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Steven Kenneth Bell

DUI and DWI Attorney at West Palm Beach, FL

4.9   82 reviews

Licensed for 18 years

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With extensive experience as a Public Defender, Steven Bell applies his knowledge of Florida's court systems to the cases he tackles as a partner at the law firm Meltzer & Bell, P.A. After graduating magna cum laude from Nova Southeastern University and becoming licensed to practice law in 2004, Mr. Bell joined the Broward County Public Defender's Office in the Juvenile Division. His determination and work ethic were recognized and he was placed in the Felony Division in 2007. He was named Managing Supervisor of the entire Juvenile Division at age 26, becoming one of the youngest attorneys to hold this position. In this capacity, he fought for the futures of minors facing charges such as a first DUI, disorderly conduct, and drug offenses.

On entering private practice, Steven Bell was a partner at the firm Ruiz, Bell, Clayman, LLC, where he handled many DUI and felony charge cases. In 2008, he joined The Ticket Clinic, where he was placed as the Lead Trial Counsel for Palm Beach and the remaining areas of Florida where there was no office location. In this capacity, he defended clients from hundreds of traffic violation allegations, pursuing many of them to jury trials.

In 2013, he teamed up with Lawrence Meltzer to form his own practice, Meltzer & Bell, P.A., where he aggressively defends those facing a range of criminal charges, from federal offenses to traffic violations, in the Palm Beach County area of Florida. He believes in providing a reliable defense that his clients can count on in their time of need, and he works tirelessly to instill every client with confidence in his abilities.

