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Lawrence Michael Meltzer

DUI and DWI Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

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  • Licensed for 23 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2000
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About Lawrence

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BROWARD COUNTY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY

Larry's office phone number is: . Lawrence Meltzer is a criminal defense attorney and partner at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Meltzer defends clients in all areas of defense, including DUI, firearm offenses, and drug possession.

Lawrence started his career in private practice in 1999. He later joined the Broward County State Attorney’s Office as Assistant State Attorney.

Lawrence tenure with the State Attorney’s Office started in the County Court Division, in which he prosecuted misdemeanor crimes such as DUI, Reckless driving, Battery, Assault, Thefts and Juvenile Delinquency/Dependency related crimes.

During his time in County Court Division, Lawrence Meltzer tried over 60 jury trials. His experience at the County Court Division allowed him to develop extensive knowledge of DUI law and specific issues dealing with sobriety tests such as, breath testing, urine testing and impairment by alcohol. 

Lawrence then transitioned to the Felony Trial Unit. At the Felony Trial Unit he handled over 45 felony trials through verdict. These cases included, Felony DUI, DUI With Serious Bodily Injury, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Death or Injury, Murder, Armed Robbery with a Firearm, Armed Kidnapping and Drug Trafficking.

In 2005 Meltzer left the Broward County State Attorney’s Office and joined the firm of Ted L. Hollander & Associates (also known as Ticket Clinic) as Lead Trial Counsel. In this capacity he defended many clients with misdemeanor and felony DUI charges and represented clients on criminal traffic offenses and violations.

In 2013 Lawrence Meltzer and Steven Bell created the firm Meltzer & Bell, P.A. Meltzer initially met Steven Bell in 2005 when Bell was an Assistant Public Defender. The two were assigned to the same courtroom. Their respect grew based on each other’s legal acumen, dedication to ethics, trial skill and overall legal professionalism. 

Meltzer earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from American University in Washington, D.C. and his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University Law Center.

Lawrence Meltzer, Steven Bell, and our Firm, has a goal of providing clients with the highest quality legal defenses and favorable results, being the most prepared legal counsel in the courtroom; keeping an open line of communication 24 hour per day and seven days a week with our clients, and assisting each client navigate their way through the minefield of the criminal justice system.

Lawrence Meltzer looks forward to representing anyone accused of DUI or any criminal defense and is available 24/7 for a free consultation. Lawrence Meltzer has been featured on the NBC Today Show, MSNBC, CNBC “Caught On Camera”, FOX News, and CNN relating to issues dealing with DUI and officer misconduct.  Mr. Meltzer is a member of the National Advocacy of DUI Defense and has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubble, the highest rating in peer review and ethical standards.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2014,2013
Client's Choice
2014 2013

Photos and videos

Alexandra Torrensvilas Framed by Hollywood, FL Police Department. Case Dismissed.
Video Exposing Hollywood, FL Officers Fabricating A DUI Case Against Client of Lawrence Meltzer. Charges Dismissed and Officers Were Prosecuted Criminally and Convicted.

