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Michael Jeffrey Kessler

DUI and DWI Attorney at Fort Pierce, FL

4.9   67 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 38 years
    North Carolina - NC 29 years
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

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I am generally known to be the "Go To Guy for DUI" on Florida's Treasure Coast.   I wrote the book on Florida Drunk Driving Defense - literally.   It's called the DUI Book: Florida Edition - A Citizen's Guide to Fighting A drunk Driving Case.  I also own my Intoxilyzer machines, models 5000 and 8000.   I have handled cases throughout Florida, from Pensacola to Key West.   I have also taught classes in DUI Defense both locally (in Fort Pierce, Key West, Orlando and West Palm Beach) and across the country (New Orleans, Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta), even on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2019,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011,2010
Client's Choice
2019 2016 2015 + 5 ...

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Location

The Kessler Law Firm
207 South 2nd Street
Fort Pierce, FL, 34950

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  67 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Yury | March 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very responsive and easy to work with
Thanks to Mr. Kessler my case was dismissed without going to trial as a result of his expertise and efficiency. Throughout the whole process Mr. Kessler and his stuff were the most helpful and made the whole process smooth and easy. I would definitely recommend this great professional to any of my friends. Respectfully, Yury K.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Completely Satisfied!
When I was referred to Mr. Kessler, and after researching him, I thought to myself, he only does high profile murder cases, so I'm sure I will not be a priority to him with a domestic violence case. My family was being torn apart and I felt hopeless. I was wrong. I had movement on my case within the next day, and the case was resolved in less than two weeks. I am so glad I gave it a chance. He was referred with glowing remarks by another attorney and I am completely satisfied. I was so overwhelmed and thought he was too calm...but his calmness balanced with my fears and high emotions was a winning combination. I cannot thank him enough. Again, completely satisfied!
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2024
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Trustworthy Super Lawyer
I hired Mr. Kessler in November of 2022 to represent me in a DUI arrest case. He met with my husband and I at, needless to say, a very stressful time in both of our lives. I had never been arrested before and I didn’t know what was ahead of me. I instantly felt at ease, for the first time, since the arrest when we sat in his office discussing the case and possible outcomes. Mr. Kessler came recommended to me by another lawyer and boy was I not disappointed! This man is the cream of the crop when it comes to criminal DUI defense attorneys. He is an expert in his field. He and his wonderful staff, Morganne, Victoria, and Lindsey all helped me navigate a scary landscape. Everyone was so approachable and helpful! They were excellent at putting me at ease. Mr. Kessler got my charge reduced to the lesser charge of Reckless Driving and I did not lose my ability to drive, ever! I was so grateful to be able to find this wonderful law firm. Mr. Kessler is a known bulldog of a trial attorney which I didn’t fully understand at the time. I hope to never have to hire a criminal defense attorney again but, if I do need one, Mr. Kessler would be my 100% choice all over again. Do not hesitate and call Mr. Kessler and his fabulous team. He will represent you with vigor, truth, honesty and preparedness. He and his team will get you the best possible outcome. It is scary facing a judge and prosecutors. With Mr. Kessler by my side, I feared nothing and neither will you. You need this lawyer.
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Posted by George | September 13, 2023
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Great job
Calm cool collected and very competent Was easily contacted and kept in touch Very reasonable fees Great location across from court house
Posted by Terrence | September 12, 2023
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Best of the best
The Kessler Law Office is the standard of excellence in criminal law defense. Everyone in the office is professional and thorough. My case was difficult as the charges stemmed from 4 years prior without my knowledge but the Kessler team was honest and diligent in defending me from start to finish. I could not have been in better hands and all charges were dismissed before trial. Best money I’ve ever spent!
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2020
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THE BEST OUTCOME I COULD HAVE EXPECTED
My wife and I recently returned through Miami from an international vacation. I was detained by customs for what I later learned were 12 year old technical violations of probation claims that I was completely unaware of. I had a DUI in St. Lucie County FL in 2008, did everything I knew to comply with probation terms, yet found out my case wasn't closed. I was sent to jail in Miami, then moved to St Lucie county, spent 14 total days incarcerated, and once I had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Kessler, within 24 hours my case was reviewed, I went before a judge, and Mr. Kessler had secured a revocation and termination of my probation. I couldn't have expected anything more, and am extremely relieved and grateful for this outcome. I highly recommend Michael Kessler for issues you may face in St. Lucie County, FL
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Posted by Stetya | September 25, 2019
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Thank you Mr. Kessler
I hired Mr. Kessler when I got recommended by him by another lawyer. I knew he was the right lawyer for my case. Mr. Kessler made this process so peaceful. He cares about clients. He will go all out to make sure you won’t get screwed with. His team doesn’t treat you like a client as well. They would speak to me like they knew me all my life. If you have serious criminal charges HIRE Mr.kessler! I did no jail time for an aggravated assault case where he had the biggest charge dropped!
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Posted by Craig | August 26, 2019
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Dui Arrest
Mr Kessler and his staff were professional, knowledgeable, and most importantly compassionate listeners. They did everything they said they would do and were always great communicators. I believe that Mr. Kessler got me the best outcome that was possible in my case. He is not the cheapest out there but cheap is not always better Thank You Mr. Kessler, Daisy, and Sharan
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Posted by Jim | August 13, 2019
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Frightened
