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Miami Criminal
Defense Attorney

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Miami Criminal Defense & DUI Lawyer With Over 40 Years of Legal Experience

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Miami DUI And Criminal Defense
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Representing Good people who made bad decisions

Whether you’ve been arrested or are under investigation for a criminal offense, you could be facing jail or prison, fines, probation, and a criminal record. You need a criminal defense lawyer with extensive experience defending the types of crimes that you’ve been charged with.

Attorney Jonathan Blecher represents clients in the following areas and many others:

Miami criminal defense attorney Jonathan Blecher believes that every client has the right to diligent representation. The Miami-Dade State Attorney's office is staffed with aggressive prosecutors who are extremely effective at their jobs. Hiring a professional criminal defense law firm gives you your best chance at a reduction in charges or an acquittal. Contact Jonathan Blecher today!

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The Types of Criminal Charges We Defend

We represent all levels of charges from traffic infractions to life and capital felonies. Among the most common charges we see at our criminal defense law firm are the following:

Many people underestimate the impact of traffic infractions and crimes. The penalties for traffic charges in Florida can have a big impact on your life.

  • Moving Infractions – This includes speeding, violation of a traffic control device, failure to use due care, and more.
  • Traffic Misdemeanors – These are criminal violations that can lead to jail time. These include reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, violation of license restrictions, etc.
  • DUI – This includes driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We represent individuals who are facing their first or second convictions or with multiple convictions.
  • Hit and Run – Leaving the scene of an accident is a criminal offense. We defend clients who have been charged with leaving a scene of a traffic crash.
  • Vehicular Manslaughter – If you’ve been charged in a crash that resulted in the death of another person, you could be sent to prison. Attorney Blecher can represent you in a vehicular manslaughter arrest.

Property crimes can be charged in conjunction with persons crimes, like robbery, or they may only involve theft or vandalism. These are some of the types of property crimes attorney Blecher defends:

  • Retail Theft – Also referred to as shoplifting, the level of charge you are facing depends on the dollar amount of the allegedly stolen items.
  • Burglary – This involves entering or remaining on the physical property of another with the intent to commit another crime. Burglary is frequently involved in theft, but it can also be a part of a persons crime.
  • Criminal Mischief – Damaging the property of another can be a misdemeanor or felony crime, depending on the amount of damage or the type of property.
  • Persons crimes usually involve physical harm to another. The types of persons crimes that attorney Blecher defends include:

    • Assault – This is a threat of imminent harm without a deadly weapon. Assault is a second-degree misdemeanor in Florida.
    • Battery – This involves touching or striking a person against their will. Battery is a first-degree misdemeanor crime.
    • Aggravated Assault – This is often referred to as an assault with a deadly weapon. It involves an imminent threat with a deadly weapon, like a knife or gun. Aggravated assault is a third-degree felony in Florida.
    • Aggravated Battery – Aggravated battery occurs when the defendant uses a weapon, causes serious bodily injury, or strikes a pregnant woman. This is a second-degree felony in Florida.
    • Stalking – This is a pattern of behavior meant to intimidate or harass the victim. Aggravated stalking includes either the threat of violence or simple stalking in violation of a restraining order.
    • Robbery – Robbery is both a property crime and a crime against a person. Robbery occurs when the suspect uses the threat or use of physical force to commit theft.
    • Homicide and Attempted Homicide – Attempting to or succeeding in taking the life of another is treated very seriously within the state. Depending on the circumstance of the incident, homicide can lead to life in prison or the death penalty.

    Many different types of crimes can also qualify as domestic violence crimes. For example, battery is a domestic violence crime if the victim and offender have a domestic relationship. Domestic relationships include:

    • Spouses
    • Former Spouses
    • Persons related by blood or marriage
    • Persons who reside together as a family
    • Parents of a child in common, regardless of marital status

    Domestic crimes carry additional penalties, including mandatory participation in a 26-week batterer’s prevention program.

    This is by no means an exhaustive list of the types of crimes that our Jonathan Blecher defends. Call our office in Miami, FL if you’ve been charged with a crime that you don’t see listed here.

