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Scott Franklin Kotler

Criminal defense Attorney at Miami, FL

5.0   78 reviews
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  • State Years
    Florida - FL 36 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 33 years
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

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AGGRESSIVE CRIMINAL DEFENSE WITH 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. AVAILABLE 24/7 FOR EMERGENCIES.833-953-0562

I do the work myself, I don't delegate it to attorneys with less experience. I hold myself responsible for maintaining the utmost integrity while aggressively and vigorously defending my clients rights!

I handle matters that range from Traffic Tickets and DUI, to Drugs and Trafficking charges. I am licensed to practice in the State of Florida and Washington D.C. I handle investigations for those being "LOOKED AT" and I defend those who have actually been charged. I practice in both State and Federal Court. I am well skilled in trial having tried over 125 jury trials and countless bench trials.

I have represented everyone from blue collar workers, lawyers and doctors, to professional athletes. My fees are reasonable, I take credit cards, and I do payment plans.

The Firm has extensive experience in federal and state criminal defense law in Miami, Florida and throughout the United States.

The Firm represents individuals and corporate entities in investigations, trials, appeals, sentencing guidelines and post-conviction issues, tax, regulatory, administrative and professional disciplinary proceedings.

The Firm is result-oriented and sensitive to the unique problems of our clients. The Firm and its staff maintain absolute confidentiality in all communications with our clients.

When you are accused of a crime, your freedom, your family, and your job may be at stake. Be certain of your attorney's competence, reputation and experience.

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Scott F. Kotler, P.A.

