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Michael Adam Haber

Criminal defense Attorney at North Miami, FL

5.0   243 reviews

also known as #HaberPA, Michael A. Haber, P.A.

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  • Licensed for 32 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    Michael A. Haber, Esq. has litigated criminal defense cases ranging from misdemeanors to murder since being licensed in both state court (1991) and in federal court (1993).

    33 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    40%
    Michael A. Haber, Esq. has represented over 1,000 criminal traffic cases, including misdemeanor and felony DUI charges, including DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide cases.

    33 years

  3. Domestic violence
    10%
    Michael A. Haber, Esq. has represented both the criminally accused and has also regularly served as a victim's rights' advocate in domestic violence cases since 1991.

    33 years

  4. Expungement
    10%
    Michael A. Haber, Esq. regularly assists folks in sealing and expungment cases, oftentimes for out-of-State clients who never need to appear in court. This process can be done remotely.

    33 years

CREATIVE, TENACIOUS AND ZEALOUS CRIMINAL, DUI, BUI AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEFENSE, CRIME VICTIM RIGHTS AND SEAL & EXPUNGE ADVOCACY SINCE 1991. FREE CONSULTATIONS. AT #HABERPA "IT'S ALL ABOUT REASONABLE DOUBT"!

At #HaberPA / Michael A. Haber, P.A. "it's all about reasonable doubt"!

 

Whether in State or Federal Courts, Michael A. Haber, P.A. strives to ensure that his client's rights are respected and that his clients receive top-tier legal representation and counsel. 

 

For 31+ years I have striven to make #HaberPA / Michael A. Haber, P.A. a business that custom tailors its services to meet the needs of the client. This incorporates such things as (but is not limited to) doing my best to meet clients at their convenience (as opposed to mine), in locations and at times which are mutually convenient (sometimes at their homes, places of business, independent ground - having free wifi and excellent coffee any Dunkin Donuts always works for me - and occasionally even at odd hours), structuring fees to reasonably accommodate the parties, making myself personally available to the client as close to 24/7 as is possible and, perhaps most importantly, giving careful and comprehensive consideration to both micro and macro issues in a given case so as to be able to agree upon and effort toward a viable litigation objective.  This is why I refer to #HaberPA / Michael A. Haber, P.A. proudly providing "boutique criminal defense litigation" (being "a small company that offers highly specialized services"), and this is a large part of #HaberPA's / Michael A. Haber, P.A.'s mission statement.

 

Accordingly, #HaberPA / Michael A. Haber, P.A. has provided personalized and boutique legal services to both individuals and entities, primarily in the South Florida area, since 1991.  With no history of professional discipline whatsoever, Michael A. Haber, Esq. zealously advocates his client's interests and custom tailors his services to meet each client's particular situation, needs and desires.  

 

Toward that end Michael A. Haber, Esq. makes himself directly available to his clients whether in person, over the phone or Toll Free, by cell, verbally or text), by e-mail, on Facebook, on Twittter, on AOL/IM, and also why I consistently add information to the public on both HaberPA's Criminal and DUI Defense Litigation Blog, and more importantly with #HaberPA's "Webisode" series on YouTube ("MichaelHaberLaw"), whcih currently features 375 short, educational, entertaining and informative VideoFAQ's on a variety of Criminal Defense, DUI, BUI, Domestic Violence, Victim's Rights Advocacy and Seal and Expunge related topics.

 

When you hire #HaberPA / Michael A. Haber, P.A. you get Michael A. Haber, Esq.!

 

And remember, at HaberPA, "It's all about Reasonable Doubt"! 

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011
Client's Choice
2024 2023 2022 + 11 ...
Top Contributor 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013
Top Contributor
2024 2023 2022 + 9 ...

Photos and videos

#HaberPA VideoFAQ # 112) Litigating Criminal Cases in FL State Courts
#HaberPA VideoFAQ # 108) Federal Criminal Defense Litigation
#HaberPA VideoFAQ # 107) Litigating DUI & BUI Cases in FL
#HaberPA VideoFAQ # 106) Litigating Domestic Violence Cases in FL
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Location