    If you have a criminal record in Florida, it can destroy your future. Perhaps you made a mistake years ago or were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The charges may have been dropped later on or the case could have been dismissed, but it will stay on your record. Anyone will be able to access it and make judgments about you.

    With a criminal record, you’ll have greater challenges ahead, making it harder to:

    • Get hired for a job
    • Find and be approved for rental housing
    • Take out a home or auto loan
    • Access federal aid for student loans

    Cleaning up your record with a record expungement may be an option, depending on the facts of your previous criminal matter. With a record expungement, your record can be deleted in whole or part. This process ensures it will not show up in almost all background checks, making it easier for you to move forward with your life in a positive direction.

    If you wish to expunge your criminal record, this lengthy process is something that attorney Jonathan Blecher can help you through. Call today to discuss your situation in complete confidentiality.

    Once you are arrested, your mugshot will be accessible to anyone through a simple search on the internet. For many, one small error in the past can burden them for years to come through these arrest photos. You may be trying to start a new career, buy a home, or get approved for a rental property, and this unflattering portrayal of you can cast doubt upon your current character.

    Mugshots online are particularly problematic because they can be posted even if you are not found guilty of a crime. It’s not fair since mugshots are taken at the time of arrest, and whether or not you are formally charged with a crime, they stay on the internet forever.

    With the help of an attorney, you may also be able to have your record expunged or sealed if your case was dismissed for the following crimes:

    • Assault
    • Burglary
    • Domestic violence

    Not all mugshot removal websites are regulated and often, many are unsuccessful in completely erasing this part of your past. With the help of Jonathan Blecher, you can remove this haunting relic from your record and start fresh again. Schedule a no-cost case review to discuss how you can have your mugshot permanently removed from the internet.

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    Penalties for Florida Crimes

    The following are the maximum jail or prison penalties and fines for each level of crime in Florida. It’s important to note that many types of offenses carry additional penalties. To learn your actual criminal penalty exposure, contact our criminal defense law firm:

    • First-Degree Misdemeanor – Up to 60 days in county jail and $500 in fines.
    • Second-Degree Misdemeanor – Up to 1 year in county jail and $1,000 in fines.
    • Third-Degree Felony – Up to 5 years in state prison and $5,000 in fines.
    • Second-Degree Felony – Up to 15 years in state prison and $10,000 in fines.
    • First-Degree Felony – Up to 30 years in state prison and $10,000 in fines.
    • Life Felony – Up to life in prison and $15,000 in fines.
    • Capital Felony – Punishable by life in prison or the death penalty for first-degree murder.

    Examples of additional penalties for certain crimes include minimum jail sentences, probation, loss of your driving privileges, mandatory courses, purchase of an ignition interlock device (for DUI cases), and inclusion in the sex offender registry.

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    Building a Criminal Defense

    In order to properly defend you against your charges, Miami criminal defense attorney Jonathan Blecher must examine all aspects of our case. This involves the following steps:

    • Reviewing all prosecutorial evidence of the incident – This includes the police reports, police supplements, the probable cause affidavit, 911 call recordings, radio dispatch recordings, witness statements, victim statements, photo lineups, physical evidence, body-cam footage, and more.
    • Subpoenaing and Deposing All Witnesses – A criminal defense lawyer has the right to ask questions to anyone who is involved in the prosecution of their client. For instance, the victim, witnesses, and arresting officers are all subject to subpoenas in criminal cases.
    • Retaining Expert Witnesses – In some criminal cases, attorney Blecher may believe it’s in his client's best interest to retain expert witnesses that can refute specific types of evidence against his client.
    • Filing Pretrial Motions – The police sometimes intentionally or unintentionally obtain evidence illegally. In these instances, attorney Blecher can bring the errors before the court. If the court agrees that the evidence was wrongfully obtained, it can’t be used in your prosecution. This can weaken or completely dismantle the prosecutorial case.

