considered to be legally intoxicated. For minors under the legal drinking age of 21, the “legal limit” is .02%. Any quantity of illegal drugs in a driver’s bloodstream can give rise to a DUI charge. In fact, even if the driver was prescribed a drug legally, that driver may still be considered to be under the influence of drugs and charged with a DUI if operating a vehicle under those circumstances. In some cases, people have been cited for DUI when they were not even driving a car, but were found to be in “actual physical control of the car.” For instance, this might mean that the car was on the side of the road, not running, but with the keys in the ignition.
The bottom line is that any DUI charge is serious and requires the assistance of a seasoned criminal defense lawyer. DUI penalties in Florida can be severe, and escalate quickly after the first offense. A maximum of up to 6 months imprisonment. A mandatory Interlock Ignition Device (IID) installed at the driver’s expense. A driver’s third DUI in any ten-year period is an automatic felony and is taken very seriously by the courts. A mandatory Interlock Ignition Device (IID) installed and maintained at the driver’s expense for 2 years. The fines and penalties listed above do not necessarily reflect the impact of any injury or property damage that the driver may have caused while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If a driver does cause injury to a person or damages another’s property, an entirely separate offense may result, meaning that the driver could be subject to additional punishment. If you are facing DUI charges, you need to act quickly. In Florida, those charged with DUI have only 10 days to request a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you do not request a hearing within this time period, there is little chance of preventing an automatic suspension of driving privileges until your case goes to trial. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI offense, you should consult with an established Florida criminal defense attorney immediately. I have over 29 years of criminal law experience. I will pursue all available defenses, and will challenge all aspects of the prosecution’s case, such as evidence obtained through illegal traffic stops.
I am a passionate, knowledgeable defender of the accused, and will not rest until I have done everything possible to defend your rights and your freedom. With offices in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, I represent clients in criminal defense matters throughout South Florida. Call 561-533-1221 today, or contact my firm online to schedule your free initial consultation. We help people facing DUI and other criminal charges in Palm Beach County, Broward County and Miami-Dade County. Most cases are handled in the courthouses in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Call us now at 888-733-5299. That’s 888-RED-LAWYER .
And whatever else you might be worried about, including the cost of hiring us. From our location in Boca Raton, we are within one hour of all the major courts in South Florida. Warren Redlich is a New York and Florida attorney with 20 years of experience. The crime of drinking and driving is not treated lightly in Ft Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach, Ft Myers, or any south Florida community. The penalties can be stiff, and the effects on your freedom can be serious. If a DUI arrest involves personal injury, the courts are even more determined to enforce harsh punishments. However, not all DUI arrests are open and shut cases.
In fact, in our DUI attorneys' experience, a good number of DUI cases are mishandled by law enforcement, or results of misunderstanding. When you contact The Cochran Firm South Florida to represent you against a DUI charge, you are putting a team of experienced, successful DUI lawyers on your side. A charge of DUI alleges that the wrongdoer broke the law by “driving under the influence.” In the past few years, the state of Florida has tightened the legal limits for blood alcohol content (BAC) and dedicated more resources to cracking down on DUI offenders. As in most states, you can be charged with DUI if your BAC is .08 or higher. Drunk drivers face license revocation, heavy fines, alcohol counseling and rehabilitation, and even time behind bars. A DUI conviction can have a negative impact on your future, as well, by limiting job and other opportunities in Miami, Ft Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, and other south Florida communities. Once you are arrested for DUI, your license is immediately suspended, despite the fact that you have not yet had a say in your defense.
The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles oversees license suspensions, and our skilled DUI attorneys can deal with this department to get your license reinstated. Our drunk driving lawyers will simultaneously deal with the local court system to ensure you get a fair hearing, and that you are represented fairly during your time in front of a judge. Our attorneys know Florida DUI laws and have helped countless clients achieve reduced or dropped charges. Through careful evaluation of the evidence against you, and independent investigation, we are often able to deconstruct the prosecution’s arguments against our clients. The Miami DUI attorneys at The Cochran Firm provide crucial legal guidance for clients facing the serious consequences of drunk driving. Talk to one of our drunk driving lawyers and let us advise you on the best defense moves to make after an arrest. When you contact our team, we will get you set up with a free DUI consultation right away.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI), sometimes known as Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), is a criminal offense that can have very serious ramifications, including the loss of your driver’s license, monetary penalties, probation and jail time. Sorting through a DUI can be an emotional process that may include humiliation and fear, anxiety and uncertainty. You may worry about what the future holds and whether your rights will be adequately protected. We are here to help you with each step of your criminal defense. The criminal defense attorneys at Romano Law Group have decades of experience handling DUI/DWI cases throughout the state and the nation. In fact it’s tough to match John Romano, prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer in the Judge Advocate General Division of the United States Marine Corps, and board-certified criminal trial attorney Eric Romano’s combined 53 years of criminal trial experience. Having handled hundreds of criminal trials and thousands of criminal cases, the Romano team of experts understands what it takes to win: a passion for exploring every angle, every resource and every option out there.
We have built a reputation on helping our criminal defense clients understand their rights and ensuring that every proper legal step is taken, from our initial conversation to the courtroom. Our commitment, knowledge and hard work, in addition to our long-standing reputation among judges and prosecutors, help facilitate the often-complex legal process. Romano Law Group is prepared to defend people facing DUI and other criminal charges. We serve all of Florida, with a majority of cases in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton and South Florida, while our nationwide network of attorneys covers the entire U.S. Feel free to contact us. We are available at any time to discuss a possible DUI/DWI case with you. Too often people think that an arrest on DUI charges means that a conviction is unavoidable and they fail to adequately defend themselves.
Our experienced DUI attorneys understand how to build a strong defense that can protect your rights and help you secure the best possible resolution to your situation. Questioning the stop — Was there probable cause (legitimate reason) for the officer to have pulled you over in the first place? Questioning the procedure — Did the police officer respect your rights at all points during the investigation and arrest? Questioning the BAC — Was the Intoxilyzer operator properly trained on that unit? Was the machine recently calibrated? Does that particular model of Intoxilyzer have a history of false positives? Did the testing officer or Intoxilyzer Technician perform the test properly?
What Makes Our Firm Different? The cornerstone of this firm is our experience in the courtroom. Our firm is uniquely dedicated to providing clients with skilled and aggressive legal representation in DUI matters with personal service, efficiency, professionalism and most importantly outstanding results. Too often, the police investigate, charge and arrest someone for a crime that they did not commit. During our decades of defending clients in criminal matters we have experienced numerous mistakes made by law enforcement. We are committed to ensuring that your rights are protected at every stage of the investigation, arrest and formal charges. The most unreliable of these tests is called the HGN, or Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test.
This test is performed by the officer using only a pen and usually a flashlight in your eye. It is used to determine if your eye exhibits nystagmus, or involuntary jerkiness at a 45 degree angle. Most often, the officer has absolutely no medical training whatsoever. Most officers do not have medical training and some courts do not accept the accuracy of such HGN test and do not allow this test into evidence because of its lack of scientific reliability. In fact, most police officers only have approximately eight hours of Academy training on the HGN test, which does not qualify them to make such an evaluation. Today’s breath tests are taken on a machine called the Intoxilyzer 8000R. This device measures your breath with a special infrared light to determine the alcohol content of your breath/blood.
Every Intoxilyzer device in use in the state of Florida must be tested every month as well as annually and must be registered and calibrated with the FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement). Pursuant to Florida DUI Statutes, the breath test legal limit is .08. In most instances, you are asked to give a breath sample at the police station or local sheriff’s office. The latter usually occurs an hour or so after the actual traffic stop or initial encounter with the officer. Not at the time you are stopped. There are cases in which the police take up to two hours to administer this breath test. Accordingly, your breath test does not accurately reflect your blood-alcohol level at the time you were driving.
The results can be higher or lower than what it was at the time of driving. When you are arrested for DUI and taken to the jail and asked to provide a breath test you will not be unarrested if you pass the breath test. When you last ate and how much food was consumed. The attorney will question all of the above and if necessary hire an expert witness to testify about all of the inconsistencies using the above information as well as accuracy of the machine. The Walk and Turn physical test requires you to walk heel-to-toe nine steps forward and then walk nine steps back. The Walk and Turn is a difficult test even if you’re not drinking alcohol — especially with police pressure, hostility, nervousness, police car lights, etc. Not to mention, on the side of the road with cars speeding by.
You don’t get to practice. If you step off the straight line (usually an imaginary line) or fail to follow instructions, you fail the entire test. The One Leg Stand is a physical test that requires you to lift your right or left leg six inches off the ground and count “1000-1, 1002…” until you reach “1000-30.” Most officers tell you to start the test and simply look at their watch … you don’t know when to stop. Most people cannot perform this exercise on their best day. Whether you are a professional athlete or extremely out of shape — you are held to the same standard. The Finger to Nose test is a physical test that requires you to extend your arm out and bring it back in and touch the tip of your noise with the tip of your index finger. The officer then directs you to use your left or right arm while you are tilting your head back.
The Officer usually says “Left, Left, Right, Right, Left” or any combination thereof. This is a difficult test even if one is not impaired by alcohol or another substance. If you touch any part of your nose other than the tip — you’ve failed the entire test. Reciting the alphabet on the side of a dark street, in the middle of the night, with police pressure, hostility, nervousness, police car lights, etc. can lead to mistakes and confusion. When you are facing DUI charges, you need to do everything you can to ensure that you secure the best possible resolution to your case. The skilled and experienced criminal defense attorneys of Gonzalez & Associates, PLLC, can help.
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At the Rossen Law Firm we understand the importance of individualized representation. We understand that every situation is different so we carefully evaluate the facts of each and every case to provide the best defense possible. You are one of the most valuable members of the defense team and your input and agreement are vital to the defense of your case. The Rossen Law Firm works one on one with you to come up with specific strategies to help win your case. There are always options and alternatives in any case and we are here to guide you through the extensive and complicated laws that affect your case. EXCLUSIVE — DUI Prone West Palm Beach Attorney Dan Doorakian Disciplined by Bar! TALLAHASSEE — Dan Doorakian, a once prominent West Palm Beach attorney arrested four times for DUI in Palm Beach County in four years, was publicly reprimanded and fined by the Florida Bar for his roadside hijinx.
The court order published recently admonished Doorakian for his three convictions and fined him $1,427.35. He was ordered to enroll in the bar’s Lawyer’s Assistance Program, which provides lawyers with substance abuse treatment. The Bar also placed Doorakian on three years probation. — While Gossip Extra churns up scoop after scoop, The Palm Beach Post covers donut shop openings! So click here to subscribe to our daily alerts, and get the news you want! The order should end Doorakian’s crazy saga, which started with his first arrest in 2009. Actually, he was picked up twice within a seven-month period in 2009.
His second arrest grossed out cops. They reported he soiled himself in a major way while behind the wheel. And he allegedly drank mouthwash from a bottle in his car to mask the smell of booze on his breath. Doorakian was found not guilty of DUI for his May 2009 arrest but a judge found him guilty for the November 2009 incident. The 40-year-old was then sentenced to five months in prison for each of two guilty pleas for DUIs that occurred months apart in 2013. His driver’s license was suspended for 10 years. At his sentencing, Doorakian told Judge Marni Bryson: “I should’ve gotten help after the first (DUI).”
A DUI attorney in West Palm Beach will assist you with your DUI case every step of the way. An experienced attorney will begin by requesting a DMV hearing. This must be done within 10 days of your arrest and is a separate process from your criminal charges. Your driver’s license will be suspended until your case is resolved in court unless you go through a successful DMV hearing. Your attorney knows how to prepare for this hearing and how to present your case in order to get your license back. Additionally, the lawyer will work relentlessly to get your bail lowered, beat the case, or get the charges against you reduced. It is essential to get help from an experienced West Palm Beach DUI lawyer as quickly as possible.
The attorney will review all the facts surrounding your case including what caused the police to make the traffic stop as well as how the field sobriety and breathalyzer tests were administered. Your lawyer knows how to defend your charges based on the specific details of your case. Just because you were charged with DUI doesn’t mean that you’ll be convicted. An expert criminal trial attorney will vigorously defend your rights. In many cases there may be problems with the traffic stop, with the administration of the field sobriety tests and the chemical test of your blood, breath or urine. It is important to hire an experienced DUI attorney in West Palm Beach as soon as you can. A lawyer with experience in the West Palm Beach area knows the laws and is familiar with the process.
Your attorney will immediately begin to work on your case to develop a defense strategy. Each DUI case is different. Some cases are more complex than others. A knowledgeable DUI attorney with years of experience will work to get your case resolved in the best possible depending on the circumstances of your case. Choose an attorney who has experience fighting DUI cases in the West Palm Beach area. Contact Robert Malove. We work hard to provide you with the best possible defense.
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Not sure how to find the attorney who's right for you? Every legal need is unique; describe yours and find a lawyer that fits you and your case. My belief in God gives me the strength and passion to help others. I defend those that have been arrested. Criminal Defense and DUI are my main focus. Additionally, I seek compensation for those seriously injured by the negligence of others. P.
Ian J. Goldstein is a partner and shareholder in the law firm of Goldstein & Jette, P.A., located in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida. Born in the Bronx, New York in 1971, and raised outside of Philadelphia, PA, Goldstein has resided in Palm Be. Michelle R. Suskauer began her legal career as an assistant public defender in West Palm Beach. She has been practicing in Palm Beach County since 1991 and specializes in criminal law in both state and federal courts. Michelle joined The Sus.
Effective DUI representation. Former prosecutor, AV Martindale-Hubbell Rated & Top 100 Trial Lawyer. I have handled a vast variety of DUI trials successfully up to and including jury trial. I have lived in Palm Beach County, Florida for more than 30 years, of which I have spent the last 10+ practicing law in West Palm Beach. With a passion for justice, I have always fought for the rights of those entangled with criminal charges . Meltzer and Bell P.A. Over 2 decades of combined experience in DUI and Criminal trail work.
DON'T JUST SETTLE FOR GOOD, WHEN EXCEPTIONAL IS AN OPTION! Strolla has handled several high profile and sensitive cases, both criminally and civil. He is also certified in all State and Federal Courts throughout Florida. Strolla was the l. I have the expertise and background to take the fear out of what you are going through. If you are suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may be arrested for DUI (driving under the influence). Depending on the state, the specific crime is also called DWI (driving while intoxicated), OUI (operating under the influence), or OWI (operating while intoxicated).
A DUI conviction has serious consequences (for example, losing your driving privileges); but an experienced DUI attorney can often get the charges dropped or reduced, or may be able to negotiate lesser penalties depending on your circumstances and your past history. When you have been arrested for DUI in Orlando, Central Florida or West Palm Beach, there are feelings of confusion, anger, and even fear about what is going to happen. When you feel like the entire world is on your shoulders, there is nothing more comforting than receiving a helping hand. You are facing a serious charge that can have serious consequences. You need someone you can trust, to stand by your side, and defend your rights. FL DUI Group. Dedicated DUI defense.
It’s what we do. Many law firms and lawyers in Orlando, Central Florida and West Palm Beach handle DUI cases, along with domestic violence cases, drug cases, theft cases and the list goes on and on. With offices in Orlando and West Palm Beach, the FL DUI Group law firm commits itself to handling DUI and traffic related cases throughout Florida. If you’ve been arrested for DUI in the Orlando, Central Florida or West Palm Beach, you deserve dedicated, experienced, and aggressive DUI representation. Your freedom and livelihood depend on it. The FL DUI Group commits itself to Orlando, Central Florida and West Palm Beach DUI and traffic related cases because of the experience of Managing Partner Matthew J. Olszewski.
Experience is what sets lawyers and law firms apart and the FL DUI Group has the necessary experience to give you the Orlando, Central Florida or West Palm Beach DUI representation that you deserve. The FL DUI Group’s Matthew J. Olszewski was one of 6 people in the State of Florida and the only DUI defense lawyer in the Orlando, West Palm Beach and the entire State of Florida that was asked by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to assist in writing the FDLE DUI curriculum. Olszewski was named a Special Prosecutor by the State of Florida to argue DUI cases in Orlando, Osceola County, Seminole County, Volusia County, Brevard County, Hernando County, Marion County, Alachua County, Broward County, Lee County, Collier County and Monroe County. Olszewski was named a Lead DUI Prosecutor by the Orlando/Osceola County State Attorney’s Office (9th Judicial Circuit – Orlando). Olszewski co-authored the book that is used to train every law enforcement officer in Orlando, Central Florida and West Palm Beach and the entire State of Florida when it comes to making DUI arrests. Olszewski has trained thousands of prosecutors and law enforcement officers in Orlando, Central Florida, West Palm Beach and throughout the State of Florida on DUI prosecution and DUI investigation.