#HaberPA
12555 Biscayne Boulevard, # 893
North Miami, FL, 33181

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Strategy, Great Outcome!
After a short, celebratory weekend in Miami, and a run in with Miami PD in the 305, I found myself in need of council for two misdemeanor charges. With no criminal background and no first hand knowledge of the criminal justice system, I returned to my out-of-state home to begin negotiating the charges and resume day-to-day life. After interviewing a handful of lawyers, Mike stood out as my primary candidate given his extensive knowledge of the Miami/ Dade justice system, as well as his step-by-step strategy to fight the charges. Although a change in state-appointed leadership altered our strategy, Mike's guidance and council lead to the dismissal of both charges. From the outset, and through the 3-4 month ordeal, Mike was readily available via phone, text, or email, providing thorough analysis and recommendations of the evolving process. I am extremely grateful to have worked with Mike and I highly recommend him.
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Response from Michael Haber November 1, 2023
Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your kind Client Review (#HaberPA's 235th on AVVO)! As you've not identified yourself & for the benefit of those who read this I'll elaborate a bit on your now closed case. You were arrested, booked & released after posting bond while a tourist in The 305. Upon returning to your hometown you began a long distance search for representation. I don't know how many lawyers you spoke with before choosing to hire #HaberPA but when we spoke, having reviewed your Arrest / Probable Cause Affidavit & with the benefit of your version of events, I took the time to thoroughly explain the possibilities, to field all of your questions, & to outline a plan of action (with contingencies). Once you agreed I embarked upon achieving your goal (to wit: a Dismissal without entering a Diversionary Program). Because you reside out of State & as yours was a Misdemeanor case the Rules of Criminal Procedure permit for remote representation; as such, together with my written Retainer Agreement I prepared & emailed you a Verified Motion to Proceed in Absentia (seeking permission for you NOT to have to appear in Court), a Verified Change of Plea in Absentia (to maintain in my file as a proverbial emergency parachute, albeit with no plan on using it) & when you returned the original notarized documents to me I waited until a day before your Arraignment to file my Appearance, Demands for Discovery & Trial & the Absentia Motion (waiting until the day before Arraignment guaranteed that ⅓ of your "Speedy Trial" time would have ticked &, knowing both the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Court & State Attorney's Office as I do it was a good bet - albeit not a certainty - that a large portion, if not all of the remaining ⅔'s, would be eaten-up before the case was set for Trial & before the Prosecutor sent out the discovery). As the 90th day neared (90 days being the Speedy Trial time for a Misdemeanor arrest in FL) we had no discovery & your case was not yet set for Trial, leaving us in a dilemma. Do we file a Notice of Expiration, clue in the State & give the Judge an opportunity to ramrod us into a literal Speedy Trial or do we wait for the Trial Date to be set, see if discovery is tendered & then react accordingly? I chose the latter path, your case was set for Trial shortly thereafter (in front of a Judge who does not conduct "Sounding" / Status Hearings before Trial settings) & the State had still not provided any discovery. One week to the day before Trial I filed (but did not calendar) a Motion to Compel Discovery & a Request for a State Charged Continuance (thus preserving your Speedy Trial rights while leaving the door open to seek a dismissal at the Trial call should the State not have it's witnesses in the Courtroom & at the ready). I appeared for Trial in your absence, the State was not ready, I withdrew my Motion to Compel & to Continue, the Court denied the State's "ore tenus" (oral, in Court, without notice) request for a Continuance & your case was Nolle Pros'd / Dismissed. Why / how did that happen? Experience, that's why / how. Knowing - make that "mastering" - the Rules of Procedure & Evidence, employing guile, being aware of, attuned to & alert for loopholes & technicalities allowed me to serve you precisely as we contemplated. Had we chosen another path (such as filing the Notice of Expiration) then we may not have achieved the desired result (not as sweetly as we did anyhow). As you noted, during the course of the case (which was about 3½ months start to finish) we spoke, emailed & texted regularly (hopefully I never kept you waiting long), I kept you fully informed, you were able to live your life "as if" there was no Miami criminal case & within a reasonable amount of time I secured your Dismissal in your absence & with no further inconvenience to your life. Your trust in me both paid off for you & is greatly appreciated by me, as is your kind Client Review. Wishing you all the best! Fondly, MAH/Esq. #HaberPA
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Posted by Ashley | May 11, 2023
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Best lawyer experience ever
Mr Habor is an extremely professional and wonderful Lawyer. I can remember, in the beginning of my case I was feeling very uneasy and scared of the outcome, but after I spoke to Mr. Haber over the phone regarding my case, he gave me a piece of mind that everything will work out fine. And actually it did. I want to thank you for being very patient and handling my case very professionally. I would definitely recommend to services to anyone that has a criminal case.
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Response from Michael Haber May 11, 2023
Dear Ashley, Thank you for your generous & succinct Client Review (#HaberPA's 232nd on AVVO). As there's no way to identify you I'll share some of the facts of your case with the folks, as it was complex, time-intensive & an excellent example of how planning, preparation, tenacity & patience can combine to get the best possible result. You were arrested & charged with Grand Theft & Fraud after DCF had accused you of improperly accepting benefits from it's Food Assistance Program. DCF claimed that you improperly / unlawfully filed for & received benefits totaling $29,353.64 & the State Attorney's Office blindly accepted the same, promptly a filing 2nd degree felony charge against you wherein you faced 15 years in state prison, 15 years probation, nearly $30k in restitution, a $10k fine & a permanent criminal conviction. From our first consultation you were absolutely adamant that you neither applied for nor had you received any funds to which you were not entitled. Moreover, you claimed that you yourself had been a fraud victim by an unscrupulous family member, &, as such, we set out to concurrently both prove your & to disprove the State's allegations. As we dug (there were nearly 1,000 pages of discovery, including a Tim Burton worthy nightmare-esque plethora of financial records), sorted & sifted we were able to find a series of double billings along with several over-billing errors, & with a great deal of effort, patience, tenacity & perhaps most significantly - the luck of finding an honest, approachable & understanding "Collections Supervisor" / "bean counter" at DCF in Tallahassee, we were able to confirm the same & effectively knock down the amount alleged from nearly $30k to about $18k. Further, we were ultimately able to so sufficiently scrutinize DCF's payments to you that we actually managed to get DCF to admit that of the revised figure of $18k that they claimed to be fraudulent $10k had been improperly labeled as "criminal" (as opposed to "clerical"). Because of that we were able to remove another $10k from the State's criminal case, leaving a balance of approximately $8k (thereby reducing your exposure from a 2nd to a 3rd degree felony, for which your maximum exposure dropped from 15 to 5 years, both in prison & on probation, the restitution was cut by nearly 75% - from $30k to $8k - & your potential fine was cut in half). From the get go I had encouraged you to put away as much money as you could (best case scenario you would have a pile of cash to do with what you wish & worst case you'd have restitution money readily available) & as such by the time that we had chiseled the restitution amount down to $8k you had $3k to put "down", importantly leaving the balance of your criminal restitution at just under $5k. Why was this significant? Because here in The 305 / Miami-Dade County, the threshold for being admitted into Pretrial Diversion / PTD (a/k/a Pretrial Intervention / PTI) is $5k. Where one's restitution is above $5k then that is an absolute barrier to admission but, where one can get underneath that arbitrary boundary (& assuming that one is otherwise qualified, or, better stated, "not disqualified") then admission is all but certain. As you had no prior criminal history & your "victim" (DCF) didn't object you were "otherwise qualified", & as we deflated the restitution to less than $5k you were admitted into the program (successful completion of which would - did in fact - result in a dismissal). It took a year for you to make full restitution but you did, & as you had no complications during that time period you earned your dismissal (although I've congratulated you already, once again "congrats"). This was truly a complex, time-intensive case & also an excellent example of how planning, preparation, tenacity & patience can combine to get the best possible result. We did it together, as a team, and now you're part of the #HaberPA family! Thanking you again & wishing you all the best. Fondly, MAH/Esq.
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Posted by Damarys | April 3, 2023
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Michael Adam Haber is the best in what he does!
I had a complicated arrested around October, and when my partner and I got arrested and taken to one of the Miami Jails, we were both charged for arrests I felt was not fair. I called the cops to help me out instead I got arrested and so did my boyfriend. After seeking reviews on several lawyers that can help my particular case, I found the reviews of Michael Adam Haber. I gave a call and he consulted me what would be best and advised me for a lawyer for my boyfriends case, as well as taking on my case at a fair price. He also advised me to enroll with advocate program to show the courts I am trying to improve from the negative experience of being arrested. With patience and focus on how to improve my status in showing the courts I am not one to be sent to jail for the arrests I was given. I am happy to be doing community service and I learned my lesson in what happened on that night, and moving forward feeling free and going back to my prior goals feels amazing and I really am grateful for the work of Michael Adam Haber, he helped me and helped my partner with our cases.
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Response from Michael Haber April 4, 2023
Dear Damarys, Thank you for your kind words (in the form of #HaberPA's 229th Client Review on AVVO). Because you can't be identified and so as to provide the folks with some context I am going to expound a bit (and I will have to correct just one minor misstatement). You and your boyfriend (B/F) had a heated dispute which resulted in your calling the police. By the time they arrived things had already cooled. You did your best to explain as much to the cops but, as with most every DV call, they were not leaving without one of you in 'cuffs (they do that to avoid risk of liability). As they took your B/F away you protested, resulting in what we in the biz call being held in "Contempt of Cop" and "gratuitous charges" (in your case they arrested you for Battery on a LEO and Resisting Arrest with Violence, both felonies). Knowing that they were wearing body cam (both your and your B/F's arrest reports told us so) I asked you for an honest answer as to whether or not the BWC footage would corroborate the officer's allegations. When you unequivocally said "yes" I immediately advised you to enroll in and complete an Anger Management Class (in fact we used the very same one that the State Attorney's Office contracts with for their diversion program, albeit without the State's knowledge or consent). I did this up front as not only as a hedge against a potentially losing hand but also as a proactive step which we could use as leverage if need be and also, frankly, as if the allegations were true then while it'd take a few hours of your life and also likely benefit us in court it might also be personally beneficial to you later in life. Anyhow, to your credit you enrolled in and promptly completed the class, arming me with a little ammo for our arsenal. Meantime I could not ethically represent both you and your B/F so I provided your B/F with another attorney's contact info (someone who would independently represent your B/F's interests whether they continued to align with yours or not) and I took on your cases both as criminal defense counsel in your felony case and as your Victim Rights Advocate in your B/F's DV case. In the later capacity I prepared and filed a Verified Non-Prosecution Affidavit with the DV Prosecutor advising that not only did you not wish to prosecute the case but that if you were subpoenaed as a witness against your will then due to your own independent prosecution you would refuse to testify and invoke the 5th on "advise of counsel" as to each and every question asked. As the DV case was dismissed this worked a charm (and also saved your B/F's lawyer a ton of work); however your felony prosecution continued. While you were taking Anger Management classes I was busy reviewing discovery, including the (let's just call it "unflattering") BWC footage. Afterward, when we agreed that we had no leg to stand on, I initiated plea discussions, using your acceptance of responsibility, your amenability to treatment and your proactive insight and actions to our advantage (just as I has anticipated). I believe largely due to that (i.e. your proactive follow-through) the officers agreed to your admission into a diversionary program, the favorable conditions of which I was able to structure with your Assistant State Attorney. It was not me being brilliant so much as my experience that got us here, but even were I brilliant then my experience would be meaningless without your hard work and commitment. Yours is an excellent example of both just how easily things can go south with the police and how trusting your lawyer can redirect things back to true north. So as much as you thank me (and I am most appreciative to be sure) know that I both thank you and recognize that I could not have pulled this off (not as favorably anyhow) without your diligence and effort. I am very much looking forward to listening to the State formally announce a Nolle Pros in your case and then expunging this from your record. Gratefully, MAH/Esq.
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Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2024
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A wonderful lawyer who gives the best service at the best price
was arrested for DUI and needed to find a lawyer. I found many lawyers on the internet and talked to some on the phone. Some of these conversations were short and some were long, but no one gave me the confidence I wanted until I found Michael Haber, the lawyer with the most reviews and the best things written about him. We talked on the phone for about 75 minutes and at the end of the conversation I knew he was my lawyer. Mr. Michael explained the events, processes, facts and possible events in an understandable, simple and beautiful language. He talked about facts instead of selling me dreams. He avoided exaggeration. He spoke decisively, confidently and clearly. He drew me a great road map in the fastest way and we set off immediately. Mr. Michael told me: "Just do what I say, stay calm and don't be afraid, I will take care of the rest". But I was worried & scared because my license was suspended and I only had 5-6 days to get all my documents ready and apply to MiamiBAR.  Mr. Michael understood the Hardship license was vital for me and he worked over the weekend to get it done, with my documents ready by Sunday evening. Early Monday morning he sent my file to MiamiBAR and started the process. He gave me tasks to do, like enrolling in a DUI school. He explained what I had to do in the clearest, most detailed and precise ways. I am a very anxious and panicky person. I make a big deal out of problems and obsess over it but Mr. Michael managed my situation very well. I got my BPO license in about a week. Later on he received and analyzed the police reports and the BWC. He sent them to me and I reviewed them and then he discussed the matter in detail with me and my immigration lawyer, explaining it to both of us in detail. We evaluated the possibilities and risks & then together we chose the path that made the most sense and was right for me. When Mr. Michael advised me he never thought about his own interests or the money he could make. He only thought about my interests and well-being. This is one of the biggest features that distinguishes him from other lawyers. Mr. Michael was punctual and knew his job well so he concluded the case in about 1.5 months and with a reasonable result. I am grateful to him for all he did and can not thank him enough for all his help and support. I am sure that I would have been in a much more trouble if I had not met him. There are so many positive things to say, but the most prominent are his accessibility, punctuality, speed, diligence and patience. He was at all times available to me by phone & email and never leaving me hanging. He always promptly replied and was available to me, even on nights and weekends. During the time we worked together I sent many long e-mails to Mr. Michael asking questions and expressing concerns. He answered every single one in detail without getting impatient. Even on weekends I received answers in a surprisingly short time (15 minutes to 2 hours). I received answers at 7-9am for e-mails I sent at 3-4am and the answers I received were descriptive, detailed, complete and covered all my questions. Mr. Michael's performance was extraordinary. Mr. Michael taught me how to get the best service at the best price. He made me say countless times during this fearful, anxious and uncertain DUI process "wow, what a lawyer. What lawyers there are in the world!!!”. And after such a troubling and difficult process, I can wholeheartedly admit the following truth: Michael Adam Haber is a legend who wrote the book on DUI law. He is more than a DUI lawyer. Of course, my problem was DUI, so I talked about just this subject. But when I think of Mr. Michael as a lawyer in general, he is out of this world as a lawyer. He is giving you more and more and more than you pay him. (PS: Honestly, there are so many positive things to write a book about the great service I received from Mr. Michael, but the lines are limited and if I write a little longer, the site will not accept)