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Posted by Martha | June 26, 2013
Third DUI !!!
Mr. Kotler represented me on my third DUI! I was facing serious jail time (up to 1 year). He got me off "scott free" and the case was dismissed. I strongly recommend him to anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney. He is the best!
Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2015
Excellent legal help!
A couple of months ago I was caught shoplifting in one department store in Miami. I was in the United States just on a tourist visa and Mr. Kotler was able to get me permission to return to my home country (Russia). He managed to put me in some special program that I can do online and once I complete it, my case will be dropped! I am very happy with him. He also referred me to a good immigration attorney as I needed legal advice on immigration consequences of my case. He wanted to make sure we did not do anything that would impact me in the future as far as immigration.
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Posted by Fernando | September 22, 2022
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Best Lawyer Ever!
Scott is an excellent lawyer. He was very clear and through during my case. He knew how to handle every detail and made the experience less stressful. I would recommend him any day. I am thankfull to him and his paralegal Jennifer. They make a great team!
Posted by Ronnie | September 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!!!
A couple of months ago I got in an altercation with my girlfriend baby daddy where I got a felony charge for standing my ground, I got recommended to Scott and three months later Charges we're dropped when the chances seemed slim thank you God for justice and thank you Scott for representing me!
Posted by Emily | September 3, 2022
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Miracle worker
Mr. Kotler, who had come highly recommended by other lawyers, fought for my brother from the start to the finale, day or night. He is a very renowned lawyer, and it was a pleasure working with him on my brothers behalf. My brother had a probation violation that required a miracle to resolve, but because to his diligence and perseverance, he was able to be released from probation. And now, at long last, my brother may return home to his family, where he belongs. You need a good attorney come straight to Mr. Kotler!
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2022
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Case closed
Mr Kotler is a very respectable attorney it was a pleasure working with him my husband had a probation violation that was a miracle to close out he made it possible to get my husband off of probation with his hard work and persistence I strongly recommend anyone to use him as a criminal defense lawyer
Posted by Marco | July 28, 2022
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Greatest attorney to step foot on this earth
Since the first day I was given a misdemeanor from an officer, I knew the first thing to do was call Scott. He handled my fathers cases and now the only person I knew that would be able to defend my case was Scott himself. From the day that he took my case he was always on my corner informing me every detail as he worked on the case. Every time I needed to ask something Scott was there, every time I felt worried Scott was there to assure me he will do everything in his power, and he did. I was a little worried when the officer showed up in court, all it took from scott was a few words and Boom the case was dismissed. Even the judge recognized him and spoke very highly of him because indeed he is the best. Trust me if your in a difficult time, pick up the phone and start dialing his phoneeeee. This was the best decision of my life and I’m happy I chose him. My case went super smooth and Scott handled every second of it.Trust me when I say, hiring Scott was the best decision I’ve ever made. Scott is the greatest!!!
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Posted by Liz | June 29, 2022
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Muy agradecida con mi Abogado Scott Kotler.
Muy agradecida con mi Abogado Scott Kotler , un abogado profesional , que me defendio de un caso dificil e injusto por parte de la policia de Miami , desde el primer momento el me recibio con su secretaria que muy amablemente , nos tradujo al español , tomo mi caso y pelio hasta el ultimo momento para desestimar los cargos . Exelente servicio , profesionalismo y honestidad. Gracias.
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Posted by Carlo | June 24, 2022
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Highly recommend Scott if you’re in serious trouble.
Scott is amazing, thoughtful, and definitely a great lawyer. I was faced with a very tough case that from the very beginning, I was wrongfully accused of committing felonies. Scott’s diligence to defend me with truth versus false accusations ended up with all my charges being dropped. I Highly recommend Scott if you’re in serious trouble.
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Posted by Joshua | June 23, 2022
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Best Attorney
Absolute best attorney. I been through 2 other attorney's for the same case and they all failed. He was able to work magic. Even other attorney's hire him, because he is so awesome. He really changed my life for me and my family, and I have another chance at life.
Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2022
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The right person to call!
From the day that I had my first phone call with Scott I knew he would be in my corner during one of the hardest times in my life. He is always available when you need him. He is very resourceful!!!!! Trust me when I say, hiring Scott was the best decision I’ve ever made. My case went smooth, he handled everything! Scott cares!
Posted by Stephanie | May 10, 2022
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The man with a plan!!
I have used Scott Kotler in many different cases in the past and he never seems to fail me!! This man is the best attorney hands down!! Whenever anyone is in a criminal matter I know Scott will help the situation and makes sure to do everything possible to get you out of the jam. Besides he has the best assistant ever, the communication between client and attorney is unbelievable. This man is the safest, reliable and most affective criminal attorney in Miami! I got him on speed dial. You hire him and you won’t regret it!!!
