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Brett Donald McIntosh

Criminal defense Attorney at Sarasota, FL

4.9   43 reviews
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  • Licensed for 30 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1993
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About Brett

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A question that I am often asked is "why have you dedicated so much of your career to defending criminals?"

The answer is this.   First, experience has proven to me that many people who find themselves arrested or accused of a crime are hardworking, decent people who have made a mistake.   Often these mistakes are the end point of complex and  difficult  circumstances  in a persons’ life that have ultimately led to an error in judgment. For these individuals, the unfamiliar process of an arrest can be particularly stressful and confusing.  These individuals need help  navigating the dark waters of the Court process and this turbulent time in their life.  With proper guidance and representation, these persons will return to being the productive citizens and family members they have been and that they want to be again.    There will always be plenty of people to cast stones at the accused.  However, it is my belief  that being an effective advocate for the person in this circumstance benefits us all.

Second, experience and raw statistics has also proven that there are many more people who are falsely accused of crimes than most people will ever realize.

In my years practicing law, I have seen false or mistaken accusations leveled at my clients by strangers, friends, family members, domestic partners,  employers, employees and law enforcement. Too often these accusations result in an arrest and irrevocable damage to the accused.  I take pride in knowing that I have helped individuals fight back when faced with false or mistaken accusations and that I have played a role in restoring freedom and reputation to those who might otherwise have met a different plight.

Finally, I enjoy a good challenge.  I represent people and my goal is to not allow my clients to be steamrolled by a system that too often devalues personal rights in the pursuit of security.

I have spent my entire life and 18 year professional career in this community.

My philosophy in creating McIntosh Law was to build a firm dedicated to  personalized, superior, results-oriented representation.

 

