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Summer is an AV rated, experienced criminal trial lawyer. She began her career as a criminal attorney in 2001 when she was a prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office in Pinellas County, Florida. There, she prosecuted thousands of cases from the initial investigation with law enforcement through sentencing. As a prosecutor, Ms. Goldman helped many people accused of crimes avoid criminal charges altogether by making sure law enforcement did not violate a person’s constitutional rights during, before, or after arrest.
Ms. Goldman has spent the majority of her career defending individuals accused of crimes. In 2004, Ms. Goldman resigned from her position as Assistant State Attorney to devote her time to her true passion of helping others. As a criminal defense attorney, Ms. Goldman has represented clients who have been accused of a range of crimes from writing worthless checks, driving under the influence, theft, and indecent exposure to drug trafficking, embezzlement, lewd and lascivious molestation, and attempted murder. Regardless of the accusation or charge, Ms. Goldman is dedicated to defending the rights of her clients.
Ms. Goldman’s invaluable experience prosecuting people accused of crimes, combined with her extensive experience defending people accused of crimes, equals a winning combination for her clients.
Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, Summer’s ties to the community are strong. She is on the Board of Directors of Brookwood Florida, a therapeutic home for adolescent girls and mentors children through the non-profit organization, Lawyers for Literacy. Additionally, Ms. Goldman is a past-president of the Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
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Summer has an excellent reputation in the Tampa Bay legal community. I have seen her successfully defend clients in the courtroom on charges ranging from simple DUI to the most serious charges where life in prison is on the line. I highly endorse this lawyer.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2001||01/29/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Dedicated Service||Brookwood Florida||2012|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Five Years of Outstanding Service||Lawyers for Literacy||2011|
|Outstanding Service Award||Sixth Judicial Circuit State Attorney||2004|
|The William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award||Stetson University College of Law||2001|
|Honor Court Chief Justice Award||Stetson University College of Law||2001|
|Partner||Goldman Wetzel, PLLC||2009 - Present|
|Attorney||The Fleming Law Group||2004 - 2009|
|Assistant State Attorney||State Attorney's Office - Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida||2001 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Association for Women Lawyers||Member||2011 - Present|
|Brookwood Florida||Board Member||2009 - Present|
|Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2004 - Present|
|St. Petersburg Bar Association, Criminal Law Section||Member||2004 - Present|
|Clearwater Bar Association||Officer||2001 - Present|
|The Florida Bar||Member||2001 - Present|
|United States Court for the Middle District of Florida||Attorney Member||2001 - Present|
|St. Petersburg Bar Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||President||2008 - 2010|
|Lawyers for literacy||Mentor||2005 - 2011|
|Agrravated Battery||Not Guilty Verdict|
|Domestic Battery by Strangulation||Case dismissed|
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|St. Petersburg Bar Association Paraclete||A Risk Worth Taking: The Benefits of Taking a DUI Case to Trial||2007|
|Stetson University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|The University of Florida||Sociology Minor - English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|
|People's Law School||How A Jury Trial Works||2011|
|At-Risk Youth Seminar||Avoiding the Criminal Justice System||2010|
|Law Enforcement Academy||Witness Preparation for Cross-Examination||2007|