West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Lawyers
This website contains a sample of cases and results we have obtained in our client’s favor. As you read through our results, please be aware that the case results discussed here are not necessarily representative of the results obtained in all cases. Not all results are displayed. Each case is different and must be evaluated and handled on its own merit.
the Scene of an Accident
Facts: After drinking by the pool, our client was involved in an accident in her neighborhood with another vehicle. She walked away from the crash and went to sleep on her couch in her apartment. The victim of the crash saw this and called the cops. The officers ultimately arrested our client for DUI crash and Leaving the scene. This was her 4th arrest. She was charged with Felony DUI. Our firm, after being retained, immediately contacted the Felony DUI unit at the office of the State Attorney. After lengthy negotiations, the charges were reduced to a misdemeanor and a deal was worked out combining treatment and house arrest. Our client did not serve time in jail and did not become a convicted felon
Outcome: Felony DUI charges reduced and no jail time for our client
Possession of MDMA
Facts: The Defendant was staying at the Breakers Hotel when the cleaning crew noticed signs of drug use and/or possession in a room. After investigation by the security guard, an officer was “invited” into the room by way of “interviewing” witnesses. A large amount of cocaine and drugs were found and our client was stopped in the hallway after acting nervous. More cocaine and MDMA were found on our client.Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was immediately retained. We prepared a massive pre filing packet to the felony intake unit inclusive of case law and reasoning why the matter should not move forward. After lengthy discussions with the initial prosecutor and the line Assistant State Attorney, all felony charges were dropped.
Possession of Hydromorphone
Facts: The Defendant was stopped by officers for severe weaving and striking a guard rail on West McNab Road and then coming within inches of the same guard rail again. The Defendant struck the center median as he pulled over for the officer. The officer approached the driver’s side an observed in plain view a yellow, clear plastic baggie containing one half of a pill, which the Defendant admitted was Percocet and did not have a prescription. He was arrested for the Possession of a Controlled Substance. The officer then conducted a search incident to arrest which revealed several other pills, which turned out to be oxycodone. Meltzer & Bell received discovery and prepared for trial.
Outcome: Outcome: All charges were DISMISSED.
(Driving While Under the Influence)
Facts: The Defendant was charged with Driving Under the Influence. Officers of the Davie Police Department were alerted by a concerned citizen that our client was leaving The Billiard Club, a pool bar, in an extremely intoxicated state and about to drive. The Officer approached the vehicle as the car was in reverse, ordered the Defendant to stop the vehicle and conducted a wellness check and noticed the Defendant had bloodshot eyes, the odor of an alcoholic beverage, and extremely slurred speech. Based on those observations, the officer asked the Defendant to perform roadside sobriety exercises, to which the defendant refused. The Defendant was placed under arrest for DUI and was asked to submit to a breath test, but, again refused.
Outcome: Lawrence Meltzer of Meltzer and Bell began to prepare for trial and researched case law in an effort to suppress or throw out the stop of the Defendant’s vehicle and all evidence that followed the stop as being unconstitutional and based upon a lack of reasonable suspicion as the Defendant had done nothing to justify her vehicle being stopped. The firm and Mr. Meltzer researched a similar factual scenario in State v. Sliviak in which the stop was suppressed based upon a lack of reasonable suspicion of criminal activity in an almost identical situation. This case law was presented to the State prior to trial. Upon receiving it, the State agreed and dropped the DUI charge.
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After a person is criminally charged, the outcome of their trial heavily rests on a few choices. One of the most important of these is who will serve as that person’s legal representation. Having a skilled and experienced defense can radically change the result of a case. They can deal with matters such as filing motions, witness selection, collecting evidence, cross-examining witnesses and negotiating plea deals. Not to mention, a practiced attorney can undermine the prosecution’s defense if they have the right resources and knowledge.
It is your right as a U.S. citizen to have some sort of legal counsel if you’ve been charged with a crime. If you’ve found yourself stuck with criminal charges, then we highly suggest you get in contact with Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. Our attorneys have been practicing criminal defense for years and managing defense lawyers Steven Bell and Lawrence Meltzer have been recognized by the legal community for their outstanding skills. Get in touch with Meltzer & Bell, P.A. by calling (561) 557-8686 to set up your first consultation free. You can find us located at West Palm Beach, but we practice throughout the Palm Beach County area.
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