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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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.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2000||06/20/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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|
|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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|Florida Bar||Member||2000 - Present|
|National Advocacy of DUI Defense||Member||N/A|
|State v. Alexandra Torrens-Vilas||All charges dismissed by the State of Florida|
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|Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|American University||Criminal Justice||B.A.||1994|
|DUI and Traffic Defense Lecture||DUI and Traffic Defense||2012|