Olszewski has attended the same classes that Orlando, Central Florida and West Palm Beach DUI law enforcement officers attend in order to properly administer DUI field sobriety exercises and the DUI breath test. Do not hesitate! You only have 10 DAYS after your Orlando, Central Florida or West Palm Beach DUI arrest to fight to keep your driver’s license! Call the FL DUI Group today for your free case evaluation. We will explain what we plan to do to protect your legal rights, analyze all of your options, and take you through the judicial process so you will know what can be expected. Your DUI consultation is free and there is no risk on your part to get all your questions answered. After our initial meeting, if you are not convinced that the FL DUI Group will be able to give your Orlando, Central Florida or West Palm Beach DUI case the experienced and dedicated attention that you deserve, then you leave and owe us nothing.
Even if we are not your choice, you will have more knowledge about your Orlando, Central Florida or West Palm Beach DUI case, know what to expect in the judicial process, and be able to make more informed decisions about how to handle your DUI case in the future. Contact Auto Accident Injury and DUI Crash Victim Attorney, Diego C. Asencio at 561.844.0840 to schedule a confidential legal consultation. In the United States each year over forty-thousand people are killed and more than two million are injured in motor vehicle collisions including a sizeable percentage caused by drug and alcohol impaired (DUI) drivers. Victims of serious accidents and DUI crashes are left with permanent injuries, mental trauma and huge financial burdens. All too often fatal auto accidents and DUI crashes leave families with a lifetime of heartbreak and pain from the loss of a loved one. Choosing a lawyer necessarily involves placing all your trust in that person to represent you to the utmost of their ability.
Diego Asencio takes that responsibility seriously and strives to work hard, fully investigate all cases and give sound legal advice based on his 29 years of trial law experience. Attorney, Diego C. AsencioвЂ™s years of experience with insurance disputes can make a big difference in any motor vehicle collision case whether it involves DUI or not. The level of his investigation on DUI crash cases is particularly thorough. It often includes obtaining past criminal records of DUI and evidence of other past misconduct involving alcohol or drugs. Asencio makes it routine in his practice to work within the criminal system as well. While many civil lawyers do not consider their representation to include attending criminal court hearings or presenting restitution claims in the criminal court, Mr.
Asencio does. Asencio is deeply committed to helping victims of auto accidents and DUI crashes recover full damages. Asencio has assisted many auto accident victims and DUI victims in both the state and federal court systems in Florida. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an auto accident or a DUI crash, we encourage you to take advantage of a free confidential consultation regarding your legal rights and options. You will never pay any fee unless Mr. Asencio recovers money for you. Contact Diego C.
Asencio, and experienced Auto Accident Injury and DUI Crash Victim Lawyer at 561.844.0840 to schedule a confidential legal consultation regarding your legal issues. Asencio is a board certified civil trial lawyer who ONLY represents the victims of auto accidents and DUI crashes, and has NEVER represented DUI drivers for any reason. He has represented clients in all state and federal courts in Florida for more than 29 years in personal injury and wrongful death cases. If you or a loved one requires professional legal services as an Auto Accident, DUI Crash, or Auto Related Wrongful Death Victim, be proactive in protecting your legal rights by seeking the legal advice of experienced legal counsel. Have A Suspended License? Welcome to the website of Meltzer & Bell, P.A., DUI & Criminal Trial Lawyers, “The Traffic Stop”, a Florida Law Firm defending your rights in ALL traffic violation cases. Our attorneys are comprised of former prosecutors and a former lead felony public defender whom have handled thousands of cases just like yours.
Let our combined over 30 years of courtroom experience work for you! As Traffic Criminal Defense lawyers, we deal with a wide array of serious allegations and traffic matters. We pay close attention to the individual attention that we give our clients. We are always available to take calls in our client’s time of need and always there as an advocate to make sure their voice is heard. We make a conscious choice to give our clients the same individual attention that each of your deserve. As YOUR attorney, we will always be there to answer your questions and fight for your rights in court. We have handled thousands of cases just like yours and we personally review every case before it goes to court to make sure that any individual comments or requests you may have are addressed.
Does this mean that all of your cases will be dismissed? No. But what it does mean is that we care about our clients and will promise to do the very best job we can. Our firm is a full service law firm defending all traffic violations, misdemeanors and felonies. Let our law firm give you the individual attention that you deserve. The red and blue lights of a police car are blaring behind you. You pull over while wondering how fast you were actually going, confused and concerned.
You are not alone; around 100,000 other Americans are experiencing the same thing every day. The good news is that there is help out to assist a person in your exact situation. The Traffic Ticket and Criminal Defense Attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A., DUI & Criminal Trial Lawyers, “The Traffic Stop” wants to help you fight your Florida Traffic Ticket. Keep points off your driving record. Increased Car Insurance Rate Prevention. Save You from spending your valuable time in Traffic Court. Keep points off your driving record (in most cases)– A traffic ticket comes with more than just a hefty fine; it also comes with points assessed to your driving record.
With the help of an experienced Traffic Ticket Attorney, you can potentially avoid the points and have a seasoned professional helping to fight for your rights. The following point designations are according to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Increased Car Insurance Rates Prevention– Points against your Florida driver’s license will most likely cause your insurance rates to increase. On average the increase in insurance costs for one speeding ticket over the course of three years is $900.00! While traffic school may seem like a viable option, you are allotted a limited number of these point-negating courses (once every 12 months and 5 times in a lifetime). They also take up a lot of valuable time and are an additional expense that may be prevented altogether. Hire an experienced Traffic Ticket Attorney who will fight for your rights and make a qualified effort on your behalf to get your traffic ticket dismissed, your points eliminated, and negate the need for you to go to traffic school.
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Don’t go at it alone! It is crucial to be aware of your rights and options from the very beginning. Depending on the charges you are facing, you could be facing harsh penalties if you get convicted of a crime, which is why you should retain a competent and experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for you. With the help of Direnzo Defense, you can feel confident that you will receive the competent, experienced, and aggressive representation you need to fight your charges. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida criminal defense attorneys at Direnzo Defense will take the time to review your case, help you understand your options, and fight for your rights. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Everyone has the right to remain silent when charged with a crime.
Everyone has the right to a jury trial if you have been falsely accused. Everyone has the right to be represented by Direnzo Defense. A judge this morning cleared the way for attorneys for former U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney to interview two police officers he spoke with in August when he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Mahoney, who did not personally appear before Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Mark T. Eissey this morning, was allegedly found asleep behind the wheel of a car sometime between 2:45 a.m.
and 3 a.m. on Aug. 6 when a North Palm Beach police officer saw his vehicle stopped on an access road near the southwest corner of PGA Boulevard and U.S. 1, Palm Beach Gardens Police spokesman Capt. Bill Brandt said at the time. The North Palm Beach officer determined that Mahoney was outside of the department's jurisdiction and called Gardens police, which conducted an investigation and arrested him on DUI charges. Mahoney's attorney Joseph Atterburg filed a motion earlier this month looking to take the depositions of seven officers Mahoney allegedly made statements to on the scene.
"With the exception of (Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer) Melinda Hanton, the officers listed on the state's witness list either did no report or a very cursory report," Atterburg wrote in the motion. Eissey granted Atterburg permission to interview Hanton and one other officer, but dismissed the requests for the five other officers, though he gave Atterburg the option to request again later. Shortly after his arrest, Mahoney told WPTV-NewsChannel 5 at the time that he intended to plead not guilty to the charges. "I got arrested for DUI last night and it's regrettable," Mahoney said. "I plan to plead innocent because I made a conscious decision not to drive last night." The Palm Beach Gardens Democrat was voted into office in 2006 to represent the 16th District. Two years later Mahoney - who at the time was married - was ahead in the polls a month before the general election, but lost to current Congressman Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta.
Mahoney's campaign was derailed upon his admission of affairs, one with a former staff member, the other with a former Martin County employee. "> Former Florida U.S. Congressman Tim Mahoney is about to leave PBC jail in a taxi on Saturday, August 6, 2011. " /> Former Florida U.S. Congressman Tim Mahoney is released from jail at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Gun Club Road on Saturday, August 6, 2011, after being found sleeping. Being arrested for a DUI/DWI (Driving Under the Influence/Driving While Intoxicated) is a very serious offense. Whether it involves drugs or alcohol, this offense can result in serious penalties, fines, and harsh jail sentences.
The state of Florida is known for being one of the toughest on DUI offenders. Anyone convicted of a DUI, which is driving while under the influence of drugs (prescription or illegal) or with an alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher will pay a fine and likely face jail time. If the police suspect you are driving under the influence, they will use one of three tests to determine your blood alcohol level or the type of drug you were using. Police can use a field sobriety test first to see whether or not you are driving under the influence. If you fail a field test, then they will then administer one of the three tests above. Just because you were pulled over or arrested for a DUI does not mean you will be convicted. In fact, your criminal defense attorney may be able to help you avoid a conviction altogether.
Challenging the arrest. If the police officer did not have a valid reason for suspecting you were driving under the influence, then the tests and arrest may not hold up in court. An attorney can challenge the reasons for the pullover altogether. Challenging the tests. If any tests were used, attorneys may be able to question their accuracy. Police offers often use inaccurately calibrated or outdated equipment. Challenging the laboratory performing the test.
Sometimes there is evidence that the laboratory conducting the tests uses inaccurately calibrated equipment or there was a contamination of the sample. Arrested for a DUI? If you or a loved one was arrested for a DUI, do not wait. Your rights and freedom are at risk. With experience as a prosecutor, Tony Bennett can help you combat your DUI/DWI charges and hopefully keep you out of jail. The only way to protect your freedom is to contact an attorney – so get started today with a free consultation. Contact Tony Bennett Law by calling 561-972-7021 now.
When the time comes to hire a lawyer; you want responsive, professional and effective representation you can count on. At the Law Office of Laura E. Kenney, you can expect to be represented by a passionate and dedicated trial lawyer who is ready to fight for you and confront the legal challenges you are facing. Whether you are dealing with the emotional process of Family law matters or facing the stress of a criminal charge; attorney Laura E. Kenney knows there are several roads to reaching a resolution. Each case is unique and deserves a specialized approach. This can mean negotiating a resolution or taking a case to court to fight for justice for you.
Kenney, we understand what you are going through and we are dedicated to being the professional advocates that you can rely on. Call today for a free consultation. We are aware that many aspects of the law can be complex and confusing, so we do our best to explain the work that we do to give our clients confidence and knowledge. We have handled hundreds of domestic violence injunction cases and family law cases, so we have extensive knowledge in these areas. Whether you need a DUI lawyer, a divorce lawyer, or a lawyer for any other related matter, we are the legal professionals you can count on. Contact us today for a free consultation, so that we can provide the resources and assistance that you need. You can always count on professionalism, experience, and compassion when you come to us.
Laura is a dedicated, caring and talented trial lawyer. Kenney is a passionate trial attorney who cares about her clients and justice. She displays impeccable character and professionalism. You will not be disappointed with her performance. I've known Ms.Kenney, professionally, for many years. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more passionate and driven attorney. She fights hard for those she represents and she is very adept at anticipating the needs of her clientele.
She loves the work she does and is a zealous legal advocate for those who need someone to be their voice in the legal system. Laura Kenney took great care in representing me in a Paternity case. She kept my best interest in mind while helping me navigate to an efficient and cost effective resolution of my case. She minimized the stress for myself and my family so that we could move forward to amicably raise our child. There are several ways that a criminal case can resolve. Kenney, we will work hard from the time we are hired to get the best possible results for you. If we are not able to negotiate an outcome that is satisfactory then we are prepared to take your case to trial to fight on your behalf in front of a jury of your peers.
No File – This occurs when the State evaluates the evidence in the case and makes the decision not to proceed with charges. When we are hired early on in the case we can reach out to the prosecutor to begin to argue on your behalf that charges should not be filed. Nolle Prosse – This occurs when the State drops charges and files a document that they will no longer proceed with the prosecution. Dismissal – When a defense attorney files a motion to dismiss charges based on a legal deficiency in the State’s case; the Judge may agree and decide to dismiss the charges. Reduction – Through negotiation and convincing argument the Defense can negotiate with the prosecutor to get charges reduced to lower offenses. Acquittal – If the State takes the case to trial the burden lies with the them to prove the case to the jury beyond a reasonable doubt. If the jury finds the State did not meet that burden, then they must find the person not guilty.
Our job, as the defense team will be to point out the weaknesses in the State’s case and to show the jury where reasonable doubt exists. Yes! There is a process for certain people who qualify to have their record sealed or expunged. Kenney we can evaluate the specifics of your situation to let you know if you are eligible. If you do qualify we can represent you in court to make sure your records are sealed and expunged properly. The Law Offices of Thomas J. This is the second time I have hired Andrew Stine and both times the result in court was much better than I expected.
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Posted: 12:00 a.m. For years, local drivers facing a DUI charge for the first time had two options – take their case to trial and try to get acquitted, or take a plea and deal with the expensive consequences of having a DUI conviction permanently on their records. But now, thanks to a new program Palm Beach County prosecutors have instituted, some first-time DUI offenders are getting the chance to avoid the stigma of a DUI conviction through a 12-month monitoring program that is among the first of its kind in the state. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg announced the start of the program earlier this summer, and since its launch on June 1, about 70 DUI offenders have signed up. Adrienne Ellis, chief assistant state attorney in charge of county court, said the program has two chief goals: preventing first-time DUI offenders from becoming repeat offenders; and lightening the load of DUI cases, which currently account for 30 percent to 40 percent of her division’s workload. “Before now, in these cases, these people would leave court, get in their cars and drive, even though they weren’t supposed to be driving,” Ellis said. “Now we can ensure this population is being monitored.”
The program, which has won the approval of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, applies to first-time offenders only in certain cases. Among the program’s restrictions: The DUI arrest cannot be connected to any crash, the offender cannot have any minors or even animals in the car at the time of the arrest, and their blood alcohol content – unless they refuse to submit to a breath test – must be below a .20. Drivers in Florida are presumed impaired with a blood alcohol level of .08. Offenders must accept the program at the time of their arraignments and agree to have their cars outfitted with one of three alcohol monitoring devices for three or six months, depending on how impaired they were at the time of their arrest. In exchange, prosecutors will agree to drop the DUI charge and allow the offender to plead guilty to a second-degree misdemeanor charge of reckless driving. The deal also asks a judge to withhold a finding of guilty, which will make the offender eligible to have his or her arrest and criminal record sealed after completing a year of probation. Ellis and former Assistant State Attorney Nelson Baez, who is now in private practice, put together the program after months of research studying similar programs in the Miami-Dade and Orlando-area judicial circuits.
Andrea Robinson, who replaced Baez as Ellis’ deputy, says prosecutors sent out letters to all local criminal defense attorneys, alerting them to the start of the program on June 1. For the first month, prosecutors allowed first-time offenders eligible for the program to enroll even if their cases had moved past the arraignment stage. But what they’ve found, Robinson said, is that some defense attorneys – particularly ones who don’t practice often in Palm Beach County, and others who only occasionally do criminal defense – are still unaware the program exists. Others still don’t realize that prosecutors have structured the program so that pleas can be accepted only at the Gun Club, North County or South County courthouses. Robinson says it’s too early at this point to say whether the program has caused the local court system to run more efficiently. And though both she and Ellis say they believe the program has been successful so far, they note that some offenders have already violated the terms of their deals. In those cases, the program leaves no room for error.