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Licensed for 18 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Meltzer & Bell, P.A.
Meltzer & Bell, P.A.
110 SE 6th St Suite 1749
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Otman k | October 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer in Florida
To cut it short, I was arrested for DUI. Called Steven on a Sunday and immediately agreed to meet up with me although he was with his family on the beach. He took time off from being with his family and met me at his offices. He was very professional and super kind. He assured me to not worry and provided me with my options as well as suggestions. He was very understanding for my financial situation and worked out with me. Long story short, the case was dropped. Keep in mind that it didn't took him long. Add to this that I was so annoying calling and texting him every day and he never let me down. He answered my calls and responded to my email. If anyone got in any sort of trouble god forbid, Steven is the man to help you and definitely defend you.
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Posted by scott | October 19, 2016
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Highly recomended, outstanding.
After being arrested for BUI, I found Steven Bell while searching for legal help online. There are plenty of lawyers that advertise there, but after reading a multitude of reviews, I found Steven stood out. His education and experience seemed solid and there were plenty of positive reviews. He was my first and last call. He showed great knowledge of the law as well as confidently laying out a game plan. He was honest and straight forward about every aspect of the case. Steven and his Staff were always available for questions and kept me informed of the status. He settled my case quickly and professionally at a fair price. I highly recommend Steven to those of you looking. He is exactly as advertised.
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Posted by Cynthia Ann | October 21, 2019
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Highly Recommend- EXCELLENT ATTORNEY!!
Steven Bell at Meltzer & Bell in West Palm Beach is an Attorney that I would recommend highly to anyone looking for the best representation! I was highly impressed by his timely response to every call, e-mail and text and his conduct in court! Most importantly, very pleased (and I mean, VERY!!) with the outcome of my case, which I am quite certain would not have happened had I hired any other attorney other than Steven Bell. His partner, Ari, was equally as important in my case and I am so grateful for all the hard work that they put into my case. This firm treats each client’s case as if it is the most important case they are handling, which is rare these days. Can’t recommend Steven Bell enough. Anyone in South Florida (whether it is West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Miami or anyplace in between) should trust Steven Bell to handle their case with full professionalism and excellent care! I’m so glad I hired him!
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Response from Steven Bell October 22, 2019
Thank you so much for the glowing review. So kind! It was an absolute pleasure representing you. As you know, our dedication to our clients and the satisfaction of your experience with our firm is of the utmost importance. As always, we are here for you with any questions or concerns in the future. All the best to you and your family!
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Posted by Helen | September 12, 2019
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Criminal Attorney
I hired Steven Bell to represent my son who got arrested for a DUI. My experience with him was the best yet with any attorney that I ever dealt with. It was a Sunday when I called him and he immediately responded quickly. After the thousand questions I asked him he was very patient with me and gave me step by step what to expect. Not only was he incredible his staff was always there to help guide me in any issue we had. The case was settled in a timely matter with amazing results. No criminal conviction and DUI was dismissed. I highly recommend Steven, he is a knowledgeable attorney who will gets the job done.
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Response from Steven Bell October 22, 2019
Thank you for the kind words! I appreciate the opportunity to have defended your son. All the best.
Posted by Meagen | September 11, 2019
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Astonishing Attorney
Steven Bell is much more than a life saver. I came to him with quite a complex case. One major misdemeanor and a major felony that I was looking at a 5 year prison term for. Once retained and hired, I've felt the comfort of having the greatest attorney as my counsel. He was with my every step of the way. Steven was able to get me a deal I never thought would be an option. One year house arrest and two years probation INSTEAD OF 5 YEARS IN PRISON. Steven was also obliged to a payment plan with me as I was in a tough spot financially. Never once did he demand money from me and he was also very understanding if I needed to miss a payment or have it lowered because of my financial situation. I took my Plea Jan 22 2019 and to this day, I am in close contact with Steven about my case. I am in the danger zone of getting a probation violation for not completing the required counseling in the time frame I had from my DUI but Steven has wasted no time and is taking care of this matter for me. No matter how big or little the problem may be, Steven quickly pursues what he needs to for his clients. I have zero stress about my legal situation with Mr.Bell by my side. Whether it be 1am or mid afternoon, I know Steven is there to help me in the upmost professional and diligent way possible. He is always a phone call and text away for me. I have zero stress in regards to my legal situation because I know I am being represented by the best. I highly recommend Steven at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. I am highly disturbed to read the slander that Michelle has written. It completely flabbergasts me that someone would write something so distorted about an immaculately brilliant, caring, understanding, diligent and DAMN AMAZING attorney such as Steven. If I ever found myself in the back of a police car again, Steven would be my first phone call. I cannot recommend him enough!
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2019
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Phenomenal lawyer! Hire this man immediately!!
I recently ran into some issues and needed legal advice. After scouring the internet looking for reputable attorneys, I came across Steven Bell. I left a message and he called me back right away and advised me on what to do next. If you want the best lawyer in Palm Beach then call him immediately! Thank you again Stephen!
Posted by AG | March 26, 2019
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Counsel that cares
After being charged with multiple felony drug offenses (one month apart from each other) I received a call from the public defenders office alerting me that the state was trying to revoke my bond. After that call, I knew I needed private counsel, and I knew they had to be the best. When I called Steve’s office initially to say I was lost, and scared would be an understatement. Mr. Bell met with me that same day. He calmed me down, and assured me that he would do everything he could to resolve my cases as quickly, and “painlessly” as possible. He kept his word. Steve kept me informed and updated. He also checked in with me to make sure I was upholding my end of the bargain, and completing any tasks that I had to do on my own that were necessary to strengthen my case. Long story short, Mr. Bell not only kept me out of jail, but had BOTH of my cases completely resolved within two weeks of me retaining him as counsel. Furthermore, the out come was only probation, with adjudications WITHHELD. Steve is a kind man, with the patience of a saint. He responded to me almost instantly, no matter how small or silly I thought my question to be. Steve made me feel human, not like a criminal. I have the upmost gratitude to Mr. Bell, Matt, and the rest of his office for all of their help. If you’re looking for strong counsel that truly cares, look no further.
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Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2018
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Miracle worker and calming force
My 19 yr old son was arrested around midnight on felony drug charge. I was in a panic and had no idea what to do. I stumbled upon Steven's number online. Steven called me back within minutes and took everything from there. My son was out on bail by 4 am. We met with Steven that very morning and he walked me through the process and completely took control. Steven was able to get a VERY SERIOUS felony drug charge down filed and then COMPLETELY DISMISSED. My son's future could have been ruined by a dumb mistake at the age of 19 but thanks to Steven Bell he has another chance. If you or anyone you know are charged with a drug crime, call Steven Bell immediately. I can't thank him enough for what he was able to do for my family. He was so responsive thru the entire process and answered all my crazy panicky mom questions. And put both my son and I at ease thru the entire process.