Location

Meltzer & Bell, P.A.
110 SE 6th St Suite 1749
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2016
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An Attorney You Can Trust
Before Christmas, my mother and I got into an argument that turned into a physycal altercation. She was very angry and decided to call 911 on me, her life had never been in danger. When the cops arrived, she proceeded to lie to them. Totally denying the truth, she refused to tell them she was the first one to attack. She made me out to be a total irresponsible person. While we were arguing, she had a glass of water in her hand. She slapped my face and proceeded to splash me with water, then tried to smash the same glass in my face. I wear glasses, while trying to remove the glass from her hand, in the middle of the struggle, my glasses fell on the floor, leaving me half blind. As I was reaching to restrain her wrist and remove the glass, her face got scratched because I was not able to see right. The cops believed her story, she is 66 years old and they took her side and arrested me. After talking to two different attorneys, I realized they were not flexible or cared about the details of the case, they just quoted me a large flat fee. Larry Meltzer worked with me from day one, his partners were fantastic and made me feel at ease. Larry had my case dismissed in four weeks. I never set a foot in court. I would refer or recommend this law firm to anybody. He could made an additional $2500 dollars from me by stalling my case allowing it to get file, which he did not do! An integral attorney whos first concern is about the clients best case scenario and interests, not getting more money! I am so grateful i found larry.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2015
This is the man for the job
Larry helped me with a quick plea deal to get my charge down from very serious, to not so serious. I highly recommend this attorney, as he is both knowledgeable and understanding of his client's needs. Look nowhere else, this is the man for the job.
Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2023
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Difficult DUI Case won via Jury Trial
When I was arrested for a DUI in Fort Lauderdale a little over a year ago, I was extremely distraught, and concerned about many aspects of my life going forward. I spent the next few days reaching out to Criminal and DUI Trial Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale, and spoke to 8 of them before finding Meltzer & Bell. I submitted an online form to be contacted around 9pm on a Sunday evening, and was immediately contacted by Larry Meltzer himself. We spent about an hour an a half on the phone that evening going over the details of the case (which did not look great for me), the legal process that takes place in these matters, and covered a multitude of questions that I had regarding the matter. Larry answered all of them in a very easy-to-understand manner, took his time in addressing my concerns, and was perceivably extremely professional, intelligent, experienced, and well-versed in cases similar to mine. This same level of caring, attentive, and professionalism was maintained by Larry and his entire staff throughout the entire process. I went to meet Larry at his office a few days later when I returned to town, and immediately signed on to have him represent me in this case—to date, it was the best decision I have made in my life. As Larry’s legal team went through the process of the initial court hearings (I did not have to attend a single court date until trial), building a defense case, and negotiating with the prosecutors in an attempt to have this matter reduced to a Reckless Driving, it became clear that the prosecution felt very strong about their case, and our only course of action was trial by jury. Larry spent hours on the phone with me and in-person at his office, which is conveniently in the building directly across from the Broward Courthouse, going over the dash cam, body cam, and various other details pertaining to the case that would be relevant during the trial. He prepared me for my time on the stand testifying very thoroughly, and with extreme care and attention to detail. When the date of the trial came, the first order of business was jury selection. Throughout this process, he filled several pages worth of notes on the jurors, and before we began eliminating jurors alongside the prosecution, he let me know which 6 jurors he preferred (and believed were attainable) as well as the alternate—we received the exact jury panel that Larry was seeking—it was phenomenal. He asked for my thoughts throughout the jury selection process, but it was unequivocally evident that he was an expert in this process, and therefore I deferred all judgment to him. As the state presented their case, called their witness (the arresting officer) and Larry began to cross-examen their witness on the stand, he picked apart nearly every component of the witness’ testimony, the validity of the field sobriety tests administered (often referencing the NHTSA field sobriety test guidelines and highlighting the fact that the officer did not follow the guidelines), and the DUI investigation that the officer conducted before arresting me. He also picked apart all aspects of the state’s case against me, at every opportunity, throughout the entire trial. His expertise was unmatched, and after less than 90 minutes of deliberation, the jury came back with a Not Guilty verdict. I walked out the courthouse free of this burden that I had been walking around with for a little over a year, and feeling unimaginably blessed that Larry Meltzer had represented me during this trial, and throughout the entire process leading up to it. I can’t thank you enough Larry. I’d also like to thank attorney Stephen Dobrinsky who worked with me extensively leading up to the trial, and the entire team at Meltzer & Bell, who were always just a phone call away (and always picked up the phone), to answer any questions I had, and calm my nerves at times when I was unsure of the process and the next steps along the way. Thank you all!