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Response from Michael Haber May 13, 2024
Dear Anonymous, Yours (which is #HaberPA's 243rd Client Review on AVVO) is now one of my hands-down favorite explanations by a client as to why I was hired & how I performed as an "advisor, advocate, negotiator & evaluator" (those being the "roles" delineated by The Florida Bar as to "A Lawyer's Responsibilities" in the Preamble to Chapter 4 of the Rules of Professional Conduct) on your behalf. Noting that you've perhaps provided the folks with the best, most heartfelt explanation that I could've ever imagined, still I'll chime in, point by point, as best I can, although recognizing that I won't compare to your categorical & civilian, real-world analysis. When I answer a cold-call from a potential client I explain that before we discuss the case I need, at a minimum, to review the Probable Cause / Arrest Affidavit (that way I know the client's "worst case scenario" before I hear the accused's version of events). Once I've digested the Arresting Officer's justification then I eagerly listen to the potential client, asking relevant questions with a design to identify possibilities & probabilities, offer options & suggestions &, of course, to be able to quote a fair fee for anticipated services. I'm not the least bit surprised that other lawyers with whom you spoke didn't offer that sort of time, effort & analysis; in fact one could argue that I count on my colleagues being short, terse & "blowing sunshine" (as opposed to my approach, i.e. taking a "leap of faith", calculating that my taking the time & offering honest analysis is well worth the while). In fact I'm so certain that most - not all but the far larger percent - of my colleagues will be short, pithy & unrealistically rosy that I encourage potential clients to speak with other lawyers before making a hiring decision. That said, once I'm hired it's "game on", & in DUI cases (yours was an accident with both property damage & injuries, albeit minor injuries) that includes expediting services in light of the unavoidable & imminent DMV component. In fairness to me (& given the rare exception where I believe that intentional delay is a sage tactic), I don't dilly-dally in any aspect of any case, instead opting to operate with a "SOP" of preferring to work quickly so as to try to simultaneously catch the State off guard & to get the client closure sooner as opposed to later; but in your case (given the DL suspension, your need to drive & the brief window within which to act) a rapid response was absolutely necessary & so it pressingly came to pass. This mentality (of getting things done, stat) pervades all aspects of #HaberPA's representation, which is why I do my absolute best to field client's calls, texts & emails as close to immediately as is humanly possible. While I enjoy my life as best I can I also empathize with my clients, who themselves need answers, guidance, information & feedback in real time, & so I also do my best to be accessible, available & responsive. After 32+ years in this industry I've leaned many things but perhaps the most fundamental is that each case & each client is sentient, unique & must be addressed & treated accordingly. Having inquired about your legal status in the US I knew that immigration concerns existed & when you advised that you had an immigration lawyer I suggested a waiver of confidentiality such that I could bring her into the loop & thus ensure comprehensive action with regard to both criminal & immigration concerns, without compromising one at the other's expense. I won't presume to either consider myself to be "a legend" or to have written "the book on DUI law" (although anyone who follows #HaberPA's #PSAOfTheDay on Facebook, X, YouTube & MeWe might disagree, arguing that I author a "book du jour") but I will both gratefully accept your perception of me as such & defer to your impression as you explain it to others. Thank you again for your sincere & kind words; they truly mean the world to me. Most gratefully, MAH/Esq. #HaberPA
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2024
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Outstanding legal representation
Can’t thank Michael enough in representing me and providing outstanding guidance and outcome on a minor but very serious matter. From the first call, Michael came up with a strategy to ease any further actions against me and ultimately fought strategically to get the case handled in a manner that both myself and the courts felt was fair. Again, I couldn’t have gotten these results without Michael’s help, so if you are facing charges and want to make sure that you get the best representation, hire the best in town MIcheal aka “Sharkie”. Thanks Michael!
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Response from Michael Haber May 10, 2024
Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your kind words (in the form of #HaberPA's 242nd Client Review on AVVO). Yours comes on the heels of your wife's review & as I prophesized when replying to her (to wit: that I'd wait until you chimed in, hopefully anonymously), I can now discuss the facts & circumstances so that the folks will understand the pitfalls we had to traverse, what we accomplished & how we got from Point A to Point B. That said it all started by your having "found" me via a referral from another lawyer who doesn't handle criminal cases. You called me soon after you had gotten notice that the Police were looking to arrest you on a series of Retail Theft charges. I promptly met you, vetted the situation & quoted you an initial fee to reach out to the Cops, make inquiry, confirm the status of their investigation, determine if an arrest was imminent & if so then to arrange for your convenient, safe surrender. Once I was certain that The PoPo were going to effect a Probable Cause Arrest, charging you with 1 Felony & 1 Misdemeanor, I prearranged for bond (i.e. I put a surety in place) & then appeared with you & your wife at the Police Station where I ensured that your rights were both invoked & respected. During what I can best describe as "congenial conversation" with your Arresting Officers during the surrender process (you had 2 separate albeit related cases) I managed to convince them to charge you with a series of Misdemeanors as opposed to the expected Felony & Misdemeanor charges. (They initially intended to "aggregate" 4 of your 5 Petit Thefts into 1 Felony Grand Theft, & they had even contemplated charging you with Organized Scheme to Defraud, a more serious felony which would've kept you in jail overnight for a mandatory appearance). Once bail was posted & you bonded out we regrouped to discuss the options & lock down legal fees (noting that I credited you for the pre-surrender fee which you had paid against a fee to handle the cases through disposition). I then engaged the State Attorney's Office in an effort at securing an agreement to "consolidate" your 2 cases into 1 case. There were several reasons for this but, projecting forward into the future, my primary concern was that Florida Law limits citizens to seek 1 Seal or Expunge in their lifetime. Noting that I'm mathematically challenged I need not be Pythagoras to calculate that were we to "beat" both cases we could only Seal or Expunge 1 & you'd be stuck with the other. Now anyone who knows anything about Criminal Defense Litigation is aware that the State generally doesn't concern itself with such matters (i.e. they don't care about you, your future, your record, etc. - all that matters, especially in Criminal County Court to many a young, inexperienced Prosecutor, is convictions) & so I was prepared to file a Motion asking the Court to consolidate if the State shut us down. Long story short this was so critical that I agreed to waive your Speedy Trial rights so as to delay Arraignment long enough for me to piece together a "mitigation packet" which would, hopefully persuade the State to do right by you (kinda like the Cops did when they abandoned Felony charges). It took several weeks & I had to climb up to the top rung of the ladder before the Chief of County Court Prosecution agreed that had the Cops arrested you for a Felony then the cases would've been consolidated in Circuit Court & you'd be Diversion eligible (which was a problem in County Court given your multiple cases). A Consolidated Information was filed, you wisely jumped on a Diversion offer, soon enough you'll complete & then we'll file a Petition to Expunge. This is not braggadocio; rather it is an excellent example of what a skilled & experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer can do, in this instance tactically manipulating the Rules of Criminal Procedure & making artful, persuasive argument which inures to the Client's benefit. I'm both proud of myself & happy for you. Fondly, MAH/Esq. #HaberPA
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2024
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Outstanding Legal Advocacy: 5 Stars for Michael Haber!
Michael Haber is a true gem in the realm of criminal defense attorneys. From the moment my husband enlisted his services, Mr. Haber exhibited an unparalleled level of strategic prowess and dedication to our case. Throughout the entire legal process, Mr. Haber's responsible and reliable nature shone brightly. He meticulously planned each step of our defense strategy, leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of justice. His attention to detail and unwavering commitment to our case instilled a sense of confidence and reassurance in us during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. What truly sets Mr. Haber apart is his ability to exceed all expectations. Not only did he deliver on his promises, but he also surpassed them with his exceptional courtroom performance and legal expertise. His strategic maneuvers and quick thinking were instrumental in securing a favorable outcome for my husband. Beyond his remarkable legal acumen, Mr. Haber demonstrated genuine care and empathy towards our family. He took the time to listen to our concerns, providing both legal counsel and emotional support throughout the entirety of our case. His genuine compassion and dedication to our well-being were truly commendable. Thanks to Michael Haber's outstanding representation, my husband received the justice he deserved. I cannot recommend him highly enough to anyone in need of a skilled and compassionate criminal defense attorney. If you're searching for legal advocacy that goes above and beyond, look no further than Michael Haber. Five stars without hesitation!
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Response from Michael Haber May 10, 2024
Dear Anonymous, Before I say anything further (including expressing my gratitude for your kind Client Review, #HaberPA's 241st on AVVO) I must recognize your exceptional writing skills (either that or thank Chat GPT as, while I appreciate each & every Client Review, this one was particularly delightful for me to have read). That said (& hoping that your Hubby will author his own review, to which I will reply & address the specifics of his case, but only if he also does so anonymously) I'm going to react to your observations by paragraph. "Michael Haber is a true gem in the realm of criminal defense attorneys. From the moment my husband enlisted his services, Mr. Haber exhibited an unparalleled level of strategic prowess and dedication to our case." Insert blushing face emoji here. At #HaberPA we strive to stand out by providing "boutique" (i.e. "a small company that offers highly specialized services or products") services. As such we effort at coming to know as much about our Client as we do about our profession (to wit: Criminal Defense Litigation). "Throughout the entire legal process, Mr. Haber's responsible and reliable nature shone brightly. He meticulously planned each step of our defense strategy, leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of justice. His attention to detail and unwavering commitment to our case instilled a sense of confidence and reassurance in us during what was undoubtedly a challenging time." This paragraph has much to unpack but my topline thoughts are that it's easy to be interested at the outset, but remaining equally concerned & attentive through a case's resolution is part of what makes #HaberPA a boutique law firm, differentiating us from many others who are all about "the pay day" & who become far less concerned after the Client's check has cleared. I'll also add that Lee Child's character Jack Reacher is spot-on each time that he says "details matter", as they do, especially in Criminal Cases. "What truly sets Mr. Haber apart is his ability to exceed all expectations. Not only did he deliver on his promises, but he also surpassed them with his exceptional courtroom performance and legal expertise. His strategic maneuvers and quick thinking were instrumental in securing a favorable outcome for my husband." I don't have ESP, a crystal ball, Tarot cards, an Ouija board or any other way to guarantee what will happen, but after 32+ years I can & do foresee the reasonable probabilities in each case, strategically wield & manipulate the Rules of Criminal Procedure & Evidence & am not above employing guile & taking advantage of loopholes & technicalities which inure to my client's benefit (as "we're in it to win it"). "Beyond his remarkable legal acumen, Mr. Haber demonstrated genuine care and empathy towards our family. He took the time to listen to our concerns, providing both legal counsel and emotional support throughout the entirety of our case. His genuine compassion and dedication to our well-being were truly commendable." Of this I am most proud. I recently replied in part to prior Client's kind review stating: "A large portion of #HaberPA's mantra is to "take a 'Global Approach' to the Client & the case & come to understand the Client & her/his situation", & we stand by that blueprint in each & every case." I care (admittedly in some cases & for some clients more than others), always have regard for & some degree of altruism for my clients, but when it's recognized by the Client (as here) it's heartwarming. "Thanks to Michael Haber's outstanding representation, my husband received the justice he deserved. I cannot recommend him highly enough to anyone in need of a skilled and compassionate criminal defense attorney. If you're searching for legal advocacy that goes above and beyond, look no further than Michael Haber. Five stars without hesitation!" All I will say to this is "thank you" once again, both for you kind words & exceptionally moving Client Review. Gratefully, MAH/Esq. #HaberPA
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Great Experience
Michael went out of his way to make sure we understood the process and guided us with profesionalism and at the same time like a friend. Thank you for all your help
Response from Michael Haber May 7, 2024