Under the terms of the contract, a violation results in an automatic 90-day jail sentence. “Those are cases that we definitely pursue very vigorously,” Ellis said. Even those who complete the program must do so at great cost. The price to have a car outfitted with an ignition interlock, SCRAM monitor or Visual Alcohol monitoring system is between $8 and $11 per day. But prosecutors say that cost is less than dealing with the ramifications of a DUI conviction, which include skyrocketing car insurance premiums. Local defense attorneys like Jack Fleishman are already recommending the program to their clients. Still, he says, while he already has a couple of clients participating in the program, it’s not one he’d recommend to everyone.
The conditions, which also include community service and enrollment in DUI school, can be strenuous, especially for his clients who believe they can beat their DUI charge if they take the case to trial. “It fits the model for the client that doesn’t want the risk of going to trial if the case isn’t necessarily the greatest,” Fleishman said. “For them, it’s almost like a safety valve program that ensures they won’t get that conviction.” And prosecutors have a right to refuse entry to the program on a case-by-case basis. Source: Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office. Pay between $300 and $550 in fines and court costs. Michael Salnick is a criminal defense attorney who has been practicing State and Federal Criminal law for over thirty-seven years.
Throughout his active and laborious career, Mr. Salnick has become one of the most experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers in America. Michael Salnick practices Criminal Defense Law from his office located in West Palm Beach, throughout Palm Beach County and the State of Florida, in all Federal courts in Florida, as well as in State and Federal courts throughout the United States. Salnick has a long history as a criminal defense attorney with cases handled in Michigan, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Nebraska, Virginia, Vermont, Georgia and Hawaii, as well as in Europe. Michael Salnick is a savvy and accomplished trial lawyer, having tried all types of criminal defense cases from DUI to first degree murder, with and without the death penalty, solicitation to commit murder, child pornography, racketeering, drug trafficking, securities fraud, Ponzi schemes, and serious sexual assaults. Michael Salnick has garnered a reputation as a Criminal Defense Attorney who can handle difficult cases with strong resolve. .
Salnick was involved in successfully defending a private jet company owner indicted as a result of a plane crash in Teterboro, New Jersey. Michael Salnick successfully defended one of the individuals involved in the drug overdose death of Robert F. Kennedy’s son. He has won acquittals in numerous first degree murder and other homicide cases. With quick wit and firm trial skills,, Mr. Salnick recently succeeded in assisting a client and her appellate lawyers win a new trial in a solicitation for murder case where the client had received a 20 year prison sentence. Michael Salnick is as qualified and seasoned a criminal defense attorney West Palm Beach can offer, with a respected and diverse career.
Besides his lengthy career as a Criminal Defense Attorney, Michael Salnick has also carved a sturdy reputation as a DUI Attorney. Successfully defending a number of clients in DUI cases throughout his career, Michael Salnick can easily be considered one of Florida’s top lawyers as a DUI Attorney. Salnick has been named in Florida’s Superlawyer Magazine for the past 10 years. Salnick is a Life Member of the Florida and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, is AV rated, and has been Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar since 1987. He is also nationally certified in criminal trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Salnick is a former Chairman of the Criminal Law section of the Florida Bar and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Michael Salnick is also nationally ranked by the National Association for DUI Defense as a Superior DUI Attorney.
This includes all areas of DUI Defense, including Vehicular Homicide and DUI Manslaughter. Michael Salnick has not only served as a Criminal Defense Attorney and DUI Attorney, but has also made a commitment to the profession of Law and its education to newer generations. Michael Salnick has spread his knowledge as a guest lecturer for Continuing Legal Education locally and around the Country. He has also been a participant instructor at the University of Florida Law School’s annual Prosecutor/Public Defender workshop in Gainesville, Florida. Michael Salnick is a proud and active member of the Florida Bar and has served on the Bar’s Criminal Law Certification committee. Salnick was selected by the President of the Florida Bar as the Chairman of the Florida Bar Criminal Law Certification Committee, and proudly served in that capacity for two years. This committee is responsible for Board Certification in Criminal Trial and Criminal Appellate Law.
Michael Salnick is also a former member of the Florida Bar Criminal Procedure Rules Committee. He is a member of the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar, and is on the Board of Trustees of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. Salnick is currently a member of a Palm Beach County Lawyer Grievance Committee, selected for this committee many times and has served in the past as Chair and Co-Chair. Salnick is also licensed in Colorado, Washington, D.C. and New York and is a member of the Trial Bars for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and the District of Colorado, as well as the Eleventh and Third Circuit Courts of Appeal. Michael Salnick’s experience as a Criminal Defense Attorney has seen him called upon regularly by national and local media organizations for legal commentary and opinion. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, and other national news programs.
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Oftentimes the police have no prior information about the driver. Thus, many otherwise normal attributes can be mistaken for signs of impairment by a police officer. What reason did the police give for pulling you over? Were you seen leaving a bar or other establishment that sells alcoholic beverages? Were you selected out because you were leaving such a place? What else did the police say that they saw you do? How was your driving pattern?
Were you maintaining your lane in traffic? Were you speeding? Did another driver report you? Was there an accident? These important questions all go to the reasonableness of the police officer’s actions in stopping your car and may be the basis for a pre-trial motion challenging the State’s case against you. Once the police officer made contact with you, what happened from there? Did the police officer ask you any questions?
Were you alert and responsive? Were you able to explain things in a reasonably coherent manner? Did the police officer claim to have seen signs of alcohol impairment? Were these things documented in the police report? Were you cooperative? What evidence of impairment exists? Was a breath test or blood test taken?
What were the results? If a breath-testing machine was used, was the machine properly calibrated? Was the machine used in the proper fashion? Are the police able to produce the necessary paperwork to establish these important factors regarding reliability of the breath-testing machine? What happened at the scene that shows that the driver may not have been impaired at all and did the police include these important pieces of evidence in their report? If not, why not? Often, prejudice and bias in the police investigation can be exposed to the accused’s advantage.
Are other possible explanations available to explain what may have seemed to be erratic behavior such as exposure to other toxins, medications, etc.? All of these important questions must be answered in order to effectively defend a DUI case. We have many other ideas and examples of effective means to defend your case. Palm Beach County DUI attorney Christopher A. Haddad has obtained acquittals in DUI cases through the use of may different defenses. Case 1- Mr. Haddad’s client was arrested and charged after his car spun out on a neighbor’s front lawn and the police charged him with DUI.
Through the use of a toxicologist, the defense established the driver had been exposed to paint fumes through his employment as a painter and that the fumes were not properly vented caused the client to lose control of his vehicle. Result: NOT GUILTY. Case 2- Mr. Haddad’s client was rear-ended and left to call for assistance. The police arrived and charged Mr. Haddad’s client with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. The breath test result was .18.
The defense established the client was under medical care at the time, thereby negating prosecution contention that alcohol caused impairment. Case 3- Mr. Haddad’s client was charged with DUI after being pulled over after moving into a new home. The police contended that she had been drinking. The breath test result was .14. The defense established that the driver was under extreme stress having recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. The defense also established that the stress and anxiety caused erratic driving.
Case 4- Mr. Haddad’s client was found sleeping in her vehicle at a fast food drive thru lane. The defense established that she was parked, thus negating a DUI charge. Case 5- Mr. Haddad’s client was charged with DUI. The defense established that the police officer violated policies and procedures in making the arrest including the method for administering sobriety testing. Result: RECKLESS DRIVING.
If you have been charged with DUI and are looking for sure-handed, caring and competent representation, please call a Palm Beach criminal attorney at our office to schedule a consultation to discuss your case 561-832-1126. from the date of your arrest for DUI in Florida to request an administrative hearing about your driver's license. If you do not, your driver's license will be automatically suspended. For immediate help with your DUI contact the DUI attorneys at Whittel & Melton. Palm Beach County DUI attorneys Whittel & Melton are a full service Florida law practice with a focus on DUI defense. The law firm is composed of former State Prosecutors and former nominees for State and Federal office. Being charged with a DUI in Florida raises many questions.
Will I lose my driver's license? How much will this cost? Will I lose my job? Will I be sent to jail? What should I do? Palm Beach County DUI attorneys Whittel & Melton are a full service Florida law practice focused on all aspects of effective DUI defense including Administrative Hearings, Pre-Trial Motions and Suppression Hearings, Trials and all Appellate matters. The law firm is composed of former State Prosecutors, State Defenders, an Assistant Attorney General and former nominees for State and Federal office.
Will I lose my driver’s license? Arrested for DUI in Palm Beach County? For answers to your questions, contact Palm Beach County DUI attorneys Robert Whittel & Jason Melton by filling out the consultation request form or by calling (561) 293-7111. Your inquiry is free and confidential. The initial meeting is free, so call now. It is important to begin building your DUI defense case immediately! The State of Florida will suspend your driver's license just 10 days after your arrest for drunk driving in Palm Beach County if you do not challenge the suspension.
The Palm Beach County DUI lawyers at Whittel & Melton have the experience to make that appeal and help you save your driving privileges. If you fail to adequately appeal the suspension of your driver's license, you could be without your driver's license for up to 18 months. The drunk driving defense lawyers and staff at Whittel & Melton will work with you every step of the way to see that you get the best possible outcome from your DUI in Florida. Whittel & Melton has well over twenty years of Florida DUI legal experience. The consequences of an arrest for drunk driving in Palm Beach County, Florida can be huge, and determining the right course of action can be difficult. Fortunately you do not have to go through the process alone. Palm Beach County DUI attorneys Whittel & Melton can help.
DUI Attorneys Jason Melton and Robert Whittel will work to develop the best defense for you. They focus on Florida DUI defense and DUI laws, and they can make a difference in the outcome of your case. Palm Beach County DUI lawyer Robert Whittel was a Lt. Commander in the United States Navy. After graduating with honors from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Whittel served several years aboard international cargo ships and was later admitted to the University of Florida Law School. Robert continued his education at the University of Cambridge in England, where he was one of only two Americans in his class to receive an LL.M. – Master of Law degree.
Before defending those accused of Florida DUI, Robert Whittel handled complex civil litigation at a large multi-national law firm and then was a DUI Prosecutor in South Florida on behalf of the State of Florida. Robert Whittel is a past member of the board of directors of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. He is also a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Attorney Whittel is licensed to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Florida. He is also licensed to practice law in Georgia, New York and Washington D.C. Before defending those accused of Florida DUI, Robert Whittel handled complex civil litigation at a large multi-national law firm and then was a DUI Prosecutor on behalf of the State of Florida. Robert Whittel is a member of the board of directors of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.
He is also licensed to practice law in Georgia and Washington D.C. Palm Beach County DUI attorney Jason Melton is a qualified and experienced attorney who dedicates the majority of his practice to trial matters. Jason Melton is a member of the Florida Bar, the Middle District and Southern District of Florida, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Justice Association, formerly known as the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Melton is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell with a 5.0 out of 5.0 score, has been lauded by the Super Lawyers publication of Thomson-Rueters and is a member of Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Prior to aggressively defending those charged with DUI, Jason Melton was a former DUI State Prosecutor for Florida in and for Miami-Dade County. Due to high caseload from the 11th Judicial Circuit, incredible insight and experienced was gained early in Mr. Melton’s career.
Adding to this knowledge base, and understanding of the legal process and formulation of effective DUI defense strategies, attorney Jason Melton also has experience working for both the U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Small Business Administration. Florida DUI lawyer Jason Melton graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and received his law degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. To get the help you need with your DUI in Florida, contact Palm Beach County DUI lawyers Whittel & Melton by calling (561) 293-7111 or by filling out the form. The initial consultation is free and there is no obligation. Attorney Andrew D.
Stine has been trying criminal driving under influence cases and all other criminal driving cases for over a decade. With experience in all DUI cases including DUI homicide cases the recent victories show his level of experience, preparation and the results speak for themselves. + – February 20, 2015 – Case #2014-CT-026605On February 20, 2015 in case number 2014-CT-026605, Attorney Andrew D. Stine was successful in getting a Reckless Driving case dismissed. The driver was heading west on Okeechobee Blvd. at a high rate of speed and simultaneously passed two vehicles. Andrew D.
Stine was able to persuade the prosecutor to dismiss the case after he showed the prosecutor and Judge proof that the driver followed his roadmap to success. Case Dismissed! + – February 23, 2015 – Case #2014-CT-025718On February 23, 2015 in Case Number 2014-CT-025718, Attorney Andrew D. Stine was successful in getting the driver’s charge of Driving While License Suspended Dismissed! Attorney Stine and his staff assisted the driver in getting his driving privileges reinstated and then showed proof to the prosecutor and judge and the matter was Dismissed! Call Now for a Free Consultation: 561.832.1170 Despite efforts by countless awareness programs, drunk driving remains a prominent issue in the state of Florida.
Though progress has been made since the rampant DUI problem of the 1980s and early 1990s, Florida still has a massive amount of drunk drivers addressed by the court system every year, with 55,722 DUI tickets and 33,625 DUI convictions occurring in 2011. In 2010, Palm Beach County alone saw over 1500 drunk driving convictions. Because of the serious penalties that come with DUI, it is best not to drive if you have consumed alcohol or are under the influence of another substance. However, if you are arrested for DUI in the West Palm Beach or Boca Raton area, no matter if it was a mistake on your part or a misunderstanding, an experienced Palm Beach County criminal defense attorney can fight to protect your rights and your future from DUI conviction. Florida DUI convictions come with serious penalties, and defending against the DUI charges takes someone with in-depth knowledge of the many facets in a DUI case. If you have been arrested for DUI in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, or Wellington, take the important first step in your Palm Beach County DUI defense strategy and call Andrew D. Stine, P.A.
immediately. Skilled and knowledgeable West Palm Beach drunk driving defense lawyer Andrew Stine has over 10 years of experience defending clients like you, and is a former public defender and army medic. His life and legal experiences give him an in-depth understanding of DUI charges and militant attention to detail that he can apply to building a strong, comprehensive defense for your West Palm Beach area DUI case. To find out more about what Andrew D. can do for your drunk driving case in Palm Beach County, call 561-832-1170 today and schedule your free initial case consultation. Drunk driving, known as driving under the influence or DUI in Florida, is governed by Fla. Stat.
§ 316.193. This statute defines the offense as when someone is driving or in actual physical control on Florida roads while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, inhalants, or a combination of them to the extent that his or her normal faculties are impaired, or when that person’s blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) is at or above the legal limit of .08. Normal faculties are defined by Fla. § 316.1934 as the elements of function, such as balance, needed to perform various general acts of daily life like walking, talking, or speaking. The normal faculties clause of Florida’s DUI law means you can be arrested and charged with drunk driving in Palm Beach County even if your BAC is not at or over the legal limit. If your BAC is over the legal limit of .08, you are considered to be charged with what’s known as “per se” DUI and will automatically be arrested. The type of DUI most affected by the normal faculties clause is driving under the influence of drugs such as oxycodone or marijuana, or inhalants, as there is no statutory level of intoxication for these substances.
A prescription for a controlled substance is not a valid DUI defense. An experienced West Palm Beach DUI defense lawyer can work to build a defense against these various elements of DUI and fight to get your charges reduced or dismissed. One of the most common misunderstandings about DUI charges is the belief that in Florida you must actually be driving to receive a charge of drunk driving. However, this is not the case. The definition for DUI in Florida includes not just when a person is driving a motor vehicle, but when he or she is in actual physical control of a vehicle. If the engine was on or if it had recently been operated (i.e. This means that even if you were trying to be responsible and sleep off the effects of the alcohol, but were using your car for shelter, you could still be arrested for DUI in the West Palm Beach area.
An actual physical control DUI in Palm Beach County has a number of complicated legal factors, so working with an experienced drunk driving defense attorney is strongly recommended. In Florida, you can receive a driver’s license suspension under Fla. § 316.1932 when you refuse a DUI BAC test, with or without conviction. This is because Florida is an implied consent state. Implied consent is the legal concept that says you have given your consent to a blood or breath test for DUI just by driving on Florida roads. However, under your Fourth Amendment rights, you can’t be forced to submit to these tests except for in rare, exigent circumstances, so even with implied consent you still have the right to refuse. Refusing a BAC test under implied consent means there will be consequences.