Having been charged with felony aggravated battery, i was obviously very frightened. Mr. Kessler was with me every step of the way. Through his expertise i was ultimately very relieved as the case was dismissed and all charges dropped.
Posted by Curt | July 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Making Sure Justice Prevails
Mr. Kessler was hired to defend my son, who resides in Michigan, for a DUI that occurred here in Florida over nine years ago. That defense was very satisfactory and my son returned home to Michigan. For reasons not divulged here, my son’s probation terms were not completed and a misdemeanor warrant was issued about 6 months later. Some eight years after that, with my son in his fifth year of sobriety, Mr. Kessler was hired to defend my son as he works through his program of amends to be made and his desire to demonstrate to his twelve year old son what is the right thing to do. My son returned to Florida and voluntarily turned himself in to the outstanding warrant. The outcome of the first appearance in county court was very satisfactory as Mr. Kessler was very instrumental in the ruling by the judge who assured all that justice will prevail when the hard work of keeping sober and “righting-the-wrongs” is clearly demonstrated. We are very grateful for the guidance and advice of Mr. Kessler and highly recommend him as an attorney specializing in such cases.
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2019
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Made me feel at ease
I am a single mother and ended up not being in a great spot with a theft charge. Uneasy about the whole ordeal, I meet with Mr Kessler for a consultation about how to get through it and what to expect, and he graciously was able to take my case and made me feel so at ease for the first time since it happened about everything that was going to happen and what to expect. He got me the best deal that I could have been offered. Himself plus his team has been nothing but nice and professional and helps you feel so much better about everything that you may be dealing with. Would definitely recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2019
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When I Was experiencing the worst day
Was experiencing the worst day of my life Michael stopped everything and explained very patiently all my options and what was going to happen to me. He immediately started paperwork to find out what information anybody had that could put me in real trouble he found none and all charges were dropped! I don’t know what I would have done if he was not available to me . I felt very secure in the fact that I had Michael Kessler representing me. He’s got an incredible reputation in the town of Fort Pierce and beyond. -D
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Posted by Camille | August 16, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
Mr. Kessler represented me in a criminal case. He did an outstanding job and I am very happy with the outcome. He was both kind and understanding too. I would recommend his services to all in need of an excellent attorney. Thank you again Mr. Kessler
Posted by Jess | August 1, 2018
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Highly Recommend
I am unbelievably grateful to have found Michael Kessler through a friend, when I needed someone ASAP. He put my mind at ease, him and his staff were above and beyond professional, and most importantly - Michael truly cares about his clients! More than I could have ever imagined. He’s not just a great lawyer, he’s a great person. I would choose way more than 5 stars if I could!
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Posted by Jennifer S | June 15, 2018
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Dating Violence/ Battery DROPPED
Mr . Kessler swiftly was able to get my cased dropped. With me being a resident of NYC I feared lack of communication but he did very well on keeping me up to date and overall exceeded my expectations . Thank You
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Kessler was able to see me immediately after my arrest. He provided me with helpful information.
Posted by Gene | May 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer and Great Guy
Michael took a difficult case when I was not getting the results I wanted from my previous attorney, Michael was able to keep me out of court and resolve the case in what I consider the best result possible, I would recommend him to anyone needing a competent attorney that knows the system and want the best outcome possible, if I ever need an attorney again he will be my first choice
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2016
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Marijuana possession and paraphernalia possession dropped!
On September 9 I was pulled over for having dark tints in Port st Lucy. This lead to a search of my car. I was charged with less than 20 grams of marajuana and 6 counts of paraphernalia. I hired the best attorney I found, Mr Kessler, and that's the best decision I could have made. Mr Kessler and his staff were beyond helpful. After Mr Kessler told me all the possible out comes,which none included what happened, I was ready for a stressful year. My first court date was set to November 3rd for an arraignment. On October 19 I got a call from his office....all charges and cases of marajuana possession and possession or paraphernalia were completely dropped and dismissed. I didn't even go to court once. Honestly he's the best lawyer there is. He is very straight up, gives you all the info good or bad and is just beyond great. i don't how how I could ever truly thank him and his staff for being so great.
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2016
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Marijuana Possession Dismissed!!!
Miracle Attorney!!!! The biggest weight has been lifted from my shoulder. After being pulled over and found with marijuana possession and 6 counts of paraphynelia possession and given two misdimeanors, I immediately contacted Mr Kessler. I got a one on one consultation with him that helped me understand all my options. After hiring him, in less than a month he was able to get everything dismissed ! I could not believe he was able to do something like this after hearing many different outcomes that did not include dismissal especially in the st.lucie county! Thank you Mr.Kessler and your amazing staff! You guys are AMAZING!
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2016
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Exemplary Attorney
Mike Kessler is a consummate professional. With regard to my particularly difficult DUI case he was diligent, trustworthy, extremely knowledgeable and compassionate. He truly went above and beyond and ultimately secured the best possible outcome for me. I feel satisfied knowing that I can hire him in the future for any legal matters and highly recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney on the Treasure Coast.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Kessler Law Firm
  • 1986 - Present