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Client's Choice 2019,2018,2016,2015,2014
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4.9 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2019
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2023
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Great Job
Brett and his private investigator, Bill, proved to be a brilliant duo when I found myself facing a difficult situation. My ex, harboring a personal vendetta, bombarded me with unfounded accusations in an attempt to damage my reputation and gain undue leverage in the divorce. Bill meticulously investigated each claim, gathering witness statements and sworn affidavits. His exhaustive report brought clarity to the situation, exposing the frivolous nature of the accusations. Armed with this compelling evidence, Brett delivered a masterful performance in court, leading to the dismissal of all charges against me. Not only did Brett secure a complete victory, but he also effectively tarnished my accuser's credibility in the eyes of the prosecutor. Any future attempts to fabricate accusations are likely to be met with skepticism and disbelief. Fantastic Job. Highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2023
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Best Criminal Defense Lawyer
I was arrested for a DUI and POSSESSION FIREARM CONVICTED FELON. Mr. Brett was smooth and excellent from beginning to finish. He was compassionate, calming, and confident when delivering defense strategy during my initial consultation. He provided me with case updates when needed, and more importantly, a sense of reassurance throughout the entire process. And in dramatic fashion, Brett got us the best possible plea offer to avoid prison, keep me working and home with my family. I am beyond satisfied with the results; I consider his fee as a life-saving investment. The courtroom personnel treat him with a certain level of respect, and you get the sense as a client that you have hired the best possible lawyer.
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Posted by Dan | January 28, 2023
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Mr. McIntosh came highly recommended!!!
Mr. Brett McIntosh came highly recommended and did not disappoint! Being from out of state, I was very skeptical. Never being in any kind of trouble in my life and being charged with a felony I was very intent on proving my innocence. Brett and his staff always returned my phone calls promptly, was very patient with me and answered all of my questions thoroughly. He listened to me and was very upfront and honest about my situation. Not only did he get my charges dropped but, also expunged from my record! Brett and his staff went above and beyond for me and I will be forever grateful! If you need a good honest and upfront attorney, Brett is definitely the person you want to hire! Much thanks!!
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Posted by Joe | October 10, 2022
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Joe H.
Very thorough thru my whole case. He advised me on what I should do to be proactive in my case and I did most of what I could and he made it happen. The unbelievable happen. I have been to prison 3 times, latest not too long ago. He not only got prison off the table but got me a downward departure and kept me at home with my family. I highly recommend using him in any criminal case you may find yourself in.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2021
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11 Felonies Dropped / Beyond Grateful
Over two years ago I was charged with 11 felonies for drug trafficking & possession with intent to sell. Most people assume in this position, their life is over. When in reality, all you need to do is hire someone like Brett McIntosh who is a compassionate & knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. My personal experience working with Brett, & everyone in his law firm, especially Beth Loeffler, was not only professional & precise, it was more than that.They gave me my life back, & everything in between. It was their capability in diving deep into my case, finding anything & everything to be meticulous about it in order to help their clients in any way, shape, or form. I am beyond grateful for the diligent work and performance McIntosh law achieved in winning in court, and for getting all of my charges DROPPED. I was facing a minimum of 15 years & to be sitting here writing this review is so extraordinary to me, due to the relief I feel because of McIntosh law is something I can't thank them enough for. Thank you for being the best law firm out there, & for sticking by your clients till the end. I highly recommend Brett McIntosh for any Criminal Defense case you have. At the end of the day, I wouldn't want any other Law Firm fighting for my life & freedom. Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2021
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Brilliant, dedicated, reliable, and honest attorney
Mr. Brett McIntosh knew exactly what he needed to do in order for justice to prevail in my case. I'm convinced he absolutely had a game plan right out the gate to prove my innocence and restore my name. He answered all my questions promptly and honestly and knew exactly what needed to be done to have my false charges against me dismissed. Mr. McIntosh gave me my life back and I would give him 10 stars on here if I could. I'm 100% convinced he would make sure that the legal system is fair and that none of his clients would be taken advantage of by the legal system or false accusations. His incredible amount of experience (28 years) and knowledge of the law is second to none. Thank you SIR for giving me my life back. Don't take a chance and hire the absolute best....Mr. Brett Donald McIntosh.
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Posted by David | January 15, 2021
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Criminal Felony charges
Mr. McIntosh did not set me up for failure. He did not sugar coat my charge or lie to me at any point, he was straight forward and up front about everything. He is as I was told an Attorney that State Prosecutors want to avoid at all costs due to his immense experience, his court procedure and the fight he goes out of his way to defend his clients. Mr. McIntosh is that and much more if you find yourself looking at the wrong side of the law for any reason I urge you to contact him without any doubt what so ever. He had my case dismissed without me even having to go to court once. I spent 20 years in the Military and I'm telling my fellow Brothers and Sisters here to find Brett if you have legal issues. He is not a Blue Falcon he will not give in to the Prosecutors to spare some hard work. Thank you Mr. McIntosh David King. DUSTOFF
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2021
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Juvenile Defense
Criminal Defense Attorney, Brett McIntosh, has had a reputation in Manatee and Sarasota Counties for a very long time as an attorney who fights for his clients no matter the circumstances! I am sure that reputation will and continue to grow for many more years as Brett is the real deal and will do all he can to reach the best, most fair result for his clients. My family recently had an unfortunate experience resulting in an exaggerated felony charge on a juvenile. After consulting with Brett, it was clear that he was fair, honest and extremely skilled in his practice area. Brett was not only able to get the original felony charge lowered to a misdemeanor, but worked diligently with us and the State Attorneys office ultimately negotiating the result of Nolle Prosequi. Well Done Mr. Mcintosh!! We highly, highly, highly recommend McIntosh Law!!
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2020
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A++
My family hired Brett McIntosh for my son's criminal defense. He was everything one would hope for in a criminal defense attorney...not only was he knowledgeable, professional and experienced, he has an easy-going manner that is so pleasant and compassionate. We are grateful we found him!
Posted by Rafael Sackett | September 27, 2020
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Reduced DUI to reckless driving
Bret worked very hard to get my dui offense reduced to a reckless driving offense making my terms of probation much simpler to complete! Bret Save me a lot of money, time and also the aggravation of losing my license for a year! Bret also made it so I could be off of probation as soon as I paid for my court costs which could be as soon as 30 days! Bret and his staff were there the whole time keeping me informed of the my situation through the whole process and did a excellent job representing me!
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Posted by Derek | July 30, 2020
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Compassionate, Knowledgeable Attorney