For a first refusal, the DUI defendant faces an administrative license suspension of one year. For a second or subsequent BAC test refusal, he or she faces an 18-month administrative driver’s license suspension and a misdemeanor charge. Additionally, the refusal of the DUI BAC test can be used against you as evidence of your guilt in court. DUI test refusal is not without its perks, though. Refusing the test gives the prosecution even less evidence to start with, and the administrative penalties can be challenged and fought. Whatever the circumstances of your DUI arrest, it is best to contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer in Palm Beach County as soon as possible during or after your arrest, ideally before consenting or refusing to a blood, breath, or urine test to determine BAC. There are two circumstances in Florida for which you will receive an administrative license suspension for DUI: when you are charged with per se DUI, and when you refuse to submit to a DUI BAC test.
These administrative penalties are applied separately to your license from any criminal penalties, meaning an administrative driver’s license suspension for refusing a DUI test will be in addition to any driver’s license suspensions issued during sentencing after your DUI criminal conviction. For a test refusal, this penalty is one year for a first refusal, and 18 months for a subsequent refusal. For a per se DUI citation, it’s six months for a first citation, and one year for any subsequent per se DUIs. The benefit of these administrative penalties being separate from the criminal penalties is that they are also fought separately. The administrative license suspension is handled by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Under Fla. §§ 316.2615 & 322.64, you can request one of two different reviews of your suspension.
The first is an informal review where a FDHSMV hearing officer reviews the evidence and materials submitted by you and your arresting officer to determine if procedures were followed and if the DUI suspension is justified. The second type of Florida DMV DUI administrative license review hearing is a formal review, where you and your West Palm Beach drunk driving defense attorney can present witnesses and evidence, as well as cross-examine any witnesses or evidence presented by your arresting officer. The formal administrative license review makes for a good test run of your qualified Palm Beach County DUI lawyer’s defense strategies in addition to possibly increasing your chances of having the DUI administrative suspension overturned. You only have 10 days after your DUI arrest to request a formal or informal DMV administrative hearing for DUI from the appropriate clerk. Since the administrative hearing is held separately from any criminal procedures, you also have nothing to lose. Contact an experienced drunk driving attorney in West Palm Beach as soon as possible after your arrest so that you can immediately begin building a defense for your administrative license suspension review in Palm Beach County. Due to the many facets involved in Florida DUI cases, it is strongly recommended you work with an experienced DUI defense lawyer to fight to protect your rights and work for a favorable outcome in your case.
Certain case circumstances can upgrade your drunk driving offense to a higher class with more severe penalties, and subsequent DUI cases become even more punitive and complicated. What penalties you will face depend on the factors involved in your specific DUI case, and if there are any sanctions required by statute. Some circumstances can make a West Palm Beach drunk driving case even more legally complicated that others when it comes to building a solid defense. However, all DUI charges should be taken equally seriously as they can impact you for a long time. The penalties a person faces for a DUI conviction in Florida depend on whether this is the first or a subsequent conviction, and if any aggravating circumstances like a car accident are present. Generally, a first DUI is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by $500-$2,000 in fines and up to six to nine months in jail. A second DUI is usually a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by $1,000-$4,000 in fines and up to nine months in jail with possible mandatory minimum jail time.
A third or subsequent DUI conviction is considered a felony offense and comes with penalties like $2,000-$5,000 in fines and up to a year in prison with the possibility of mandatory minimum prison time. DUI with property damage is a first-degree misdemeanor, and a DUI with death or serious bodily injury to another person is a felony charge, with classification depending on the severity of the injury. Additionally, felony DUI charges come with the consequences Florida issues to convicted felons, such as the loss of certain civil rights and the inability to pursue certain educational and professional opportunities. All drunk driving convictions can have a serious impact on your future. Working with an experienced DUI defense attorney in Palm Beach County could be the difference between you facing penalties like these and achieving a more favorable outcome like reduced or dismissed charges in your Boca Raton area DUI case. Palm Beach County DMV Guide – Follow this link to the Palm Beach County DMV Guide on the Florida DMV website, where you can find information regarding your vehicle, your license, and certain traffic offenses like DUI. This site is also a good resource for searching DUI schools licensed and approved by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office – With over 3,941 people on staff, including 1,492 sworn law enforcement officers, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing protection, crime prevention and other community services in a safe, professional manner. Click this link to visit the homepage of the PBSO’s website. MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving – MADD is a national organization committed to fighting drunk driving and the impact it has on countless family, friends, classmates, an coworkers of both offenders and victims, as well as the $132 billion financial impact. Visit this link for MADD’s drunk driving statistics page for Florida on their main website. The services of the Public Defender are not free unless the client is acquitted (found not guilty) or the charges are dismissed. If the judge makes a finding of guilt after plea or trial, the judge may require the client to pay attorney's fees for the reasonable value of the services the Public Defender provided, court costs and restitution. The judge can require the payment of the costs and fees as a condition of the sentence or can impose a lien on the client's property.
Additionally, a judgment may be filed against the client for attorney fees, court costs and restitution. Pre-arrest: The Public Defender does not work on your case while the police are conducting their investigation on you. A Private lawyer will speak with the police and take a proactive approach in getting the criminal investigation to end. Bond Hearing: A public defender may be temporarily appointed to represent you at the “first appearance”. He or she, does not know you personally, does not know your family, and does not know your background. The Public Defender will typically be sitting with a stack of files and make a rush argument for your bond. Whereas a Private lawyer will be there for you and be prepared to get the best result.
Pre-Filing of Formal Criminal Charges: The Public Defender does not typically communicate with the State Attorney’s Office during the filing stages of your case. The Assistant State Attorney generally has more discretion on how to resolve your case at this stage. Once formal charges are filed the case becomes more difficult to defend. D.U.I Administrative Hearings with the DMV: If you are arrested for DUI and have an unlawful blood alcohol reading or you have refused to take breath test, the Public Defender is not responsible to represent you at this hearing to have your driver’s license reinstated because it is administrative hearing not criminal. Forfeiture Hearings: If you are arrested for a felony and an automobile was involved, (even remotely, e.g. arrested for possession of cocaine while in your car) the police department can seize your car. This taking of property is a civil matter.
A private lawyer can negotiate with the police or with the city or county attorney to get your car back. The Public Defender cannot. Seal or Expunge Criminal History: A private lawyer can work on getting your record sealed or expunged. This is not a function or responsibility of the Public Defender. Furthermore by having a private lawyer from the beginning of your case he or she will be more aware of the effort needed towards qualifying you and your case for the seal or expunction of your criminal record. Call Private Attorney Steven M. Logan serving West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Stuart, Ft.
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We are available for a free consultation in our office in Boca Raton, and in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami by appointment. Please take a moment to look through our website to learn more about our firm and the services we provide. Leifer Law Firm offers skilled and aggressive representation in all personal injury matters. Whether your case involves an auto accident, slip and fall, a dog bite, or a motorcycle crash, we can help. If you have suffered serious injuries in a car accident or any because of the negligence of other person then you can claim for compensation for your suffering what you have suffered including medical care, property damage and other losses. And first and foremost you should have the advice of an experienced Boca Raton personal injury attorney at Leifer Law Firm. Leifer Law Firm practice areas include car and motor vehicle accident, truck accident, wrongful death, premises liability, medical malpractice, serious injuries, defective products, criminal & traffic defense including defective drugs & medical devices and mesothelimo.
For consultation and advice you can contact us. When you come in for your free initial consultation with us regarding a DUI arrest, Inskeep Law LLC DUI criminal defense lawyers will explain how field sobriety tests should be administered, how we analyze the police report and DUI charges, and how a close examination of the evidence against you could help us prepare an effective defense. Call us today to schedule a free consultation at 561-835-1158 or click here to contact us online. Call us today for a FREE consultation at (561) 835-1158 or contact us online. The Firm first checks for any client conflict and asks that you fill out a form before your consultation. It is possible to do a consultation by telephone, but the form must be received before the consultation. You've come to the right place.
If you've been arrested for DUI (Driving Under the Influence), DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), or another drunk driving offense, you may lose your license, pay hefty fines, or face jail time. A DUI - DWI attorney may challenge aspects of a DUI - DWI charge, including breathalyzer results, blood tests, and chemical testing procedures. Use FindLaw to hire a local DUI - DWI attorney to defend you at each stage of a DUI-DWI case - from arrest to an appeal after conviction. FindLaw's Lawyer Directory is the largest online directory of attorneys. Browse more than one million listings, covering everything from criminal defense to personal injury to estate planning. Detailed law firm profiles have information like the firm's area of law, office location, office hours, and payment options. Attorney profiles include the biography, education and training, and client recommendations of an attorney to help you decide who to hire.
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As a partner at Meltzer & Bell, P.A., he uses his range of legal experience to confidently tackle a range of misdemeanor and felony offenses. His dedication to his field is evident in his educational background and leadership roles. After graduating with his Bachelor's Degree in Advertising from the University of Florida, Steven studied law at Nova Southeastern University's Shephard Broad Law Center. He graduated magna cum laude in the top 3% of his class. While working toward his Juris Doctor he was one of a select few students elected to Nova Southeastern University Law Review and was named a member of the Order of Barristers on graduating, an honor given to only 9 members of his class. After completing his term as a Supreme Court Certified Legal Intern with the Broward County Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Bell began his term as an Assistant Public Defender.
In this role he defended hundreds of clients facing challenging situations, including DUI charges, drug offenses, and felony violent crime allegations. Within a year of being hired, he was promoted to Felony Public Defender in the Circuit Court. He was soon named as lead Assistant Public Defender to more than one felony division and was eventually placed in charge of the Juvenile Division, defending the futures of juveniles facing the overwhelming consequences of a criminal charge. In 2007, Mr. Bell moved to the private sector of law. By 2008 he was the head of the legal operations of The Ticket Clinic, A Law Firm in Palm Beach County, a firm dedicated to taking on a range of traffic violations across Florida. In this capacity he fought hundreds of DUI cases, many of which resulted in a jury trial.
He gained hands-on experience tackling practically every type of traffic charge possible, from speeding tickets to reckless driving allegations, and he now uses this focused knowledge as a part of Meltzer & Bell, P.A., The Traffic Stop. As a partner at his own firm, Meltzer & Bell, P.A., he is dedicated to providing every client with the personal attention needed to devise a defensive strategy that fits their individual needs. His passion for criminal defense has led him to be featured on Radio, Seaview Radio, and Sirus XM Radio. In addition he was selected to the membership of the National Advocacy for DUI Defense and named among the Top 100 DUI lawyers in his geographic region. Nova Southeastern University’s Sheppard Broad Law Center, Juris Doctorate, 2004 -graduated Magna Cum Laude, an achievement of one the highest honors reserved for law students graduating in the top 3% of the graduating class; one of a select few elite law students elected to Nova Southeastern University Law Review; was given the honor of becoming a member of the Order of Barristers, an honor given only to nine members of his graduating class. Places Steven has been featured on: New York Daily News Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Cop Talk Radio, Seaview Radio, and Sirus XM Radio in regard to criminal law. Former felony public defender, supervisor of juvenile division.
Experience at Ticket Clinic gave him certain strategies learned as an Assistant Public Defender against the State to have non-DUI related felonies and misdemeanors dismissed. If you have been arrested or charged with a crime in West Palm Beach, you should contact our top-rated legal team as soon as possible. When you’re facing criminal charges, you need an experienced, aggressive, and compassionate legal representative at your side to protect your rights every step of the way. The attorney you choose to represent you can make the difference in the outcome of your case. Clients of Suskauer Feuer, LLC receive an exceptional degree of service, personal attention, and professionalism. An individual seeking legal representation can expect an honest appraisal of their circumstances during the initial consultation, as well as a fair quote for the services the firm will provide. Don’t Wait!
Contact Us Today For a Free Consultation. Contact our office as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation with us to review your case. We will aggressively fight for your rights and ensure you and your case receives personalized attention from our legal team. If you are looking for an aggressive criminal attorney in West Palm Beach, nationally-known criminal defense attorney and legal analyst Michelle Suskauer has more than 25 years of criminal defense experience in Palm Beach County, Florida, and has participated in hundreds of criminal trials (both jury and non-jury). Michelle is an AV Preeminent Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, which indicates that an attorney has reached “the height of professional excellence” and is recognized for the “highest skill and integrity.” She has been listed in 2015 Florida Super Lawyers Magazine and Florida Trend as one of Florida’s Legal Elite, and has a perfect 10.0 (Superb) Avvo Rating for Criminal Defense. Leonard S. Feuer has more than 15 years experience representing clients in a wide range of state and federal criminal matters, from DUI, property theft, and weapons cases to accusations involving bank fraud, racketeering, and other white collar crimes.
As a former Prosecutor Leonard S. Feuer has extensive trial experience and is well known and respected by judges, prosecutors, law enforcement and his peers. The firm seeks justice for the accused in the areas of DUI, drug and alcohol crimes, property and theft crimes, violent crimes, sexual offenses, white collar crimes and criminal appeals. Contact Us Today For a Free Consultation! You did an excellent job from all the pretrial preparation to your closing argument presentation. I think very highly of you both as a person and as Criminal Law Defense Attorneys. Great job and I will gladly recommend you to anyone who needs an excellent Criminal Lawye r.
Leonard Feuer is not just an amazing lawyer, but an incredible human being. I was facing life in prison for a crime I did not do. Feuer used his skills to prove to a jury of my peers, my justification for self-defense. He stood by me every step of the way, acted as a lawyer, psychologist, friend, and voice of reason when needed. I will always be indebted to Leonard for his faith and tenacity to be the instrument of justice. I called Len on a weekend evening. He was responsive within a short period of time.
He was patient, understanding, knowledgeable and allowed me to talk. I truly felt he cared about my situation. He jumped right onto the case and had it resolved within a minimal amount of time. I would recommend his service to anyone needing legal advice. I just wanted to say that we are absolutely thrilled with the work done by Mrs. Suskauer on behalf of our daughter. The outcome was better than we had hoped.
I trust she has learned her lesson and you wont be seeing her again! If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a domestic violence offense in Florida, it can certainly be a very difficult and traumatic time for the entire family and everyone involved. The person that has been charged has a lot a stake: their property, their family, their job, their reputation and their future. Domestic violence can take many forms: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and economic abuse. In Florida domestic violence is a classification of several different criminal acts (assault, battery, child abuse, etc…) committed by one family member against another. It is important to understand how domestic violence offenses are handled in Florida. Don’t wait.
Consult an experienced and compassionate criminal defense attorney to aggressively for your rights. Learn More About Domestic Charges. If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with Drunk Driving, Driving While Impaired (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Florida, it is a serious offense. DUI charges can result in heavy fines, revocation of your driver’s license, impounding or immobilization of your vehicle, community service, increased insurance premiums, DUI school. And if it is a repeat offense, jail time is a possibility. Upon conviction for a DUI charge, the penalties are the same, despite the way the DUI offense is proven. Whether you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, don’t wait.
Learn more about DUI charges and potential punishments in Florida. Consult an experienced DUI lawyer that will aggressively fight for your rights. Learn More About Florida DUI Defense. When a child (under age of 18) is arrested and/or charged with a crime in Florida, it can be an incredibly stressful and difficult time for the family. You’re worried about what charges and penalties they will face. Will they be charged as an adult? Will they have a criminal record?
Will this impact their future? The reality is, these are all possibilities. There may be a lot at stake. That’s why it is important to hire an attorney that has experience with juvenile cases in the state of Florida. Our criminal defense attorneys are experienced with and understand the stress that a juvenile charge can place on a family, and will fight aggressively to protect the rights of the child involved. Contact us to better understand juvenile offenses in Florida and getting the legal help you need. Learn More About Juvenile Charges.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug or narcotics-related offense in Federal or Florida state court, we can help. Whether someone suffering from addiction or a recreational user, you will face the same legal issues and penalties. There are wide range of drug offenses and factors that affect your case: possession, distribution, intent, the type of drug, and the amount in question. Having aggressive and experienced legal counsel to represent your interests from the beginning can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. In Florida, penalties for drug convictions are severe. They can range from probation or community service to heavy fines and imprisonment. Contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer to aggressively fight for your rights.