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of North Carolina
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Florida vs. Preston Stanton
  • Dismissal

Associations

  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Indian River County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • St. Lucie County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • St. Lucie County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 2009 - 2010
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Honors and Awards

  • Superlawyers Magazine
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • SuperLawyers Magazine
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law
  • The Florida Bar
  • 2003

Publications

  • The DUI Book, Florida Edition
  • The DUI Book, Florida Edition
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Lecture
  • DUI Source Code Litigation, Strategies and Tactics
  • 2006
  • Class Lecture
  • Blood, Breath and Tears, the Intoxilyzer 8000
  • 2006
  • Panel
  • Legal Panel
  • 2005
  • Lecture
  • Strategies and Tactics for Defending DUI Cases
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (67)
Given (57)
Endorse Michael
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kessler is a true advocate for his clients. A lot of lawyers shy away from the science in the DUI field. That's not Kessler. He has taken the advanced courses to not just understand but successfully challenge bad science. You will not regret hiring him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kessler is a nationally renowned DUI & DWI attorney, who is highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Kessler is the real deal - committed - experienced - and accomplished. He gets good results, bottom line."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I highly recommend Mike Kessler to defend a DUI in Florida. He has excellent trial skills with excellent knowledge of DUI cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I will recommend all criminal defense clients across Florida to Mike Kessler. His reputation has been earned the old fashion way - hard work. He takes on tough cases and gets results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is one of the leading criminal defense attorneys in Florida. His knowledge of the law and expertise in court make him one of the top lawyers in his field. I am always learning something new from Mike whenever we attend seminars together. I highly recommend his services."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Michael for a while and always see him at the national and regional scientific training classes. Many lawyers say they know how to try DWI or DUI cases but have no real understanding of the science behind the case. Michael is the polar opposite of those lawyers. He has both the scientific understanding of the case and the common sense approach to explain the science to the jury. I highly recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Kessler. I have recommended clients to Attormey Kessler and he provides the highest level of zealous representation to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kessler is an exceptional attorney. I have been an attorney for 24 years and served as a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, law professor, and private attorney. However, even with all of that experience, I learn from his answers on Avvo each and every day. If you have the chance, hire him in an instant."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the chance to meet Attorney Kessler when he led my small group session on DUI Defense at Harvard Law School in July 2013. His knowledge, experience and passion for DUI law and defense left a lasting impression on me. It is without hesitation I endorse Attorney Kessler for anyone facing DUI charges."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is, in my opinion, the BEST DUI lawyer in the state, heck he wrote the DUI Handbook. Michael is amazing, and educates the legal community and is so helpful and courteous to younger or newer attorneys. This is a true pillar of professionalism and excellence. If I needed a lawyer for a DUI or criminal matter, he would be my lawyer. Excellent."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I have known Mike for many years and there is not a finer Attorney in Florida than Michael Kessler. We attended the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor Certification Course together and he has been my go-to DUI Defense Attorney in Florida every since. He is a zealous advocate for all and one of the friendliest person you will ever meet. You can not go wrong with Mike."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is my privilege to endorse Mike Kessler as one of the nation's preeminent DUI/DWI defense attorneys. Mike takes his responsibilities to his clients very seriously, and his integrity is beyond reproach. I would highly recommend a client to Mike with no hesitation whatsoever."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend you hire Mike if you are looking for a top DUI or criminal defense attorney. He is nationally known for his expertise and success. I would not hesitate to send a close friend or family member to Mike for representation and would rest easy knowing he was on their side."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I'm asked to recommend a top shelf lawyer, whether for a DUI, a state or federal case, in the Ft. Pierce / Gold Coast area, I always pass Michael's name along without hesitation. I'm asked all the time what makes someone a great lawyer. Just read over Mr. Kessler's credentials. He is the real deal! He is a Board Certified Expert in Criminal Trial Law, is AV rated on Martindale.com, is listed in SuperLawyers, and has a "Supurb 10.0" rating and "Client's Choice" award from AVVO. Michael has that rare combination of being very intelligent and possessing great courtroom skills. Mr. Kessler just plain flat-out knows his stuff. He's definitely the go-to guy for DUI - that's no lie! I frequently see Michael during the year at continuing legal education seminars honing his skills and staying on top of the latest cutting edge information. When Michael talks about some legal "gem" I pay close attention. I completely endorse Michael Kessler without reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike Kessler is a highly respected, nationally known defender of impaired driving cases. He also handles other criminal matters in SE Florida with an attitude toward winning in every case. Mike and I co-authored a book in 2007, and he uses this book to educate his Florida clients in a way that no other Florida DUI attorney can match. Hire Mike with confidence, and make a friend for life."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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