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Alan Steven Bernstein

DUI and DWI Attorney at Hollywood, FL

5.0   9 reviews
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 41 years
    Florida - FL 42 years
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1981
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Alan

Learn Alan’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    90%
    Defense of Driving under the influence cases from the basic arrest to DUI Serious Bodily injury and Death cases. Also defense of Boating Under the influence cases.

    43 years

  2. Criminal defense
    10%

    43 years

I am the author of Florida DUI Defense: The Law and Practice, Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, Inc. I am one of the founders of the National College for DUI Defense. I am currently the Florida State Delegate for The National College for DUI Defense. I have lectured on DUI issues in Florida, and out of state about Florida’s breath testing machine to blood testing in DUI cases.  My clients have included lawyers, police officers, pro athletes, political figures, business executives, entertainers and just plain folks. I attended Nova Southeastern Law School, where I graduated near the top of my class in 1981. I am the founder of Alan S. Bernstein P.A., with offices in both Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. My firms practice is devoted almost entirely to Traffic and DUI defense. I have been practicing criminal law, with an emphasis on DUI since 1982. I am a member of the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I have had extensive training in the defense of citizens’ accused of Driving Under the Influence. In 1995, I became a founding member of The National College for DUI Defense, which is the leading institution in the United States for training attorneys to defend DUI cases. I am the Florida State Delegate for The National College for DUI Defense, as well as being a faculty member of the college. I am also a founding member of The DUI Defense Lawyers Association. I has completed courses on the NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. I have received training as an Intoxilyzer 5000 and Intoxilyzer 8000 series Operator and Maintenance technician through C.E.S. Consulting and The Florida Department of Law Enforcement. I am a highly trained attorney in the area of alcohol-related DUI, and the growing area of DUI drug cases. I have taught other attorneys on the use, theory and law on the Intoxilyzer, in addition to lecturing at the National College for DUI Defense. I have often been involved in large-scale challenges to DUI chemical testing, investigative methods and Field Sobriety Testing. I was on the team that attacked the Field Sobriety Tests that led to the seminal decision in State v. Meador, 674 So.2d 826 (Fla. 4th DCA 1996). I have worked hard to have earned a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable and highly skilled DUI attorneys in Florida. My opinion is sought by DUI attorneys throughout South Florida. I reside in South Florida with my wife and son.

 

1995 Summer Session Graduate; 1996 Summer Session Graduate; 1997 Summer Session Graduate; 1998 Summer Session Graduate; 1999 Summer Session Graduate; 2000 Summer Session Graduate; 2001 Summer Session Graduate; 2002 Summer Session Graduate; 2003 Summer Session Graduate; 2005 Summer session Graduate; 2006 Winter Session Graduate; 2006 Summer Session Graduate; 2007 Summer Session Graduate; 2008 Summer Session Graduate;2009 Summer Session Graduate; 2011 Summer Session Graduate; 2012 Winter Session Graduate; 2012 Summer Session Graduate; 2013 Summer Session Graduate; 2014 Summer Session Graduate; 2015 Winter Session Graduate; 2015 Summer Session Graduate. Attended summer session training on DUI In 2015 from The DUI Defense Lawyers Association. The Florida State Delegate for The National College for DUI Defense. 

 