Learn More About Drug Charges in FL. If you or a loved one has been accused of a sexual offense or sex crime in Florida, we understand that it can be a very difficult and deeply concerning situation. Sexual offense charges (prostitution, solicitation, sexual battery, internet crimes, rape, etc…) are extremely serious. In Florida these crimes are prosecuted aggressively, and generally carry the most severe penalties and punishments. Sexual offense charges can have an adverse impact on an individual’s reputation, job, and social status. Additionally, the media often pursues these types of cases for national and local coverage. Don’t wait, Contact an experienced and compassionate criminal defense attorney to aggressively fight for your rights.
Learn More Florida Sexual Offenses. If you, or a loved one, has been accused of (or arrested) for a violent crime in Florida, it is an extremely serious charge. Without question, violent crime convictions (murder, homicide, manslaughter, battery, rape, kidnapping, assault, robbery, etc…) carry the most heavy penalties in the Florida criminal justice system. It is very important that you consult and experienced criminal lawyer that is experienced with criminal charges and understands the state laws and legal process involved with violent crimes. Because most violent crimes are felonies and carry severe punishment that include heavy fines and prison time, it is important that you contact an experienced attorney that will be with you every step of the way and aggressively fight for your rights. Learn More Violent Crime Defense. White collar crime may be perpetrated silently and stealthily, but it is still a crime.
It is carried out in boardrooms, in banks, and in many other places where professionals, business people and public officials work and gather. If you, your company, or someone you do business with is under investigation, or has been arrested and charged with a white collar crime, such as fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion, etc., understand that careers, livelihoods, and reputations may be in serious jeopardy. That is why, it is extremely important to obtain the guidance and representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney who handles white collar offenses. Learn More About White Collar Charges. Wrongdoing committed against the laws of the United States of America, as opposed to violations of state statutes or municipal codes are classified as federal crimes, or federal offenses. Federal laws have been codified by the United States Congress and are enforced by the executive branch of the national government through its many law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the DEA, and the IRS. If you are charged with a federal crime you may be facing severe penalties including heavy fines and possible jail time in one of the country’s 113 federal penal institutions.
You need to contact an attorney who has experience dealing with the federal court system where your case will be tried and adjudicated. Learn More About Federal Charges. Society recognizes that it is important that people who have committed a crime and have paid their debt to society, have the ability to get on with their lives without having the stigma of past misdeeds constantly hovering over their heads, and perhaps preventing them from getting a job, renting an apartment, or securing a loan. That is why Florida’s justice system has a process in place for the sealing and expunging of criminal records. If you have served your time, or otherwise have had criminal charges against you dropped for any reason, you may be eligible to have your criminal history kept from public view. If you want to have your criminal records sealed or expunged, you should contact an attorney who is familiar with Florida’s expungement procedures. Learn More About Sealing & Expunging Records.
Laws against theft are as old as the Ten Commandments and the act of knowingly obtaining, using, or taking the property of another, or depriving an owner of, or the use of, his or her lawful property, is a still a crime, today. Theft is punishable by a wide range of sanctions, up to and including long sentences in prison. If you are charged with the crime of theft, you need the skilled guidance of a competent attorney to advise you and help you in handling your defense in a court of law. If you or a loved one has been charged with theft in the state of Florida, don’t wait. Contact an experience criminal attorney to fight for your rights. Learn More About Theft Charges. The crime of robbery is theft that is accompanied by the use of force, violence, threat, or intimidation against a victim.
Robbery exists whenever property is unlawfully taken from another person who is either physically abused, threatened with harm, or frightened into giving up any possession of value. And it is not always necessary for a robbery offense to include the use of a firearm, or other type of deadly weapon. In Florida, robbery is a felony offense that carries penalties up to life imprisonment in a state penitentiary. Your future is in grave jeopardy if you are charged with robbery and subsequently convicted. It is imperative that you obtain the assistance of a knowledgeable and capable attorney who can help you with your robbery defense. Learn More About Robbery Charges. The proliferation of computers has spawned along with it a growing category of unlawful misdeeds, known as computer crime or cybercrime.
Cybercrime is any offense that uses a computer, or computer technology, as a communication device in order to defraud, steal, threaten, or extort an individual or a company. Cybercrime also occurs whenever a computer or computer system is the object of unauthorized access or data theft. Both the federal government and the state of Florida have promulgated an ever expanding body of cybercrime laws and statutes. And prosecutors are going after cybercriminals, vigorously. If you are charged with a cybercrime, your livelihood and your family’s future are in serious jeopardy. Contact an experienced lawyer who understands the newest laws regulating computer crime. Learn More About Computer and Internet Crimes.
If You Have Been Arrested or Charged with a Crime, Contact Us Today! Contact Us to Review Your Case. First Consultation is Free. Criminal Defense Attorney, Michelle Suskauer, is a nationally-known legal analyst who regularly appears on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and NBC. Michelle appears locally in West Palm Beach as a legal analyst for WPTV News Channel 5 and is a former host and legal analyst for the popular NEWSRADIO 1290 WJNO. Tune in to News Talk 850 WFTL every Tuesday morning on the Rich Stevens Show, Law & Order, featuring Michelle. FloridaBarNews.TV – West Palm Beach’s Suskauer chosen President-elect Designate
Ron Chapman practices criminal defense in both State and Federal Courts within the State of Florida. Since 1990, Mr. Chapman has been representing people who have been accused of committing such crimes as DUI, domestic battery, economic crimes, animal abuse, traffic crimes, murder, manslaughter, crimes against children, federal crimes, sex crimes, crimes against the elderly, appeals, and violations of probation. I had a criminal problem of a fourth DUI that for me was more than impossible to find a solution because I knew the problem was so immense that I had not only have to deal with expenses but also with jail and my deportation even though I am still a resident. I was forced to look for a Lawyer with experience and category I am very satisfied because I found the right lawyer not only for his responsibility but also for his honesty and the seriousness that characterizes him for his exemplary work as a great person and human being he is. Attorney RONALD CHAPMAN helped me and I win this Case that I gave it for lost. He is a lawyer who puts all his endeavor and leadership and very capable of taking any case forward and win it.
Many thanks to him and the same for his assistant ELIZABETH that with their work and professionalism won my case, a thousand thanks. Ron, Quería escribirle a nombre de mi hijo y el mio para agradecerle a usted y a su firma por el gran trabajo de representación durante estas últimas semanas. Sus esfuerzos de trabajo fueron A + en el manejo de resolver un problema legal en el estado de Florida, Condado de Palm Beach. Yo le recomendaría a usted y a su personal a cualquiera que necesite ayuda legal profesional sólida. Su comunicación mientras pasábamos por el proceso fue clara y reconfortante. Querido Ron, Quiero darle las gracias por su valiosa ayuda para navegar el proceso de DUI en Diciembre de 2016. Su experiencia y orientación fue una bendición en un momento de extrema necesidad.
Siempre fuiste muy profesional y se mantuvo en contacto conmigo, y lo más importante, Ron, me trataste con dignidad y compasión. De todo Corazon Recomiendo encarecidamente sus servicios a cualquiera que se encuentre en esta desafortunada circunstancia. Le deseo mucho éxito al continuar ayudando a otros como usted hizo tan bien para ayudarme el año pasado. You’re racing down the road in West Palm Beach. Music thumping. Sun roof open, wind in your hair. No traffic to slow you down.
Suddenly, in your rear-view mirror you see the red lights of a West Palm Beach County police car. The cop pulls you over and writes you a ticket for speeding. What should you do next? Pay the speeding ticket and hope you never get another? No way! Call The Ticket Clinic, West Palm Beach office, 1-800-CITATION. A traffic ticket in West Palm Beach – Palm Beach County is not a simple matter.
Paying the ticket does not make it go away. The Florida DMV puts points on your license for most traffic infractions. Get more than two tickets, and you could lose your license. Did you know that just one traffic violation could cost you thousands of dollars in higher insurance premiums? Those insurance increases stay with you for more than three years after you pay that West Palm Beach ticket. That’s why it’s vital that you defend yourself against a traffic summons, even if it is only your first violation. Florida / Palm Beach County’s point system for speed violations is tough.
But simply because a West Palm Beach – Palm Beach County police officer says you’ve committed a violation doesn’t mean you’re automatically guilty. You have a right to plead your innocence and confront the evidence. The fact is, you should challenge any traffic ticket you get. Sure, you ought to learn from your mistake, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t explore every avenue to avoid the nasty consequences of the situation. Whether you have a spotless driving record or one that’s already questionable, you need to keep those points off your Florida license. The bad news is you got a ticket. The good news is there are numerous procedures available to avoid traffic-ticket conviction, even if you are truly guilty of the offense.
The Ticket Clinic may be able to help. We believe that almost any case can be won. We’ll probe the technicalities. We’ll look for every possible way to get your fine reduced and minimize the effect on your driving record. In some cases, we may be able to have the ticket completely dismissed. We’ll do whatever it takes to ensure the best possible outcome for you. When you’re fighting something as critical as a traffic ticket, you want a lawyer who knows and understands all of the traffic laws.
Law is unfamiliar territory to most people. Hire a knowledgeable traffic ticket attorney / lawyer who can guide you through the system with ease. Traffic court is similar to other types of legal proceedings. It takes a professional to succeed. When you fight your ticket, you’re likely to go up against a West Palm Beach-Palm Beach County police officer who has experience in the courtroom. He’s probably been there hundreds of times and knows how to best present his case. It’s part of his job to make sure that every ticket he writes in his West Palm Beach territory sticks.
The Ticket Clinic may be your best shot at making sure it doesn’t. Whether your traffic ticket was an infraction, misdemeanor or felony and whether it’s your first ticket or your third, we can assist you in fighting the charge. Being represented by a skilled attorney is your best means to ensure a fair fight. We know the court rules and can present your case in a persuasive way, often without your presence in court so that you avoid missing a day of work. Other traffic ticket attorneys cover all aspects of the law. The Ticket Clinic concentrates on traffic offenses. Every day we go to bat for people like you who have received a traffic ticket in the West Palm Beach – Palm Beach County area.
Choose to work with an experienced attorney, someone who knows how to handle situations like yours. Hiring a lawyer does not have to be expensive. At The Ticket Clinic, our fees are reasonable, especially when you compare them to the cost of the ticket and increased insurance rates. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover for your convenience. It costs you nothing to talk with us about your case. We offer FREE phone consultations to West Palm Beach – Palm Beach County drivers. We’ll give you an immediate assessment of your situation.
Protect one of your most valuable possessions, your driver’s license. Contact The Ticket Clinic, West Palm Beach – Palm Beach office today! "I just wanted to say thank you! Your firm not only got all my daughters charges dismissed, but there were no court costs or even driving school! She had definitely gotten herself into some trouble and I cannot believe the outcome was this good!! Thank you again! I will recommend you to anyone that asks.
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The more we are an online world the more your record is available to the public - a DUI stays forever. The Ticket Clinic didn’t settle, but successfully defended my DUI case. They are the only ones I would trust confidently with a serious matter." Dave - "I was face with an unjust DUI and called The Ticket Clinic to represent me. I was never faced with such a serious situation before. TTC’s professionalism, confidence and knowledge put me at ease, knowing I was in good hands. As I went through this ordeal, TTC was on top of everything and brought this to closure quite quickly. TTC has also helped me find a lawyer in another state for a friend in a similar situation.
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Find more West Palm Beach, Florida Lawyers in the Justia Legal Services and Lawyers Directory which includes profiles of more than one million lawyers licensed to practice in the United States, in addition to profiles of legal aid, pro bono and legal service organizations. I am Steven (Steve) Logan and I have been practicing law in South Florida as a West Palm Beach Criminal Defense lawyer for over 30 years. My primary practice is Criminal Defense. Prior to my private practice I was a Prosecutor serving the State Attorney’s Office in Ft. Lauderdale, Broward County Florida. If you are faced with a criminal charge in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Belle Glade, Palm Beach County; Moore Haven, Glades County, Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Pompano Beach, Broward County, Ft.
Lucie County, Stuart, Martin County Florida, I encourage you to call attorney Steven M. Logan of West Palm Beach. We will discuss how the police targeted you as suspect. Did the police have reasonable suspicion or probable cause to encounter you? Did the Police make an unlawful arrest? What is the credibility of the witnesses against you? Did the police violate your 4th, 5th, 6th Amendment Rights?
Did the Police follow the law and procedure? Did the State Attorney’s Office file the correct charges against you? Are there grounds for a Motion to Dismiss the case against you? Are there grounds to Suppress (Drugs, Guns, Admissions) the Evidence against you? I have extensive experience in the Courtroom to handle these and other issues. Building a good reputation with Judges and Prosecutors takes years of experience of hardworking commitment and learning sustained through a long period of time. West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Steven M.
Logan has nearly 30 years of experience in South Florida. When negotiating with the prosecution, it is important to negotiate out of strength not weakness. It is important to have an attorney, who knows the Florida law, the rules of evidence and will take your case to trial if need be. I have actual experience with various Sheriff's office in Florida, including the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office as well as various police Departments in Florida, including West Palm Beach Police Department. I also have experience dealing with various Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) the Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.) the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearm Agency (A.T.F.). False Criminal Accusations: I have built up relationships with police officers who are now private investigators who can be involved in building your defense. I have used private investigators in both criminal and civil cases.
Discovering the background or “dirt” on an accuser is valuable when you are facing false criminal accusations. It is important to communicate with the State Attorney (Prosecutor) before they file criminal charges against you. At this stage they are only taking the police’s version of the event. It is important to be aggressive in your criminal defense early to get the best results. During your confidential attorney-client interview, I will discuss your exposure (Sentence or Penalty) in your criminal case. First was there an actual crime committed? Can the State prove the “Corpus Delicti”?
What crime was committed if any? I will review with you, your potential sentence along with your criminal history (if any) in accordance with the Florida Punishment Code or Sentencing Guidelines, along with any statutory mandatory minimum sentences, which are common in gun and drugs cases. Further, you may qualify for a diversion program or “Pre-trial Intervention” (P.T.I.). Spotting issues and details are very important in your criminal defense. It starts with listening to my client - then going through the details of the police reports, 911 calls, witness statements, the Florida Statutes, the Florida rules of criminal procedure and the rules of evidence. Attention to detail applies throughout the case. Often I have found that the State will make a mistake in calculating your sentence.
Mistakes are also made by the Probation Department in State and Federal Court when devising their “Pre-Sentencing Investigation Report”. It is important not to blithely go into court without an experienced West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer and accept what the Government offers you out of fear and belief that they are correct. Mistakes in detail often occur when calculating “credit for time served”. I have also found mistakes with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement when a client was first denied a certificate of eligibility for a Record Seal. Through diligence and commitment I discovered FDLE was wrong and I was eventually able to get my client’s record sealed. Should I just get the Public Defender? For more information of this subject Private Lawyer or Public Defender click here.
My experience in probation violations (V.O.P.) cases regarding dirty urine results (Cocaine, Marijuana) has provided me with the experience to defend those athletes who have tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs (P.E.D) such as steroids, Human Growth Hormones (H.G.H) and Amphetamines. I was a pioneer 18 years ago when I began practicing Pet and Animal Law. I have dealt with issues regarding in the Pet Lemon Law, Homeowner Association grievances, Veterinarian Malpractice and Dog Bite Cases. (I represent the Dog!) D.U.I. If you have no prior D.U.I. (Drunk Driving) convictions you may be eligible for the D.U.I.
Diversion Program in Palm Beach County. Once you get through the program, you will receive a withheld adjudication (no conviction) for Reckless Driving. You must enter the program at one of the satellite courthouses – Gun Club, South County (Delray Beach), North County (Palm Beach Gardens) or Belle Glade. Many Attorneys will charge a full fee $1,500, $2,500 or more to hand you a piece a paper enrolling you in the program, while you do all the work. Click here and this link will direct you to an in depth discussion about your eligibility and what to expect in the program. A Florida criminal trial attorney for over 33 years, Randy Berman has handled thousands of criminal cases, from first-degree murder and robbery to drug crimes and DUI. Our firm offers clients the wisdom and success accumulated over three decades in the courtroom.