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Posted by Tara | October 13, 2018
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DUI arrest
A collegue recommended Steven Bell for my situation. I did some research on the web browsing thru different attorneys websites along with Steven Bell's. My first reaction in comparing the content of these sites drew me to Steven. First of all his site gave real client info and what happened in the case, and the others seemed to just give case law and what the consequences are. Obviously there are consequences to every action, but when searching for a lawyer, it made me feel more secure and comfortable knowing how he helped his clients, and how everyone's situation is different. I sent hin an email at 2 am and Mr. Bell responded the very next morning with a text and phone call to discuss my case. I also was able to meet with him at his office later that day. He and his office staff were very helpful and supportive. After sitting down and discussing my case with Mr. Bell, I felt completely comfortable with hiring him right away. He was very blunt with me about my circumstances, he explained he practices with integrity and will do whatever he can to help me get over this hurdle in my life. The office staff was nothing but helpful and coordinated everything for me as far as scheduling my dui classes and assessment. Steven and his office are very supportive and outstanding client/customer service. I would definitely recommend Mr. Steven Bell and his office to anyone facing similar situations.
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Posted by Summer | August 7, 2018
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As a lawyer, I recommend Steve
Steve represented me in a traffic citation. He was quick to respond, communicated well, and got my citation dismissed. I am a fellow lawyer and would 100% recommend Steve and his firm.
Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2018
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Look no further!
I can’t thank Meltzer and Bell enough for the work they did on my DUI case. Steven Bell came high recommended to me and after less than a month he produced the best possible outcome. Not only was he reassuring and helpful, he was diligent in keeping in contact and updating me on the progress of my case. If you ever find yourself in my position, look no further!!!
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Posted by Lauren Ocean | January 11, 2018
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Best choice I've ever made was hiring Mr Steven Bell!
I wish I could give Mr Bell a 100 star rating! I don't have enough words to express my gratitude to Steve Bell! I was facing FELONY charges for carrying a concealed firearm and he got my charges DROPPED! He was so kind and immediately made me feel comfortable, confident and that he truly cared about helping me. How rare is it to find someone who immediately puts your mind at ease in a situation like this? He is an amazing communicator and always kept me in the loop every step of the way and made my case a priority, as I'm sure he does for all of his clients. This was more than I could have asked for in someone. He explained everything to me and all my options and possibilities of what I could be facing and made sure I understood everything. He took the time to sit with me and I never once felt rushed or nothing less than his top priority. He always made me feel that I was going to be okay and that he had my back no matter what. He is friendly, but strong and incredible at what he does! He is compassionate, but gets the job done and always has your best interest at heart. I don't have enough good things to say about my experience with Steve Bell, but if I EVER need an attorney or if I ever meet anyone who needs an attorney he will 1000% be my ONLY recommendation for as long as he is practicing law! I was so impressed with his abilities to get this taken care of for me, he exceeded my expectation by far. Do yourself a favor and CHOOSE HIM! You won't be sorry you did! Thank you Steve Bell for being your and for making this nightmare go away! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!
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Posted by Scott | October 3, 2017
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Class Act
Took care of my criminal case in record time. I was with ease all the way. Thanks guys.
Posted by Robert | August 30, 2017
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Hands down best lawyer in Florida
Steven Bell is hands down a great lawyer. He got my Felony dropped with no jail time. He is quick to respond as well as cordial. I would recommend him to anyone. Thanks Steve!
Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2017
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Impressive and Dedicated
My experience with Steve Bell was nothing short of amazing, especially considering the situation I found myself in. Altruism, authenticity, complete transparency, efficiency and dedication come effortlessly to this gentleman, 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 David | July 26, 2017
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Straight Forward Attorney with Integrity and Results
I was in an accident and faced a serious ticket. Mr. Bell was the right lawyer to assist me in court and the legal proceedings beforehand. His demeanor and knowledge of Florida Law put me at ease and I had full confidence in his abilities. He did not disappoint. He met with me and we had several phonecalls prior to the court day. I went in that day confident of his advice and I was able to make a decision that had very positive results.
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Posted by Stacy | July 26, 2017
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Dedicated advocate
My family has used Steven's services and I have recommend him to our friends and family. His legal skills, knowledge and dedication to his clients are amazing. He goes above and beyond and explains exactly what is happening every step of the way. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Irene | June 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer
If you want a Lawyer that is competent, responsive, Knowledge and that truly cares, the bucket stops with Steven K. Bell. Steven work with us on the payment at a very fair fee and delivered consistently every step of the way. He will turn every rock and is prepared with an arsenal of knowledge to represent his clients. What I think separates him from so many is that he is responsive, assertive and honest. I fully recommend him without any reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2017
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5 star's is not enough
I was out to dinner one evening with my family and a sheriffs officer observed me having a drink with my meal. After dinner he followed me out of the restaurant and watch me get in my car and drive away. He proceeded to follow me in his marked vehicle and eventually pulled me over and accuse me of driving under the influence. I knew I was under the limit, but being scared I refuse the roadside and was immediately arrested not only for DUI , but also 2 counts of child neglect since my kids were with me. I was facing three felonies. My wife found Steven Bell through word-of-mouth and the Internet all why I was sitting in gun club. At my first appearance Steven Bell got me released on SOR. The arresting officer wrote in his report how I was slamming whiskeys at the bar and left staggering to my car and drove away swerving on the road. When the video came out it was quite clear that I was not impaired. My case was dismissed within 60 days of my arrest . Without the great representation from Steven Bell things would have turned out alot worse. I would absolutely recommend Steven Bell to represent you if you find yourself in a similar situation. He will be there for you... he met with me on weekends and after hours, answered my nonstop texting questions, and the price was very fair. Let's face it,bad things happen to good people. When it does you better have the right help .
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2017
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A TRUE PROFESSIONAL
Steven is a driven, committed and knowledgeable attorney who goes above and beyond for his clients. A true professional he will get you the best result possible in your case and guide you through the legal process which can be daunting. His knowledge is exemplary and his negotiating skills are second to none. No one will better represent you than this man!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Meltzer & Bell, P..A
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Lead Counsel Palm Beach County
  • Ted L. Hollander & Associates d/b/a The Ticket Clinic
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Ruiz, Bell & Clayman, LLC
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Broward County Public Defender's Office
  • 2004 - 2007
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Education

