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Adam David Harmelin

Criminal defense Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

4.8   31 reviews
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  • Licensed for 26 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1997
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AFFORDABLE AND AGGRESSIVE CRIMINAL AND DUI DEFENSE. FOR A FREE CONSULTATION, CALL TODAY

Adam D. Harmelin, Esquire began his career as a defense attorney for the Broward County Public Defender's Office in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where he was lead counsel on many jury trials in both County and Circuit Court. After leaving the Public Defender's office, he started his own law firm. He has defended thousands of people charged with DUI as well as many other misdemeanor and felony offenses. During his career, he has argued countless evidentiary motions (Motion to Suppress, Dismiss, etc.) and tried many jury and bench trials in County and Circuit Court.

While in private practice, Mr. Harmelin has obtained numerous "Not Guilty" verdicts, including winning the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers "Hat Trick Award" for three consecutive not guilty verdicts. He is a member of the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar. Mr. Harmelin represents DUI and Criminal Defendants in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties.

Mr. Harmelin received his Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors from the University of Florida in 1994 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. He received his Law Degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1997. As a criminal defense attorney, he has devoted his career to defending those people charged with DUI and other crimes throughout the tri-County area in South Florida.

Personal Service
When you call attorney Adam Harmelin, you will speak with him. Throughout his career in private practice, Adam has always listed his cellular telephone on his business card and website. The reason is simple. Accessibility to your attorney is important! My clients never complain that they cannot reach me. I am avaiable to speak with my clients during business hours, nights, weekends and holidays. Call now to speak directly to attorney Adam Harmelin.

