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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.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 48%
  2. Criminal Defense: 47%
  3. Sex Crime: 5%



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  • Alan David Siegel

    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!


    Alan Siegel Criminal defense Attorney
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  • R. William Barner III

    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.


    R. William Barner Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Meltzer and Bell, P.A.

400 SE 9th St
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33316


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
General MemberNational College of DUI Defense2015
The National Trial Lawyers- Top 100 Trial LawyerThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Honored Attorney and Lifetime MemberAmerican Registry2014
Top 100 DUI AttorneyNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and co-founderMeltzer & Bell, P.A.2013 - Present
AttorneyParks & Braxton, PA2011 - 2013
Lead trial counselGold & Hollander2005 - 2011
Assistant State attorneyBroward County State Attorney's Office2001 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Palm Beach County chapter)Attorney Member2014 - Present
The National Trial LawyersTop 100 Attorney2014 - Present
The United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaAttorney Member2014 - Present
Federal Trial Bar for the Southern District of FloridaMember2013 - Present
Florida BarMember2000 - Present
National Advocacy of DUI DefenseMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Alexandra Torrens-VilasAll charges dismissed by the State of Florida
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
American UniversityCriminal JusticeB.A.1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
DUI and Traffic Defense LectureDUI and Traffic Defense2012