When you are arrested in South Florida, you may feel helpless and confused by the charges you are facing. Depending on the alleged crime, he could face life-changing consequences, from losing his career to a multi-year prison sentence. He can be labeled a criminal and a conviction can haunt him.
You have the right to representation. Before speaking with law enforcement officials, consult with a qualified and experienced criminal defense attorney to defend your rights and guide you through the court process. The Fort Lauderdale criminal defense firm, Meltzer & Bell, can fight for you and provide you with the forceful defense you deserve.
Meltzer & Bell is a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense firm founded by a former Broward County prosecutor and former Broward County public defender. Meltzer & Bell handles all state and federal criminal counties in Broward County, including Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Coral Springs, Hollywood, Pompano Beach, Plantation, Davie, Sunrise, Weston, and Wilton Manors.
Together, Meltzer and Bell have brought more than 400 cases to court for trial. The attorneys have extensive experience in almost all complex criminal trials, including murder cases, sexual assault, white collar crimes such as money laundering and white collar crimes, violent crimes, drug crimes, domestic violence, DUI cases and the specific defenses employed when dealing with breath. , blood and urine tests, and other DUI matters in South Florida. Meltzer & Bell is well versed in all aspects of criminal defense and will be happy to help you with your case.
steve campanais a former Broward County public defender who worked in the Criminal Division before heading up the Juvenile Division. He also has years of experience in private practice in South Florida. Bell graduated from the University of Florida in 2001 with a BA in Advertising and received his Juris Doctorate in 2004 from Nova Southeastern University's Sheppard Broad Law Center.
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Laurent Meltzeris a former Broward County District Attorney who represents clients in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding Broward County. Meltzer received his BA from American University and his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University's Sheppard Broad Law Center. He served four years with the Broward County District Attorney's Office before going into private criminal defense practice.
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Ari Goldberghe was an assistant district attorney in Palm Beach for three and a half years before joining Meltzer & Bell, P.A. Ari completed his Juris Doctorate in 2009 at Florida International University College of Law in Miami. Ari was first assigned to the District Court Trial Division while working in the District Attorney's Office, where he served as lead counsel. His responsibilities included supervising other ASAs, handling hundreds of cases, and making decisions on all DUIs assigned to his department.
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Stefan Dobrinskiwas born and raised in South Florida. For his undergraduate studies, he attended the University of Maryland, where he majored in philosophy. In 2011, she enrolled at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Before joining Meltzer & Bell, P.A. Stephan worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Broward County for over three years, dedicated to defending disadvantaged people accused of crimes.
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david goudreauis a partner at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. He studied criminology at Florida State University and earnedas a complimenthonors It was there that he discovered his passion for the law, working directly with a local attorney who was later called up to the federal judiciary.
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brandon eateris the lead attorney for DUI and County Court Division at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. in West Palm Beach, Florida, and focuses his criminal defense practice on handling charges involving DUI, DUI homicide, probation violations, assault, drug offenses, firearms offenses, robbery, traffic related incidents and incidents involving misdemeanors and criminal charges against defendants, victims, and witnesses alike.
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justin duranHe was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She attended the University of South Florida, where she majored in criminology and in history. In 2015 she graduated summa cum laude. Immediately thereafter, she began her law studies at Florida International University College of Law. There Justin began his training as a trial attorney. He received the highest honor, the Book Award, in his Legal Advocacy and Advanced Legal Advocacy classes. He joined FIU's legal trial team, where he immediately became team captain and competed in national competitions. In November 2017, he won first place in the Honorable E. Earle Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial Competition in Orlando, Florida. As a result of his accomplishments, the Miami Chapter of the Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers Association awarded Justin a Trial Advocacy Fellowship in May 2018. He later graduated with honors with a law degree from FIU .
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whitney duteauBorn and raised in Tampa, Florida. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. After graduating in 2010, Whitney began her law studies at the Florida Coastal College of Law in Jacksonville. He graduated in 2013 with pro bono honors for outstanding community service. Before joining Meltzer & Bell, P.A. Whitney served as an assistant public defender in the 19th Circuit (St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Indian River counties) for seven years. During his time with the Office of the Public Defender, Whitney represented people charged with misdemeanors and felonies.
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paulo bernardstrives to serve his clients by treating them with dignity and respect, making them humane for court and opposing counsel, and assisting them quickly and aggressively in defending their legal, civil, and human rights through what is sometimes frightening and complex, protects the legal order.
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noelia rodriguezhas been with Meltzer and Bell for almost 2 years and is the direct law clerk to Mr. David Goudreau, Lt. She is the company's liaison with the DUI and probation schools in Palm Beach County. Prior to that, she worked with Pride Integrated Services for 22 years, where she worked with the Criminal Probation Division and the DUI School.
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Howard J Schumacheris an attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A., where he defends people in South Florida against criminal charges. He practiced in Florida for over 25 years. His work has included extensive federal appellate practice, primarily before the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, which includes Florida.
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Carolina Konigis General Counsel for the Palm Beach County Division of Meltzer & Bell, P.A. He joined the company in 2017 after working at Olea y Porcella, P.A. since 2008. In addition to his responsibilities as a direct assistant to Mr. Goldberg, Carolina, he heads the Traffic Ticket Defense department.
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Anthony Carrerais a law clerk in the Palm Beach County division of the law firm of Meltzer & Bell, P.A. for more than 4 years. Before joining Meltzer & Bell, P.A. came, Mr. Carrera worked for the law firms of Olea y Porcella, P.A. Anthony joined Meltzer and Bell P.A. Team in January 2017. ER acts as Legal Assistant in the area of traffic tickets, correspondence and miscellaneous administrative activities.
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Howard Schumacheris an attorney at Meltzer & Bell, where he defends people in South Florida against criminal charges. He practiced law in Florida for more than 25 years. His work has included extensive federal appellate practice, primarily before the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, which includes Florida.
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Maribel Cancinois a Senior Legal Clerk in the Broward and Miami-Dade County offices. Prior to this role, she was a direct law clerk to the firm's managing partner, Steven Bell, for 7 years. Maribel has extensive legal experience dating back to her charge with the Pride Integrated Services DUI Department in 2000.
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Beverly Baitsholtsis a full-time paralegal responsible for leading our Treasure Coast divisions with the attorneys Whitney Duteau, esq. and Paul Bernard, left. She brings a wealth of knowledge to our Treasure Coast office and is an important part of our team.
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giselle andamiojoined Meltzer & Bell, P.A. Team this year as Administrative Assistant. Bilingual, he helps manage the day-to-day operations of the company's Palm Beach division.
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Meltzer & Bell attorneys are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Unlike other companies, you can access company partners in real time, including nights, weekdays, and holidays. Attorneys are available to clients at all times, as arrests can occur at any time.
If you have been arrested and charged with a crime in or around Broward County, contact the Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorneys at Meltzer & Bell Call (954) 765-6585 to schedule a free consultation with one of their attorneys.