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Rebecca S. Sonalia

DUI and DWI Attorney at Naples, FL

5.0   61 reviews

also known as Rebecca Sonalia

  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 16 years
    Florida - FL 17 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Rebecca

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After completing her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Attorney Rebecca Sonalia received her Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law, graduatingcum laude. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida and the State of Michigan.

 

Criminal defense law involves helping people through very traumatic times in their life. Attorney Sonalia takes this aspect of her profession very seriously. Her compassionate nature and diligence in keeping her clients informed has truly been an asset to the success of the firm. Musca Law clients have consistently expressed their gratitude for dealing with such a compassionate legal professional, who has successfully guided and supported them through their criminal proceedings.

 

Attorney Sonalia has assisted clients involved in even the most complex DUI criminal charges retain their license through aggressively challenging the evidence at the DMV Formal Administrative Hearing. With a focus on relentless perseverance, she has prevented clients from having their license suspension, successfully mitigated any additional points to their record, and protected their driving privileges. She has represented local Florida residents, over-the-road truck drivers, and tourists for all types of traffic violations, including those related to DUI offense.

 

Leaving no stone unturned to create an effective defense strategy is the goal Attorney Sonalia has as she thoroughly investigates her client’s charges. Her passion and dedication to in-depth research has proven to be a key advantage in criminal defense trial preparations, negotiations and the formulation of highly creative defense strategies. With over 100 years of combined legal experience, our staff of legal professionals work together, utilizing each staff member’s skills and abilities to the fullest, as a total legal team approach. As a results-orientated legal defense team, Attorney Sonalia’s dedication to obtaining the very best possible outcome for our clients has proved to be invaluable.

 

Ms. Sonalia is a strong advocate for the rights of criminal defendants. She believes in the importance of preserving the rights of the accused throughout the criminal justice process. Her high level of academic achievements, analytical mind, and professional demeanor give her the critical skills needed for a successful criminal defense attorney.