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Posted by Alecxander | May 6, 2022
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Scott is the best !
Scott is really an amazing and caring attorney. He knew how to navigate and handle every aspect of my case, the curveballs and tricks the prosecution was throwing at me, the bullying from the prosecution, all the manipulation from the other side, throughout it all he defended me and we came out on top and one of the charges was dropped and we had the best possible outcome on the other one. He also calmed me down and reassured me that my future was going to be intact and that he was not going to let them beat us. Without Scott I would have never had such an amazing outcome and that is something I’ll be eternally grateful to him. I’m also happy and proud to be able to call him my friend. He really cares about his clients and even when I was in anguish, he reassured me and told me to trust him and be patient and that’s what I did. He will be my guy and my friend for all legal topics coming forward in the future.
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Posted by Z Mahani | April 25, 2022
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He’s helped me bring the case to finish line
I want to begin by addressing the fact that Scott Kotler has been such an invaluable asset in my life, after the most traumatic experience of my life. I have been in what feels like a period of turmoil and disarray, and was seeking counsel for a painful event from my past. Scott Kotler has tirelessly worked with me; he has advocated for my rights, needs, and assisted in my struggles to build myself back up again. I have experienced a considerable amount of trauma, and Scott Kotler was able to work with me as I continued to experience responses to that trauma. The event has rattled me to my core, so I can’t imagine I have always been the easiest of clients, but Scott Kotler has worked with me with a level of professionalism that I cannot appreciate enough. I am so thankful that Scott Kotler has worked tirelessly to assist me in working through each and every step of my case. His attention to detail and work has helped steady me in a time of crisis and insecurity. Scott Kotler has worked relentlessly, and thanks to the consistent work he has done, has led to an arrest warrant being issued for my offender. I cannot thank him enough for all that he has done for me, the justice he has helped serve, and the work he has poured himself into for clients like me.
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Posted by Destiny | March 23, 2022
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Excellent lawyer, recommended.
I definitely would recommend this guy! I explain the situation and he gave an honest opinion. Every time I had a question or called he was quick to respond and very professional. Scott got the charges dropped !
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2022
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Best communication I ever had
The attorney and his team solve my case positively, in a timely matter and kept me updated through the process. The communication was amazing, even texting me outside business hours when I really needed to.
Posted by Gene | February 10, 2022
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Great Lawyer
This is an outstanding Lawyer. He does his homework on the case. I paid upfront and signed the retainer agreement. In my case he hit a Home run on the first try. Getting me off Conditional Release after 4 years. And having both charges dropped. I am very appreciative for the outcome.
Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2022
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Atypical Case
Our family was referred to Scott, and we were able to work together from California. His availability and quick response, via email, phone, text, zoom; were exemplary of superb communication. Scott was able to get to know us in such a short time, and intuitively understood and accommodated our needs. He updated us frequently, with clarity, coordinated seamlessly with our local attorney, and needless to say, won our case - and with the best possible outcome. We were represented with the highest standard of professionalism, and couldn’t be more satisfied. Thank you to Scott, and his illustrious team. Our appreciation is beyond words. To whomever reading to decide on whether or not to choose Scott’s services; know that my recommendation is from the heart, and coming from a meticulous nature that notices the smallest details. Scott and his team, is who to go with.
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Posted by humberto | January 20, 2022
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worth every dollar guarantee
very dedicated in working hard to help me on my case. very grateful and beyond appreciative for the work Mr. Kotler does/did for me.
Posted by Jose | January 5, 2022
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The BEST of the BEST!!!
Mr. Kotler and his team are very professional and extremely knowledgeable in their field. He was very responsive to our situation and made sure to let us know that the matter was going to be taken care of. Sure enough, it was done and we couldn't be happier. I 100% recommend him.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding and Managing Partner
  • Scott F. Kotler, P.A.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney (teaching law students and new attorneys)
  • Lawyers to the Rescue
  • 2010 - Present
  • Moot Court Coach
  • University of Miami
  • 1987 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Tucker & Kotler, P.A.
  • 1994 - 2011
  • Managing Partner
  • Saul & Kotler, P.A.
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Levine & Geiger
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • State Attorney''S Office
  • 1987 - 1991
  • Asistant State Attorney (teaching incoming prosecutors)
  • Miami Dade County State Attorney’s Office
  • 1987 - 1991
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Education