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Alan S. Bernstein P.A
2131 Hollywood Blvd.
Suite 201
Hollywood, FL, 33020
Alan S. Bernstein P.A.
2131 Hollywood Blvd.
Suite 303
Hollywood, FL, 33020
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Posted by Lily | July 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He literally WROTE THE BOOK on it - Call, Discuss, Hire! You’re Welcome!
If you are looking for a DUI attorney, likely you’re already filled with stress, and potentially so highly affected by your anxiety from your current situation that you can barely do what you know needs to be done and pick up the phone to call an attorney. If so, take my advice now, and thank me later; you’re welcome. This entire situation filled me with so much dread that I truly felt paralyzed by the decision making process and every single element of life after my DUI arrest. Of course nothing will make this stress-free, but you can vastly diminish the level of dread that might be consuming your current moment. Nothing else is of a greater benefit to you right now than hiring Mr. Bernstein to represent you immediately. Nothing will entirely relieve the stress of this situation, regardless of the nature of the your DUI, and all of its complexities. But for ANY DUI situation, I have zero doubt that Alan will evaluate it with the finest tooth comb and leave no stone unturned in your defense. It’s all a lot to comprehend, I believe that we all hear about these things happening to other people for decades, and then it happens, and unless you ARE Alan himself, you already don’t know enough about it. Every possible nuance of every single element within the process, statues, case law, and again, all of their complexities, and they are truly endless, is what the man does, and he does it phenomenally. He does exactly what he tells you he will do, when he tells you he is going to do it. He will reiterate it all to you so that the panic stemming from each unknown element within your case instead becomes your knowledge gained and your ability to repair the damage that this arrest has caused. Again, regardless of your circumstance, you absolutely gain nothing from becoming your own harshest critic. The system will judge you enough immediately upon accusation; let Alan do the negotiating for you. Why did I pick Alan Bernstein, as my attorney? Let that start with the fact that he is literally the person who wrote the book on complex DUI cases in the state of Florida, meaning actual textbooks used in legal academia and continuing education. My own arrest resulted in a process that went by much quicker than I actually expected it to and in the end, did NOT become a conviction, due it the result of my case. It was dropped, in entirety, In regards to any impact with my file at the DVM, any and all civil & state criminal potentials, insurance, and beyond. Aside from the negative experience of the arrest ITSELF, I couldn’t imagine any other attorney would have helped me towards the reality of what was no doubt the most ideal ending criminally and legally possible, had I not found & hired Mr. Bernstein. Regardless of any personal innocence or guilt in your own situation, your future going forward now depends on the actions you take with the choices available for you to make from the moment beginning right now, and I’m certain that everyone on every side of the equation would agree on that. I’m not here to judge guilt or innocence, but even the most innocent of humans will feel pretty much entirely awful after a DUI arrest - these things are, by design, crafted, and perfected by law enforcement and the criminal justice system experience, exactly in such a way to very intentionally make you feel like a garbage human either way. And guilty or innocent, you are entitled to an advocate who will best speak and be your voice in this matter. Yes, professional DUI defense is expensive, but anything less than ultra-professional representation is a risk your freedom can’t afford to take. Alan Bernstein’s representation cost less than I HONESTLY expected it to, all in all, and when you account for the secondhand personal losses and burdens a DUI can place on a family, it’s even more valuable. Mr. Bernstein is a gift! Unwrap the very ugly package that your DUI arrest comes in and accept the gift of his defense representation!
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Posted by Ray Rapaglia | June 3, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Ray Rapaglia
Alan Bernstein is an outstanding lawyer that I highly recommend. As the founder of James, Club, Recovery, we work with many individuals who look to turn their life around that have struggled with substance abuse. Alan really understands recovery and we've had great success working together helping individuals get treatment versus incarceration. He is an outstanding attorney who really cares about his clients.
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Posted by Farah P. | December 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional
Mr.Bernstein is a miracle worker!!! When a case seems too impossible he is the best lawyer for the job! He is an honest lawyer whom will work hard for you... My husband was charged with DUI , due to Mr. Bernstein's diligent and thorough investigation and work, my husband's charge was dropped to Reckless Driving ! Without any penalties!! Thankyou Again Mr. Bernstein!
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Posted by Buster | December 13, 2019
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Highly recommended
After my father passed I went on a downward spiral and self medicated with alcohol and got myself in double trouble. Two DUI arrests within one year. Alan provided a vigorous defense that resulted in favorable actions that left me victorious in the situation I was in. My family and will forever be grateful.
Posted by JOE | January 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Alan Bernstein. What can I. say. His knowledge of DUI law and courtroom defense was incrdedifuly sklillfull!
I had received a mountain of mailings after my DUI encounter. As this was my first, I voluntarily gave up some of my rights in speaking to the police. Not the best thing to do. After bonding out I consulted a few law firms. They were, at best, impersonal, with money being the most important topic. Not so much the. details of MY situation. Then I came across Alan Bernstein's mailing.. It was clear to me that he stood above the crowd. Just a gut feeling at the time, but I made an appointment. BEST DECISION I EVER MADE! I met with him personally and my circumstances were discussed in detail. I retained him and to make a long story short, he was able to have my drivers license restored at the DMV hearing and with his expertise, have the prosecution of my DUI dropped, Virtually all "evidence" the prosecution had was dismissed or disallowed due to the superb skills of Attorney Alan Bernstein. What else can I say? If. you need an attorney and ypu want your BEST chances in the legal system, Alan Bernstein gets my 100% recommendation.
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Posted by D.Ray | August 1, 2015
Make a great decision... Hire Alan Bernstein.
I think hiring Alan Bernstein is the best decision you can make for yourself. I hired Alan after interviewing at least 4 others attorneys. Its the most important decision you can make to resolve your situation as favorably as possible for yourself. I am 100% confident Alan will get you the best result possible for your case. He is honest, ethical, and will work hard to win your case. He provided me with perfect advise and I trust him completely. He has the experience you need in your corner at this stressful time. I was able to relax after hiring Alan and focus on what I needed to do personally to manage my affairs. His fee is fair and worth every penny that you will pay him. My case was difficult and he knew how to handle all the complexities with great skill. The results of my case were excellent and it wouldn't have been possible without Alan's expertise. You deserve to have the best attorney in FL on your side.
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Posted by Michael | August 1, 2015
Great motor vehicle defense attorney
Alan Bernstein is a very professional defense attorney, in and out of court. His integrity is beyond reproach and his knowledge of the law is impeccable. He helped me with a moving violation on a State highway where there were some questionable issues. Mr Bernstein addressed then all in court with the judge successfully on each point and I was found innocent of the charge. Thank Mr Bernstein! I highly recommend his services at any level of motor vehicle legal issues.
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Posted by Tony R. | March 25, 2015
Thank You
I have worked with attorneys in various specialties, Criminal, FTC, SEC, Contractual, IRS and Federal compliance law. Mr. Bernstein did an excellent job handling my case, lowered from a DUI to no contest. In addition I witnessed first hand lawyers of lesser knowledge reach out to Mr. Bernstein in the court room for answers which they could not obtain. Thank you Mr. Bernstein
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2013
The Man who doesn't stop !!!
Mr. Bernstein is a very great hard working lawyer. He doesn't sugar coat it ! He tells you how it is! He's very dependable ! If you ever have any need of a lawyer no matter what it might be for I'd call him 1st!!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Alan S. Bernstein P.A.
  • 1983 - 2022
  • Trial Attorney
  • Chief Counsel's Office, Internal Revenue Service
  • 1981 - 1982

