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I began practicing Criminal Defense in Miami, Florida in 1980.  Throughout the years, I participated in over 100 jury trials, including the most serious DUI and Felony offenses.  I developed a Federal defense specialization, and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers awarded me the Rodney Thaxton "Against All Odds" award in 2007, for the aqcuittal of one of my clients.  I achieved nomination from the Daily Business Review in 2008 as one of the "Most Effective Lawyers" in the area of Criminal Defense.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Federal Crime: 50%
    36 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    36 years, 5 thousand cases



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    Regardless of whether he is fighting state or federal criminal charges, Mr. DeFabio is truly an experienced and highly skilled attorney. His extensive familiarity with all of the criminal courts in Florida has made him an excellent trial attorney.


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Contact info

DeFabio, Beckham, Solis, P.A.

2420 Southwest 22nd Street
Miami, FL, 33145


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Most Effective LawyerDaily Business Review2008
Rodney Thaxton "Against all Odds" AwardFlorida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDeFabio, Beckham and Solis2011 - Present
OwnerLaw Offices of Joel DeFabio1985 - 2011
Assistant Public DefenderMiami Dade Public Defenders Office1980 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1981 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
US vs. Henry WainwrightN/A
US vs. Lyglenson LemorinNOT GUILTY -- Jury Verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1980