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Carey Wagner Meldon

DUI and DWI Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2005
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Carey

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Thank you for taking the time to find out more about me. I am currently a partner with the Meldon Law. Before joining the Meldon law firm in 2009, I practiced law in Daytona Beach with the State’s Attorney Office for almost four years. During my employment as an Assistant State Attorney, I personally handled thousands of criminal cases ranging from misdemeanor DUIs to capital felonies. In 2008, the 7th Judicial Circuit State’s Attorney’s Office promoted me to the Special Prosecution Unit.

I was born and raised in Gainesville and attended the College of William and Mary where I played on the Varsity Tennis Team and focused my education on the subjects of History and Economics. I later studied law at Stetson’s College of Law.

One of my life highlights was having my grandfather, Stetson Law Alum Maurice Wagner , present me with my diploma in 2005. My grandfather started practicing in Miami Beach in the early 1950s and a was a true trailblazer in the field of personal injury law. Maurice dedicated his life to fighting for justice and was awarded one of the highest distinctions by the Florida Supreme Court, the Tobias Simon award. In 2017, I returned to our family’s roots in South Florida where Maurice began his trial practice 80 years ago.

Now I run the Meldon Law firm with my father, the legendary Jeffrey Meldon. We have a full service firm with 5 lawyers and over 20 staff spread out through three Florida locations. Jeffrey and I take the time know our clients individually as it’s our honor to serve them.

I enjoy spending time with friends, both old and new. The most enjoyable aspect of my career are the long lasting relationships that have developed with many of my clients.

My interest is in trial practice involving criminal defense and personal injury cases.

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Meldon Law
1 East Broward Blvd #730
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
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703 North Main Street Suite A
Gainesville, FL, 32601
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Posted by Dave | May 18, 2015
Understanding and Hard work to make the best from a bad situation
I was arrested for D.U.I. in Florida. My case had some circumstances that made it a very difficult case to resolve favorably and without substantial jail time. After speaking with several lawyers, it became evident that Carey cared about me and getting the best outcome for myself and family. Carey made no promises, except he would work hard, use the full resources of his office, think outside the box and if needed, go to trial. His fee was more than fair, he always returned calls and kept me informed. In the end, the outcome was better than I expected. I hope you never need him or his Law Firm, but if you get in trouble in Florida, call Carey Meldon!
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2013
I was pulled over for a DUI and it was one of the most trying and difficult experiences in my life thus far. Carey dealt with my case with precision and professionalism that exceeded my expectations. He got my license back before it was suspended, which by itself was a feat. Even though facing a DUI charge is never a pleasant situation it is so important to have someone in your corner who knows what they are doing. I have to say this man is the most effective, erudite, and sympathetic individual I've ever done business with. I personally would never trust anyone else with my case. I made the right decision with Carey.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Meldon Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • State Attorney's Office, Florida's 7th Judicial Circuit
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Public Defender's Office, 13th Judicial Circuit
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Law Clerk
  • Cohen, Jayson & Foster
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Judicial Extern
  • 8th Judicial Circuit
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Legal Assistant
  • Law Offices of Jeffrey Meldon
  • 2001 - 2003
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  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • College of William and Mary
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Dietrich
  • Case Dismissed


  • Florida Justice Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Admitted
  • 2016 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • James C. Adkins, Jr. American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Admitted
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar, Traffic Court Rules Modernization Sub-Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Local Chapter President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Florida Bar, Traffic Court Rules Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Community Partner of the Year
  • Pledge 5 Foundation
  • 2012


Speaking Engagements

  • Blood, Breath & Tears XXII
  • Putting Your Client on the Stand: Hold On Tight, This Is Going to Be a Rough Ride Home
  • 2015
  • Best Criminal Practice
  • Defending DUI Cases
  • 2014
  • Trial Advocacy Course
  • Trial Advocacy/Closing Argument
  • 2013
  • Sante Fe Student Government
  • DUI/Alcohol Awareness
  • 2013
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • DUI/ Alcohol Awareness
  • 2013
  • Hispanic Student Association
  • DUI/Alcohol Awareness
  • 2013
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • DUI/ Alcohol Awareness
  • 2013
  • Caribbean Student Association Meeting
  • DUI/Alcohol Awareness
  • 2013
  • Basic Criminal Practice 2013
  • Defending DUI Cases
  • 2013
  • After School Gators
  • DUI/Alcohol Awareness
  • 2013
  • Rossdale Group Webinar Lecturer
  • Criminal Law & DUI
  • 2010
  • Lecture
  • Florida DUI Update
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (12)
Endorse Carey
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have 100% confidence in Carey Meldon's work ethic, knowledge base, and intellect. He is experienced, very personable and easy to work with. Mr. Meldon is well known in the community and anyone who asks me who they should hire for a DUI or DWI defense I send his way."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Friend
"The consummate professional. Mr. Meldon knows how to fight for his clients and get results that make him a well respected name in the legal community. I highly recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Carey Meldon is super professional and cares deeply about his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carey is zealous in his defense. He doesn't just handle cases; he litigates them. If you want a lawyer to fight for you, not just represent you, hire Carey."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Meldon is highly respected in the community and I recommend him for your legal needs."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Meldon's knowledge base, work ethic, and professionalism is of a superior calibre. As an attorney who strives to better my best, under Attorney Meldon's tutalge (CLE's) I have become not just competent, but highly capable, in practicing different areas of law. Highly personable, reliable, and ernest. I endorse this attorney as a beacon and pillar of our legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Carey. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mr. Meldon. In my dealings with him he has always acted in a professional and courteous manner. We have worked on some cases together and his understanding of the current case law is great. I would feel comfortable recommending his services to a potential client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Meldon is one of the finest technical attorneys you will find. However, one of his most admirable attributes is his concern for each individual client - he cares. I overwhelmingly recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer.I have been practicing criminal defense for 32 years and have watch my nephew as a State Attorney in Daytona Beach. He was very well liked and respected by his peers and advance quickly at the State Attorneys office.At the end of his time at the SA office he had been assigned "Special Prosecution" status."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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