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Dean Joseph Merten

Dean Joseph Merten

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Violent Crime, White Collar Crime, Expungement, Juvenile, Sex Crime

About Me

Being arrested can be a frightening and confusing event.  It is a good idea to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side when facing criminal charges.  It is also recommended that you select a lawyer that is a specialist in criminal trial law.


Dean J. Merten was a policeman in the U.S. Air Force for four years before he attended the University of Central Florida for his undergraduate degree.  Mr. Merten was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1998 after graduating from the University of Memphis School of Law.  For over six years, Dean was a Florida prosecutor and he handled thousands of cases, both misdemeanors and felonies, in Indian River, Lee, Martin, Monroe, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie Counties. As an Assistant State Attorney, Mr. Merten actively participated in the prosecution of everything from Disorderly Conduct to First Degree Murder and he gained extensive trial experience as lead counsel on charges involving Domestic Violence, Driving Under the Influence, Firearms, and Drug Possession, Sale, and Trafficking.


Since opening his law office in November of 2004, Dean has been able to assist the accused with the knowledge and experience he gained as a policeman and as a prosecutor.  As a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, he will protect your constitutional rights and keep you fully informed of what is happening in your case, your options, and your potential consequences.  While the Merten Law Office is located in the City of West Palm Beach, Mr. Merten routinely represents clients from Key West to Vero Beach.  He is available 7 days a week - 24 hours a day, he does not charge for an initial consultation, and weekend appointments can be scheduled.  Please call the Merten Law Office or Mr. Merten's cellular phone to discuss your case and answer any questions that you may have.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
  3. Violent Crime: 10%
  4. Sex Crime: 5%
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Donald Charles Barrett

    I have known and worked with Dean Merten for over ten years. He has distinguished himself in the area of criminal law by becoming Board Certified by the Florida Bar. I periodically consult with Dean Merten on legal issues, and I would not hesitate to refer clients to him in Palm Beach County and surrounding areas. Dean is very knowledgeable in the law, and he has an extensive jury trial experience.


    Donald Barrett Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Karen Jean Tufte

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Dean Merten for over 10 years. We were opposing counsel many times when he was a prosecutor. Dean transitioned into a zealous criminal defense attorney who strives to do his best for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend a friend or family member to him.


    Karen Tufte Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Merten Law Office, P.A.

801 Northpoint Pkwy.
Suite 26
West Palm Beach, FL, 33407



FLMember in Good Standing199805/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Pro Bono Special Commendation (Silver Level)Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.2011
Board Certification - Criminal TrialThe Florida Bar2010
Board Certification - Criminal TrialThe Florida Bar2005
Pro Bono Commendation AwardL.B. Vocelle Pro Bono Service Awards2001

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Board Certified Criminal Trial LawyerThe Merten Law Office, P.A.2004 - Present
ProsecutorOffice of the State Attorney1998 - 2004
Law Enforcement SpecialistU.S. Air Force1987 - 1991


Association NamePosition NameDuration
United States District Court - Southern District of FloridaN/A2005 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2004 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Palm Beach County)N/A2004 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
The University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of Central Florida Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1995