As a former Assistant Public Defender and Assistant State Attorney, including service as chief of the Felony and Capital Crimes Divisions, Florida lawyer Randy Berman fully understands the nuances of the criminal justice system and how to make them work for his clients. He adheres to the highest standards and strives always to ensure his clients’ rights are protected. Randy’s skills are widely recognized; his cases receive media attention, and he is frequently asked by media representatives to offer legal opinions. Randy is also a certified expert in pharmacologic and other drug matters. His combined experience in these different fields of the legal community contributes to his success as a lawyer in South Florida. He offers representation to clients throughout Palm Beach County, including Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and the surrounding Counties of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Indian River, Okeechobee & St.Lucie. Randy chose to be the sole practicing attorney in his law office instead of a Florida lawyer in a large firm because it permits him the opportunity to provide clients the utmost personal attention and an immediate response to their needs.
Unlike other Florida lawyers who can’t or won’t provide you their undivided attention and leave you feeling like you’re getting the run around, Randy Berman prides himself on answering his own phone and handles every aspect of a case, giving clients peace of mind with the knowledge that their concerns are being addressed. Florida lawyer Randy Berman has a reputation in the South Florida legal community among other criminal defense attorneys and with the courts for using novel arguments to win cases. As a diligent and dedicated lawyer, Randy reviews every aspect of a case, looking for avenues of defense. Strategies are tailored to the facts of individual cases. Early intervention has resulted in police choosing not to file charges. He has won acquittals from juries and judges, obtained dismissals, and even achieved conviction reversals on appeal. If you've been arrested or believe you are being investigated for a crime, you need a criminal defense attorney.
An attorney who specializes in criminal defense will have the experience and qualifications to help you through this difficult time. Scott Berry is that attorney. He has spent his entire career, of more than 15 years, as a criminal defense lawyer. He is board certified in the area of criminal trials, a distinction earned by less than 7% of attorneys throughout the entire state of Florida. He is considered an expert in criminal trial law. Most importantly, he has handled matters in both state and federal court ranging from domestic violence and DUIs to first-degree murder. Welcome to Scott Berry Law What is a Criminal Defense Attorney?
Every day, West Palm Beach area people are arrested and charged with a committing a crime. Those crimes range from misdemeanors to major felonies. Regardless of the severity of the charges, it’s imperative anyone charged with a crime take steps to defend themselves. That’s where a West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney enters the picture. Any conviction can impact a person’s life. Even a misdemeanor conviction frequently results in people being unable to move their careers forward or even lease an apartment. Everyone is entitled to a defense, and working closely with an attorney is the best way to mount a successful defense strategy.
While there is no law in place that precludes defending yourself, few people outside the legal profession understand even the basics of the legal system, and even fewer appreciate the nuances involved. A criminal defense attorney will have a solid grasp of the law and how it’s applied to various situations, giving an individual charged with a crime a much better chance to avoid a guilty verdict when they’re represented by a legal professional. Scott Berry is a board-certified criminal trial attorney and stresses the importance of working closely with an attorney whenever an individual is charged with a crime or believes they may be charged with one. Law enforcement officials will generally try to conduct interviews with anyone suspected of a crime without having an attorney present. While that strategy has advantages for those officers, it isn’t helpful for the suspect. If you’re ever in a situation where law enforcement officers start asking questions suggesting you may be suspected of a crime, it’s wise to immediately ask for legal representation. Palm Beach County Criminal Defense Attorneys always encourage anyone suspected of a crime, even if they haven’t been arrested, to decline to answer questions without an attorney present to protect their rights.
Even seemingly innocuous questions can, and often do, lead to responses that can harm a defense. As a local defense attorney, Scott Berry represents clients because he believes every person is entitled to the best defense possible regardless of their guilt or innocence. That defense should always start immediately, especially if an individual is being questioned by law enforcement personnel. If you’ve got any questions about whether or not a defense attorney in West Palm Beach is necessary, contact Scott for advice before answering any questions. What Types of Charges Do Criminal Defense Attorneys Defend Against? Criminal defense attorneys in Palm Beach County provide representation for a wide variety of charges. Of course, there are other potential charges requiring legal representation as well, suggesting it’s always a good idea to consult an attorney to define and implement a defense strategy regardless of the type of criminal charges.
Because it’s important to mount a defense as soon as possible, anyone charged with a crime should obtain legal representation as soon as possible. West Palm Beach attorneys encourage clients to contact them for advice at the first sign they are under investigation. Getting advice early generally eliminates the possibility of clients saying or doing anything that could be detrimental to their defense. Mounting a successful defense generally takes quite a bit of time. Attorneys retained early in the process have a better opportunity to research the events surrounding a criminal charge and put together a solid defense. Even when a client intends to plead guilty to a crime, a West Palm Beach defense attorney will have an opportunity to intervene and, possibly, mitigate the effects of a guilty plea. Plea bargaining is an art, and defense attorneys are well-versed at working within the legal system to obtain reduced sentences for their clients.
While laying the groundwork for a defense is crucial, a West Palm Beach defense attorney will also need to be able to handle everything the prosecution comes up with during a trial. The defense strategy developed pre-trial generally provides everything needed, but things can happen to throw the original strategies into question. Scott Berry will always take steps to identify potential prosecution moves well before a trial starts, but evidence or testimony at a trial may require a line of different inquiry. Scott is always prepared for those possibilities and will do whatever is necessary to provide every client with the best representation possible. Why Choose Scott Berry for Your Defense? With over 16 years of experience, Scott Berry has seen how area prosecutors structure their charges and handle court appearances. His experience means every defendant he represents will get the best defense available in West Palm Beach.
Scott’s qualifications include being a board-certified attorney. According to the Florida Bar, fewer than seven percent of attorneys in Florida have earned that distinction. Less than one percent are board certified in the area of criminal trial law. Scott Berry is well recognized as an expert in criminal law and spends the majority of his time using those skills to defend clients. Scott’s promise is that he will always make sure no one takes advantage of his clients. No one should ever be found guilty and sentenced without every defense strategy being exhausted first, and Scott will do everything possible to ensure that no one he’s defending will be treated unfairly. Scott Berry Law encourages anyone currently facing charges or suspects they’ll soon be charged to take that first step and seek legal representation now.
Get in touch with Scott today to ensure your rights are protected both now and throughout the legal process. Waiting is not the best defense, and Scott Berry always suggests clients take the time now to ensure they have the best legal defenses available. If you’ve got any questions, contact a West Palm Beach defense attorney for advice today. Scott will aggressively provide the defense you need both now and in the future. West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney, Scott Skier, was born in West Palm Beach, a second-generation legal professional. Scott grew up in the courthouse as the son of a Palm Beach County Judicial Assistant. Skier is well-known and respected within the confines of the court and has successfully defended countless clients in front of all local County and Circuit judges.
The criminal justice system is undoubtedly scary for anyone charged with a crime. Not knowing what is happening and what is going to happen can be dreadful. We believe that West Palm Beach criminal defense attorneys have a duty to alleviate those fears in addition to providing a top-notch defense. From the moment you call The Skier Law Firm to the moment your legal dilemma comes to a close, we are there for you, explaining each and every aspect of your case and keeping you informed at all times. West Palm Beach criminal attorney, Scott Skier, takes the time to describe every step in the process in simple terms so you know what to expect at each stage. Being accused or even suspected of committing a crime is very serious. Your first call should be to a criminal defense attorney in West Palm Beach.
At The Skier Law Firm, we are aggressive and knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys with over two decades worth of experience. My practice, known as The Skier Law Firm, P.A., defends clients in cases that include: If you’ve been arrested in Palm Beach or one of the surrounding counties, The Skier Law Firm, P.A. is prepared to deliver a vigorous defense based on our years of experience, skill, innate ability and a passionate desire to protect our clients. Proven advocates — We’re determined to help you deal with the emotional trauma of the legal process so you can make well-informed, clearheaded decisions about your defense. We offer straightforward advice based on an accurate assessment of the risks to you, given the specific facts of your case. We place a premium on communication with clients, so you know where you stand at every stage of the process.
Proven negotiators — Attorney Scott Skier has been immersed in the Palm Beach County court system throughout their professional lives and have built a strong reputation among their peers for honesty and sound judgment. Skier has earned the respect of Prosecutors and Judges throughout the course of their career. Proven fighters — There are times when justice can only be served by going to trial. The Skier Law Firm has enjoyed tremendous trial success in multiple high-profile State and Federal cases in which the odds were stacked against the client. These impressive victories have contributed to The Skier Law Firm’s reputation as formidable trial lawyers. To learn more about our successes please view some of our verdicts and news articles. As Palm Beach County criminal defense attorneys, it is our job to do everything in our power, including using all of our local resources, to ensure the best possible outcome for you.
This begins with a thorough review of your case. We will review your Arrest Affidavit (also known as the Probable Cause Affidavit) prior to meeting with you. We do this so we can properly determine what possible Defenses might exist regarding your matter. It is important to remember that simply because you are arrested for a crime, it does not necessarily mean that the State must file charges. We look for deficiencies in the prosecution’s case, inconsistencies among witness statements and question each detail. Due to our tenacity and dedication, we have built a strong reputation as West Palm Beach criminal defense attorneys who exceed the expectations of their clients. Always treat law enforcement with respect.
Under no circumstance will it help matters to be rude or boisterous with the law enforcement officers investigating your situation. When you are under investigation all of your actions are being observed and sometimes even recorded. Don’t give them the upper hand by acting out in any way in which you may regret later on. Never speak with law enforcement officers about any topic if you believe you may be the subject of their investigation. No matter what they tell you, do not comment. Remember the line that we can all say by heart? “Everything you say will be used against you.” Why speak with anyone under these circumstances?
If I tell you that anything you say I will hold that against you, why would we ever talk? Never give consent, or permission, to any law enforcement officer to allow them to search either yourself or your vehicle. If they have sufficient legal support to search either your person or your vehicle, so be it. Do not resist, and allow them to search. But never voluntarily give consent for these searches. Always gather as much information as possible if you think it will assist your case later on. If there were witnesses to your incident or arrest who may be able to express another side to the story, make sure to have their names and telephone numbers.
These witnesses may be essential in defending your case. You should also do your best to document the incident. Taking pictures to preserve the scene of an incident or arrest might also go a long way in assisting the defense of the charge(s). Always consult with a local criminal defense attorney who has a reputation for fighting for the rights of their clients after being arrested. Your lawyer and their level of commitment to your case will have a significant impact on the outcome. Choose your lawyer carefully to ensure that your rights are properly protected and defended. These helpful hints apply whether you are being arrested on charges of a misdemeanor or major crime, whether you are pulled over or served with a warrant.
Being polite and courteous will always work in your favor. An arrest and the uncertainty that follows can be terrifying. At The Skier Law Firm, P.A., we want you to be informed and confident that we have the skill and experience to help you. To schedule your free consultation, call us at any time at 561-820-1508 or contact our firm online. We serve Palm Beach County, Dade County, Broward County, Martin County, St. Lucie County, Okeechobee County, Lee County and the surrounding areas. A Royal Palm Beach man who was shot in the head by police and later charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer claimed Wednesday.
Have you been arrested? Are you under investigation? Call West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Wayne Richter to protect your rights and freedom. The prospect of being arrested and facing criminal charges, or being under investigation, is a very difficult and stressful time for anyone. However, having an aggressive, dedicated and experienced criminal defense attorney on your side can lead to a successful and positive result in your case. We represent clients on a wide range of juvenile, misdemeanor and felony cases including: theft crimes, drug offenses, violent crimes, DUI, probation violations, sex crimes and more. Wayne will work with you, and fight for you, to resolve your case.
How Wayne Richter can help you. Defending someone against criminal charges is often complex given the facts, as well as, the many laws and procedural rules that are presented in each individual case. That is why one of the most important decisions you will face is deciding which attorney will best defend and represent you in the courtroom. Not all attorneys are created equal. Attorney Wayne Richter will take a proactive, aggressive, hands-on, client-focused approach to your defense. Wayne Richter is a dedicated and tireless worker and has achieved many victories and positive results on behalf of his clients. When you hire Wayne Richter you will have a West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney who will provide outstanding client service.
Additionally, Wayne Richter is readily available to his clients and willing to guide you, step-by-step, from investigation, or arrest, until the conclusion of your case. Wayne Richter is a well-educated and experienced courtroom trial attorney with a personable and friendly demeanor, as well as, an aggressive and tenacious advocate for his clients. When should you hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer? Whether you are charged with a DUI, a misdemeanor or a felony, you should retain a lawyer immediately. Almost as important as hiring the right criminal defense lawyer, is knowing when to hire a criminal defense lawyer. Hiring Attorney Wayne Richter while you are under investigation, or immediately after your arrest, can often be the difference in whether you are ultimately charged with a crime. Hiring Wayne Richter while you are under investigation will ensure that your rights are protected and many times can prevent your arrest.
If you have already been arrested, Don’t Panic! Hiring Wayne Richter immediately after your arrest could result in formal charges not being filed or a reduction in the number and severity of the charges. Experience and dedication makes a difference. Attorney Wayne Richter graduated from one of the top trial advocacy law schools in the country and went directly into private practice with a well-respected West Palm Beach criminal defense firm. Do not hire an attorney whose practice is not exclusively dedicated to the practice of criminal defense. Wayne Richter has exclusively practiced criminal defense his entire career and takes a personal interest in helping his clients successfully defend themselves in their time of most need. Attorney Wayne Richter has over a decade of experience in criminal defense litigation in both State and Federal courts throughout South Florida, particularly in Palm Beach County and on the Treasure Coast.
Attorney Wayne Richter is licensed by The Florida Bar to practice law in state court in every county in the State of Florida. Likewise, Wayne Richter is licensed to practice law in Federal court in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Wayne Richter is a proven winner in the courtroom having tried a wide variety of cases ranging from DUI to Murder. Wayne Richter, through his involvement in the legal community, as well as through his legal abilities, is well-respected among other attorneys, prosecutors and judges. Where does Wayne Richter handle cases? My office represents clients throughout the State of Florida; however the vast majority of cases I handle are in Palm Beach County and on the Treasure Coast. I have an office conveniently located in both West Palm Beach and Stuart to better serve my clients.
The State of Florida is comprised of twenty judicial circuits. Due to Palm Beach County’s size, it alone forms the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. Depending on where you are arrested in Palm Beach County, your case may be handled at one of five different courthouses. A criminal defense attorney West Palm Beach must have experience and working knowledge of all these. For example, if you are arrested in Boynton Beach, Delray Beach or Boca Raton your case will originate at the South County Courthouse in Delray Beach. If you are arrested in central Palm Beach County, which includes West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee and the Acreage your case will originate at the Main Courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach. Should you be arrested in Riviera Beach, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter or Tequesta, your case will originate at the North County Courthouse located in Palm Beach Gardens.
Lastly, if you are arrested in Belle Glade or Pahokee, your case will originate at the West County Courthouse in Belle Glade. Please note, with the exception of cases that originate at the West County Courthouse, all felony cases will be handled at the Main Courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach. West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Wayne Richter routinely practices at every courthouse in Palm Beach County and is intimately familiar with the both the prosecutors and judges at each courthouse, as well as their methods and procedures. The Treasure Coast is in the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit and is comprised of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. All arrests in Indian River County will be handled at the county courthouse in Vero Beach. All arrests in Martin County which includes, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Sewall’s Point and Stuart will be handled at the Martin County courthouse in Stuart. All arrests in Okeechobee will be handled at the county courthouse in Okeechobee.
All arrests in St. Lucie County, which includes Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie, will be handled at the main courthouse in Fort Pierce. Wayne Richter also routinely practices at every courthouse in the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit and is intimately familiar with the both the prosecutors and judges in each county, as well as their methods and procedures. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. The moment handcuffs click shut behind you, every decision you make counts. Every choice could have a profound impact on the rest of your life.
A criminal conviction has ripple effects that go beyond jail time and fines. Even a misdemeanor record can appear on the background searches made when applying for a job, school, a loan, or an apartment. The most important choice you can make is finding the right criminal defense attorney for your case. Your attorney will protect your rights and fight to help you obtain the best possible result. With so much at stake, it's critical that you choose an attorney with the training and experience to help you secure justice in your case. For a skilled team of attorneys who fight for the rights of defendants in Broward County, Florida, call Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. Our criminal defense attorneys in Fort Lauderdale, FL, fight for the rights of those accused of any type of crime.