Two years ago I was charged with a felony and my lawyer and I agreed that a plea agreement was my best choice of action. Within the first year my lawyer died unexpectedly, two months before my first sentencing hearing. My family made numerous calls to lawyers in the Sarasota area and Brett McIntosh was recommended and took on my case. He is a very smart and knowledgeable attorney who was also easy to talk with. We discussed my situation at length and he explained every aspect of my case with me. He worked hard for a year through numerous postponements on my behalf and was able to get my sentence lowered. He is an excellent attorney who treated me like a person and not just a client. I made poor choices which led to my arrest and he believed in me and knew I was a good person. Thanks to him I will be able to get my life back on a positive track sooner than I hoped.
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Posted by Carla | December 9, 2019
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Highly competent Lawyers
Brett and Kevin are outstanding, diligent lawyers who work extremely hard on behalf of their clients. They were able to get my grandson's sentence reduced to a charge that was unbelievably fair and just. What he was facing was extremely serious, and I needed to find a very good lawyer to help him. I interviewed several lawyers before I picked them, because I felt they offered the most realistic approach and were willing to work hard for the best outcome possible. Over the last year, I was so impressed with their communication, honesty and directness along the way. They never over-promised anything but kept their communication down to earth and very real so I could understand what was happening as the days/months passed. I also can't say enough about their Paralegal, Joanne MacNicol, who is super accommodating, knowledgeable and friendly without fail. I highly recommend them and can't say enough positive about this group.
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Posted by FRANCIA | August 31, 2019
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African American woman, confident to stand trial with a “jury of one's peers” with attorney Brette McIntosh
I would like to extend my appreciation to Brett McIntosh, for being in his element, patience, and a great role model. His diligence, self-motivation as well as his dedication have been a source of inspiration and confidence to work toward my legal degree. Mr. McIntosh agreed to represent me and I am 5 counties away. I originally hired Mr. McIntosh on 8/05, after 6 months of dealing with an incompetent Public Defender. The first time I spoke to Mr. McIntosh, he request a profile and listened to my version of the event leading to the arrest. For 6 months I was number 11-2018-MM-XXXX, I was no longer a person or had a name. Within one weeks of hiring Mr. McIntosh, an offer was made. Mr. McIntosh educate and listen to all and any questions I may have. He never coerce and was patient. On 8/20, my first court appearance with Mr. McIntosh, he elaborately introduce me to the judge, “he made the judge see me”. The day before the hearing, the judge denied his order for continuance. While in court, he articulately had it overturn. Within one week of the court appearance, Mr. McIntosh had the charges dropped
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Posted by Nicole | August 28, 2019
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Highly Recommended ,10 stars!
My family originally hired Brett in 1999 for serious charges, state was offering 17 years. I will never forget the day when Mr. McIntosh asked me" would you like to take the states offer or should I prepare for trial"? Without hesitation I said, " prepare for trial", that's how much faith and trust i have in Brett. Mr. McIntosh and his dedicated staff put their heart and soul in my case (which took about 2 years) had a trial jury and won! I now have my own "statue" that people in my position can use in court. Brett is one of the best trial attorneys I have ever seen, he faught for me like I was his own daughter. Just recently ,2019, I found myself in a little bit of trouble my first instinct was to call Brett and without hesitation he was there for me and everything went in my favor. I personally have a special bond with Brett. God and Brett worked together and saved my life in 1999. This is the man to go to if you have any criminal charges. He will work for you like no other attorney will, he is highly respected and to be honest I think a lot of attorneys are afraid or maybe intimidated to go up against him. When you hire Brett and he tells you something and I know it's hard but just believe what he says because he's honest , upfront and to the point. He will always be my Attorney and I'm actually going to be working with him on something in a few months. Brett is a wonderful man, his staff is wonderful and are on every detail. This attorney, Brett McIntosh, is the best attorney from Charlotte to Manatee county. Good luck to everyone!
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Posted by Jim | July 7, 2019
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Twice proven
This was the second time I have used Brett McIntosh. The first time 3 days after I hired him, he was able to have my charges completely dropped. This recent time I was pulled over and charged with DUI. After reviewing the case he filed a motion to suppress the stop, claiming the police officer had no reason to pull me over. In court he was truly amazing. It was immediately obvious that he was in his element, and doing what he was born to do. The motion was won, the stop was thrown out. Once again I walk away with zero charges. In my opinion if you hire anyone but Brett McIntosh, you are throwing your money away.
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Posted by Finn | June 20, 2019
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Highly recommended
Brett McIntosh was refereed to me by a friend of my family. He was able to get one of my charges dropped and the other changed to a misdemeanor. He explained everything to me and made me feel less worried about the outcome. He handled my whole case very well. He is one of the best around and you will be in very good hands with him on your side. Thank you Brett.
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Posted by Laurie | June 8, 2019
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He's the BEST!!!
I would highly recommend Attorney Brett McIntosh, who serves Sarasota and Manatee Counties. A friend referred us to him, and he was able to charges reduced to a misdemeanor, and our case was handled very well. If it had not been, there would have been repercussions for many years for come. Mr. McIntosh is highly esteemed within the law community by his peers as well. He is a man of integrity and honesty, and his staff is excellent as well. You'll be in good hands, and well taken care of.
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Posted by Lonnie | March 19, 2019
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I highly recommend
Brett was highly recommended from a good friend of mine. And I couldn't have been more happier with his service. He is hands down the best around and very professional.
Posted by Todd | September 5, 2018
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HOME RUN!!
Mr. McIntosh is the best lawyer in Sarasota. I really got myself into serious trouble getting my 4th. DUI. I was referred to Brett by a close friend that I truly trust. I met with him and he was straight to the point. Letting me know just how serious a 4th DUI is. Any DUI is serious, but the 4th. one...I'm going to jail. Brett had a plan in mind from the get go, and the plan worked. He not only kept me from going to jail for a long time, but got me sentenced into a one year program built around helping me with my drinking issue. His work ethic, attention to detail, and overall legal abilities are outstanding. If you are looking to retain one of the best attorneys in the Sarasota area, I highly recommend McIntosh Law. Thanks Brett!! TS
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2018
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Case involving a Juvenile
My 16 y/o son was facing 3rd degree felony charges for something he didn't do. After hearing Brett is the best criminal defense attorney in town, I hired him, and was not disappointed! Brett is passionate about the law and people's rights and recommended we fight this. We could've just bowed down and went thru the juvenile probation system, but what would that be teaching my son? He's a good kid & applying for college scholarships...having a record would've ruined so many things he's worked so hard for. We could not have done this without Brett. He is very professional, knowledgeable & thorough. He's very confident in his abilities, as he should be. When he walked into the courtroom, you could tell how well respected he was by the other attorneys, as well as the cops and even the judge! He's definitely somebody you want on your side. My son's case was dismissed. Had it not been for Brett's guidance & expertise throughout this whole process, we would not have had the outcome that we did. I would recommend Brett McIntosh to anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney. He's very passionate about the law and his job, and truly cares about his clients from start to finish. I also have to say thank you to attorney Kevin Griffith who works w/ Brett. I'm extremely happy and can't say enough good things about Brett McIntosh and the whole team at McIntosh Law.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • McIntosh Law Firm
  • 1998 - Present

