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.
of an Accident Involving a Death
Facts: The defendant was alleged to have a left a bar and traveling up Woolbright road approximately 68 mph in a 45 mph zone. After taking a slight turn in slight rain conditions, the vehicle lost traction and spun a few hundred feet into the pole. Our client’s girlfriend was in the front passenger seat, and unfortunately, died in the accident. After panicking on scene to help, our client had lost his glasses and cell phone. He could barely see. Witnesses arrived and indicated to our client police and medics were on the way. Our client then ran down the street to try and get more help and call his father to the scene. He voluntarily arrived back on scene some minutes later to talk to the police and get attended to by medics. After being taken to the hospital, and after a lengthy investigation, our client was arrested and charged with two very serious 1st Degree Felony offenses. He was facing a minimum of around 9 to 10 years in prison, up to 60 years. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and our firm hired an independent accident reconstructionist and private investigator to assist with the case. After almost a year of providing mitigating information and reviewing discovery, our firm was successfully able to negotiate a dismissal of the leaving the scene charge and a reduction of the Vehicular Homicide charges to Reckless Driving. Our client was placed on probation for 3 years and did not go to jail or prison.
Outcome: Charges Reduced, no jail time.
with a Deadly Weapon
Facts: Our client’s mother hired us within an hour of her being taken into custody. She had stabbed her boyfriend in self-defense and was arrested for a felony charge that mandated a first appearance hearing the following day. We responded to the jail within the hour and met with our new client in the booking area of the jail. The entire incident was put into context and our client was able to provide our attorney with detailed information of previous incidents where she had been the victim of domestic violence at the hands of this same accuser. She also pointed out both new and old injuries that she sustained from this person. The next morning, we secured her release from custody. From there it took several months for us to achieve the desired outcome. The injuries from the puncture wound were serious and the State did not necessarily believe all of the information our firm provided. Once more details were provided to the prosecutor responsible for the case, including certified records from these other previous incidents and letters from others attesting to her being a victim at the hands of this person, the State made the right decision and chose not to pursue a prosecution.Outcome: No File.
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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Then I found myself at the offices of Meltzer & Bell talking to Steve Bell and Ari Goldberg. They had already researched our case and charges against my son but listened attentively with interest and sympathy for the pain my son was in. When they began to speak I was impressed that they didn’t waste a word on saying how smart or accomplished they were. As they spoke and discussed options and strategies they would use to defend my son I realized they don’t have to say how smart or accomplished they were. Their words and vast knowledge of how to accomplish the best outcome for my son was all they needed to say. I immediately knew we found our guys! Over the following months I found them to be absolute caring gentlemen that made themselves available at any time. The case concluded today and my son and I don’t have the words to say how much they did for us.
My son is home sleeping in his bed and I suspect I’ll get a good night’s sleep tonight that only a parent might understand. That both Steve and Ari always made me feel they understood. They will both always be in our prayers! I apologize for the lengthy review but if this helps a parent or someone in need trying to make that impossible choice, then so be it. Thank you Gentlemen!"
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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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