By hiring us, you will have access to one of our experienced attorneys 24 hours a day, seven days per week. We work hard to build the strongest defense possible, so that charages may be reduced or dismissed. Call us today at (561) 283-3259 to schedule a consultation with a criminal defense lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We represent clients in Broward County courts, including in Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Miramar, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, Davie, Plantation, Sunrise, Deerfield Beach, Weston, Tamarac, Margate, Coconut Creek and Wilton Manors. Click here to learn what Meltzer & Bell can do for you regarding your DUI by visiting our traffic department. Being arrested is incredibly distressing. However, it is only the first of a series of events, including multiple hearings, interviews, filings, and more.
A single misstep in any could make the different between liberty and imprisonment. The Constitution guarantees you the right to legal counsel so that you can make informed choices, fully aware of all your legal rights. At Meltzer & Bell, P.A., we advise your options and help you understand your best opportunities. do not speak to law enforcement officers when you're a suspect. Everything you say can be twisted by prosecutors into evidence against you. Instead, exercise your constitutional right to remain silent and let us do the talking. Some proceedings involved matters other than the criminal trial.
For instance, a charge for domestic battery will not only involve proceedings on the charges themselves, but also a hearing for a protective order, which will severely inpact your life. A DUI charge will mean hearings about whether or not you get to keep your driver's license. At Meltzer & Bell, P.A., we capably represent you at every step of the way. Don't try to go this alone. Have a knowledgeable, skilled attorney on your side. Police also must have sufficient cause to stop or arrest you. To stop you on the streets of West Palm Beach, they must have reasonable suspicion.
To pull you over in a car, they must have probable cause. Your lawyer can challenge the stop that lead to your arrest. There are other tatics your lawyer may use, as well: Questioning the scientific rigor of the tests used in a DUI case or vigorously cross-examining the state's witnesses to show the inconsistencies in their stories. At Meltzer & Bell, P.A., we will employ any legal means to represent you and fight for the best result in your case. An attorney advocates for the best possible result at every stage. You may have seen laywers on TV or in movies arguing in front of a jury. While attorneys will do that – and the lawyers at Meltzer & Bell, P.A., are experienced in jury trials – in most cases, the lawyers will attempt to have the case dropped, sometimes before the case even goes to trial.
In order to obtain a conviction, prosecutors must bring forth sufficient evidence that conclusively proves every element of their case beyond reasonable doubt. The defense lawyer is not there to prove the defendant is innocent – rather, he is there to pick apart the prosecution's case and expose the reasonable doubt. In many cases, this happens by making motions to suppress evidence that was obtained in violation of a defendant's constitutional rights. You have a right, under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, to be protected against unreasonable searches and seizures. When evidence was found in a place where a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, especially their home, there is probable cause required. In most cases, that requires a warrant. If local police in Boynton Beach or Boca Raton, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputies, federal officials or any other law enforcement officers failed to follow procedures, the evidence may be thrown out.
In some cases, like drug cases, this may be the only physical evidence that State Attorneys have. Without that evidence, prosecutors are unable to prove their case, and the charges are dismissed. If you are facing criminal charges, your future is on the line. But you can avoid prison time, fines and a criminal record. A West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer can fight for you, seeking to have yoru charges reduced or dismissed, or arguing your defense in front of a jury. At Meltzer & Bell, P.A., we are experienced, dedicated attorneys passionate about protecting the rights of our clients. We are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week for our clients.
Call us today at (561) 283-3259 for your case in Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County or Broward County, whether in state or federal court, reasonable doubt exists. A long weekend vacation in Palm Beach resulted in the potential for serious consequences that could have set me back in unimaginative ways. M+B was a truly incredible legal advocate and was always accessible within minutes to answer questions and discuss the progress of the case within the system - truly remarkable. I could not have retained better legal representation in my case in Palm Beach County. I just had to commend you on the outstanding job you did on behalf of your client in court yesterday. If my clients were ever to ask me if I know of a good DUI defense attorney, I know to whom I can refer them! I was facing hard prison time and punishment.
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I am truly amazed by your service, and you for understanding what I have to deal with. To me I’m very impressed by way you handled my case and was here to listen and make things OK! Steven Bell, Words cant explain how thankful I am for you and your firm. I was facing felony charges and even looking at doing 5 years in jail! Not only did you fight for me, you got my case dismissed and dropped. For that, I don't have words to say “thank you” you were always kind and believed in me. You looked for every opportunity and you won!
Thank you for being my guardian angel in disguise and steering me in the right direction. You are forever my “too go guy” thank you soooo much! Being arrested or finding out that you are under investigation for criminal activity is incredibly serious. Whether you are being charged with a crime by the state of Florida or the federal government, a conviction can mean jail or prison time, hefty fines, and other terrifying penalties. But even the possibility of criminal charges may be enough to negatively impact your future by dragging your good name through the mud and causing enormous stress for you and your loved ones. You are here because you realize that, and you understand that the best way to protect your family and future is to hire an experienced Florida defense attorney to represent you as soon as possible. But you don’t want to work with just anyone.
You need someone who is passionate. Who the legal community holds in high regard. Who understands every nook and cranny of the criminal justice system – both state and federal. David W. Olson has been providing unparalleled legal representation in both state and federal courts for more than 30 years. He believes that everyone deserves the best possible defense, and has made it his goal to offer thorough and high-quality legal help to each and every client he takes on. If you work with David W.
Olson, you can be sure that he will pursue every legal action available to give you the best possible chance at a positive outcome in your case. When you have defended the rights of individuals in a particular place for over three decades, you get to understand how the area works on an incredibly intimate level. Olson not only knows the specific statutes governing criminal behavior in and around Palm Beach County, but how to use those statutes to bolster your defense. He doesn’t just know the names of local judges and prosecutors, but the kinds of tactics that they use and the preferences that they tend to show. And he understands the political “big picture” of law enforcement tactics in the area and how this can be used to your advantage when crafting a strategy to help your case. He uses his unparalleled local knowledge to make sure that no one is convicted and punished unjustly. It does not matter if you have been arrested and charged with a crime – you still have rights.
In fact, it is even more important that you have an experienced professional to protect your rights in this situation, because most people just don’t understand all of the nuances of the law well enough to know when their rights are being trampled. If you were suffering from chest pains, it is doubtful that you would seek out a podiatrist. You don’t go to a bank teller for investment expertise. Well, the same thing holds true when you need legal help. It is not enough just to find an attorney. You need an experienced Florida defense lawyer. And you do not want someone who merely dabbles in criminal defense as one of many different areas of the law that they “focus” on, either.
Palm Beach County takes criminal charges very seriously, so you want to make sure you are working with someone who truly specializes in criminal defense. Over his three decades as a defense lawyer, David W. Olson has successfully handled all kinds of criminal charges for his South Florida clients. He not only keeps up with all of the latest changes to criminal laws in the state, but also nationally. By concentrating solely on criminal law, Mr. We are a criminal defense firm that handles everything from traffic tickets to serious felonies. Criminal Lawyer Mr.
Landers has 20+ years’ of experience of practicing criminal law in Palm Beach County. C all Now for Your Free Consultation! Were you arrested and charged with a DUI in the West Palm Beach area? Presser Law Offices practices DUI Law defending individuals charged with "driving under the influence" in West Palm Beach, Florida (see "Practice Areas" section below). We are very knowledgeable regarding the legal options available to you under the Florida Criminal Code. Our law firm is motivated and dedicated to finding a positive resolution to every DUI case we are involved with. As a DUI defense attorney, Shlomi Presser is a well seasoned legal practitioner having handled over 3000 criminal cases throughout the years.
Our law office is able to provide legal representation for individuals in DUI cases throughout the West Palm Beach area. Our law firm provides free DUI defense consultations and we are highly dedicated to giving each and every one of our West Palm Beach clients the very best legal representation that we can provide throughout the legal process. If you have been charged with a DUI (driving under the influence), then you need an attorney that will fight for your legal rights aggressively and professionally. DUI defense attorney, Shlomi Presser, will fight for your legal rights long after other attorneys would have given up hope. We are committed to the pursuit of excellence regarding the legal representation of our clients. At Presser Law Offices, we conduct thorough investigations and analysis of every aspect of your DUI case and keep you advised of the different legal options that are available to you based on our findings. We are dedicated to providing you with the best legal representation possible and we will protect your rights against your accusers.
If you have been arrested for DUI in West Palm Beach, you need a DUI attorney that is highly experienced and one who will fight for you every step of the way. The DUI laws can be a bit overwhelming and quite complex to the average layperson, so it is extremely important that you retain a DUI defense attorney that fully understands today's laws and rules of procedure in the handling of your DUI case. Shlomi Presser, Esq. has the knowledge and experience needed in defending you against a DUI charge. For questions regarding our DUI defense practice or those questions regarding the hiring of a DUI attorney in West Palm Beach, please either call us at 954-764-1080 or review our "FAQ Section" by clicking here . Our law firm stands ready to serve your legal needs. We are prepared to fight to protect your legal rights and to resolve your DUI case as expeditiously as possible.
We care about and are concerned for each and every client that we represent in DUI matters and will do everything possible in your defense to achieve a positive outcome on your behalf. Were you recently arrested for DUI in West Palm Beach or Palm Beach County? If you are looking for a knowledgeable attorney with a wealth of experience handling drunk driving defense cases, you have come to the right place. Attorney Ron D. Herman is a DUI attorney whose legal career includes being a former prosecutor and a division lead in the DUI Unit. Today, Attorney Herman concentrates his practice on DUI and criminal defense, and he welcomes the opportunity to fight to preserve your freedom and your driver’s license! In Florida, you can be convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) if you drive a motor vehicle with an unlawful blood alcohol level (BAL) .08% or above.
Between $500 and $1,000 fine (with a BAL of .015% higher or minor in the vehicle, fine between $1,000 and $2,000). Driver’s license revocation for 180 days to 1 year. Mandatory 50 hours of community service, or an additional fine of $10 for each hour of community service required by the court. Probation – not to exceed one year. Not more than 6 months in jail (with a BAL of .015% or higher or minor in the vehicle, up to 9 months in jail). Impoundment of immobilization of vehicle for 10 days, unless the defendant’s family has no other means of transportation. Were you aware there are ways you can dismiss DUI charges?
Florida offers several different DUI diversion programs designed to help certain types of DUI offenders avoid permanent marks on their record. One program includes the “DUI Pretrial Diversion” and is a great way to avoid going to trial for your DUI case. If you are eligible to attend this program and successfully complete it, your DUI case will be dismissed. While DUI diversion programs can be more costly than other types of diversion programs, you can have your record expunged of your DUI case upon the completion of said program. Even though the program sounds complicated, it is worth completing. This way, you do not have DUI charges on your permanent record for employers and banks to see. While you may believe the evidence against you is incriminating, there are various DUI defenses that can be used for your case, depending on your circumstances.
Many police officers pull individuals over on a hunch that they have been drinking and driving, and as a result, many DUI arrests are improperly made. If you believe your DUI arrest proceedings were completed or handled incorrectly, Attorney Ron D. Herman may be able to build a strong defense for your case. Since there are various ways to defend your DUI arrest, do not give up hope and plead guilty to your DUI charges. Retain an experienced West Palm Beach DUI defense lawyer today for the legal assistance and representation you deserve. Do you have multiple DUIs? If you are considered a repeat DUI offender in the State of Florida, you are facing incredibly harsh legal penalties.
Multiple DUIs can cause you to lose your license for an extended period of time, or in severe cases, permanently. Mandatory minimum jail sentences begin with your second DUI offense if it occurs within five years of the first, which is why it is imperative you have one of the best West Palm Beach DUI defense attorneys on your side throughout the entirety of your case. If you do not have a lawyer on your side who is familiar with Florida’s multiple DUI laws, you may face incredibly harsh legal consequences. Those who are repeat DUI offenders can also have their licenses suspended for longer periods of time and may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle. You deserve an aggressive, strategic DUI defense! As with any criminal charges, DUI charges can be fought and there are ways to win. If you are facing DUI charges, do not make the mistake of giving up the fight.
Along with a DUI conviction comes a permanent criminal record, skyrocketing insurance premiums, and possible imprisonment. At Herman Law, P.A., we understand how legal and scientific issues intersect in a DUI case, and we know how to challenge every piece of DUI evidence, and this includes cross-examining the arresting officer, and considering the possibility of police officer misconduct. If you are being accused of DUI, we urge you to contact our West Palm Beach DUI firm for a free consultation with Attorney Herman. Our award-winning law firm is recognized by colleagues and clients as one of the best in West Palm Beach. With over 40 combined years of experience, our attorneys are well versed in criminal law. Attorney Rick Hutchinson has received one of the top scores on Avvo, a lawyer rating website, due to his many positive reviews. Other law firms often refer clients to us because our lawyers provide aggressive representation and honest legal advice.
A DUI can be a transformative experience, altering your life in some very profound ways. Perhaps you didn’t realize that you’d had too much to drink. Or maybe you’re one of the many drivers who has been penalized for driving after taking a prescription medication. There are many different scenarios that can result in a DUI arrest, leaving you feeling frightened, embarrassed and uncertain about the future. But this is where a defense attorney with the Law Offices of Hutchinson & Huffman can assist. Our criminal defense lawyers offer legal advice and represent clients who are facing DUI charges in Florida. We work with clients throughout Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach County, Martin County and the surrounding region.
Founded by two well-known criminal defense lawyers with over a half century of combined experience, our law firm is committed to protecting you, your interests, and most importantly your freedom. We’re not afraid to challenge the prosecutors, putting up a strategic defense that will maximize your chances of seeing a positive outcome to your case. A positive outcome can take many different forms. For some, a case dismissal or acquittal may be possible, while in others, we may be able to secure probation instead of jail time or another reduced penalty. Getting arrested for driving under the influence can be an embarrassing and stressful experience. And a DUI conviction can impact you for a lifetime, as it will appear on your criminal record (which may be referenced when getting a job or even renting an apartment). But when you hire a powerful DUI lawyer with the Law Offices of Hutchinson & Huffman, you can proceed through the legal process with confidence knowing that you are represented by one of the most well-regarded criminal defense attorneys in the region.
If you or a loved one was arrested for driving under the influence, contact the Law Offices of Hutchinson & Huffman. Arrange a confidential, no-cost consultation session by calling (561) 838-9793. Defense lawyers receive lots of questions from current and prospective clients, as many have never been involved with the legal system before. In fact, many people who are arrested for DUI are good, law abiding citizens. The following is an overview of a few of the most common concerns that we address with clients who are facing DUI charges. Is DUI a Traffic Offense or a Criminal Offense? A Misdemeanor or a Felony?
In Florida, driving under the influence is a criminal charge, and as such, the matter is handled by the courts. Notably, though, in addition to the criminal penalties, there are also administrative penalties. For instance, the Department of Motor Vehicles will typically be involved when it comes to the status of your driver’s license. A DUI can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. A first or second offense is usually charged as a misdemeanor, while a driver’s third DUI within ten years may be charged as a felony. A fourth DUI (or any DUI subsequent to this) is typically charged as a felony, regardless of timeframe. A driver may be subject to more serious charges (and penalties) in some circumstances, such as a case involving a minor passenger or an incident involving allegations of extreme negligence, especially if that negligence resulted in the injury or death of another party.
Will I Lose My License Following a DUI? In Florida, a DUI does typically carry a license suspension or revocation. The timeframe can range from 180 days to one year for a first offense or as long as five years in the case of a fourth offense. Drivers under the age of 21 are typically subject to an automatic suspension of six months following a DUI conviction. Florida does offer a restricted driver’s license or hardship license, which can be used for limited travel, such as driving to and from your place of employment. This hardship license is available to many drivers, although some repeat offenders with multiple DUIs may not be eligible. In cases where a hardship license is granted, it is not uncommon for the driver to be required to meet special requirements, such as securing FR-44 insurance and installing an ignition interlock device (IID).
An IID is used to administer breath tests to the driver when starting the vehicle and periodically while driving. It’s natural to be concerned about your ability (or inability) to drive, but this is one area where you can benefit from working with our DUI defense lawyers. We can help restore and maintain a client’s driving privileges in many cases. I Was Arrested for DUI After Taking a Prescription Medication. How Can This Happen? While most think of drunk driving when they hear of a DUI arrest, there are some cases where a driver may be arrested for DUI after taking a prescription drug, even in cases where the medication was taken in a manner consistent with the doctor’s orders. Unfortunately, many seniors are targeted for this type of arrest.