Location

Musca Law
2650 Airport Rd S Ste H
Naples, FL, 341124886
Rebecca S. Sonalia
2650 Airport Rd S Ste H
Naples, FL, 34112
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Posted by Nicole | October 17, 2019
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Hardest working attorney and firm
Rebecca and musca law are some of the best attorneys I have ever had the privilege to work with. Rebecca is really devoted to the best possible outcomes for her clients. She took the time to explain everything to me all through put my case, ensured that no stone was left unturned, and kept in constant communication with me through put the whole process. I never had to question what she was doing or how far along we were or what the next steps were because rebecca made sure I was in the know and felt comfortable with everything. On top of all of that WE WON! I will always recommend Rebecca and musca law to everyone I know as they are the best.
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Posted by Melissa | May 29, 2018
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The Best of the Best for my 2nd DUI .
I had alot going on April 5th, 2018. I just got news that my disabled aunt was diagnosed with cancer. I went out to vent a bit ,and had some drinks. I lost track of my speed and was pulled over for my 2nd DUI. My license was immediately taken away, and a condition of my bond was a restriction that I could not leave the county. This was a problem because I was the caretaker for my aunt and was responsible for taking her to her doctor appointments and Cancer Specialist.. My DMV hearing was on May 24th 2018 and I was FACING 18 MONTHS SUSPENSION of my driving privileges. Attorney Rebecca Sonalia represented me on the DMV portion of the case. On the day of the hearing, Rebecca called me with John Musca on the line to inform me they had won my DMV case! I dropped to the floor crying!  Words cannot express how much they care, and all the hard work they have put into my case. They truly went out of their way for me. Now, I can take my aunt to the Cancer Specialist without worries or any issues, and it’s all because of them!!  My heart and gratitude goes out to John Musca and his team for all their efforts!. This whole ordeal has been a roller coaster for me, and they have been by my side through it all! God Bless you for all you have done for me. THANK YOU ALL SO VERY, VERY MUCH, FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!!!  
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Posted by Joyce | May 3, 2018
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I HAVE MY LICENSE BACK!!!
I knew Rebecca was good from the start. She is the kind of lawyer who dots her I and crosses her T. She had a strategy, using logic and intuition. She got to the truth on what happened that fateful night when I was stopped by the police. I was traumatized. This reversal of the suspension goes a long way in helping me heal. Thanks Rebecca Sonalia. Joyce
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Posted by Anthony | December 16, 2017
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Outstanding job!
I hired Rebecca S. Sonalia for a DUI case and was very pleased with the outcome! She managed to win the case and get my license back that the police took from me! She knows the laws very well and I highly recommend her.
Posted by Graynor | April 6, 2017
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Fantastic Experience
In March of 2017 Rebecca represented me in court for a citation I received for DUI and my license was suspended for 1 year. After she gather all the evidence and put together her defense case and presented it to the courts. She was able to have my suspension delayed until the actual DUI case is heard. That's an amazing feat and most appreciated. Now I can get my actual Drivers License re-instated. I am most grateful and if anyone needs a Great DMV lawyer Rebecca Sonalia is the one you MUST have.
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Posted by Alex | December 21, 2016
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DMV DUI Case Victory!
Rebecca is simply amazing! In a time of great stress and worry for me, she accomplished the unbelievable. Using her experience and expertise she picked through my arrest packet and found a fault in the arrest procedure. This allowed her to present a strong case to the DMV securing a win and the reinstament of my license. Couldnt have asked for a better fighter!
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Posted by Joseph B Aquilla M.D. FACS MBA | December 21, 2016
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Dui
OK, these are good people, out-of-state and two embarrassed to call my own lawyer so I took a flyer. I was not impaired, exercised my fifth amendment not to blow, and got grossly abused. Muska law dotted their i's crossed their t's, beat a very prejudiced system and my license was rapidly restored. I recommend them, especially Rebecca Sonalia without reservation, very happy.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2016
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Highly Recommend Atty. Rebecca Sonalia
She was successful in getting my driving privileges reinstated which was HUGE for me as I am a business owner and my driving privileges are very important for me AND my family's income. I had lost my driving privileges automatically for a year when I refused a breathalyzer test. I am so happy that we found this law firm who actually has one attorney that works on the DMV side and that is all she does so she is knows the ins and outs of how the DMV works. If you have any chance of beating the automatic suspension, it will be if you hire Rebecca who will tell you what your chances are of getting reinstated as well as if there isn't much she can do based on your case. She clearly states that there are no guarantees but because of her knowledge, she can give you her assessment to the best of her ability. I highly recommend Atty. Rebecaa and Musca Law
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Posted by Emil | August 26, 2016
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Thank you for not letting my license get taken away!!!
Thank you Rebecca for not letting my license get taken away. Your constant communication made me feel comfortable and made me feel like I was the most important person to you. Your winning this so quickly also made my life so much easier. You are amazing and you care about people's lives. GOD BLESS YOU.
Posted by Geoff | August 23, 2016
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Another DMV Victory
Rebecca and her team did an amazing job getting my license back after an alleged DUI. She was very helpful explaining the process and made sure I had a good understanding of what she would do. She did a very thorough investigation of my case and kept me up to date whenever anything changed or new details emerged. I'm am so grateful to her for getting my license back.
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Posted by NP | August 11, 2016
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I was facing an 18 month suspension for 2nd refusal
After previously dealing with the harsh reality of a DUI license suspension, my hopes were not very high for winning a 2nd refusal appeal. From the moment I retained Musca Law, Rebecca and her team has provided me with the representation one could only hope for. Ms. Sonalia provided me with a clear understanding for the DMV appeals process. On the day of my appeal hearing I received a call from Ms. Sonalia and Mr. Musca, with butterflies in my stomach I answered the call. As a 2nd refusal is very difficult to overcome, I was not expecting to hear that she WON the appeal and my license has been fully reinstated. I still am currently fighting the criminal DUI charge but am confident in the Musca Law team to represent my best interests.
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Posted by Charles | August 9, 2016
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Wow! No 90 day cold period or hardship license for me! I got my full license reinstated!
