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.

No Jail
Vehicular Homicide and Leaving the Scene
of an Accident Involving a Death
Palm Beach 2023

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.

No File
Aggravated Battery
with a Deadly Weapon
Palm Beach 2023

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 Oxycodone,
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.

Charges Dropped
(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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" One of the most difficult decisions you might ever have to make in your life is choosing the best attorneys to defend you. ...
Unless you find yourself trying to choose one for your child in my case, my son. He was facing Vehicular manslaughter and other accompanying charges.

I’d met with self-proclaimed Top attorneys in the field with their awards decorating their office and talking of their accomplishments. Hoping to hear those words that made me feel I was finally in the right office. It’s unnerving with so much at risk.

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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"My experience with Meltzer and Bell was nothing short of superlative. I was charged with DUI and 3 counts of felony narcotics possession. Miraculously, and due in no short part to Steven’s charisma, dedication, and congenial relationship with the prosecutor, all felony charges were dropped, pleaded down to a misdemeanor and I escaped a possibly lengthy jail sentence with only 12 months probation."
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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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    Aggressive and Effective Criminal Defenses for FL Charges

    Whether you receive an unexpected summons in your mailbox, or you feel the pinch of the handcuffs clicking shut behind you, facing criminal charges is incredibly serious. Every choice you make in the next upcoming weeks will have a profound impact on your future. It’s imperative you have an effective and efficient criminal defense strategy ready before you enter that courtroom. Without it, you could be sentenced to complete the statutory penalties of the crime you committed. A criminal conviction can result in a myriad of consequences, the most common being expensive fines and possible time in jail or prison. However, having a criminal record has ripple effects that go beyond incarceration and fines. Many who have prior criminal convictions on their background checks often have issues applying for a job, school, loan or housing. It can take years to apply to have your record sealed or expunged. Not to mention, you might not even be eligible to have your criminal record erased if you have certain charges. With so much at stake, it’s critical you choose an attorney with the right training and experience to help you received reduced or dismissed charges. Hiring a lawyer with an extensive background in criminal defense cases such as drug possession, driving under the influence (DUI), theft or assault will give you the edge you need to win your case. Don’t wait another moment to protect your future and gain legal representation today.
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    West Palm Beach Criminal & DUI Defense Lawyers in Florida

    At Meltzer & Bell, P.A., we are equipped with a team of skilled attorneys who fight for the rights of our clients in the Palm Beach County area. Our criminal defense lawyers have effectively represented numerous clients accused of all types of crimes including sexual offenses, federal crimes, drug charges, assaultive offenses, driving under the influence, and more. If you’ve been charged with a DUI, our West Palm Beach DUI lawyers will aggressively fight to get the best possible outcome. We understand that facing a criminal charge can be extremely stressful and the judiciary process can be confusing. Let us guide you by utilizing our skills to implement a sturdy defense structure for your case. We will work our hardest to build the strongest case possible so you can preserve your given civil rights. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. has offices located in West Palm Beach, but we practice throughout the greater Palm Beach County area including Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington. Rest assured that the moment you hire us we will guarantee we are always available to you no matter the situation. You can call us at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days per week at (561) 557-8686 to set up your first consultation free. There’s also an online contact form where you can fill out and we will return your message by the end of the business day. Protect your liberties and future by contacting an experienced attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. today.

    Knowledgeable Representation Every Step of the Way

    For most, an arrest is an incredibly distressing event. Unfortunately, it’s the first in a series of proceedings you will be required to attend because of your criminal charges such as hearings, interviews, filings and piles of paperwork. Making a mistake could be the difference between being stuck in a jail cell and freedom. That is why the United States Constitution ensures every citizen has a right to legal counsel, so they are fully prepared to enter the courtroom. However, it’s important your legal representation has a strong focus in criminal defense. Having knowledgeable representation will give you the advantage needed to poke holes in the prosecution’s case and avoid a criminal conviction. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. can advise you of all your current and future legal options for your case. We assure our clients that they will never have to speak to a law enforcement officer without our guidance or one of our attorneys present. By doing this, we will prevent anything you say being used against you as evidence by the prosecutor. Let us do all the talking so you can avoid any type of self-incrimination. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. will handle all matters related to the case so you will never have to worry about jeopardizing by your words or actions. Our representation extends beyond criminal trials. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. also offers services for people who need to attend certain types of criminal-related hearings such as protective order hearings or administrative license revocation hearings. These are incredibly important because they can dictate your future in various ways such as if you need forfeit assets, attend driving school, keep a certain distance from a plaintiff, have your license suspended or other conditions. We can attend these for you and present your case with supporting evidence we’ve collected. With our skills, we can contest for your side in the hearing and help you achieve your desired result.
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    Exhausting Every Defense Option for Your Case

    In a criminal trial, it’s the prosecution’s burden to prove every element of their case beyond reasonable doubt. Despite what TV drama or crime movies may have you think, this is an incredibly heavy burden for the prosecution to carry. The defense is not required to prove to the jury that the defendant is innocent, but rather their purpose is to pick the prosecutions’ case and expose any reasonable doubt within it. The lawyers at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. have a strong background in jury trials and can utilize our skills to poke holes in the prosecutor’s case. Our attorneys utilize all type of defense options for our clients so they can avoid a criminal conviction. One of these is to suppress illegal searches and seizures. You have a right, under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, to decline any type of search without probable cause. Places where the defendant has a reasonable expectation of privacy such as the home require probable cause before the officer can search the area. If the court finds that law enforcement illegally conducted a search and seizure, then that evidence will be inadmissible. Filing motions to suppress evidence that was obtained illegally is simply one way our attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. can discredit the prosecution’s case. Officers must also have probable cause to conduct a traffic stop. Many people who are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) were arrested after being pulled over for a routine traffic stop. The officer must have a reason to do so that would fit the requirements for probable cause such as weaving, having a broken taillight or breaking any traffic rules. If a police officer pulled over a person without any underlying reason, then the court may determine the stop to be unlawful and suppress any associated evidence. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. attorneys can examine your DUI charges to see if your traffic stop was illegal. We can then utilize that evidence to weaken the prosecution’s case even further and raise your chances of dismissed charges. Often a person is charged with driving under the influence because they were asked to undergo chemical DUI testing or field sobriety tests. It’s important to understand that both types of tests have flaws that could lead to skewed results. Many field sobriety tests have little to none scientific backing and chemical DUI tests are commonly mishandled which leads to contaminated samples. Our attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. have an in-depth knowledge of the science behind both field sobriety testing and DUI chemical testing. With our research and assistance from expert witnesses, our attorneys can give reasons to the jury as to why your DUI test results were wrong. Questioning the scientific rigor of your DUI tests and presenting evidence to question their accuracy may cause the jury to doubt the prosecution’s evidence. In the end, this could be the reason your DUI charges are reduced or dismissed.
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    Finding a Palm Beach County Defense Attorney For You in FL

    If you are facing criminal charges, your future is on the line. But you can avoid prison time, fines, and a criminal record with the right type of legal representation. Our lawyers at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. will fight tirelessly for your rights by utilizing our years of experience for your case. We have represented people with all types of criminal charges from minor vandalism cases to elaborate embezzlement schemes to simple DUI charges. No matter the situation or how serious the penalties are, our attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. are here to protect your future. 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 to set up your first consultation in the Palm Beach County area such as West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Lake Worth

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