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Being arrested can be a frightening and confusing event.  It is a good idea to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side when facing criminal charges.  It is also recommended that you select a lawyer that is a specialist in criminal trial law.


Dean J. Merten was a policeman in the U.S. Air Force for four years before he attended the University of Central Florida for his undergraduate degree.  Mr. Merten was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1998 after graduating from the University of Memphis School of Law.  For over six years, Dean was a Florida prosecutor and he handled thousands of cases, both misdemeanors and felonies, in Indian River, Lee, Martin, Monroe, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie Counties. As an Assistant State Attorney, Mr. Merten actively participated in the prosecution of everything from Disorderly Conduct to First Degree Murder and he gained extensive trial experience as lead counsel on charges involving Domestic Violence, Driving Under the Influence, Firearms, and Drug Possession, Sale, and Trafficking.


Since opening his law office in November of 2004, Dean has been able to assist the accused with the knowledge and experience he gained as a policeman and as a prosecutor.  As a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, he will protect your constitutional rights and keep you fully informed of what is happening in your case, your options, and your potential consequences.  While the Merten Law Office is located in the City of West Palm Beach, Mr. Merten routinely represents clients from Key West to Vero Beach.  He is available 7 days a week - 24 hours a day, he does not charge for an initial consultation, and weekend appointments can be scheduled.  Please call the Merten Law Office or Mr. Merten's cellular phone to discuss your case and answer any questions that you may have.


Contact info

The Merten Law Office, P.A.

801 Northpoint Pkwy.
Suite 26
West Palm Beach, FL, 33407

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
  3. Violent Crime: 10%
  4. Sex Crime: 5%
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Andrew Joseph Shultz

    Dean has a wealth of knowledge about Criminal Law. If I ever need a legal opinion or help in an area of criminal law this is the person I call first.


    Andrew Shultz Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Troy William Klein

    A long-time friend of mine needed a DUI attorney. I immediately gave her Dean's number. He took the case - she avoided a DUI conviction. Now she and I both endorse Dean.


    Troy Klein Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


FLMember in Good Standing199806/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certification - Criminal TrialThe Florida Bar2015
Pro Bono Special Commendation (Silver Level)Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.2011
Board Certification - Criminal TrialThe Florida Bar2010
Board Certification - Criminal TrialThe Florida Bar2005
Pro Bono Commendation AwardL.B. Vocelle Pro Bono Service Awards2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Board Certified Criminal Trial LawyerThe Merten Law Office, P.A.2004 - Present
ProsecutorOffice of the State Attorney1998 - 2004
Law Enforcement SpecialistU.S. Air Force1987 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court - Southern District of FloridaN/A2005 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2004 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Palm Beach County)N/A2004 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of Central FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1995