After researching numerous law firms throughout Florida, I decided on Musca Law based on their superior ratings with the BBB and with numerous legal associations and also the multitude of positive testimonials from their clients. Ms. Sonalia contacted me soon after I hired Musca Law to represent me for both my DUI criminal defense and administrative hearing with the DMV. She would be my attorney that would fight to get my license back from the DMV for refusal to blow. I have a separate attorney for my criminal defense. Upon our initial consultation, Ms. Sonalia completed and sent off a request to challenge the DUI charge with the DMV which also provided me with a 42 day hardship license. She spent a couple hours explaining all intricacies involved in building my defense. Ms. Sonalia was very upfront from the beginning that these cases, most times, are extremely difficult to win, as it is not a normal court proceeding. After an hour long hearing, the case is deliberated on and then decided by one DMV hearing officer. The threshold for overturning a refusal to blow can sometimes tip to the side of unfairness, because the hearing officer will not fully consider all aspects of the case and default to a nonreversal. If I lost the challenge, I would enter a 90 cold period where I cannot drive whatsoever, after which my license would still be suspended for a year, and I would have to reapply for a hardship license. I fully expected to lose the challenge and started to prepare for how I would live my life without driving anywhere for three months. Ms. Sonalia performed hours upon hours of thorough research into case law in building my defense. She attacked my case from numerous legal angles finding all possible defense opportunities. During the hearing, she rigorously questioned the police officers involved in my arrest and illuminated new pertinent facts not reported in their arrest packet. Using this information coupled with her vast experience and hours of research into similar prior case decisions, Ms. Sonalia illustrated to the DMV Hearing Officer that my DUI arrest did not meet the legal requirements. About a week after my hearing date, the DMV sent back correspondence that the DMV administrative hearing officer decided to overturn my one-year license suspension. I would not be serving my 90 cold period, no more hardship license, and my full driving privileges and license was 100% reinstated. I still have to fight the charge in criminal court, but this first win provides a reassuring sense of hope. I couldn’t be more thrilled about having my driver’s license back. Ms. Sonalia’s professionalism and experience in dealing with thousands of these cases was really showcased in her outstanding performance in my defense. I am so happy to have chosen Musca law to represent me and to have had Ms. Sonalia as my attorney. They are truly the top legal defense team in Florida. Literally the best of the best!
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2016
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My daughter's full driving privileges were reinstated!
Ms. Sonalia is extremely knowledgeable about DUI cases and provided valuable information for us when my daughter got a ticket for DUI. She answered all of our questions and maintained consistent contact with us regarding the case. My daughter was awarded with her full driving privileges reinstated! This has made such a difference for her and we're so glad we hired Ms. Sonalia!
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2016
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Best law firm when you need efficient representation.
“ I’m so happy to have my driver’s license back” I was facing an 18 month 2nd refusal suspension with no hardship license eligibility and thanks to the thorough and efficiient work by Musca Law Firm, I have my drivers license back with no restriction. I am very pleased and greatful with what the lawfirm accomplished. Not only did they get me my license, they won the case for me. Thank you!
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Posted by Samuel | April 30, 2016
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My Driver's License was fully restored after blowing .260 in Tampa, FL
I recently got pulled over in Tampa for running a stop sign and was subsequently charged with a DUI after blowing a .260. Attorney Rebecca Sonalia of Musca Law worked diligently and efficiently to (1) get a temporary permit issued (so that I could continue getting to work), and (2) later won my Administrative Case to fully restore my driver's license. I'm sure there are many capable attorneys in Florida, but none are as efficient and professional as Attorney Rebecca Sonalia of Musca Law. It is only because of her skill and legal knowledge that I am able to move forward and put these charges behind me. Thank YOU attorney Rebecca Sonalia, words can't express my gratitude for a job WELL DONE!
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Posted by Jonathan | March 3, 2016
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Trust and then a Victory!
My attorney Rebecca S. Sonalia earned my trust. She did so by explaining things that needed to be done and what would or could happen (besides being kind and so forth). I was given options regarding my DUI case and I chose for a more aggressive option to fight for my license apposed to struggling and suffering until my real day in court. The DMV and even the "law" can and does make assumptions and having an Awesome lawyer does a lot to correct that type of unfair practice. It is great to have a sense of "normal" in my life again. Thank you again. Nothing is better than a just Victory.
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Posted by Richard Hughes | February 23, 2016
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Naples DUI
Need an attorney to help you through the ups and downs of a SW Florida DUI which can be very confusing and depressing. I have the perfect attorney for you. Her name is Rebecca Sonalia with the Musca Law Firm in Naples. Talk about a professional who knows the law concerning the DMV side of you case. First of all you are her number one client. Secondly, you know that you are in excellent hands throughout the process of license restoration. She got me my restricted quickly and then she won back my driver's license. It's her knowledge of the law and her methodical approach to winning your case that ends in a win for you. Feel assured that you will have made the right decision hiring her. I did and will always be grateful to her.
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Posted by Casey | November 25, 2015
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im so ecstatic to have my license back!
I was put in contact with Rebecca through Musca Law Firm. She was in charge of my DMV case for a DUI I received. Not only did she WIN the case and get me my license back she was very punctual and helpful. Rebecca stayed on top of what needed to be done. I spoke with her the day after being released from jail, she definitely knew what she was talking about; it was extremely reassuring. She explained my options on going about getting my license and I decided I'd like to fight for my full license back. She got me a hardship license by the time my last 10 days with a full license was up! This gives me 42 days to drive to and from work while court was going on. I figured it would take much longer for a court date to be decided, but she emailed me notifying it would be the following week. I am so grateful for all the hard work and time she put in during that short week. I know she worked hard and prepared well because she WON my case and got my full drivers license back!! I am extremely grateful for all the hard work Rebecca put into my case! I would definitely recommend using her!
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2015
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Excellent work, from beginning to end.
Attorney Sonalia was did an exceptional job in handling my case. She provided a clear understanding of my situation and kept me well informed in a timely manner. I could not have asked for better communication and feedback. She was very knowledgeable and the results speak for themselves. Just one week after my license was suspended, the hearing was held and my suspension was overturned. I would without a doubt recommend Ms. Sonalia and Musca Law to anyone facing DUI charges.
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Posted by Rocky | November 20, 2015
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Very Sharp!
From my first conversation with Ms. Sonalia, I realized she was very sharp, professional, and willing to take time with me. She is very thorough, and patient. Her success in my case speaks of her legal abilities, but it was her customer service that set her apart. She (and her team) was very accommodating, prompt in returning calls, and friendly to deal with. As a 25 year veteran of sales, management, and insurance services, I find these attributes both rare and extremely valuable. I made a solid choice in choosing her firm, and would recommend her to anyone...Thank you Ms. Sonalia!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Musca Law
  • 2007 - Present

Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
Endorse Rebecca
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Rebecca fights extremely hard for her clients. She is always well prepared and is an expert at DMV hearings."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Rebecca for over 2 years and am constantly inspired by her knowledge and thoroughness of DUIs and her compassion and dedication to her clients. If you have a DUI license suspension issue in Florida or any Florida license suspension issue for that matter, she is the GO TO. She will treat your case with ALL the attention and expertise if needs."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I've never met anyone with better attention to detail. She is a perfectionist in the best ways possible, who will make sure that every officer in Florida who performs DUI arrests cross every 'T' and dot every 'I' without exception. If I had a DUI or DMV issue myself, there is no other attorney whose advice I would seek."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Rebecca is a very knowledgeable attorney who fights for her clients. I highly recommend Attorney Sonalia"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Rebecca is an outstanding, meticulous attorney who prides herself on her client relation skills and attention to detail that leads to great results for her clients! I know of no other attorney with her ability to successfully challenge DUI administrative suspensions."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Sonalia is brillant-one of the few attorneys in the State that focuses exlcusively on DMV appeals after DUI arrests. Having worked with her for years now, I know of NO ATTORNEY capable of obtaining wins on these cases better than she. Attorney Sonalia is focused, responsive, diligent and, above all, get things done when it comes to DUI Defense! If your arrested for DUI, You need this lawyer handling your DMV case. PERIOD!"
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Naples DUI and DWI Lawyer Rebecca S. Sonalia
Rebecca S. Sonalia
DUI and DWI Attorney
Naples, FL
Licensed for 17 years