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Joseph E Soler

Criminal defense Attorney at Sarasota, FL

5.0   18 reviews

also known as Joe Soler

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2009
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Joseph

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FIRST-TIME OFFENDER? We offer reduced rates for people with no prior criminal history.


A good criminal lawyer will expose any weakness in the state’s case - such as illegality on the part of the police - to the defendant’s advantage. If it is found that the police acted illegally or didn't play by the rules, it could result in charges being completely dropped.


In particularly difficult cases that cannot be beaten, a knowledgeable and aggressive attorney on your side will do everything possible to keep you from going to jail and get you the best deal possible.


​Call me to discuss your options and develop the best strategy for your case.


  • Free Consultation
  • ​Reasonable Payment Plans Available!
  • ​A+ Better Business Bureau Rating
  • ​Excellent Communication
  • Available 24/7
  • Reduced Rates For First-Time Offenders!


The lawyers of Soler & Simon handle criminal defense cases in Sarasota County (Sarasota, City of Sarasota, Venice, North Port, Siesta Key) Manatee County (Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key), Pinellas County, and Hillsborough County.

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Soler & Simon
2151 Main Street, STE 100
Sarasota, FL, 34237

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5.0 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Posted by Blaz R. | March 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Call Joe Soler before you call others he was Godsend to us
If you are in need of an attorney, I highly recommend Joe Soler. After speaking with 20-25 attorneys, none were available or responsive. While visiting Sarasota, my family and I found ourselves in an unpleasant situation where we had to defend ourselves. I contacted Joe Soler on a Friday at 4 pm and he immediately made time to meet with us. Upon meeting Joe, I immediately felt that he was personable and genuine. He took our case as his own and I have never felt as protected by any other attorney. Joe initiated a meeting with officials assigned to our case and ensured that our side was heard, resulting in the case not moving forward. I am forever grateful to Joe for protecting my family's reputation. As a real client, I sincerely advise anyone in need of an attorney to speak with Joe Soler first before contacting others.
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unbelievable lawyer
I was sitting in jail with a 3rd DUI after violating my state probation with the exact same charges that put me on probation in the first place, which included a second felony drug Possession charge. I contacted joe he explained to me that I was not in a good situation but was able to keep me calm and I knew that he truly cared about my situation. He was so honest and I knew right away that I could trust him, and was the one to represent 100% I was planning on going to prison or at least be in jail for an entire year but somehow Mr. Solar was able to work his magic.. not only did I not have to go to prison but he was able to get my probation terminated completely with very little jail time served. It didn’t make much sense to me how he made this all possible but it was. If I ever run into legal issues in the future I will know who to call.
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Posted by Marie | November 7, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Both proficient and rational attorney you can count on
As a terrified family when such an incident happened where our loved one was handcuffed without a chance to explain and had undergone false criminal charges, we booked a time with Joe Soler not knowing at first whether or not he'd listen, but we were impressed with his experience in criminal defense and his expertise and he really listened to us. He's not going to toss you around with unnecessary facts and promise you an outcome that he can't follow through with. Within just several weeks, the matter was well taken care of and Joe Soler gave us the kind of peace of mind a family like ours needed! He's one lawyer you can count on!
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Posted by Chris | February 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Representation
Joe Soler helped me when I was in a dark place in my life, because he saw the good in me and knew that I was trying to better myself. Truly a good man and a great legal representative. Helped me immensely in my case.
Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cares about you and your case
I was facing two felony fraud charges related to being overworked at a job. He has experience working in those cases and has excellent relationships with prosecution and detectives in the area. His professionalism and hard work got the case dropped! His rates are very reasonable and he communicates regularly with you! I am incredibly satisfied with his work and would highly recommend his service!!
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Posted by Sheila | October 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer EVER !!!!
Hiring Joe Soler was the best decision I've made in years. He did more for my case than I ever thought possible. I knew within 5 minutes of talking to him that he was the one I wanted to represent me. I was/am VERY impressed with his knowledge and experience the first time I spoke with him. Mr. Soler spent A LOT of time with me going over my case and pointing out EVERY problem before I told him that he was hired. His confidence, knowledge and take charge attitude gave me a great peace of mind. I didn't worry about anything with Mr Soler on my side. His communication through my entire case was unbelievable. He ALWAYS called me to update me on any new changes in my case and was more than happy to answer any questions or concerns of mine. He is such an easy person to talk to and just a great guy. It makes me wish that I had met him under different circumstances. I HIGHLY recommend Mr Soler if you are looking to hire someone to get results. He is a VERY professional and knowledgeable lawyer. He put a lot of time and energy into my case and I couldn't be more satisfied with the result. You will not be disappointed with your decision to hire him.
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Posted by Benjamin | August 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Integrity, energy and diligence
I hired this attorney and was quite comfortable with his confidence right away in regards to my case. Joe let my family know every turn in the case, he is caring, straightforward and sharp. When you think hiring an "old school" lawyer is a safe bet. Hire Joe he will exceed your expectations and give you the energy and creative know how to win in your favor. I would hire him again without thinking twice, I felt like he really cared and these days that really matters.
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Posted by Andrew | March 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Defense Attorney Soler's "Hat-trick" Putting 3 Seperate Cases In The Basket!!!!