  • Widener University School of Law
  • law
  • 1987
  • University of Miami
  • BBA
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v Linet
  • acquitted of all charges!
  • State v Davis
  • acquitted of all 5 charges!
  • State of Florida vs. Baldonado
  • dismissal of charges
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Associations

  • Attorney Breakfast Club
  • Senior Member/Speaker/Lecturer
  • 2010 - Present
  • Lawyers To The Rescue
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Member in good standing
  • 1992 - Present
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Member in good standing
  • 1989 - Present
  • University of Miami
  • Moot Court Coach
  • 1987 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian
  • Slovak
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Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.5 out of 5
  • martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Lawyer of the month
  • Lawyers To The Rescue
  • 2012
  • Mertorious Public Service
  • Eleventh Circuit UPL Committee "A"
  • 1999
  • Dean's list
  • Widener University School of Law
  • 1987
  • Graduated top 1/3
  • Widener University School of Law
  • 1987
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Publications

  • published and video recorded, Lawyers to The Rescue
  • How to seal and expunge in The State of Florida
  • 2013
  • Delaware Law Forum
  • Delaware Law School
  • 1986

Speaking Engagements

  • Attorney Breakfast Club monthly educational presentation
  • DUI and all of its intricacies!
  • 2017
  • Lunch & Learn
  • Tips for dealing with Law Enforcement
  • 2015
  • HEART Seminars
  • Sealing and Expunging
  • 2013
  • HEART seminar at Camillus house
  • Law Enforcement Encounters
  • 2013
  • University of Miami Law School Mock Trial Speaker
  • How to be an Advocate
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (13)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"If I ever get arrested, Scott Kotler is on the shortlist of people I would call. And you should have him on your list too. Federal court? Call Scott. State court? Call Scott. He responds to stuff right away, and gets on top of a case without any delay."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"No person, no less attorney, is more responsive than Scott. I have known him now for 8 years and as a Miami workers' compensation attorney, I know I need a great criminal defense lawyer on call for my clients! Scott is that "on call" lawyer my injured clients need! Scott is great, hands down!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have sent criminal defense cases to Scott and he has done a wonderful job handling them. The clients are very happy with his responsiveness and results. Great attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been referring my criminal cases to Scott for years. He is one of the best in the state; knows his criminal law inside and out; is compassionate toward the clients; is an aggressive and fearless advocate; and is always available and extraordinarily responsive to his client's needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I became a criminal defense lawyer at the same time as Scott Kotler, but he (Scott) had already served for 4 years as an Assistant State Attorney by that time, whereas I had no real world experience at all. Since I was "green" (as a Granny Smith apple) I looked to other lawyers for help (informal mentorship) and Scott, being both young enough to be a contemporary yet concurrently significantly experienced in both the law and the litigation process, was a natural role-model. We have worked together, separate but apart (in independent private practices), for nearly a quarter of a century now and Scott remains a lawyer whom I can (and do) call for second opinions and just to pick his brain. He is a dedicated, diligent and dominant criminal defense litigator in whom you can comfortably place your life and liberty. I am both happy and privileged to endorse Scott F. Kotler."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kotler is a mainstay in the legal community and is regarded as one of the finest criminal defense attorneys in Florida. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Occasionally our construction clients need the assistance of a criminal lawyer. Scott is the only lawyer I would recommend. He is not only an effective lawyer providing great results, he is attentive to the clients needs and concerns and responds promptly to requests. If you need a criminal lawyer, there is no other place to look - you have found the lawyer you need."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Friend
"Scott is an excellent litigator, you can't go wrong having him on your side. Highly respected by everyone in the legal profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is an ethical, hardworking, and compassionate attorney. He does an excellent job for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott is a very knowledgeable criminal Defense Lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Kotler is a competent, diligent and zealous advocate of all his clients' causes."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Scott for many years. He is a well respected, experienced and effective lawyer. If your future or freedom is important to you, hire Scott."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott and I have been colleagues for decades. He is a dedicated professional, with great courtroom skills, who always has his client's interests first and foremost."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer. Despite being my brother, I know Scott to be an aggressive and dedicated attorney for his clients. It is clear his experiences as a prosecutor have shaped him into an excellent criminal defense attorney who I refer clients to regularly with confidence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have referred Scott several clients. Besides observing it firsthand, the clients have all commented that Scott is attentive, hard-working and professional. I have seen Scott fight zealously to make certain his clients obtain the best result possible. He is my go-to guy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Scott for almost 20 years and he is an exceptional attorney. We have practiced criminal defense in both federal and state matters together. We are not only colleagues but friends as well. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott is a phenomenal individual and member of the Florida Bar. As a fellow attorney if I ever found my self with the need for criminal representation Scott would be the first attorney I would call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Scott Kotler for over 15 years. His commitment to his his clients is unparalleled and of the higest standard. He has vast experience working in the criminal justice system and has superior trial skills. His time at the State Attorney's Office was well spent, and gave Mr. Kotler a strong understanding of the people and procedures."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Scott as both a lawyer and a mentor. He is the epitome of ethics and professionalism. I endorse this lawyer."
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Miami Criminal defense Lawyer Scott Franklin Kotler
Scott Franklin Kotler
Criminal defense Attorney
Miami, FL
Licensed for 36 years
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