From West Palm Beach to Miami, tourists and visitors love to come to Southeast Florida to experience the sunny surroundings on a vacation or business trip. Unfortunately, sometimes the vacation is abruptly cut short by a criminal arrest or citation. If you find yourself in legal trouble in Florida, we can help you resolve the charges and put this experience and memory behind you.
Common offenses that ensnare out of town visitors to Southeast Florida revolve around the tourist nightlife and alcohol. These include DUI, disorderly intoxication, disorderly conduct, bar fights (battery or assault), domestic disputes, and controlled substance possession, among other serious crimes. What ever you may be facing, the team at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. can help you maneuver the legal system in a state in which you don’t reside.
You may have issues getting out of jail with no loved ones nearby or determining what to do after you have been bailed out and return home. Call us at (561) 283-3259 for a no-obligation, free consultation. Our goal is to limit the case’s impact in your life by resolving any outstanding warrant, setting appropriate court dates for your schedule, waiving the need for your appearance in Florida, and reducing or dismissing charges against you.
Call us today if you have been arrested in the tourist beach havens of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, or any of the surrounding areas.
With a misdemeanor charge in Florida, which includes DUI, possession of small amounts of marijuana, simple battery, assault, and disorderly conduct, you shall not be imprisoned for greater than one year. If you are a first-time offender, we will heavily stress your lack of criminal background in order to get the case dismissed or adjudicated without a finding of guilt.
With documents including a Written Waiver of Appearance by Defendant and power of attorney, Meltzer & Bell, P.A. can represent you through the entire court proceedings without your returning to Florida.
The prosecutors in your case may allow you to access pre-trial diversion in which you do not enter a guilty plea, but complete a probationary period, pay a fine, attend counseling or a class, or some other punishment, until the charges are dismissed entirely. DUI cases are not eligible for pre-trial intervention in Palm Beach County.
Felony offenses are more serious and carry a greater likelihood of prison time. In no instance should you admit defeat, however, as a competent criminal defense lawyer may be able to secure a lesser charge or work with the prosecutor to endorse probation rather than prison time. A prison sentence greater than one year must be served in a Florida penitentiary.
Examples of felony offenses include: cocaine possession, oxycodone possession, marijuana distribution, aggravated assault, battery, resisting an officer with violence, grand theft, and burglary.
For felony offenses, Meltzer & Bell, P.A. is able to represent an out of state visitor without the need to appear in Florida up to a certain point. The judge may require the defendant to be present for trial.
The criminal justice system is a formidable opponent no matter the situation. If you find yourself facing charges in another state, you do not have to go it alone. Let us represent you in Florida so that the incident that occurred on your trip does not follow you home or force you to return to handcuffs.
Time is of the essence for out of state visitors as a court date or warrant may be imminent. Call us today at (561) 283-3259 for a free consultation and put your case into the hands of Meltzer & Bell, P.A..
...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. [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.
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!
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!