It is possible to be arrested while under the influence of any substance that impairs your ability to operate a vehicle. A DUI case involving a prescription medication requires an experienced defense lawyer who can present a compelling argument as they defend your case. How Much Does It Cost to Hire a DUI Defense Lawyer? The cost to hire a DUI attorney will vary depending upon the exact nature of your case. Some cases are fairly straightforward, while others are very complex, ending in a trial. Due to the large degree of variance, it’s difficult to come up with an accurate average figure. Therefore, we recommend that you contact our law firm to discuss your case in a free initial consultation.
Once we’re familiar with the details of your case, our lawyers can offer a more accurate idea of expense. Is a DUI in Palm Beach County a felony or misdemeanor? It is usually a misdemeanor unless you have three prior convictions for DUI, then it can be charged as a felony. Additionally, anytime someone receives serious injuries as a result of your DUI, it will be charged as a felony. Are DUI checkpoints legal in West Palm Beach? Yes, but they have to comply with strict constitutional guidelines and they cannot be arbitrary or random. Checkpoints must have a stated goal, and all vehicles must be treated the same.
Also, notice of the checkpoint is usually required before a checkpoint goes into effect. Can you get a DUI even if you don’t have a driver’s license? Of course, as long as you are behind the wheel and impaired. Driver’s license status is irrelevant. What are the consequences of a DUI conviction in West Palm Beach? There are many: Loss of driving privileges or restrictive driving privileges; criminal conviction; jail time; probation; insurance rate hikes; no consumption of alcohol for a year; breathalyzer type monitor attached to you or your vehicle, fines and court costs. Is it possible to get a DUI for drugs?
Yes, they are the same as alcohol. DUI stands for driving impaired. Impairment can be can be caused by alcohol, drugs or a combination. How exactly does a field sobriety test work? They are tests that determine your physical and mental faculties. They will ask to walk in a straight, touch heel to toe and count at the same time. You will be required to recite the alphabet standing straight with your head back.
They are tough to do without being impaired. Like anything else the more you practice, the better you will be. Is it required by law to take a field sobriety test? No, the Officer will tell you are required, but you are not. You have an absolute right not to do it. Your refusal will be used against you. Remember all roadsides are being videotaped.
A DUI arrest can be embarrassing, scary, stressful and life-changing. You may be worried about how you’ll get to work to earn an income or how you’ll get to the store to purchase groceries. Many rely on their driver’s license to survive, making a DUI arrest all the more serious. At the Law Offices of Hutchinson & Huffman, we work with clients from all walks of life. Our goal is to protect you and your interests, minimizing the adverse impact on you and your loved ones. Whether it’s your first arrest or a subsequent arrest, our DUI defense lawyers will work defending you and your interests. We strive to bring about the best possible outcome for each client, so you can place yourself in a position to move past this difficult experience.
Our team can also offer referrals to a treatment center if you’re struggling with an alcohol abuse issue. Our lawyers also help you find justice by defending you in cases involving another type of crime. Our practice areas include white collar and theft crimes, violent crimes, sex offenses, drug crimes and beyond. If you or a loved one have been arrested for a DUI, contact the Palm Beach DUI lawyers with the Law Offices of Hutchinson & Huffman. Arrange a confidential, free consultation by calling (561) 838-9793. D.U.I., Felony D.U.I., Manslaughter and Under 21 Violation. defense litigation is said to be some of the most complicated litigation done today.
With every alcohol-related offense that this firm handles, Attorney Brian Gabriel is put into motion, investigating and preparing to defend the allegations and opinions of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Instruments used to test for alcohol, including the testing of breath, urine, and blood. Each alcohol-related offense presents different obstacles. Having sufficient knowledge regarding the legalities of all traffic stops is usually one of the starting points. Furthermore, being versed in the principles of accident reconstruction are crucial. This firm has assisted thousands of clients with regard to alcohol-related offenses. The investigation starts with the reason for the traffic stop and continues with looking at all types of roadside sobriety testing, interrogation issues, video taping policies, and continues with all types of attacks on the scientific testing for the blood/breath alcohol levels.
Call DUI Expert Brian Gabriel For A Free Case Review (561) 622-5575. Any individual charged with a D.U.I. offense faces mandatory punishment upon a conviction. Any one of these penalties is severe enough. Brian Gabriel, through his years of experience, represents clients with any and all alcohol-related offenses, including D.U.I. Brian Gabriel’s representation of D.U.I. offenses generally starts with all attempts necessary to try to overturn the immediate suspension of a person’s driving privilege.
During the administrative litigation that occurs at the Department of Motor Vehicles, this firm additionally investigates the underlying facts of the criminal offense. From the investigation, this firm will determine, explain, and move forward in any appropriate pre-trial motions to suppress evidence and/or dismiss a client’s case. The area of motion practice carries with it extreme importance due to the fact that with the Trial Court agreeing with the defense’s proposition of illegally obtained evidence, the Court can issue rulings forbidding the State Attorney’s Office from being able to use such evidence. Obviously, with the Trial Court removing enough significant pieces of evidence against a client, the State Attorney’s Office position of whether the case may be trial-worthy can significantly change. Again, each case is judged upon individual facts and circumstances; however, this firm continues to represent clients in all avenues. Felony D.U.I. A person who has been charged in the past with D.U.I.
may be facing the charge of Felony D.U.I. The Florida Legislature has seen fit to again elevate the potential for punishment for a D.U.I. offense due to the person’s previous driving history and/or whether or not personal injuries have occurred during an accident resulting from a D.U.I. Brian Gabriel, in his many years of representing clients with these serious offenses, has seen fit to take a common sense approach toward the appropriate formulation and preparation for a successful defense. The use of innovation and skillful execution to attack any prosecution is always the best defense and assists the client in understanding that his choice for legal representation was correct. In all D.U.I. cases, both felony and misdemeanor, this firms brings years of experience and expertise to your case in attempting to obtain the best results possible for the client.
Again, Brian Gabriel’s knowledge and familiarity with all police investigative procedures, field sobriety testing requirements and scientific testing instrumentation is crucial and even more so facing a Felony D.U.I. Are You Being Charged With Felony D.U.I.? Call Us For Legal Assistance (561) 622-5575. The worst alcohol-related offense is said to be offenses where a life has been taken. With clients charged with D.U.I. Manslaughter and/or Vehicular Homicide, this firm’s expertise and experience are always put to the test. With as many years of experience, this firm devotes itself to any and all skills necessary toward the best effective advocacy for persons accused with those most serious offenses.
This field of criminal defense work is different than most all others. Therefore, the expertise, preparation, and work necessary is clearly far and above most all other offenses. Considering the Florida Legislature has mandated significant prison time for persons convicted of these offenses, it is up to the defense to counteract the employment by the State Attorney’s Office of the most veteran D.U.I. investigators to gather evidence against the accused. In most all of these cases, the accused is contending against the fact that a blood sample was drawn and analyzed. The investigation into these law enforcement controlled “laboratories” must never be overlooked. Furthermore, it is always anticipated in these types of cases that the State will employ certain experts to be able to make their presentation of evidence as persuasive as possible to a jury of their peers.
The same should be anticipated by any client faced with this most severe legal challenge. This firm has the expertise and experience in the areas of accident reconstruction and laboratory science. Scientific evidence of blood analysis. Again, just as with all D.U.I. offenses, extensive motion to suppress practice should be anticipated. This approach is extremely crucial. Short of a trial, this technique is perhaps the only way possible to attempt to achieve the desired results for the client without suffering the risks of going to trial and the associated costs of the same.
Clearly, the severity of any of these charges, along with the certainty of the multitude of different types of punishment, make proper legal representation a necessity. It is of utmost importance to find an attorney who has the sufficient degree of knowledge, expertise, and experience necessary to be able to properly defend you in these types of cases. Again, please feel free to contact this office to make an appointment so we can discuss any of these alcohol-related offenses that you may be charged with and/or any other criminal defense matters. Robert G. Whittel Esq. Steven M. William J.
Sheslow Esq. Phillip T. Richard Tendler Esq. The University of Denver Sturm College of Law , Georgetown University Law Center and Thomas M. Darren D. Arrested or charged with a DUI or DWI? Driving under the influence (DUI) means operating a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol or drugs that have impaired a person's mental or motor skills.
In most states, a person will be considered "impaired" if they exhibit objective signs of intoxication, or if they have a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. Many states also have zero tolerance laws for drivers under 21, where any non-zero BAC level constitutes an offense. Most states also hold commercial drivers, such as truck drivers, to a more rigorous standard. Law enforcement officers use a variety of tests, such as field sobriety tests and breathalyzers, to determine whether a driver is impaired by alcohol. In some jurisdictions, you have a right to refuse some of these tests, but in other jurisdictions you may be required to submit to them. It is important to know the law in your particular state, and to consult a DUI attorney if you are facing charges. DUI lawyers are criminal defense attorneys focused on representing clients facing DUI/DWI/OWI charges.
Each state has different DUI laws. An experienced DUI lawyer will be able to evaluate the case against you and present your options on how to best limit the impact of the charges against you. DUI lawyers also handle related cases such as driver's license reinstatement and DUI record expungement. Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC): The percentage of alcohol in a person's blood. Field Sobriety Test: Any one of several roadside tests that can be used to determine whether a driver is impaired. At SUSNAR & GEESEY we strive to provide the very best in legal services for a reasonable fee. We have more than 50 years of combined legal experience.
Lisa Susnar was formerly a prosecutor in Palm Beach County for 10 years and Allen Geesey was formally a prosecutor for 15 years. As prosecutors we handled exclusively criminal matters. We have tried hundreds of criminal trials ranging from DUI to First Degree Murder. As prosecutors we were placed in charge of misdemeanor and felony divisions. We worked in the Economic Crimes Division, (White Collar Crimes), Crimes Against Children Division and the Homicide Division. Allen R. Geesey is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in Criminal Trial Law.
For the past 12 years we have been in private practice specializing in defending people who have been charged with crimes. As prosecutors, we were constantly required to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of criminal cases. This experience enables us to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Your case may have weaknesses that you are unaware of. There are many detailed procedures the police must follow. Failure to follow those procedures can result in the exclusion of evidence or even the dismissal of the charge against you. Let us use our experience to help you protect your rights and obtain the best result possible.
Hiring a lawyer is an important decision that should not be made based solely upon advertisements. To help you in your selection, we invite you to meet with us for a free 1/2 hour consultation. We encourage you to take this opportunity to meet with us in person to discuss the strengths and weakness of the State’s case against you and to answer the many questions you must have. There is no cost and no obligation for this meeting. At Susnar & Geesey, we handle a variety of criminal matters in Palm Beach County, Martin County, Broward County and other areas of the state. Whether you live in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, North Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington, Lake Worth, Lantana, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, or if you live somewhere else, we are able to help you. 235 NE 6th Ave.
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If you appear to be intoxicated, law enforcement can pull you over and place you under arrest for DUI. Arrests following a BAC/BAL register of .08 or above happen far more frequently than one might think. Local law enforcement officers set up checkpoints and set themselves up in unexpected locations waiting for one wrong move – a justifiable reason to pull someone over. Once they are at your vehicle, whether they pulled you over for swerving or failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, they can initiate a DUI arrest given your appearance, response to questions and/or performance on physical sobriety tests. When this occurs, a Ft Lauderdale DUI lawyer should be consulted as soon as possible. An experienced defense attorney can not only work to mitigate the damage of your offense but also to protect your rights throughout the legal process. In the state of Florida, DUI can be proven one of two ways.
The first is someone with an unlawful blood alcohol level driving, operating or in actual physical control of a motor vehicle. The current unlawful blood alcohol level in the state of Florida is a 0.08 or above. Years ago, the legal blood alcohol level limit for DUIs in Florida was a 0.12. Over the years it was reduced to a 0.10 and is currently at 0.08 where it has remained for some time. The first type of DUI is driving or being in actual physical of a motor vehicle with an unlawful blood alcohol level. There is a second way a DUI can be proven and/or prosecuted. That is when a case involves a situation where there is no blood alcohol level or blood alcohol reading for a variety of reasons.
The individual refused to give a sample of their breath or blood or that particular piece of evidence was just not available at that time. That type of DUI is known as operating or being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, chemical substance, or controlled substance while the person’s normal faculties are impaired. What Role does Law Enforcement Play During Trial? These definitions are not considered scientific. Because of this, there is a larger value on proving a DUI. Cases are generally proven with opinion-based testimony from a law enforcement officer. They can testify to their gauge on what effect alcohol, drugs, or chemical substances has on an individual’s normal faculties.
Normal faculties include a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle, walk, talk, make judgments, and act in emergency situations. A driving under the influence offense from abnormal faculties is a very different type of charge compared to driving with an unlawful blood alcohol level. There is more room for interpretation. Two people can see the same set of facts and come to a different conclusion. It is less scientific than that first type of DUI. A DUI is driving or being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle with an unlawful blood alcohol level. Another DUI offense is driving or being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence to the extent a person’s normal faculties are impaired.
Local Nuances in Ft. Lauderdale Ft. Lauderdale laws and law enforcement officers treat a person the same as to whether they are caught or charged with driving with an unlawful blood alcohol level or driving under the influence to the extent that their normal faculties are impaired. The legislature is tough on DUI enforcement and has passed strict DUI laws in Florida. Additionally, if someone is in a parking lot with the keys in the ignition and falls asleep in their vehicle and is not driving, that type of case is prosecuted the same someone who was actually driving while under the influence. Those two cases are prosecuted the same way and are both the same type of DUI. Ft. Lauderdale does not make the distinction between DUIs that some other states make. When someone is charged with a DUI in Florida and has a prior DUI from another state, even though it is considered a lesser type of DUI, Florida does not recognize the distinction.
Florida treats any out of state DUI, regardless of what it is called or what level it is at, as if it occurred in the state of Florida. Florida is very tough with its own laws and with respect to how they interpret other state DUI laws. The DUI defense lawyers in Ft Lauderdale are former local prosecutors; as such, they have an inside, working knowledge of how prosecutors bring charges against defendants in Broward County. Unlike many other forms of criminal activity, driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs/medications (DUI) usually does not involve a conscious effort on the part of the driver to willfully engage in criminal activity. Ft Lauderdale DUI lawyers know that most criminal cases, if they can be successfully prosecuted, involve intent to hurt, steal, damage or destroy, etc. Unlike so many other types of criminal cases, the typical individual accused of or charged with DUI has no other criminal history and is otherwise a productive member of society, whose actions were not representative of their personality and were not carried out with the intention of harming anyone or anything. Nevertheless, because the state government has increasingly been imposing stricter penalties for the offense of DUI, coupled with the driver’s license implications of being arrested for, charged with and/or convicted of DUI, it is imperative that someone seeks the representation of a Ft Lauderdale DUI lawyer with extensive experience working within the confines of the criminal justice system in the US.
The time to contact an experienced attorney is immediately after being released from jail after being arrested for DUI. You can legally drive for the first ten days following your arrest. Your traffic citation for DUI states that unless your license was already suspended prior to your arrest, “this citation shall serve as a temporary driver’s license and will expire on midnight on the tenth day following the date of your arrest.” The “10-day” clock begins ticking on the day of your arrest, not the day of your release from jail (which could be the next day). Losing your license can be a serious inconvenience. It can make it impossible for you to commute to work, to go grocery shopping, to pick your child up from school, etc. You must take action with help of a DUI lawyer in Ft. Lauderdale within the first ten days following your arrest in order to protect your ability to obtain a temporary driver’s license and exercise a challenge to the suspension of your driver’s license.
A Ft Lauderdale DUI lawyer can listen to potential clients and answer any questions or concerns they have before proceeding to court. Unfortunately, many times individuals think they are hiring a particular attorney for their case only to find out in court that somebody else is handling their case. Ft Lauderdale DUI lawyers do not engage in those practices, and the attorney they meet with will be the one who handles their case from start to finish. Robert Norvell is a West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney focused on DUI Defense.