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I am a native of Brooklyn, NY and moved to Palm Beach County in 2001.  I have had the passion to become a criminal defense lawyer since the beginning of my collegiate career.  In 2003, I earned an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with the intention of continuing to Law School.  Thereafter, I attended the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University until my graduation in 2006. 


 


While at Nova, I participated in various trial teams and student organizations.  Specifically, I was a member of the Nova chapter of an organization called ATLA (American Trial Lawyer's Assocation).  I represented Nova as a competitor on the following trial teams:  National Texas Young Lawyers Association Trial Team, National Trial Lawyers Association of Trial Lawyers of America Trial Team, and the Chester Bidell Trial Team.  I also served as the Public Relations Coordinator for this organization.  In addition, I received the highest grade in the subjects of  Trial Advocacy and Criminal Pre-trial Practice.  I also served as a Certified Legal Intern (CLI) at the Palm Beach State Attorney's Office, which means I handled actual cases and spoke on the record in criminal court as an intern prior to my bar admission in 2006.  This proved to be a great learning experience. 


 


Following graduation in 2006, I finally began my career as a criminal defense attorney at the Palm Beach County Office of the Public Defender. In August 2007, I attended the State of Florida's Defender College and received an award for "Best Advocate."  While employed as an Assistant Public Defender, I represented clients in the Felony Division, the Appellate Division, the Domestic Violence Division, the County Court Division, and the Juvenile Division. During this time, I zealously represented thousands of clients facing charges ranging from non-violent misdemeanor offenses to violent felony offenses punishable by life imprisonment. I also have experience dealing with cases involving violations of probation and cases with enhanced sentencing penalties such as Prison Release Reoffenders (PRR), Habitual Violent Felony Offenders (HVFO), Habitual Felony Offenders (HFO), and Violent Career Criminals (VCC). 


 


In 2009, I left the Public Defender's Office to become an Associate Attorney at Entin and Della Fera, P.A., a prestigious private criminal defense law firm in Fort Lauderdale. While at this firm, I assisted clients all throughout the State of Florida.  I handled cases in both State and Federal Court.  In 2010, I decided to start my own practice.   It is my firm's mission to be accessible to our clients, in addition to providing zealous representation.


 


Throughout my career, I have gained extensive trial experience.  This includes creating a multitude of pre-trial and post-trial motions that focus mainly on the exclusion of evidence and protecting my client's Constitutional rights.  As a result of handling thousands of cases throughout the State of Florida and in Federal Court, I have gained a reputation as an aggressive, hard working, well prepared, and motivated criminal defense attorney who cares about my client's rights.  I am a member of the Florida Bar and licensed handle cases in United States Supreme Court, 11th Circuit Court of Appeal, Southern District of Florida and the State of Florida. 


 


Firm Website:  http://my-crimdefense-lawyer.com/


 


 

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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas

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  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    10 years
  2. Appeals: 7%
    10 years
  3. Immigration: 5%
    7 years
  4. Family: 5%
    6 years
  5. Other: 8%
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Payment

Fees:

Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Maria A Albanese

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Balaguera fights tirelessly for his clients. He is highly skilled, knowledgeable, and focused on getting results. No doubt, he is an excellent choice.

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    Mr Balaguera is an incredibly skilled trial attorney and a fierce negotiator. I highly endorse this lawyer.

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Contact info

The Balaguera Law Firm, P.A.

500 Australian Ave South
Suite 533
West Palm Beach, FL, 334016241

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing200606/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Advocate AwardFlorida Defender College2007
Book Award - Criminal Pre-trial PracticeCALI2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyEntin and Della Ferra, P.A.2009 - 2010
Assistant Public DefenderOffice Of The Public Defender, 15th Judicial Circuit2006 - 2009
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard Member2010 - Present
Trial Lawyers of AmericaOfficer2007 - Present
Florida BarMember2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Client’s name withheld per client’s request and for confidentiality purposesCase dismissed
Client’s name withheld per client’s request and for confidentiality purposesDismissed
Client’s name withheld per client’s request and for confidentiality purposesDismissed
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Palm Beach Post written by John Kennedy (quoting Brian Balaguera)Wellington man's deportation hinges on Supreme Court2012
Interviewed by Miami Herald. Article written by DAVID OVALLELegal Fight Over Deportation Warnings2012
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law CenterDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorN/A2006
Florida Atlantic UniversityCriminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Guest Speaker - Criminal Justice SeminarCriminal Law2010
Graduation CeremonyGraduation Speaker2010