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2020
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Criminal Defense
I had the pleasure of having a consultation with Larry when I was met with false allegations of sexual misconduct at work. Larry was very thorough in exploring my timeline and evidence, and in coming up with a plan of action. He truly cared about protecting me and having the truth come out in a timely fashion. Larry is extremely dedicated, and quite clearly an expert in criminal defense. I would recommend Larry to anyone that has been falsely accused of a crime.
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2019
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My experience with Larry and his firm
I am glad to have had Larry as my legal counsel, he was very knowledgable, compassionate and professional. After shortlisting a few lawyers, I decided to hire Larry as he was very compassionate and accommodating to my situation. His team always responded to my calls and emails and were available to meet me on short notice whenever the need arose. On the day of trial, he was well prepared while the state was not and leveraged the state's lack of preparation into reduced charges, despite the state offering a reduced plea deal he was not afraid to go into trial and the eventual decision was mine to go into a trial or take the plea deal. Thanks to Larry, I was able to avoid permanent damage and can put this experience behind me and move on with my life.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2018
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Exceptional Attorney
Metzler & Bell what an amazing team! Let’s Begin with Lillian the Paralegal, she is so on point and precise with getting information to the Attorney’s. My case was not easy but my attorney Larry worked on the case diligently, every time I reached out to Larry or Lillian I received a response on any question I had fear about! I was comforted all the way through,Lillian was my shoulder to cry on, & Larry, Christy & Tyler my attorney’s excecuted all of my legal matters. The patients this legal team has is exceptional. I would recommend them to anyone with a criminal issue. I know I was definitely taken care of especially in such a challenging time in my life.
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Posted by Ingrid Mora | September 20, 2018
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Client
Larry is absolutely the best attorney in Fort Lauderdale. I am so grateful for everything he did on my case. This was my first DUI and I was a nervous wreck but him and his team made sure I felt confident in their work. They always picked up my calls and responded to my emails. thanks to Larry my case was dropped!!!! God bless Larry and his team.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2017
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Impressive and Dedicated
My experience with Larry Meltzer was nothing short of amazing, especially considering the situation I found myself in. Altruism, authenticity, complete transparency, efficiency and dedication come effortlessly to this gentlemen, and it was with complete confidence that I trusted him with handling my very complicated and very tricky case. All in all, he turned an awful situation into a pleasant experience, and did it with positive attitude.
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Posted by Terry | May 17, 2016
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Very good and skilled Lawyer
Lawrence was very professional and kept me updated. He's very kind and well connected. he also explained to me my options, and best option route to win and it worked . I would recommend Lawrence to all friends and family.
Posted by Mike | January 4, 2016
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Great Help When I Needed It
Recently was facing 2nd degree felony charges. Lawrence handled the case calmly and quickly and had the charges dismissed before they were even filed. My case never even made it to the courtroom because of how quickly and professionally he addressed it. Made me feel comfortable in a situation where I had no clue what to expect and really helped me out of a tight spot. Overall I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Jen. J | November 9, 2015
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BEST CRIMINAL ATTORNEY EVER!!- LARRY MELTZER
I recently was facing 3rd degree felony charges for grand theft and fraud. I went online to find an attorney that would represent me and I found Larry Meltzer. After reading all the reviews, which were all amazing, I decided to contact his law firm. From the very beginning Larry was compassionate, caring, and empathetic. I must be honest, I have never dealt with an attorney before but from things I had heard from other people I was nervous and didn't think he would really care. I figured I would just be another number or another check. I was so wrong! Larry called me back immediately after putting in an inquiry on his site and from his own personal cell phone. I met with him and he assured me he would do everything he could to assist me and guide me every step of the way. He gave me a peace of mind because he was truly a caring person. As an experienced attorney, Larry made sure bail was set for me immediately as I needed to turn myself in. He remained in constant contact. A few weeks later, Larry contacted me to let me know all the charges were dismissed and the prosecutor declined the case. Larry has absolutely helped change my life and I could not thank him enough!