Dear Anonymous, This Client Review (#HaberPA's 240th on AVVO) comes on the heels of #239 (one need not be Pythagoras to do that math), but what may not be obvious to others yet which I know is that #239 was submitted by your son, & you are one (or both) of his parents. In my response to your son's kind Client Review (which was also both succinct & anonymously submitted) I discussed "the what & the why" of his case, both to provide context & for the benefit of the reader (but also as there's no way for anyone to identify him, or you for that matter). That said & in response to your Client Review I wish to take a different (bad pun warning) tact. A large portion of #HaberPA's mantra is to "take a 'Global Approach' to the Client & the case & come to understand the Client & her/his situation", & we stand by that blueprint in each & every case. That said, like you I am a boater, I too have a son who's about the same age as yours & when we met (together with our mutual friend) at your home, as we discussed the situation, as I got to know something about your son and your family, silently in my mind I was saying to myself: "But for the grace of G-d there go I [my son]"... Knowing that this situation could just as easily have happened to me & my family, I had a particular empathy for you & yours. That observed another component of #HaberPA's mantra is to "engage the Client with open, honest, direct & frequent communication & to be easily reachable by phone, email or on the internet", & we absolutely & unequivocally stand by that methodology in each & every case. Still, lawyers are bound by ethical canons which include "confidentiality of communications" & the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship. I mention this as not withstanding it having been your boat, your son & your having foot the bill (i.e. you payed your son's legal fees) it was your son who was the Client, not you, & as such it was to your son that my duty, loyalty & reticence was singularly owed. As such it was only because your son directed me to communicate freely & openly with you that I was able to do so (& again, I was affected as, "But for the grace...", i.e. were it my son then I would hope that he would be as completely trusting of me as your son was of you). One more part of #HaberPA's mantra is to "adopt the Client's interests as our own", & in this regard it's not a stretch to say that I tend to develop a personal stake in both the case & the Client. I suppose that this is more obvious in some cases than in others but in either event while I always effort at maintaining a respectable & appropriate degree of professionalism it's not uncommon for friendships to develop (ergo one of my taglines that "You come to #HaberPA as a client but before we're done you'll be a part of our family."). So when you proffered to the folks that I "guided us with profesionalism and at the same time like a friend" it's especially meaningful & moving to me, for above and beyond the standard, customary joy that I get for a job well-done (when I achieve a litigation objective), knowing that I was simultaneously professional & personal makes success that much sweeter. In the end your son's case, like many a DUI / BUI case nowadays (in the technological era), would be made or broken on the BWC footage; still there were options & tough decisions to be made (especially as on BWC your son objectively presented far better than I expected after our detailed discussion of the events of the day). While I provided guidance it was your son, with your sage counsel, who made the decision as to how to proceed, & I believe that it'll work out very well. An arrest can happen to anyone, especially on the water, but how you deal with it largely effects how it deals with you. Knowing you know this I'll say it anyhow: You should be proud of your son as, apart from his (understandably) agreeing to take FSTs, he comported himself perfectly. Thanking you again for your kind words, MAH/Esq. #HaberPA
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2024
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Client
You were referred to me by a trusted friend/lawyer who doesn't typically handle BUI cases. You promptly met with me at my convenience in my home; you explained in detail the process and protocol, as well as the possibilities and probabilities. You assessed my case, my interests, and then we established a game plan which we quickly put into action. We then met again to discuss these details, after which we committed to a course of action/litigation objective that we targeted and successfully achieved. You were consistently available and in touch with both me and my parents, cc'ing all on every correspondence, filing, and email throughout the process.
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Response from Michael Haber May 7, 2024
Dear Client, Thank you for your very succinct, bullet-point styled Client Review (#HaberPA's 239th on AVVO) hitting many points of interest to prospective clients. As you've not identified yourself (& I know who you are) I'll share a something about the facts, circumstances & resolution of your case with the folks (so they'll understand "the why" of your praise). You were stopped at dusk for "planing" in a Manatee Zone (excessive speed) while captaining a vessel (your father's boat). After running you around the boat like a marionette (a tactic which Marine Police employ as de facto "Field Sobriety Tests" / FSTS), & not withstanding your appropriate compliance with most everything (the 2 things that you did "wrong" were not having any ID on the vessel & not having your FFWWC "Boating Safety Education Identification Card", both of which you should have had onboard) because they claimed to have smelled alcohol on your breath you were directed to board the FWC vessel to take marine sobriety exams. You agreed to take them (aside alert: be it on land or sea, in Florida FSTs are 100% voluntary, you do NOT have to take them &, unlike refusing a breath test your Driver License is NOT effected by your refusal to take FSTs - that said, & also unlike breath, where the Cops must advise you of the consequences of a refusal, they don't have to with FSTs & thus they almost never will) &, not surprisingly for anyone who's been boating all day, your performance was adjudged to have been "below standards", after which you were formally arrested for BUI (Boating Under the Influence / DUI on the water). When you arrived at the station you wisely refused breath & invoked Miranda. Without a BAC printout the State's theory of the case had to be "impairment of your normal faculties" & as a consequence of your refusal to blow (just like in a DUI) they'd be entitled to both a rebuttable presumption of impairment & to argue "consciousness of guilt" (i.e. the reason you didn't blow is as you knew that if you did then your BAC would've been >.08). That said I promptly met with you & your parents at your home, debriefed you, vetted your version of events against the Probable Cause Affidavit, explained the charge, the State's burden of proof, the protocol moving forward, the various options available to you & the most critical thing, to wit: That the BWC would tell the tale sans passion or prejudice, & what we see and hear should guide our trajectory. That proved true as within a few weeks we watched crystal clear video & audio which captured everything from FWC lighting you up to your "perp-walk" into the Jail, after which the toughest thing about your case was deciding what to do after analyzing the BWC footage as, while we couldn't refute the alleged odor of alcohol, if you were impaired then, not withstanding the FSTs (which I myself couldn't've aced on land & stone cold sober), it wasn't patent (i.e. you were responsive, respectful, appropriate & not visibly impaired), thus leaving us with a dilemma. With no viable Motion to Dismiss (the "stop" was lawful, the requisite "reasonable suspicion" for a BUI investigation existed & once you refused breath you were lawfully arrested) we had to decide whether to take our chances in a Trial or negotiate a plea. Fortunately we had a reasonable Prosecutor who agreed to offer you a "Deferred Prosecution" agreement (de facto "Diversion") & you chose to take that safe path, whereby in 9 months time & after jumping through a few proverbial hoops you'll earn a dismissal. The choice was yours to make & while it was torture for me (as your case screamed "Reasonable Doubt" & I'd've loved to have taken it to Trial) I expect that you made the right decision (for you - & that's what matters). I was honored to have been referred to you by another lawyer, for the trust placed in me by you & your family & I look forward to you case being dismissed in short order. Thank you again for your kind words. Fondly, MAH/Esq. #HaberPA
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Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Money Well Spent
Well to start I would like to thank Mr. Haber and his team for all of their hard work and dedication to my case. I am a US Marine Corps Veteran that was facing a15year mandatory minimum . Over a period of two and a half years I was on house arrest with traveling restrictions Mr Haber and his team submitted numerous requests to the courts for travel they all were granted. Mr Haber and his team went above and beyond to protect me from any misconduct or mistreatment from the court or state. Mr Haber and his staff they are very knowledgeable of the law and His expertise and professionalism was essential to this great success. I am very grateful that I won’t be leaving my wife and children for any amount of time. I am a free man. With a heart full of gratitude. USMC vet.
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Response from Michael Haber March 26, 2024
“Dear Anonymous Client, Thank you so much for your kind words (in the form of #HaberPA's 238th Client Review on AVVO) &, more importantly (to me personally), thank you for your service to our great Country as one of "the few, the proud, the Marines". Your wife submitted an anonymous review (#HaberPA's 236th on AVVO - anyone can find it 2 reviews below this one), hers was based upon her unique interaction with me while you were pretrial detained in jail, unable to post bond due to the absolute ineptness of the first lawyer whom your family had hired & my detailed response was tailored to her experience. Your independent review allows me to expound on my reply to her, but with a more in depth discussion of your situation. You are an Honorably Discharged military veteran who served in Iraq & Afghanistan and who was primarily assigned to a "demining squad". Why do I know that & what relevance does it have? I know because I fully vetted your life experience with you so as to both come to understand my client & also in consideration of possible "mitigation of sentence" issues. (At #HaberPA we enter every case with the intent to "win", but "winning" has many definitions & reality dictates that while we "pull all stops" in efforting at securing a Nolle Pros / dismissal / "Not Guilty" verdict / acquittal, we'd be remiss in our duty were we to fail to consider the possibilities of either plea negotiations or an adverse judgment, the latter requiring us to contemplate mitigation strategies - i.e. ways to secure a reduction in sentence - & this is something that we do from the get go & contemporaneous with tearing apart State evidence & building a defense case.) In any event you're diagnosed with PTSD (understandably so after what you experienced in the theater of operations) & while you improve every day you've not been able to hold a job since your discharge, instead caring for your 2 young daughters while you receive VA care & your wife works full & overtime. For a literal period of years two scumbags (people you knew but not that they were Federal Confidential Informants trying to "work off" time from their own federal drug cases by proactively setting up others for arrest) had hounded you to secure cocaine for them. You repeatedly said no but they were incessant, knowing your mental state, your family's financial situation &, as predators do, sensing your weakness. Over time & with repeated promises of booty & security they wore you down, you agreed to secure 2 kilos of cocaine & when you delivered them you were arrested on the spot. As you had no prior criminal history & given the facts (both as alleged by the government & as proffered by you) we put forth a classic Entrapment Defense. We compelled disclosure of the CIs, built our case & when the time was right we filed a Written Demand for Speedy Trial. A mere handful of questions into his direct examination the CI caused a Mistrial & we had to start over. For reasons which I outlined in your wife's review the case was ultimately dismissed, but the important thing is that we skillfully & strategically wielded both the Rules of Criminal Procedure & the Rules of Evidence to take the tactical advantages which resulted in the dismissal, but we also employed a great deal of guile in accomplishing that end. That said, knowing that which you willfully sacrificed & the price that you continue to pay for that sacrifice so that I, the ones whom I love & every other American can live under the umbrella of the freedom that you & your military brethren so selflessly provide, your case was particularly meaningful to me. Noting that demining in Middle East war zones is all but unfathomable to me, still, in light of the villainous scum who simply sought personal profit from their intentional criminal acts off of your selfless service & unwilling penance is deplorable. I could not be prouder to have helped anyone else. Semper Fi & thank you again (for everything). Respectfully, MAH/Esq. #HaberPA”
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Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2023
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Expungement
Mr. Haber is very professional and always on top with everything. I knew I could have relied on him with multiple cases. Very great gentlemen and always on point with everything he does. I am very thankful for everything he has done, I highly recommend hiring Mr. Haber with any legal issues.
Response from Michael Haber March 26, 2024
“Dear Anonymous, Thank you so very much for your kind words (in the form of #HaberPA's 237th Client Review on AVVO). #HaberPA loves taglines and over the years we have conjured and pushed many. For example, "#UPx2" is a modified acronym that stands for "Shut-Up and Lawyer-Up" and is a quick and easy way to remember both to and how to invoke your 5th Amendment Right to Remain Silent and your 6th Amendment Right to Counsel. "The Three Wrongs", is a reference to being in "the wrong place at the wrong time and coming into contact with the wrong cop", the point of which is to suggest that you have some degree of control over both where and with whom you choose to go / to be but there remains a variable ("the wrong cop") over which you have no control and which can quickly ruin your day (in any event there's no denying that the convergence of these "three wrongs" definitely will not make a right). "The Three Ms" refer to "Motion" (in the year 1686 Sir Isaac Newton's masterpiece, the "Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis", was published postulating his Three Laws of Motion, the 3rd of which is that "for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction"), "Merton" (Professor Robert K. Merton coined the "Law of Unintended Consequences", which holds that while you may act intending "X" result, unanticipated or unforeseen outcomes can and do happen, and when they do, despite your lack of intent you remain accountable) and "Murphy" (in 1949, while working at Edwards Air Force Base on United States Air Force Project MX981 - a project designed to see how much sudden deceleration a person can stand in a crash - Captain Edward A. Murphy, an engineer, would first find an transducer which was incorrectly wired, then locate the responsible / irresponsible technician and reportedly say: "If there is any way to do it wrong, he'll find it", thus coining the now infamous "Murphy's Law"), together these "Three Ms" remind us of three things, to wit: No matter what you do sh*t is gonna happen, it's not possible to anticipate all of the potential sh*t that might happen and if "bad sh*t" can happen, then it will happen. Finally "The Three Cs" are a simply reference to "Cops, Courts and Constitutions" (as in: "When it comes to "The Three Cs" remember to #UPx2 and call #HaberPA, stat!"). If you're wondering why I just wrote 379 words using up 2,199 of the 4,000 characters allotted to me to respond the answer is simply that your Client Review just now inspired a similar catchphrase, to wit: "The Three Ss" - "Short, Succinct and Sweet" - as was your kind Client Review. That said you hired me to prepare and to file a Petition to Expunge your previously dismissed criminal case, which is far from rocket science but, still, is a painstakingly detailed process. Having done hundreds of these over 3+ decades I have streamlined that part of the process that we can control (note that I have no control over how long or efficient either the State Attorney's Office or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement chooses to be); specifically I have all of the forms handy and ready (they are "plug and play", simply needing to be personalized to the client's specific case), once tasked I customize and email them to the client with detailed step-by-step, "childproof" instructions. The quicker that the client accomplishes the few things that I cannot do for her/him (e.g. execute the prepared application and affidavit in the presence of a notary and get fingerprinted at a local police station) the quicker that I can get the ball rolling. All things equal (again depending upon the SAO and FDLE respectively) the expungement process can be expected to take 3-9 months but, again, the client can either assist or obstruct, and in your case it was absolute assistance. Being the responsible client you were allowed me to be an effective advocate, so please accept my gratitude (both for your help and kind words). Wishing you a Happy New Year! Fondly, MAH/Esq. #HaberPA ”