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor
  • 1993

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Manatee County chapter)
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Florida Association Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Manatee County Chapter Representative
  • 2004 - 2011
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Sarasota chapter)
  • President
  • 2000 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015

Publications

  • Florida Defender (FACDL)
  • The Runaway Train Called RICO. Rico Prosecutions of Gangs in State Court
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Brett is hard working, professional, ethical and practical. He has very extensive criminal defense experience and is well respected in the local legal community. He is straight with his clients and he gets the job done. I don't hesitate to refer him my criminal defense client. In summary, he is a very good criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett McIntosh is a highly respected criminal defense attorney. As a fellow criminal defense attorney I make it a point of learning as much as I can from attorneys like Brett McIntosh. He is well respected by the criminal defense bar, prosecutors, and judges alike. I highly endorse Brett McIntosh."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I prosecuted cases where Mr. McIntosh was defense counsel. He was always professional, courteous, and thoroughly prepared. Mr. McIntosh is an excellent criminal defense attorney and it easy to endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Brett for over 19 years as a Criminal Attorney. Brett is a highly effective attorney for whom I have the greatest respect. In giving Brett an excellent rating, it's not high enough for his professionalism and Experience. He is up front with his opinion and being realistic in what you might expect. I have recommended clients to Brett and cannot recommend him highly enough. I have given his office permission to release my contact information if you'd like to verify this review, please refer to Allan F. Baily, Esquire"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. McIntosh is one of the finest criminal defense attorneys I came across during my career at the State Attorney's Office. He was opposing counsel on many of my cases, exhibiting great skills as a trial attorney. He was knowledgeable, professional, and a zealous advocate for his clients. He is well-respected by Judges and attorneys for his well-developed and well-reasoned motions and arguments."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Simply the best, for any complex felony case where you need someone who will fight hard, while showing you compassion and understanding."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. McIntosh is a highly knowledgeable and professional attorney. He represents his clients with passion and skill. A true asset to the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former prosecutor, I observed first-hand the difference an attorney can make in a criminal case. Brett McIntosh is aggressive and bright, and commands the courtroom in hearings and trial. He is a true advocate"
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Sarasota Criminal defense Lawyer Brett Donald McIntosh
Brett Donald McIntosh
Criminal defense Attorney
Sarasota, FL
Licensed for 30 years
Virtual consultation available