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Posted by Wayne | October 7, 2015
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Larry is the best
I faced a nightmare situation. I was arrested for cocaine possession because trace amounts were found in my car through a canine search. I faced the possibility of serious charges. I have never been arrested before in my life and have never used cocaine or crack cocaine. Larry was efficient and effective in providing prosecution with all the facts, presenting convincing arguments, questioning the appropriateness of the canine search and citing necessary case law supporting my situation. Because of his quick and thorough representation on my behalf, no charges were laid and the case was dropped. Larry saved me from the inconvenience and embarrassment of having to go to court and from any suffering that may have resulted from a negative finding by the court. His calm, personable, expeditious and thorough dealings with my case helped me avoid further unnecessary hardship.
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Posted by Cristina Rossi | July 2, 2015
Godfather of Attorneys
I'm not a first time offender, been in the system for over 10 years and through all my legal history, he is by far the best criminal defense attorney that I have ever encountered. Larry is incredibly thorough, responsive, and efficient in the courtroom. His fees and services are impeccable considering the work he puts forth. Was able to reach him any day or time, in-depth knowledge of my case and always apprised me of the progress and potential outcome/s. Not only is this an opinion of mine, but also my co-defendant and witnesses who worked with him as well on my case. Honest, ethical, and immaculate. The best defense trial attorney in South Florida bar none. If you have ANY legal problems this is the man you need to contact.
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Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2014
Lawrence Meltzer is a Rock Star
Very fortunate that I found Larry on the internet. I made a call--he drove from his Palm Beach ofc. to meet with me immediately. We worked on an affidavit for my husband to sign to get Domestic Violence charges dropped. My husband signed and Larry submitted. Charges were Not Filed! as a result of his careful attention to the affidavit. He is knowledgeable and thorough. He knows many people in the judicial system and more importantly they know and respect him. Very grateful I had Larry as my attorney.
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Posted by Jason M | November 6, 2014
Meltzer NAILED IT! - Probation violation over come!
I met Mr. Meltzer on a Friday and he had me in the court room the following Wednesday. He gave me all the time I needed to discuss my case, assured me things would work out, picked up every phone call, and addressed all of my concerns. He started working on my case the second I met him, calling both my judges judicial assistant and my probation officer during the consultation. End result, I got exactly what we agreed upon and he saved me from a trip to jail because of his fast and persistent work.
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Posted by david | August 4, 2014
first time trial
very competent trial attorney,my first time at trial but no stranger to the system. the rest of my professional life hung on the outcome of this .i could not have been more impressed by Mr. Meltzer .
Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2014
HIRE LARRY MELTZER TO GET YOU OUT OF A JAM!!!
Larry attended my driver's license hearing and was successful in ensuring I did not have to have a restricted license. Also, he was able to have all my charges dropped. All while answering questions, being patient with me and not judgmental. Very professional and got great outcomes!!!
Posted by Robert | July 31, 2014
Definitely the right law firm!
Larry responded within minutes of my request for help... even on a holiday weekend. He knew exactly what to do, who to talk to, where to go, and what to say. He had my case dropped within a few days and I didn't even have to go to court! Their fees are reasonable and the service is impeccable! I would recommend Larry and his firm to anyone who needs legal assistance.
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Posted by Pete | July 24, 2014
Lawrence Meltzer is an outstanding attorney
Larry has helped us through a very stressful ordeal in the most calm, assertive and reassuring manners. He was able to determine from the start how my case was going to be determined. Larry was actually starting on the paperwork as I was still telling him what had happen. This charge was something that had my whole family in a panic and Larry was able to reassure them that everything was going to be ok. He was able to get my case "No Filed." We did not even have to see the inside of a courtroom.
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Posted by CHARLES | July 23, 2014
excellent lawyer
mr.meltzer , did an outstanding job in defending me against false charges of stalking .. his cross against my exgirl friend was the key.. he exposed all her lies and left the judge no choice but to dismiss my case on the grounds of no evidence . would highly recommend mr meltzer.. also would use him again if needed... if u need a lawyer for this kind of case he is ur man..have worked with many lawyers in the past and find mr meltzer one of the finest ...
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and co-founder
  • Meltzer & Bell, P.A.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Parks & Braxton, PA
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Lead trial counsel
  • Gold & Hollander
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Assistant State attorney
  • Broward County State Attorney's Office
  • 2001 - 2005
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Education