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  31 customer reviews
Posted by jed | November 4, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I have found Adam to be a great lawyer and an even better person. i can't recommend him enough and wish there were more lawyers like him. Courteous, knowledgeable and kind, I am certain he will well know before he is finished.
Posted by Gidean | May 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BEST ATTORNEY!
Words can’t explain how incredible of an attorney Adam Harmelin is. He is passionate about what he does. Another positive thing, Adam ALWAYS returned my phone calls and e-mails to answer my questions. " If you drafted tomorrow and shipped off to war, Adam is the kind of guy you would want covering your back in battle". I'm saying this because that's what he did for me! What makes Adam a brilliant attorney is not only his knowledge of the law, but his ability to articulate it in a way that makes sense. He definitely knows the law and can “explain it very well.” Let’s face it, an attorney could give the absolute best legal argument there is, but if a jury doesn’t understand it, they won’t listen to it, and you’ll lose the case. Adam has the extraordinary ability to connect with a jury, and provide them with that common sense explanation they all want. I COUDN'T have better results! Call him yourself, and you’ll see exactly what I'm talking about!
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Posted by Jeff | September 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Outcome
Adam communicated regularly with me over the year+ plus term it took to deal with this. It's a highly stressful time and when I had a question or required information he responded very quickly whether by phone, text, or email. I never waited more than a few hours for a response. He explained the legal process, precedents, and actions he intended to take (probably multiple times). When the hearing date finally arrived, he negotiated in-court at length and refused to accept a lower plea that was offered, citing case law that charges should be dismissed. The charges were dismissed! I could not be any happier or more satisfied with his work and the outcome.
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Posted by Matthew | September 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Successful trial!!!
Adam has been nothing but easy to talk to. He understands the needs of his clients and is empathetic while maintaining professionalism. My case was won today and I wouldn’t have picked a better representative! If you want results chose this firm! You will feel that you’re in the rights hands from start to finish! -MD
Posted by Connor | August 24, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best
Adam is the best in the business, he reached out to me, I explained my situation and he took my case, after talking to the state he came back with a deal I accepted the terms and we proceeded, the day after I gave him all my proof of completion for my terms the case was dismissed. Adam did exactly what I hired to do and more.
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best
Adam is the best. Definitely choose him. I was kept abreast of all developments and in the end All Charges Were Dropped. He’s a compassionate lawyer who has your back. And, you can’t beat the outcome. I couldn’t be happier
Posted by Chris | June 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A good man, and incredible attorney
I’ve suffered the unfortunate circumstance of needing an attorney more than once in my younger years. After dedicating myself to changing, the consequences of my mistakes still remained. Adam, unlike any attorney I’ve ever had, put his heart into my case. He never did a single thing to close the case without the outcome I needed. He was MY attorney. And he fought for 3 years. He never took advantage, asked for more money, and maintained a code of ethics I learned from. He never lied to me, more so always told the truth. If there was a problem? He handled it. Which was more than I ever deserved, at least that’s how I felt until he proved otherwise. Without Adam I don’t know what I would have done. A good attorney pleads your case, a great attorney fights. And that’s exactly what Adam does with grace. Can’t thank him enough, literally
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Posted by Justin | March 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BEST ATTORNEY EVER!
So just to start it off i was just ready to go turn myself into county jail for a failure to appear that i had a warrant out and my license suspended for a friend of mine referred me to Adam because he helped him with a case and i heard great things and it’ll be best if i had a consultation first…. I spoke with him he is very knowledgeable and i hired him within 2 days my warrant is gone and i was able to get my license reinstated and the case resolved thank you so so much ! Never had to miss work or take a trip down to Ft. Lauderdale as i live up in Orlando super happy thank you
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Defense in Broward
Adam Harmelin is by far the best attorney I've had the pleasure of working with. Competent, professional, caring, and effective at legal representation is an understatement. He was a guide through all the steps towards resolution of a matter that plagued my peace of mind, explaining all the steps along the way. Brief summary, I had an outstanding warrant for a felonious charge that I wasn't aware of for several years. Through his quick and assertive maneuvering, he had arranged a highly favorable deal with the prosecutors office within hours of my arrest. Clearly held in high regard by the court. We maintained consistent contact, and he helped me to return to my life damage free. Ideal outcome, and Adam is the ideal attorney to aid in the pursuit of defense. Recommend 10/10, and worth every penny of compensation. Beyond grateful!
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Posted by Jasmine | November 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adam is the best lawyer in town
Adam is the best lawyer in town He is very caring answers his phone no matter what time it is and works hard on his cases for the best outcome I’ve been dealing with Adam since I’ve been 14 years old till I was about 22 Years old I am 30 years old now on every case Adam had my case is either dismissed or withheld adjudication And his mother is wonderful as well Thank you Adam for all you have done for me I highly recommend Adam as an attorney.
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Posted by Anthony | November 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BEST ATTORNEY
Adam Harmelin is the best defense attorney and is also a great person which makes him much more respectable.He has handled a few cases for me and always shows the utmost professionalism and integrity.Adam definitely cares for his clients and will listen and answer any questions or concerns you may have while trying your case.He always has the best advice and is always sympathetic.He has never let me down and I would definitely recommend Adam to anyone in need of a great lawyer,this man is the greatest!
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Posted by Kayla | February 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Service!
Adam helped me get through my case and put me in the best program to get my case dismissed and now we are looking forward to getting it expunged now! I’m so happy to meet him and been able to benefit from his services.
Posted by Linda JeanBaptiste | September 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer
The best lawyer that one could hire very professional and very informative. Keep you up on what's happening overall I would recommend him to anyone who needed a defense lawyer
Posted by William | June 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney
Adam was fantastic to work with. He was always accessible, returned calls/texts promptly, down to earth demeanor, kind and he always followed through with what actions he said he would take. I Highly recommend Adam!
Posted by Kimberly | June 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Superhero & Best Defense Attorney In Broward
If you are looking for the best Defense Attorney in Broward County, well then you will hire Adam Harmelin to represent you. I have been working with Mr. Harmelin for 5 years now. I highly recommend him and his services. He basically saved my life after I made the worst decision of my life. I have never had any trouble getting in contact with him. He has always immediately answered my calls or responded with a text or voicemail stating exactly when he will return my calls and he has been consistently consistent with his follow up. Throughout the 5 years I haven’t always had the money to hire him, (Although his rates are more than reasonable for the Defense he provides) and he still has always been there for me to give me his Legal Advice. He recently just assisted me early Termination of my Probation and I will write now my exact words I sent in my big Thank You to him : “You may not wear a Cape but you are a Superhero to me!” So if you are looking for an Attorney who knows the system, has an amazing relationship with Judges and Prosecutors alike, who will provide you with a Defense above and beyond, then hire Adam Harmelin. He is simply the best!
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Posted by Peter | September 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer I ever had
Adam harmelin is a very great lawyer¡! he has helped me immensely, Adem, answers my phone calls on time, helped me with every question I've ever had. Adem is probably one of the smartest man I've ever met. I will refer him anytime I can.
Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adam Harmelin is the truth...
Great Lawer with old school ethics.. upon meeting Adam he demonstrated true professionalism and compassion at the same time.. was not money hungry nor did he take a cent of my money until he knew for sure he could fix the situation... which is rare these days.... he was extremely fair and did not candy coat the seriousness of my situation... he fought for me in court and saved me from a possible 5 year term in jail.. got my 4 charges with held and enabled me along with the judge to attain my medical mj card. And a very short probationary period... he is a life saver and and takes his profession very seriously. They do not make em like him any more. I have recommended him to others in need of his services.
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Posted by GLD | May 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
GOOD Attorney and Person
Adam Harmelin was there for my family member when we needed him, visiting Florida from out of state, he helped with a DUI and did everything possible, he was crafted with his thinking and always made time to answer any questions, Good Attorney and Humanitarian!!!
Posted by Advocate | March 28, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consummate professional!
Mr. Harmelin is truly a pleasure to work with. I am an expert in areas of mental health and substance abuse and work with Mr. Harmelin on many cases and he is always well prepared in plenty of time and is extremely diligent as to paperwork and getting his pleadings filed timely, which is a refreshing change. Truly a consummate professional and a joy to work with!
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Posted by Jeronimo | February 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!!!
I am pleased with my results from my case. Honest and knowledgeable, he delivered exactly what he said he would. Adam clearly knows what he is doing, and has been very helpful throughout my case. He guided me through the whole process, making everything less stressful. I highly recommend him! In addition, he always returns my texts and emails. Very responsive. It has been a pleasure to know him as a person in general.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Adam D. Harmelin, P.A.
  • 2000 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Broward County Public Defender's Office
  • 1998 - 2000

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts with Honors
  • 1994

Associations

  • Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 1997 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • Global Directory of Who's Who
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Attorney's in Florida Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 10% America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent by the Judiciary & Members of the Bar
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Hat Trick Award for 3 consecutive Not Guilty Verdicts
  • Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (7)
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Unknown Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've worked cases against Adam many times and he was always an excellent advocate for his clients. Adam works hard to do right by the people he represents. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked alongside Adam many times and have referred numerous clients to him regarding various criminal charges. In each instance, I have found Adam to be organized, diligent, and knowledgeable in the area and he is always able to resolve cases favorably."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Adam for nearly 20 years, tried cases with him, and seen him work miracles in the courtroom. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is well versed in the law and constantly strives to achieve great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has always demonstrated a high level of professionalism."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Adam is an excellent attorney. He always fights for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. He knows the criminal law and procedure quite well with many years of experience. His good working relationship with the State is a great benefit to his clients. My clients that I refer to him have always been happy with his representation."
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Fort Lauderdale Criminal defense Lawyer Adam David Harmelin
Adam David Harmelin
Criminal defense Attorney
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Licensed for 26 years
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