SOLER & SLACK, P.A. ARE A 5 STAR LAW FIRM. Joe Soler was the, hands down, best attorney that I could have ever found! They are BIG SHOT attorneys who have consistently taken care of business and I am absolutely indebted to Joe Soler, P.A. The system prays on the sick, and I have never met someone maintain such a good attitude and a humble heart in the line of work defending those of us in need of a lawyer who'll not cut a semi-good deal, who will not just take your money and then feed you to the wolves, but actually earn every dollar finding places where a case can be built on where you would never had thought possible. He will work beyond your expectations every time. This man will literally fight for you tooth and nail. "Soler The Miracle Man" for the third and last (multiple drug possession) case Joe Soler got his Hat Trick and won them all. He's earned a name worthy of the reputation he will continue to aquire. He stands up against the wrongful acts of the police and he is a Winner. In the last case he won he brought to light the "911 GOOD SAMARITAN OVERDOSE ACT" in which all people whom are in an emergency situation where 911 has to be called, persons involved, both caller and "victim" of over-intoxication are protected due to certain laws that were passed just recently. Attorney Joe Soler specializes in finding a way to get you the best possible outcome for your case and I strongly recommend him to anyone going up against the Justice System. This is Florida and the Public Defender's Office is over worked and simply cannot give proper representation. The 3 (2 felony drug possession) cases were all DISMISSED, The first 2 being dismissals, and the last being a Nolle Prosequi (thrown out). Thank you Attorney Joe Soler.
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Posted by D.L. | October 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Personable
Mr. Soler was god send in my time of need. He is professional yet very personable. He stayed in consent contact with me through the whole procedure . He demeanor helped me maintain a sense of dignity and self respect. His phone calls helped easy the fear and uncertainties I had. As educated professional I never dreamed I would be in legal trouble. But ,through my own actions and behaviors, there I was. I was looking at a good amount of prison time. Mr Soler worked diligently on my defense.He worked hard to get several charges wrapped into one count. In the end he got me deal that I could have never imagined. No incarceration, but classes and community hours. Not only did he go over and above in his legal work for me. He went beyond what you would expect of a defense lawyer and made several suggestions that improved my life and how I live it. I pray to never need a defense lawyer again,but if so Joe Soler is my go to guy. I would recommend him to friends, family or anyone in need of a dedicated advocate. I gave him 5 starts because that's all they allow.
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional, knowledgeable and efficient
Mr Soler helped with my case in a haste and curtious way, I couldn't have asked for a better result! (given the circumstances)
Posted by Juan | July 14, 2015
Thank you for all your help Joe.
Joe kept me up to date with everything going on. Gave me great advise and helped me get my legal issues resolved in a way that made me very content. I would deffinatly recomend going through Joe Solar.
Posted by Elliott | July 9, 2015
Great Lawyer
My man Joe is a very good lawyer. He took my case at a lot cheaper rate then other attorneys. He went over and beyond his job description to take care of my legal situation. Hopefully I wont need a lawyer ever again but if I do .. Im calling you JOE.. Thanks man great lawyer
Posted by Andrew | May 19, 2014
"Smokin' Joe" Soler... Beat my charges!
"You can map out a fight plan or a life plan, but when the action starts, it may not go the way you planned, and you're down to your reflexes. That's where your roadwork shows." - Joe Frazier (Boxer) Joe Soler was at first my attorney, but now considered a dear friend. His dedication to getting you justice goes to lengths I cannot explain. His intellect and honesty is without a doubt superior to others I have consulted. A man of true integrity, that knows how to get the job done. Joe went through lengths far beyond my expectations, spending countless hours of work, compiling a stack of case files to "sqash" my drug possession case and that's exactly what he did. I truly love this man and if I was facing 25-life I wouldn't hesitate for a second that Attorney Soler would be the first man I would have fight for me. Keep fighting for the little guys Joe!!!
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Posted by Carla | June 20, 2012
Freakin Awesome!!!
I was facing like 20 years .. thank god for Joe, he did his research.. most of the older attorneys wouldn't care about the cases they have they just care about the money..Joe was there , went to the witnesses him self.. stayed in contact with me every day.. so if i were to recommend any body it would be him.
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2012
One of Sarasota's hardest working attorneys
Mr. Soler is by far one of the hardest working attorneys I have ever met. He spent a lot of time with me explaining my case and called me back immediately every time I left a message. Because of his hard work all of my charges were dropped. If you are looking for a criminal attorney, he's the one to have.
Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2012
Sarasota's finest attorney
Mr. Soler is a very knowledgeable and caring attorney. You can trust that he is honest and devoted to helping his clients. Joe is professional and very informative when it comes to the judicial system. He can identify and find you the best possible solution to your situation. Joe is respectable and a asset to this community. I highly recommend Joe for being one of Sarasota's best and finest attorneys.
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2012
Aggressive advocate
Mr. Soler is an excellent attorney. He handled my case in a thorough and timely fashion. Mr. Soler is an aggressive advocate and I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Rina | February 12, 2012
A very conscientious, caring Attorney
Joseph Solar was my attorney thru the Public Defenders Office. I was amazed at the time he took to explain my case to me and keep me informed as to how everything would go. I started out very afraid. Thanks to Joe Solars patience and guidance my case turned out with a positive resolution.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Soler & Simon
  • 2020 - Present
  • Partner
  • Soler and Slack, P.A.
  • 2012 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Office of the Public Defender, 12th Cir., Sarasota County, FL
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Office of the Public Defender, 6th Cir., Pinellas County, FL
  • 2008 - 2008
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  • Stetson University College Of Law
  • Law
  • 2008
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Ahearn
  • All felony charges dropped
  • State v. Bassett
  • All felony charges dropped


  • Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Sarasota chapter)
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Victor O. Whele Excellence in Trial Advocacy
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Paralegal CLE Course
  • Correlation between Criminal Cases and Civil Cases
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe Soler is a well respected criminal defense lawyer in the Sarasota and Bradenton areas. His knowledge of the law helps him obtain excellent results from his clients. Mr. Soler is well respected by all. I highly endorse Joe Soler."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this talented and knowledgeable attorney, who is well-respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Joe since I began my legal career. The compassion he has for his clients, along with his exceptional legal knowledge and skill make him an excellent choice for those who have been charged with a crime. I wholeheartedly endorse him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would highly recommend Joe Soler to anyone in need of outstanding representation regarding any criminal matter. Joe is an extremely skilled, hard-working and ethical attorney who consistently obtains excellent results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have witnessed Mr. Soler in criminal court on numerous occasions and he always fights for his clients, and refuses to back down to the judge or the state."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is a very thorough, conscientious attorney, who gets the job done right. He cares about is clients and aggressively fights for their rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to be in and around the courtroom with Mr. Soler for the past couple of years and I can honestly say that he is one of the most energetic and passionate criminal defense attorneys I have ever met. He cares more about his clients than anything else and is always extremely focused on doing everything in his power to resolve his client's issues. Joe is a very knowledgable and personable attorney and I highly endorse him for all criminal defense matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I supervised Mr. Soler in the criminal division at the Public Defender's office. He was thorough, caring, knowledgeable and a real fighter for his clients. I knew that when he had the case, the clients were in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you are looking for a criminal defense lawyer in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, I highly recommend that you see Joseph E. Soler, Esq. He is an attorney with a lot of trial experience in the criminal arena, both felony and misdemeanor charges, and has always been an advocate for the defendant. He is very hard working, dedicated to his clients and possesses vast knowledge of the law. I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I proudly endorse Joe Soler. I have known Joe for six years and during this time, he has shown to be a zealous advocate for his clients in the criminal law area and I believe he will continue to provide this high level of advocacy and representation for his clients in the areas of family law and personal injury as well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Soler in law school and with him as a partner in our law firm. He is highly intelligent and focuses intensely on helping his clients seek justice. He is compassionate and genuinely cares about other people. He does not rest and does everything he possibly can to ensure that everything that can be done is done for his clients. I am honored to be able to work with an attorney of his caliber everyday."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Joe for seven years and I have always known him to be conscientious and caring to those around him. He excels at trial work, always delivering the most eloquent and persuasive arguments to the jury! He strives to ensure that all people have equal protection under the law, and he is a champion to the causes of his clients. I would, and have, recommend Joe for personal injury cases, criminal defense or any other trial work. Any client would be lucky to have him on their side!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer.Joe Soler is one of the most intense and dedicated lawyers I have met in my 12+ years in the criminal justice system. He is understanding, patient and non-judgmental. He does everything he can for his clients in order to get them the best result possible. He knows the law and he does not back down. He is an outstanding lawyer, but more importantly he is an outstanding person. His clients are lucky to have him on their side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Soler is a young and rising legal star in the Sarasota area. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Soler wholeheartedly. He is aggressive, honest, highly competent and caring. I have seen him in the courtroom and he is highly respected by judges, other attorneys, and clients. He is not afraid to take on difficult situations and fight for his clients' rights."
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