  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • American University
  • B.A.
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Alexandra Torrens-Vilas
  • All charges dismissed by the State of Florida

Associations

  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Palm Beach County chapter)
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100 Attorney
  • 2014 - Present
  • The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Federal Trial Bar for the Southern District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • General Member
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2015
  • The National Trial Lawyers- Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Honored Attorney and Lifetime Member
  • American Registry
  • 2014
  • Top 100 DUI Attorney
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • DUI and Traffic Defense Lecture
  • DUI and Traffic Defense
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (8)
Endorse Lawrence
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is my pleasure to endorse Larry. He is a tenacious advocate for his clients. He is truly a wealth of legal knowledge and a pleasure to know. A real fighter!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Meltzer for about ten years. I have handled cases against him back when I was a prosecutor, and I have worked by his side in the defense bar as well. He is a very good counselor and trial attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Meltzer is a zealous advocate for his clients. For this reason, I endorse him as an attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Larry is a gifted advocate in the courtroom in the defense of his clients. I recommend him without hesitation and with the confidence in his ability to achieve the most favorable outcome possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Larry is an excellent criminal defense trial attorney who is well prepared and thorough. You can always count on him for solid representation. I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Without hesitation, Larry is easily one of the best criminal trial lawyers in South Florida, if not in the whole state. He has personally won over 100 DUI trials throughout the State of Florida - utterly destroying the State's evidence though his efficient cross-examination. This is astonishing because he is still one of the most personable and well liked criminal defense attorneys, even by the prosecutors and judges. Simply put, Larry is a great attorney who can be trusted you handle any serious criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. As a former prosecutor, I had many cases against Larry Meltzer. He is an excellent DUI and criminal defense attorney. He is always professional, prepared, and extremely knowledgeable. As a defense attorney, he is compassionate and fights tirelessly for his clients. I highly recommend Larry Meltzer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Larry Meltzer for at least 5 years first as opposing counsel and then as a collegue in the defense community. Larry has tried more cases than any other attorney I know. He works tirelessly to defend his clients and achieve positive results through his hard work and legal knowledge. I recommend him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Lawrence. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have enjoyed working with Mr. Meltzer for several years on a variety of cases. He is aggressive, knowledgeable and fights tirelessly for his clients"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Larry has an incredible track record in the area of DUI and criminal defense. Very few lawyers throughout the State truly know and understand all issues in the area of DUI that don't necessarily appear in other types of case....Larry is one of the very few that knows his stuff and can be trusted with a DUI or criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Larry is one of the most professional,kind and courteous Attorneys I have ever had the privilege of working with. He really cares about the client and they can feel that. He puts all of his efforts into getting his clients the best possible result. I have worked with Larry on many cases and not once has he ever let me down. Anyone would be lucky to work with Larry on any case. He makes sure he knows every angle on the law before putting his bet foot forward. If he doesn't know the answer to something you better believe he will make sure and get it!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Larry for many years and he is an excellent trial attorney. He is always extremely prepared and is very knowledgeable about DUI Law and the rules of Evidence. I would trust him to handle a case of my own or family members"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Larry Meltzer is one of Florida's preeminent DUI attorney's and is one of the nicest people you ever want to meet. I have fought against him dozens of times while I was a prosecutor. He was always prepared and professional. Now, as a defense attorney I routinely seek his expert advice on all issues related to DUI which he is always willing to give. I highly recommend Larry Meltzer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Larry Meltzer is a great attorney and is highly recommended for any criminal law matter and DUI defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Friend
"I have worked with Lawrence Meltzer, Esq. for the past decade. He is a caring, compassionate and dedicated attorney. I have had the great honor of practicing law in the same courtroom with him as a government employee as well as working with him together in the private sector. He is an unbelievable litigator, excellent trial attorney and cares deeply for his clients. I am proud to endorse such a fine colleague."
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