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DUI Serious Bodily Injury
  • Felony reduced to misdemeanor and no jail.
  • DUI SERIOUS BODILY INJURY
  • DUI MISDEMEANOR WITH ADMINISTRATIVE PROBATION AND NO JAIL

Associations

  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Founding Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Founding Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Broward County Criminal Lawyer Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2015
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2014
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2013
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2012
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2011
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2010
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2009
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2008
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2007
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2006
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2005
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2004
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2003
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2002
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2001
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2000
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 1999
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 1998
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 1997
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 1996
  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 1995
  • Defense of accused in DUI
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 1995
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Publications

  • Self
  • How to Avoid or Survive a DUI Arrest
  • 2013
  • Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, Inc
  • Florida DUI Defense: The Law & Practice
  • 2012
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Review of Drunk Driving Book
  • 2006
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • CROSS EXAMINATION OF STATE EXPERT IN BLOOD ALCOHOL TESTING
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • National College for DUI Defense
  • The Ambien Defense to DUI
  • 2017
  • Public Defender Seminar
  • FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS IN DUI's
  • 2015
  • THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC STANDARD FIELD SOBRIETY TESTING PRACTITIONERS COURSE
  • FIELD SOBRIETY TEST
  • 2009
  • AGENCY INSPECTOR COURSE ON THE INTOXILYZER 8000
  • FDLE OFFICIAL INTOXILYER 8000 AGENCY INSPECTOR COURSE
  • 2008
  • BREATH TEST OPERATOR COURSE
  • INTOXILYZER 8000
  • 2007
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Cross Examination of a Toxocologist in a DUI serious bodily injury or Death case
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

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DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alan is a superb lawyer with a wealth of experience. He has exceeded the expectations of every client I have referred to him."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with many criminal lawyers in the past 25 years as an immigration attorney. Alan Bernstein has successfully represented clients I have referred to and each case was handled with the most efficiency, professionalism and results. Alan knows the law, teaches it, and has written several books on DUI Defense. I have been referring clients to him for many years and will continue to do so. My clients are very thankful to him and his staff. I would recommend him highly for all my clients who have a DUI arrest."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alan Bernstein is among the best Drunk Driving Lawyers in Florida and even in the entire United States. I have known him for over twenty years and am very familiar with his work through our mutual association in the National College for DUI/DWI Defense where we both are among the 100 original founding members, by invitation of our peers . Alan Bernstein co-authored the leading text book on Florida Drunk Driving Law which has become a standard used by lawyers all across Florida today. Alan Bernstein's competence and professionalism are at such a high level that I would not hesitate in recommending his services to a close friend or family member facing a Drunk Driving charge in Florida."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Alan. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This is one of the best DUI lawyers in the country. He is a founding member of the National College for DUI Defense, and continues to participate in its educational activities at the highest of levels. He is well known among best of the best, and is the type of fighter who you want to have on your side."
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