Meltzer & Bell, P.A.
West Palm Beach Criminal and DUI Defense Lawyers
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.
West Palm Beach Criminal and DUI Defense Lawyers
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 charges may be reduced or dismissed. Call us today at (561) 557-8686 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.
Recent Case ResultsOur Victories Speak for Themselves
2018 Manslaughter Our client was recently released from prison on an unrelated fatality case. He was accused of manslaughter after a fight broke out in front of a bar. Being a prison release reoffender, our client was facing a minimum of 15 years... Results: Dismissed2016 Conspiracy to sell Cocaine The Special Investigations Unit organized a plan to arrest our client for allegedly selling cocaine. Officers employed a confidential informant and undercover officer which were used in four different controlled buys of cocaine. The Defendant... Results: Charges Dropped
2014 Domestic Battery ...we were able to convince the judge to release our client on his own recognizance with no bond owed. Additionally, we immediately prepared an affidavit at the request of the alleged victim and provided that to the filing attorney responsible for ... Results: Dismissed
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Knowledgeable Representation At Every Step Of The Process
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.
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 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.
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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 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.
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 hours per day, seven days per week for our clients. Call us today at (561) 557-8686 for your case in Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County or Broward County, whether in state or federal court, reasonable doubt exists.