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Criminal Defense
Working with Mike and his team was the best decision my husband and I made. Our first attorney made no progress for the first month and a half of the case. With a Nebbia bond hanging over our head Mike was able to get my husband out in no time. We live a few counties away from where the case took place but Mike was able to get my husband released to me and found a private gps company that would monitor him. We had 4 different Judges and 3 different prosecutors. Mike and his team still stuck with us and got the case dismissed. We are so thankful for Mike and his team. If you are looking for someone who will fight for you, Contact Mike and his team.
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Response from Michael Haber March 26, 2024
“Dear Anonymous, Thank you so much for your kind words (#HaberPA's AVVO Client Review # 236). As you indicated, when we first spoke your husband had been rotting in a jail cell for about 6 weeks, unable to post bond due to his then-lawyer's inability to satisfy NEBBIA. (Aside alert: Your husband was charged with Cocaine Trafficking, his bond was set at $500k w/ NEBBIA - a painstaking if not complicated procedural requirement that the accused must "prove" to both the Prosecutor's & Judge's satisfaction the legit source of funds used to post bond. While NEBBIA is a niche area any criminal defense lawyer competent to handle a narcotics trafficking case should be able to navigate the same; unfortunately, your husband's first lawyer proved himself to be utterly incompetent, costing you, your 2 young daughters & your husband about 6 weeks of his life, time which can never be returned.) You reached out to me primarily out of frustration, we vetted the immediate issue, your husband discharged his lawyer, I got on board &, armed with a complete picture of your family's finances I got to work, negotiating with an obstinate Prosecutor & ultimately the Court, securing a reduction in bond from ½Mil to $100k, albeit with a GPS monitor. As your family resides in Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County Corrections' Monitored Release Program wouldn't accept supervision & so we went elsewhere, locating & engaging a reputable private company which both offered services & was acceptable to the Court. Within a week's time we secured your husband's release (with "free roaming" nonetheless), after which we got to work on the case itself. So as to be responsive to your observations (but also hoping that your husband will submit his own client review, allowing me to focus on other significant matters about his case) I won't take too deep of a dive into the facts & circumstances here and now; rather I'll continue with my tractable response to your kind review. Although #HaberPA's "default" position is to rapidly & aggressively prepare cases (in my experience, there's a tactical advantage to my intentionally limited caseload versus the State Attorney's ceaseless stream of new cases) but on occasion time can be an ally, & that (inadvertently) proved to be true in your husband's case. Our first Judge was a "rookie" who had no experience whatsoever in the criminal realm (yet was presiding over a case where your husband faced 30 years in State Prison with a 15 year minimum/mandatory) &, as stated, the first set of Assistant State Attorneys were literal "Prosecuting Robots" (as opposed to their ethical role of "Minister of Justice"). Fortunately Judge #1 proved to be so inept that he was re-assigned, leading us to Judge #2, who's prior career was as a top tier criminal defense attorney. Knowing that he'd understand our Entrapment Defense, give us a great deal of latitude in cross-examination of the Confidential Informant / CI & a very fair trial we accelerated the case by filing a Written Demand for Speedy Trial. Unfortunately on Day 2 a Mistrial was declared, forcing us to start all over. More disappointingly, post-Mistrial Judge# 2 sua sponte recused himself, sending us to Judge #3 who was far worse than Judge #1 (in legal terms he suffered from a case of "Black Robe Disease" a/k/a "Robeitis", worse yet, not only was he also utterly unfamiliar with criminal procedure - like Judge #1 - but he spuriously fancied himself a genius), causing us to recuse him & land before Judge #4 (who, like Judge #2, was also a top tier criminal defense attorney in his prior life). Long story short by this time the State's CI (who worked for the DEA in a Joint Task Force) had been shipped off to Federal Prison & so we filed another "Speedy Bomb". We literally ran out the clock out, forcing the Prosecutor to announce a "Nolle Pros" (i.e. to dismiss the case). In the end skill, guile & experience won your husband's freedom. Congrats & Happy Holidays! Fondly, MAH/Esq. #HaberPA”
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2023
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OUTSTANDING
Michael is person that keeps id straight and direct with you. I hired him with one objective and that was to keep me out of prison. when I hired him he gave me the breakdown of what to expect but he also explained to meet what we where trying to accomplish and I must say Michael did what was hired to do keep me out of prison.
Response from Michael Haber August 4, 2023
Dear Anonymous, Thank you very much for your kind, succinct words in the form of #HaberPA's 234th Client Review on AVVO! As you've not identified yourself I'll take a few moments to expound so the folks understand what we accomplished & how we managed to do so. You operate a body shop & were targeted by auto theft detectives for covert investigation. Why you were targeted was unknown (perhaps they had confidential information, maybe it was due to your nearly 10 y/o criminal history or possibly, albeit unlikely, the stated reason - that it was nothing more than pure happenstance & luck, good for the cops & bad for you) but the odds that it went down as the cops swore (i.e. their having been in the right place at the right time & on a fluke coming across an "altered VIN" number on a vehicle parked outside of your shop which you just so happened to enter and drive off) are slim to none. Regardless as soon as you drove off they (detectives not uniformed officers) conducted a "routine traffic stop" (utter "BS"), ordered you out of the car, found a firearm inside the glove box & arrested you for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, as well as 16 charges including Operating a "Chop Shop", Grand Theft Auto, Possessing Counterfeit VINs, Sale of Vehicle with Altered ID & Making False Statements in Bill of Sale Application. The aggregate of these charges coupled with your criminal past put you in the mandatory 5 year prison range, there were no identifiable, provable statutory mitigators (e.g. you don't suffer from a major mental illness, you weren't a cooperating witness, etc.), neither the cops nor the Prosecutor were willing to plea bargain & so we had decisions to make. After identifying 3 things that I knew for sure (i.e. 1) Without prints & given the location of the gun in someone else's vehicle the State was going to have a tough time proving possession, specifically knowledge; 2) The 16 "paper charges" would have a massive "paper trail"; & 3) as it was a "C" case being handled by an inexperienced, over-burdened & young prosecutor we had a strategic and tactical advantage. Once discovery was received (well over 1,000 pages, none of which contained a scientific or physical tie of the firearm to you) I attempted to negotiate a non-incarcerative plea bargain. This was unsurprisingly unfruitful so we quickly changed tactics, moving to "sever" the charges (it'd be inappropriate, unfair & prejudicial for a Jury charged with deciding your guilt on 16 "paper charges" to know that you're a convicted felon, which is a necessary element of the firearm charge) & engaging in a relentless barrage of discovery motions aimed at proving to the State, by ordeal, what they were in store for during a trial. Once we had everything we could get (& never taking a deposition as we didn't want the cops to know what we were thinking, planning or getting an idea of our strategy) we pushed for trial on the paper case (concurrently leaving the Prosecutor puzzled as to how we could announce "ready" for trial on the "paper case" without having taken a depo). Our strategy was never to go to trial but instead to be able to indirectly pressure the State to reconsider a probation plea in light of the complexity of the case & the Judge's trial docket (which had many cases on it, several of which were older & or subject to a speedy trial demand) & that's precisely what happened. We were in court at 9am, looking the part (dressed to the nines, boxes & charts at the ready) & after a "side bar" conversation with the State & the Court the Judge suggested that a supervisor get involved & engage in a good faith discussion. Moments later you had & accepted the probation plea that you asked me to get you when we first met. While I'd've preferred a cleaner win we got you that which you wanted, & that's what matters most. I know that you'll survive probation and look forward to celebrating it's successful completion. Wishing you all the best! Fondly, MAH/Esq.
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Motion for early termination of probation
No regrets at all after hiring Marc Haber's services, excellent diligence, very professional and transparent,he will keep you notified in every step of the process, he will go straight to the point and will answer any inquiries you might have at any time,im very grateful I took the decision to work with this attorney, im absolutely satisfied and would recommend him without a doubt. He helped me at getting a second chance in my life with the whole litigation process from beginning to end all I could say is thank you Mr Haber God bless you and your family.
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Response from Michael Haber May 17, 2023
Dear Anonymous, Noting that my forename is "Mike" not "Marc" (but also that both are 1 syllable, 4 letters words including 3 consonants & 1 vowel), I want to thank you for your kind words (in the form of #HaberPA's 233rd AVVO Client Review). As you've not identified yourself & as I am well aware of who you are, I will share more about your situation with the folks so that they understand the dynamics of what led you to author this client review. You were arrested & charged in a Drug Trafficking Sting Operation. While you were pretrial detained your family hired another lawyer to represent you in the substantive case, for which you agreed to a plea deal involving probation. After serving ½ of your probationary term you found & reached out to me to assist you in securing Early Termination. (I should note that you contacted me because you were not satisfied with your original lawyer, an attorney whom I know, respect & who, from my review of the case file, in fact had done an excellent job - as an aside you went from being arrested for Cocaine Trafficking, Conspiracy to Traffic in Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana & Possession of Unlawful Proceeds from a Financial Transaction to receiving probation & a Withhold of Adjudication for Possession of Cocaine & Unlawful Proceeds from a Financial Transaction with all other charges Nolle Pros'd / dismissed by the State... a disposition which, all things equal & admittedly not being intimate with the facts & circumstances, is impressive... but I digress...) Anyhow, I discussed your situation with you (most especially determining your understanding of the status of your conditions of probation, i.e. what you knew / believed to have been completed & what was outstanding), I had you provide me with your POs contact information, explained that I needed to verify everything that we had discussed & that as soon as I was certain that your case was ripe for Early Termination I would prepare, file, calendar & litigate the Motion to ET Probation (aside alert: before making representations to the Court, & as President Ronald Reagan famously said, I "trust but verify"). After first securing then reviewing your disposition / sentencing documents & having a conversation with your Probation Officer I discovered that there were both outstanding obligations (court costs) & an issue with regard to your Community Service Hours. With your assistance (i.e. you promptly zero-balanced your case with the Clerk of Court & you provided your PO with proof of compliance with the CSHs), we straightened everything out & then proceeded. During the course of my representation you were Cc'd on all of my various correspondences, filings & emails (i.e. with your PO, the State, the Court, etc.) & within a few weeks time we had successfully applied for & you were granted the relief sought. Due to your own diligence you are now a free man (my role was, admittedly, "de minimus" as you were the one who had to "walk the walk", & you did so, in both a flawless & responsible fashion, thus arming me with all of the tools that I needed so as to get the desired Court Order). For the further benefit of the folks (but also as "props" for you) probation is not "easy" to survive. It is properly viewed as a a gift from an "Indian giver" in the form of a proverbial noose with just enough rope for a probationer to hang her/himself. The State knows that where one violates the hammer drops hard, the deck is stacked in their favor, the alleged violator has extremely limited rights (far fewer than in the substantive case) & most all Violations Of Probation are a veritable "slam dunk" for the State. You accepted that burden, acted prudently & dutifully, did not VOP, complied with all conditions & special conditions & as such you literally set yourself up for success. If you wish we can Seal your record but in any event you are now, once again, righteous, & I am grateful. Wishing you all the best. Fondly, MAH/Esq. #HaberPA
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Posted by Pamela | May 10, 2023
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Bondsman
I went ahead and put a question in about somebody on Bond and he answered my question right away not with just a short answer with the detail answer what I needed for free I find that amazing he's very awesome and I appreciate him very much God bless you
Response from Michael Haber May 16, 2023
Dear Pamela, As an initial matter I want to "especially" thank you for your Client Review (which is #HaberPA's 231st here on AVVO). Why the "special" gratitude? What makes yours exceptional? (Note: These are neither rhetoric questions nor are they meant to diminish any of #HaberPA's other Client Reviews; rather it's simply an honest assessment after nearly 38,000 questions answered on AVVO - 37,807 to be precise - & reflecting on my many interactions with Askers such as yourself.) However they may come to me (e.g. referral, the internet, etc.) most (meaning nearly all... likely 98-99%) of #HaberPA's AVVO Client Reviews are submitted by people who hired me to represent them & for whom I provided some legal service. Every now and then someone like you, a person who simply asked a question & received an answer (in your case including subsequent email correspondence), will take a moment to chime in & share their experience with the rest of the folks. This is rare, & it's even scarcer for the review to be positive. Why (note: this question is rhetoric...) you ask? Observing both that most things in life are not either necessarily "black or white" and that things do not necessarily fit into cookie-cutter categories, still in my AVVO experience there are essentially 3 types of "Askers", to wit: The bulk of Askers make no comment one way or the other (e.g. they may agree or disagree, like or dislike, be pleased or angry with a given response to their question but in any event you'd never know it because there is no feedback, be it by way of the Asker commenting on a lawyer's response, by their sending an email, following up with a phone call or otherwise providing any indicia of their thought process), an unhealthy chunk (were I to guess then I'd speculate it to be in the 20% arena... yes it is likely that high) provide feedback (in one form or another) which is hostile & outright nasty even (note that a percentage of this faction are incessant & relentless in their baseless rage - it is "baseless" as the responses given are what they are, to wit: mere thoughts & views based upon limited, one-sided proffers without having a complete understanding of the situation & are therefore either blanket statements of the law, circumscribed, albeit educated, conjecture or a statement that the Asker should seek "real world" advise from a fully informed, local lawyer - & some of these unbalanced sorts go so far as to absurdly, inappropriately & maliciously author a negative review - be it on AVVO, Google or elsewhere - or even to file a Bar Complaint) & then there is the opposite end of the spectrum (where you fall) of those who are truly grateful that a professional (oftentimes one who charges $500+/hour) took the time to read, review & reply to their question pro bono (free of charge), whether there's follow-up conversation or not (note that I estimate this group to be far smaller than it's antithesis, roughly 10%, & that those who, like you, actually take the time to author a positive review are few & far between). With that extended explanation you had asked a question which I answered. As I always strive to do I addressed your concerns, provided the rules, pointed you to an on-point YouTube VideoFAQ, suggested a course of action & even outlined the language that, in my estimation & given your situation, I recommended that you should reduce to writing to protect yourself. That was followed by an email discussion wherein your provided me with more information & I provided you with a direct pathway to deal with your predicament, & that was followed by your considerately taking the time to author #HaberPA's 231st AVVO Client Review. I have to tell you (and the all the folks who read this - with the heartfelt hope that the hostile 20% are among those reading this) that what you did, your voluntary, unsolicited act, makes all the time spent (volunteered) worthwhile (including dealing with all too many unhinged Askers). Fondest regards, MAH/Esq.
