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Meltzer & Bell, P.A.

West Palm Beach Criminal and DUI Defense Lawyers

1Step One

Free Initial Consultation: All questions answered personally by either Partner Steven Bell or Partner Larry Meltzer. You will never be passed off to an associate attorney or paralegal.

2Step Two

During your consultation we will determine, based on your unique set of facts, an affordable and flexible payment plan that provides you with the highest possible legal representation that you deserve!

3Step Three

We will take over every single aspect of your case by tracking it, filing our paperwork with all parties, analyzing the State's evidence, strictly criticizing the arrest, and exploring your best legal options.

4Step Four

We proactively take depositions, file legal motions on your case to exclude evidence, negotiate with the State, all in an effort to minimize and or completely reduce the negative impact on you and your life.

Remember: Hire us today, and we start working on your case today!

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Caught on video: Mom charged with DUI in Broward had a toddler in the car. The trooper said he placed her under arrest after “an unsatisfactory performance.” Loughman's attorney, Lawrence Meltzer, said Wednesday that Loughman is “presumed innocent until proven guilty.” read more

Any criminal conviction will have very serious consequences for the person accused of the crime. Any criminal charge comes with the possibility of jail — even, in some case, for the most minor offenses. Criminal offense also come with steep fines that can range from hundreds to millions of dollars in the most serious cases. Some crimes have minimum mandatory penalties if you are convicted including the a requirement that you install an ignition interlock devices for DUI or register as a sex offender for a sex crime.

I am an attorney that has been practicing law in Palm Beach County for more than 32-years. Although I am familiar with the criminal court system, substantially less than one-percent (1%) of my practice has been in that area. Recently, a family member was in need of legal representation that involved a number of different problems related to the main charge.

Within 90-minutes of calling Meltzer & Bell, P.A. office, he returned my call. With very little explanation given, he understood what was needed. Of special importance is the fact that this situation arose a week before Christmas - there were less than two business days remaining in which to resolve the problems. I was absolutely floored at how quickly the firm filed the necessary pleadings, contacted the prosecutors and set a hearing.

While attorneys can never guarantee the outcome of a case, he fulfilled all promises in handling everything and in doing so, he helped not just the affected family member, but my ENTIRE family. His prompt - incredibly prompt - responses made me wish I was as responsive to my own clients. Throughout my practice I've had clients in need of criminal representation and, frankly, never had someone I was willing to recommend for them. There is now no question I won't hesitate to have them contact Meltzer & Bell, P.A.
Attorney Patricia E. Thorne

Without the proper representation, a criminal record can haunt you for the rest of your life. Even a minor infraction may make a potential employer think twice about offering you a job, cause a college or gradudate school to reject your application or cause you to be denied for a loan.

A criminal record will make you look untrustworthy, unstable or, worse, dangerous. If you face that prospect, you should act immediately.

Criminal Defense Lawyers in West Palm Beach

With such dire consequences hanging over your head, you want the strongest defense possible. With Meltzer & Bell, P.A., you'll get a team of dedicated criminal defense lawyers in West Palm Beach, FL, who will fight for you. We are dedicated, experienced attorneys who represent people accused of any type of crime.

A person hiring an attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. will have access to one of these two experienced partners 24 hours per day, 7 days per week — not an answering service, and not an associate fresh out of law school. All of our associate attorneys are experienced criminal defense attorneys and are supervised by the partners, who oversee and stay involved in the outcomes and strategies involved in your defense. 

Call us today at (561) 283-3259 to set up a free consultation.


601 N Dixie Hwy, Suite B, West Palm Beach, FL
7000 S Dixie Hwy West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Our criminal defense lawyers represent clients charged in Palm Beach County courts, both in state and federal courts. We fight cases that begin with an arrest in West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, Jupiter, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Belle Glade, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Greenacres. We are also here for you if you are arrested in Miami-Dade County or Broward County County.

A Formidable Palm Beach County Defense Team

Meltzer & Bell, P.A. consists of Lawrence Meltzer and Steven Bell. When they first met they were not a team — in fact, they were on the opposite sides of the courtroom. Lawrence Meltzer was an assistant state attorney in Broward County, prosecuting crimes from DUI to sexual offenses. Steven Bell was a public defender, defending South Floridians against felony charges and leading the juvenile division.

Both were impressed by each other's passionate and skilled advocacy in the courtroom and the depth of the other's knowledge of Florida criminal law. Once Mr. Meltzer and Mr. Bell’s dedication to the public sector and government work came to a close, they devoted themselves to the defense of those accused of crimes in Palm Beach County courts and other surrounding counties, including Broward and Miami-Dade.

In 2013, they decided to put their expertise and experience together to form Meltzer & Bell, P.A. in West Palm Beach. Together, they are a team of defense lawyers who put their full efforts toward fighting for the rights of their clients.

Meltzer & Bell, P.A. represents people both in state courts in South Florida and at the Paul G. Rogers U.S. Courthouse in West Palm Beach. In addition to defense at trial, our attorneys also handle criminal appeals.

Results Florida Defense Attorneys Seek for Their Clients

The lawyers at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. always seek to obtain one of five results for their clients in every case:

  • No File: An "information" is a formal charge the prosecutor files with the court without a grand jury. A "no file" means the opposite — a document stating that there is not evidence warranting prosecution.  A lawyer will work to convince the prosecutor to make such a filing.
  • Dismissal: After charges are filed, the Palm Beach County prosecutor or the judge may decide that there is not sufficient evidence to proceed with charges. The defense attorney may make a motion to dismiss the charges.
  • Nolle Prosequi: Cases receiving this designation are called "nolle prossed." A prosecutor files a nolle prosequi indicating they do not wish to pursue charges. The charges remain on the defendant's record as an arrest until it is expunged.
  • Reduction: In many cases, charges may be reduced to lesser charges upon the defense lawyer convincing the prosecutor that the charges they are seeking are not warranted. For example, battery charges may be reduced to a lesser crime of violence, like disorderly conduct, a second degree misdemeanor.
  • Acquittal: If prosecutors bring a person's case to trial, they must convince a jury of every element of the charge beyond reasonable doubt. If they fail to do this, the jury must acquit, or find the defendant "not guilty." During trial, a criminal defense lawyer will show the weaknesses and reasonable doubt that exist in the case.

How South Florida Defense Attorneys Achieve Those Results

An attorney advocates for the best possible result at every stage. You may have seen lawyers 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 case, 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.

Finding Every Option for Your Defense

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 tactics 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.

Finding a Palm Beach County Defense Attorney For Your Case

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 your 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 hour 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.

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601 N Dixie Hwy, Suite B
West Palm Beach, FL 33401


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West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Client Testimonials

  • ...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. Anonymous

  • 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! A.A.

  • I was facing hard prison time and punishment. [Larry] did everything to pull strings and get me into rehab. After meeting with many therapists I finally got one to diagnose me successfully with Bipolar. Thanks to Larry I have been sober since 6/19/09. My health is great and my family life is amazing. It's because he saw something in me and my family that I wasn't just an alcoholic there was something that told me it was something else. A.P.

  • I was charged with a felony and facing the scary thought of losing my job, but thank you Attorney Steven Bell for helping me. Now I’m able to keep my job and take care of my family. 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! Y.E.

  • Mr. 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! A.L.

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