  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • 2004
  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001

Associations

  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Palm Beach County chapter)
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member: Judicial Committee
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (South Florida chapter)
  • Member
  • N/A
  • NORML
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 DUI Lawyers
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • TOP 100 DUI Lawyers
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • FACDL Scholarship Award
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2004
  • Order Of Barristers
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • 2004
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Publications

  • Nova Law Review
  • Ttate v State, Highlighting the need for a mandatory competency hearing
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (22)
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Since I became a lawyer, Steve Bell has been who I think of as our community's great DUI attorney. I continue to use him as a resource as a lawyer myself and he is always helpful, friendly, and generous with his time. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable and tenacious."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr, Bell is very knowledgeable on the law and never stops working hard for is clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Steven Bell, as he is a hard working and extremely savvy criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a diligent attorney and very effective. He knows his way around the court house and takes cases to trial. He is an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bell is a true professional who is dedicated to his clients. He will work diligently to get you the best outcome."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is a thorough litigator who enjoys going to trial. His reputation, as well as his friendly personality, helps him get the results you need when charged with a serious felony crime. He is also experienced in DUI defense and is able to obtain great results. He is highly recommended and is a lawyer you can trust to handle any criminal matter!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Steven. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of working closely with Mr. Bell for many years on a variety of criminal defense cases. Mr. Bell is a bright, hardworking and dedicated lawyer who is highly qualified and professional. I recommend Mr. Bell to anyone looking to hire a top notch trial lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Friend
"Steven Bell has worked with me on several matters as well as having handles several matters for me and my family. He is professional and excellent at what he does. I highly recommend Steven for any criminal/DUI/traffic matter."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steven is a driven, committed and knowledgeable attorney who cares about his clients and his cases. He is one of the few attorneys that I trust to discuss cases and legal issues with. He has always been a reliable, trust worthy and enjoys a strong reputation by those who know him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Bell is a dedicated, relentless and brilliant professional. He pursues every possible defense, while also doing everything in his power to protect his clients and obtain the best results for them. He is an excellent attorney and an experienced veteran in the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an asset to the profession"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bell is professional and does a great job for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is a great DUI attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He pays attention to detail, very intelligent, and works well with the clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having known Mr. Bell and of his reputation in the legal community for many years, I sincerely and enthusiastically endorse him for his intelligent and tenacious representation of his clients, who undoubtedly are in extremely capable hands."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know Mr. Bell for some time. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and is up to date with current changes in the law. He is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Steve Bell is an amazing DUI lawyer. He treats each client with respect as he guides them throught he DUI process. He is available to his clients at all hours. He has an incredible wealth of knowledge in this area of the law, which helps him obtain great results. I highly recommend Steve to anyone charged with a DUI or any other tpye of criminal case."
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