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Posted by Sarah Jones | April 26, 2023
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The Best Outcome In Light of the Circumstances
A few weeks ago, an officer dressed in civilian clothing showed up at my home claiming that my daughter was inside and that he needed to ask her some questions. Not knowing what this was about I asked him to leave and advised that she was not inside. Despite my efforts to get him to go away, he summoned an arrest squad to my home. Sirens were played (multiple times) and with a mega-phone he continued to insist that my daughter come outside. Eventually (after a few minutes), I let them inside to search my home. With guns in hand upon entering they searched for her with no luck. However, the lead detective essentially explained they would continue to harass me at my home and “hunt her down” until she was in custody. While the police were inside my home, I called Michael to retain him (on this case) and come up with a plan on what I should do. The plan was to coordinate a surrender. However, my daughter at the time was very pregnant and slated to be induced just a few days later. Understanding her condition, Michael did what Michael does. He got on the phone with the detective (and even the state attorney’s office) and immediately got them to backdown until she delivered her baby (he is that good!). In the meantime, the alleged victim continued to add pressure upon the police department , making Michael’s job even more difficult. But he continued to “pacifier” the detective on countless occasions. Once my daughter delivered her baby, Michael coordinated a safe surrender. We met him at the station, he thoroughly explained to her what she should expect and explained to her what her rights are and the main one being “the right to remain silent”. Michael timed the surrender so that she would spend as little time away from her newborn as possible (considering the circumstances). At the bond hearing, the State put up fight (in light of her priors) requesting that the Judge only release her with an ankle monitor. Michael informed the judge about her new born child and that If she were to have the ankle monitor she would be sitting in jail for several days - essentially, punishing the new born baby. But, even via a zoom hearing Michael commands a court room, he says what he needs to say and is relentless. My daughter was released the same day! Ive known Michael for years and he is the guy you want when you or someone you love is in jam. He is a smart guy and comes up with the best strategy in the interest of his clients.
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Response from Michael Haber April 27, 2023
Dear Sarah, Thank you for sharing your daughter's situation. Without violating confidence or disclosing confidential, privileged information I'll expound as much as I can for context. Plain and simple, the Detective who showed up at your house was a d*ck, a complete & utter d*ck. I get that he had a job to do but there's no reason why it had to be done with such attitude, disrespect & a wanton disregard for your family. You called me in real time (while he was there with the warrant squad, noting both that he didn't have a warrant & that he was out of his jurisdiction, having traveled to your home in another city without any representative from your city's PD, much less noticing them of his intent) & when you asked him to speak with your / your daughter's lawyer he refused. He wouldn't explain the "why" of anything to you, rather he simply & rudely lobbed & levied threats (I could hear him in the background... inexcusable) to you & yours until he was satisfied that your daughter was not on scene. To be honest I was incensed, with a gut reaction of advising you to file an Internal Affairs complaint against him (again, even if he were justified in his ends his means were insufferably unbecoming, & cops like that should not be on the street interacting with civilians), but revenge is a dish best served cold (& believe you me, he will get his, but I digress...). I called the PD but only got voicemail so, presuming that Officer Unfriendly was ducking me I reached out to a friend at the State Attorney's Office who agreed to contact the PD & get the Detective to accept my call, which he thereafter did. He explained to me why he was there (i.e. Domestic Violence allegations from your daughter's baby-father), what his Probable Cause was & what charges he planned on levying. I then explained to him that your daughter was due to be induced in 72 hours time & that the booking process would jeopardize both her & the baby. It took a direct quasi-threat that I was following up our discussion with an email to him, to his superiors (e.g. his Lt., Capt, & Chief) & to the State Attorney's Office documenting the risk that he was contemplating, together with the facts that while his complaining witness (a proven liar who has his own Domestic Violence criminal past with your daughter) claimed a mortal fear of your daughter she posed no threat to the community, was not a flight risk & was represented by counsel who was willing to surrender her just as soon as she was medically cleared. No doubt realizing the extent of the risk the Detective agreed to back down & wait until the baby was born & both mom and child were medically cleared, at which time I agreed to personally surrender her at the station. I will add that you got her OBGYN on the phone with us & he was kind enough to author a letter advising of the medical concerns (e.g. bed rest until delivery) which I attached to my confirmatory email to the Detective. It took 3 weeks but your granddaughter entered the world, your daughter received a clean bill of health & so we began the surrender process. I arranged for a bondsman, worked the clock to minimize the time spent in custody (noting that no one "controls" Corrections) & within about 12 hours time your daughter was in Bond Court (DV cases require a mandatory appearance before bond can be posted). At that Hearing the ASA wanted bond to include total lockdown with a GPS monitor (which, given the circumstances, frankly was not an unreasonable ask) but it's not quite that simple to effect & the process to do so would likely have required several days in custody, time which was not available given nursing issues. In the end we convinced the Judge to overrule the State & grant a monetary bond. With skill & experience we did all that we could possibly do to smooth this process & now the real work begins (exposing this case for the BS story that it is). After we exonerate your daughter we'll deal with the Detective. Again, TYVM! MAH/Esq. #HaberPA
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Posted by Fernanda | December 16, 2022
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VOP WITHDRAWN
If you are considering a legal defense for a violation of probation that has been filed against you, this is the man that will help you. Recently I had a false positive drug test at my probation office. Not only was I in a state of shock, I was also in danger of violating my probation for an apparent drug I did not ingest. The amount of stress and anxiety that followed was extremely overwhelming. After doing my research and discovering who I wanted to defend me I hired Mike and he assembled the strongest defense based off the facts accompanied by a legal team that were able to dissect my situation and help prove beyond doubt that I had not consumed any drug. The state decided to completely withdraw the VOP. There is nothing more valuable than your freedom, and if your freedom is in danger seek no further than Mike Haber. It has proved to be one of the best decisions of my life. I plan on working with Mike again if I ever need to defend myself I that court room.
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Response from Michael Haber December 17, 2022
Dear Fernanda, Thank you for your kind words & for authoring #HaberPA's 228th Client Review on AVVO! As you've not identified yourself & because yours was both a common & difficult task I'll elaborate a bit for the folks' benefit. You were serving the last leg of a split sentence for a case in which you were represented by another lawyer. The jail portion of your sentence was already complete & you'd been on probation for 2+ of a 5 year term (you were just shy of the point in time where, absent any issues, you could've petitioned for "Early Termination") when a Urinaylisis at your PO's office registered positive for opiates. The spot test said otherwise but you were adamant that you hadn't taken any opiate or anything containing opiates. Because you literally called me from your PO's office (smart call btw) I instructed you to walk out, go straight to LabCorp & immediately get blood, urine & hair follicle tests performed, which you did. Afterward we spent time discussing your history (not just the probation case but the "who and what" of Fernanda) leading me to gain a global understanding of your unique situation & to come up with a plan for victory. Before going further two asides: First, believing that you could have fared better you were unsatisfied with the lawyer who represented you in the case but when he failed to take your call in your moment of need your disappointment grew exponentially. It was both of our good fortune when a trusted source gave you my contact info & I answered my cell when you called. Second, you're an alcoholic who's been in recovery since the time of your original arrest (in 2015), you've taken your sobriety seriously, you have the paperwork documenting your track record with great organization (thank you for that too), you've never been accused of a controlled substance violation & due to your consciousness of sobriety apart from eating silly amounts of "Boar's Head ET Hummus" & poppy seed bagels nothing that you consume could be mistaken for codeine (you won't even use cough syrup). With that backdrop every Criminal Court Judge has at some time heard (& sua sponte dismissed) "the poppy seed bagel defense" to a +UA as being absurd & unlike substantive criminal cases, due to extremely lax rules VOPs are almost always slam dunks for the State. After getting your across the board negative results from LabCorp & even before your PO had filed the VOP I calendared your case & brought it to Court. We told the Judge what had happened, asking him to leave you out so you could work, support yourself & work with me to defend your case. The Judge having agreed we waited 8 weeks (the outside edge of the "look-back window for hair follicle tests) to repeat the LabCorp process & then we did it a 3rd time 8 weeks later (all with across the board negative results). During that 6 month period you were spot tested 2 times by probation (both negative) & you funded evaluations by a forensic psychologist (the most reputable in our area & one who is routinely appointed by and testifies in front of your Judge) & a forensic toxicologist (who reviewed both the State's crime lab analysis of your original urine sample & those from LabCorp). Each negative test (9 of ours & 2 from probation) were filed with the Court & I scheduled periodic hearings to make sure the Judge was well-aware of your biochemistry. Giving credit to the State (which I rarely do as, sadly, they rarely deserve it) in your case they were patient, cooperative & ultimately understanding. This was not only due to our plan working flawlessly (especially so quickly, routinely and intimately involving the Court) but more so as your perseverance, diligence & commitment spoke volumes. Had we been left with no choice but blaming it on "Board's Head & bagels" then I suspect that you'd ne none too pleased with me, but the State withdrew the VOP & for that we can both take some credit. Thanking you again & wishing you & yours a happy holiday season! MAH/Esq #HaberPA
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2022
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A Needle in a Haystack
In a world where you are not familiar with; you need someone to help you out. Nowadays people try to take advantage of you and the lack of knowledge you might have in that particular field. When you finally find an honest, knowledgeable person with a winning mentality; it’s like finding a needle in a haystack. I found that in Michael Haber and company. My case was a situation where I was beaten up by a few guys. Even though I defended myself I left there with a big gash on my head, a few bruises and a wrongful arrest. The police officer took me to the hospital to get stiches and then to jail. All I could think about was why was I in this situation and the reason that continued to pop into my head was I did not call the police and the other people did and lied to the officers. After 18 hours in TGK I was able to bail out. Then the search began. I spoke to a couple of people that mentioned a few attorneys, but I didn’t feel comfortable with them until my cousin mentioned Michael Haber. He told me that Michael was a strategic person that gets results. I asked him for Michael’s number and I called him right away. I left him a message and within 5 minutes I received a call from Michael himself. I explained my situation and he made sure that my information was accurate. He told me he didn’t want to be blindsided. If everything was like I told him, it was a clear Stand Your Ground case. It felt like right after we hung up the phone he started to work. It also felt like I was his only client. He gave me some homework so I can understand what he was talking about. He asked me to see some videos which really helped me out personally. To make a long story short, I won my case with exactly what Michael said from day one; Stand Your Ground. Michael and company were always extremely easy to reach and when you are nervous about something like this going on it helps to be able to speak to your Lawyer directly. I would not want to be in this situation ever again but if something ever happens to someone in my family or a friend, I would definitely be calling Michael and company right away. I even had to call my cousin (who is also an attorney) and thanked him for referring Michael right after we won the case. My family and I are extremely appreciative for his hard work and more importantly for helping us get the truth out and for helping us see justice prevails.
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Response from Michael Haber November 9, 2022
Dear Anonymous, Thank you so much for your Client Review (#HaberPA's 227th on AVVO), but thanks even more for submitting it as "Anonymous" (as I can now talk freely about your case with the folks). You were wrongfully arrested by inexcusably poorly trained police officers (unsurprisingly from Hialeah, insert rolling-eyes emoji here) and, worse yet, you were disgracefully prosecuted by the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office. How do I know this? Three ways: 1) I have sufficient skill, experience & training to recognize a Stand Your Ground / SYG case when I see it, 2) I conducted both a proverbial autopsy of the State's case & my own independent defense investigation and 3) after preparing, filing, calendaring, noticing & litigating a Motion seeking Statutory Immunity your Judge threw out this case faster than last month's garbage. When called to a crime scene police are supposed to inquire, more specifically they're expected to conduct a competent examination of the facts and circumstances & thereafter to draw reasonable conclusions. In your case, as you were already gone from the "Locus in Quo" (the crime scene) when they arrived, the cops simply interviewed the complaining witness (the alleged victim) & called it quits. While we would subsequently document the facts that there were at least 5 other civilian witnesses (eyewitnesses) present & functional video surveillance equipment, the cops interviewed none of them & they didn't even think to look at the digital recording of the actual events, much less to impound and preserve it as evidence. Worse yet is the fact that when the cops get it wrong the State Attorney, a Prosecutor, is expected to conduct a diligent review, quite literally serving as a "check valve" & to "No Action" / "Nolle Pros" / dismiss bad arrests. You retained #HaberPA shortly after arrest, well before Arraignment & we got to work fast. We identified the witnesses &, while we couldn't issue a subpoena for the digital footage we sent a "Spoliation Letter" to the pre-filing Assistant State Attorney as well as serving both the business owner & the the Registered Agent with the same. What was requested was footage starting one hour before & ending one hour after the incident; what was received was 34 seconds, 34 seconds which showed you beating on the aggressor. (As an aside the State was unable to get the video into evidence as we objected on two grounds: First, "The Rule of Completeness" & second "Chain of Custody". The incident both clearly began well before the video started & ended well after the video concluded & thus, the cherry-picked portion was incomplete and misleading. Further, the alleged victim testified that the cops viewed the video when they were on scene & only asked for that limited portion but the cops debunked that by stating that they never saw, much less impounded, any video footage whatsoever.) The bottom line with your case was that you were legitimately on the premises of a business to conduct business, the owner of that company & you have had an ongoing dispute over services, the day before the incident you were there & left as the business owner had literally charged at you & was held back by several of his own employees while you fled. Your return the following day was to collect your property in the hope of avoiding the business owner but he came at you again, this time being held back by no one. As he's got 4-5" and 40-50 lbs. on you, coupled with the fact that the 3 guys who had held him back the day before were now behind him rather than holding him back, you quite literally stood your ground. He took a beating but so did you (you earned 6 stiches in your forehead and a permanent scar). As the footage would have shown, he was the aggressor & you were the victim. The cops & the Prosecutor got it wrong but the Judge got it right & I am proud to have been instrumental in securing immunity for you and restoring your good name. Thank you again! Fondly, MAH/Esq. #HaberPA
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Posted by P Garcia | October 31, 2022
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The man!
Michael, thank you for your amazing dedication. Your knowledge and dedication gave us the comfort to trust you and build a relationship with you. Thank you for answering every time we called you with any questions thank you for your time and getting straight to the point. For anyone looking for a lawyer that you can actually trust please call Michael!! You will not regret it!! PG
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Response from Michael Haber November 1, 2022
Dear Mr. Garcia, Unfortunately, because of your partial self-identification I cannot risk discussing the facts and circumstances of your case (which is truly unfortunate as yours was a most interesting case); on the other hand I can (and I will) address your succinct and most welcomed Client Review (#HaberPA's 226th on AVVO)! With regard to "amazing dedication", I accept, humbly. I firmly believe that every criminal case (from misdemeanors to murder, from traffic to trafficking, from jaywalking to carjacking) should be treated as seriously as stage 4 cancer; and as a proverbially condemned medical patient your doctor (yes, lawyers are "Juris Doctors") should be 110% committed to you and your case. As to "comfort to trust you and build a relationship with you", #HaberPA subscribes to the simple philosophy that we want to perform in such a way that clients ultimately become extended family members. While we always want to achieve litigation objectives (which vary from case to case and from client to client), we choose to operate in the real world, avoiding patently false hope, fantasy and "snake oil"; instead, we speak plainly, deal in the truth and choreograph strategies to meet practical and feasible goals. Toward that end we employ 30+ years of litigation experience and consistent continuing legal education, oftentimes coupled with "a village" (e.g. associates, experts, investigators, etcetera) to help us to succeed. With respect to "answering every time we called you", it never ceases to amaze me just how many clients complain (rightly) about a lack of communication with their lawyers. Be it not answering or returning phone calls, emails or texts, not providing (much less reviewing and discussing) discovery materials, being generally unavailable, either sending other lawyers or no one at all appearing to court... the horror stories are limitless. Not only do I regularly read (and respond) to questions about that right here on AVVO but a nice chunk of my case load is made up of client's who came to me only after discharging their prior counsel over this very issue. Having seen so much of it I likely over compensate, so much so that many of my clients ask me (usually politely) not to bother them with every little thing. (As a relevant aside and a note to the folks, 99% of the time #HaberPA charges flat fees, NOT hourly rates, so those many emails, texts or calls are not rejected over billing issues, rather we "overinform", giving the client the option as to how much participation s/he wishes to have in her / his case). Respecting "getting straight to the point" (and doing so...) yes. When appropriate we're happy to chitchat, but as a matter of routine we take care of business first and foremost. Apropos of "a lawyer that you can actually trust", trust is perhaps the most integral part of any meaningful relationship and, with due respect to other areas of legal practice, this is most especially true where one is being prosecuted by the government (i.e. in criminal cases the attorney-client relationship damn well best be "meaningful"). Accordingly (and at the risk of repetition), unlike those unscrupulous lawyers (who give all of us a bad name) #HaberPA will never blow sunshine up your skirt / pant leg, much less lie to or mislead you. While we will seek a path toward hope we will do so with honesty and integrity. Finally, as to "[y]ou will not regret it!!", I agree, wholeheartedly. I am elated that your experience was positive (as it was intended to be) and I am grateful for your kind words and rave recommendation to the folks. Thank you for authoring #HaberPA's #226th Client Review on AVVO. Delightedly, MAH/Esq.
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Posted by Marc | October 5, 2022
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Nolle Pros
Back in June 2019, I had a fight with my ex girlfriend which eventually ended up with the City Of Miami getting involved. To make a long story short, I was arrested and was in custody for less than 24 hours before being bonded out. Everything seemed bad from the beginning because my ex pressed charges and she continued to cooperate with the state. She was out for blood and showed no mercy whatsoever. I hired my first private attorney in August 2019, which turned out to be a very bad chess move on my part. This attorney did nothing to advance my case and never showed up to any of the hearings. This was going on up until Nov. 2019. I finally had enough of his games. I took it upon myself to search up on super lawyers in my area. Plenty of litigators popped up in my radar but none grabbed my attention like Mike Haber did. I was impressed by his knowledge of advocacy and his use of the English vocabulary. I knew this was the guy I needed in my corner to fight the big red machine. So in January 2020, to start the new year off right, I hired Mike Haber and it was only going up from here. What started out as a rough journey ended up being in my favor because I had to do some self disciplinary things on my part to weaken the ASA’s blow. Although the pandemic arrived in March, 2020 and shut everything down for a few months, Mike and I stuck to our initial game plan which eventually worked out for us in the long run. Mike made sure that the state(and my ex) were not going to have their way with me. Even though I was wrong for hitting my ex, I couldn’t let the system win this war without me at least putting up a fight. Thanks to Mike Haber for helping me get my freedom back. If you’re even in need of a top notch attorney who doesn’t play games in the courtroom, Mike Haber is the man to call. Trust me when I tell you. I am living proof that this man can make miracles happen.
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Response from Michael Haber October 7, 2022
Dear Marc, Thank you for authoring #HaberPA's 225th Client Review on AVVO. We're blessed to have had some wordsmiths convey their thoughts and yours is right up there with the best of them (again, thank you). As you've not identified yourself (and for the benefit of the folks who read this) I'll expand a bit on your case, after which I'll offer my thoughts on yours, but before I do so it's important to note that the State Attorney's Office takes DV cases particularly seriously, all DV cases. In many of these cases the State simply rubber stamps the cops' calculus, opting to accept every word out of the alleged victim's mouth as being just as righteous as the words etched on tablets by the hand of G_d carried down from atop from Mt. Sinai by Moses, and that is precisely what happened in your case. Like fat, lazy fish seeking an easy meal the cops bought your domestic partner's sob story hook, line and sinker; worse yet the prosecutor never asked a question, opting to target you as evil personified. While that's tragic what's worse is that your first lawyer, so far as I can tell, did nothing more than collect and deposit your checks. There was no fight, no challenge, no investigation and no plan. When you consulted me your frustration was patent, and justified. Yes you had unfortunately made some incriminating statements to law enforcement and no there was no way to "disprove" the allegations, but, as Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge" and it's from there that I began. On it's face your DV case was far more serious than many others because you were not only charged with misdemeanor DV Battery but also with Domestic Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (a knife), Strong Arm Robbery and Criminal Mischief. My plan was to concurrently debunk the joke of an investigation allegedly conducted by law enforcement in your case, dig up as much dirt as possible against your accuser and convince you to engage in a methodical course of conduct which would, in a worst case scenario, amount to meaningful mitigation. You understood, agreed, armed me with the requisite tools and embarked upon a painstaking path (which, in hindsight, turned out to be clutch). We (you, I and our PI) managed to navigate our way through the height of CoVid pandemic craziness, accomplishing what I consider to have been an impressive portfolio. As it turned out the pandemic worked to our advantage, affording us sufficient time for you to voluntarily and successfully complete a 6 month intensive anger management program (by secretly enrolling you in the State's own Domestic Intervention Program - DIP - we hornswoggled the system), to build a track record in a meaningful therapeutic relationship and to avoid any trouble while my PI and I had ample time to expose both the cops' and the complaining witness' vulnerabilities. By the time that we were done we had shown the State two critical and game-changing things: First that, at best, their alleged victim had both motive and opportunity to exaggerate and second that the cops screwed up by negligently failing to canvass the scene (which, had they done, would have resulted in several surveillance cameras which were targeted on the scene thus leaving no room for interpretation or supposition as well as several independent witnesses who at a minimum cast doubt upon the complaining witness' version of events). Long story short (if that's possible), while we couldn't disprove the BS story we did expose significant weaknesses in the State's case and simultaneously proved that you are the sort of guy who accepts responsibility and is willing to take proactive measures to be a better person. In the end, after about 20 months (which is far longer than I prefer the shelf life of any of my cases to be), the State dismissed all of your charges. Please believe that as grateful as I am for your review I'm even more so for your having been a model client. Wishing you the best! Fondly, MAH/Esq #HaberPA
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Posted by Carolina | August 24, 2022
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Best defense attorney I could’ve asked for
I am so fortunate to have such an amazing, intelligent, dedicated, kind, caring and professional attorney to help me with my case. Since it was a very complex case, Michael was able to manage to get my privilege to drive for business because he knew it is very important for me to work. Also helped me with his Doctors who made me realize I had a problem with substances and showing that he really cares….. He is very honest and reliable! Simply the best defense attorney that you can ask for. He decreased my probation time from 1 year to 6 months while keeping my BPO license for 6 months as well. I just can’t thank him enough for all his excellent performance and advises to be proactive along the process making everything much easier at the end. THANK YOU SO MUCH MR. HABER.
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Response from Michael Haber August 26, 2022
Dear Carolina, Thank you so much for your kind words and heartfelt Client Review (#HaberPA's 224th on AVVO). Noting that your choice of adjectives is "blush-worthy" and that you've not identified yourself I'll take a few moments to elaborate on the complexity of your case, how we approached it and why we accomplished our litigation objective. You were arrested for DUI and Felony Drug Possession. The DUI was predicated upon a traffic crash where you had rear-ended another vehicle and in which you blew more than twice (double) the legal limit. The felony charge was based upon the police having located controlled substances within your wingspan (on the ground immediately beside your driver side door) and for which they claim that you verbally admitted both knowledge and ownership. Compounding this was the unavoidable driver license suspension and necessity to navigate DMV's protocols and painstaking processes. Noting the complexities I put together a team to assist you in complying with requirements (be them DMV, bond or otherwise), to both proactively work toward potential mitigation and to ease the unavoidable stress associated with a potential loss, I advised and assisted you to do all that was required to secure a BPO from DMV and then embarked up on the fact finding process. The initial plan was to review everything, cede nothing and look for a way to beat everything, but that was an ideal which had to be tweaked after we had fully vetted the evidence in the case. Once I realized that your breath reading was unavoidably coming in as evidence (there was no basis to suppress it) and that the civilian witness was both available and cooperating with the government we switched tactics and steeled ourselves toward a plan to secure a dismissal of the felony charges (with neither any factual, legal, procedural nor substantive basis upon which to do so), even though that would require you to suffer the DUI, and after much effort we accomplished the same. (I note that, in my opinion anyhow, having incorporated separate treating clinical and forensic psychologists into your orbit from the outset was a "personal plus" for you in that they not only proved to be pivotal in accomplishing our litigation objectives but they, most particularly your treating therapist, helped you to understand your own behavior, maintain sobriety and live a happier life. However I also must note that none of this could possibly have been accomplished without your complete, unbridled and faithful cooperation and proactivity.) And so here we are, while you have a DUI on your record you are NOT a felon (and, as an unexpected bonus, we even got your DUI penalties reduced to the lowest possible levels of 6 - as opposed to 12 - months of supervision and suspension, with no additional or gratuitous conditions, e.g. no Ignition Interlock Device or mandatory participation in AA/NA meetings, etcetera). So, while I appreciate that you "can’t thank [me] enough for all [my] excellent performance" the truth is that you deserve every bit as much, if not more, credit than do I as, restated, I talked the talk but you walked the walk (diligently, faithfully and sans any slip-ups). As to "and advises to be proactive along the process making everything much easier at the end" I will take credit, but I will qualify this by stating that as a "boutique" law firm #HaberPA makes it a priority to be easily reachable by phone, email or on the internet, to engage in open, honest, direct and frequent communication as we come to understand the Client and her/his situation, so as to identify and secure realistic litigation objectives we adopt the Client's interests as our own, quote and honor reasonable fees (in writing), rapidly investigate and prepare cases and then effort at moving Heaven and Earth to relentlessly challenge State witnesses, State evidence, achieve goals and secure acquittals. You were a model client and I wish you all the best. Fondly, MAH/Esq. #HaberPA
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Pres.
  • #HaberPA
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Pres.
  • Law Offices of Michael A. Haber, P.A.
  • 1991 - 2018

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • law
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Associations

  • AVVO
  • Superb 10.0 5-Star Rated
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
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  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Statewide)
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  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Miami chapter)
  • Life member
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Superb 10.0 5-Star Rated
  • AVVO
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyer
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2020
  • Superb 10.0 5-Star Rated
  • AVVO
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyer
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2019
  • Superb 10.0 5-Star Rated
  • AVVO
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyer
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2018
  • Superb 10.0 5-Star Rated
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2017
  • Superb 10.0 5 Star Rated
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2016
  • Superb 10.0 5 Star Rating
  • AVVO.com
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2015
  • Superb 10.0 5 Star Rating
  • AVVO.com
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyer
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyer
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyer
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyer
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyer
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2010
  • Top Lawyer
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2009
  • Top Lawyer
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2008
  • Top Lawyer
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2007
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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I first met Mike about 20 years ago when I was a Special Prosecutor in the Narcotics Unit at the Miami Dade State Attorney's Office. He was and still is a hard working and knowledgable attorney, who fought for his client then and still does today. He has always been honest, fair and ethical. He is always fighting to achieve the best possible results for his clients. When I left the Miami Dade State Attorney's Office to start my private practice, I maintained my relationship with him and he and I would consult each other on some of our individual cases. He is a wealth of information and our friendship has grown over the years. Currently we co-host a podcast on Mondays at 2p.m. on Miami's Community Newspapers on Facebook Live titled "At Your Service with Haber and Martinez.""
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Haber in my opinion is an attorney that is truly for the people. I have followed him for a few years now, and remain inestimably impressed with both the amount of knowledge he has in criminal law and also the amount of knowledge he gives to anyone in need of legal guidance. Attorney Haber has a way of breaking down complex legal concepts into very understandable pieces that can be easily digested by someone not so familiar with legal phrases and wording. To have the career he has and the number of years he has dedicated to this craft and still be willing to help out the community at large at a second's notice is what I feel makes him a continual asset and resource to both the legal community and the state of Florida."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mike Haber. He is a knowledgeable, zealous attorney with decades of experience helping his clients. His answers on this platform showcase his wealth and breadth of legal knowledge, as well as his direct and sound advice. Although we practice in different areas of the state, I have spoken to Mike at length about his practice. After having done so, I am confident that Mike is a lawyer you want on your side in the courtroom. When hiring a lawyer, be sure that lawyer has the experience, knowledge, and skills necessary to effectively defend your case. If you are worried about a crime, know that Mike is one of those lawyers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Mr. Haber is a brilliant legal mind and respected by his peers. I have had the pleasure of co-answering many legal questions on the Avvo platform and Mr. Haber always has an insightful answer to share. I would not hesitate to count on Mr. Haber!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have consistently seen Michael providing detailed and thoughtful responses to the many questions that pop-up in the Q&A section on Avvo. I have no doubt that he provides his clients with the same great legal advice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply put, Attorney Haber knows criminal defense. He is familiar with criminal statutes, the case law and criminal procedure. But what sets Attorney Haber apart is his mastery of strategy. Make no mistake, you are in excellent hands with Attorney Haber defending you. I fully recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"It has been my pleasure to work with Mr. Haber in the Avvo forums answering legal questions. Mr. Haber always has a grasp for the client's needs and his vast knowledge and experience lend to his ability to offer sound legal advice. After reviewing his astute legal guides, I was even further impressed. It is my pleasure to endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A shark. I'd recommend Mr Haber to my family if they needed criminal defense, without a doubt. Highly experienced and well recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Haber is a skilled and experienced lawyer whose legal expertise is displayed through every answer he has written on Avvo and through the awards he has earned for his legal work. The reviews he has received reveal his dedication to applying his talents to the betterment of the lives of his clients. He is an asset to our profession, and it is my pleasure to endorse him. If either myself or any family member were arrested, the first call I would make would be to Michael."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Other
"Attorney Haber and I met when I noticed that there was one attorney on Avvo that always answered the criminal law questions that come out first. I have reviewed hundreds of analyses by attorney Haber from injunctions to bond issues, and everything in-between. There is no attorney with a better conceptual understanding of the law and promptness in its truest form."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Haber is an excellent choice as an attorney. I would hire him in a minute!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Haber possesses the knowledge, expertise and dedication to help his client's navigate through the criminal justice system."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Haber is an incredibly skilled criminal defense attorney. I am constantly amazed at the depth and breadth of his criminal defense knowledge. One needs to look no further than his Avvo guides and YouTube info videos to see that Mr. Haber is able to boil complex legal issues into terms that non-attorneys can understand. This rare and important skill allows Mr. Haber to more effectively communicate with juries to deliver favorable results for his clients. If I, or someone I cared about, was ever in trouble in the Dade County area, I would not hesitate to seek out Mr. Haber for representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable about all areas of criminal defense. When other attorneys do not know how to resolve an issue, Mr. Haber always does . His clients love his aggressive demeanor that surely puts the Assistant State Attorneys he works with at a disadvantage. This area of law is constantly changing and you can bet Mr. Haber keeps up with all of the changes. I can't think of another lawyer I would recommend for criminal defense in Florida."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Haber has shown consistent mastery of criminal defense topics and is an asset to the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Haber is always willing to provide advice to both lawyer and clients alike. His answers are straightforward and pragmatic. Since I don't practice in the Miami area, Michael is an attorney that I would refer clients to without hesitation. I strongly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Extremely knowledgeable and generous with his free advice to the community. I look forward to reading his responses to community questions. Never disappointed."
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