    Once attorney Blecher is familiar with all aspects of the case, he can begin building your defense. These are some of the common criminal defense that our Miami criminal defense attorney has used successfully with other clients:

    • Illegal Stop – The police did not have legal justification to stop you.
    • Illegal Search – The police searched you, your car, or your property without consent, a warrant, or a valid warrantless exception.
    • Improper Showup – The police conducted a Terry stop improperly. This could be because they moved you from your original location, it was too far from the scene of the crime, they detained you for too long, etc.
    • Improper Lineup – The police failed to find similar subjects for the lineup, or the police told the witness who to pick.
    • Coerced Statement – The police questioned you in a way that violated your rights.
    • Mistaken Identity – The victim or witnesses were mistaken in identifying you.
    • Victim is Uncooperative – Victims often change their minds about prosecution. The court will often agree to drop the charges.

    Case Results

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    No matter what charges you face, I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and answer your questions. My law office is in Coral Gables, and I offer consultations in person, by phone or by videoconference. To schedule a consultation, call 305-321-3237 or use our contact form to send me an email.

    Why Hire a Miami Criminal Defense Attorney?

    Many defendants opt for a public defender instead of a private Miami criminal defense attorney, like attorney Blecher. Here are several reasons why this is a bad idea:

    • Public defenders frequently have fewer than three years of criminal defense experience.
    • Public defenders are often shuffled to different departments and aren’t allowed to take their caseload with them. You could find yourself being represented by two or more attorneys, depending on how long your case lasts.
    • The Public Defender’s Office is understaffed and receives hundreds of new cases every week. Your attorney may not be given the resources necessary to develop a proper defense.

    As an independent criminal defense lawyer, attorney Jonathan Blecher manages his own caseload. That means he can dedicate the resources to properly represent each client. Jonathan Blecher was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1982 and has four decades of relevant experience. He has an unparalleled track record defending clients just like you


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    “Mr. Jonathan Blecher showed me from the start he was someone I can trust with my case. He is Honest, Ethical, highly experienced. His confidence driven by experience made me feel safe as we will have the desired outcome in our case. With the expertise and energy he put in this case, finally, we got the results we wanted, and I owe it all to him. He changed my life! so I’m forever grateful. He knows how to do his job. Wow, he is truly an amazing attorney at law! I would recommend him to all my friends and family. Thank you so much for helping me, Mr. Jonathan”


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    “Jonathan is knowledgeable and efficient! He is an outstanding attorney and I highly recommend his services. I have nothing but excellent feedback for Jonathan Blecher and his firm!”


    Bless this man

    “The title of this review should say it all. Jonathan Blecher’s bedside manner and communication is outstanding… he was extremely patient, sincere and kind with me over the phone for a consultation. I stumbled across his name while doing some online research for a question I had and saw his amazing reviews and gave him a call and I can say I completely understand the reasons for his high ratings. Remarkable human being! I am forever grateful your help. God bless you Mr. Blecher. Highly recommend!!!!!!!!”


    Jonathan was able to reopen my case and he won.

    “I don’t even know where to start i have been battling having a suspended license for about 10 years which led me to become an habitual driver I called around looking for lawyers and each and every one of them turned me down and said that my case was too old and that I will just have to wait out the 5 years. I am a single mother and I have been catching Uber Lyft and getting rides with friends to and from work spending so much money that I don’t have while trying to pay bills. It has really been a struggle for me. I am so blessed to have came across Jonathan. He is truly a blessing for taking his time with me and helping me. He was very professional, he responded quickly and always kept me updated. Jonathan was able to reopen my case. The same old case that other so called lawyers claim that was too old to open and he won. I couldn’t do nothing but cry. I’m so grateful for him. If he was able to help me he can help anybody. Thank you once again Jonathan!”


    He is able to reach the best outcome for his clients.

    “Mr. Blecher has worked on a number of DUI cases which I was prosecuting. He knows how to find a weakness in a case, and also when to recognize a lack of weaknesses so that he is able to reach the best outcome for his clients.”

    -Attorney Ethan Timmins

    Mr. Blecher is among the finest criminal defense attorneys in Miami and is the best DUI defense attorney in the State of Florida.

    “Mr. Blecher is among the finest criminal defense attorneys in Miami and is the best DUI defense attorney in the State of Florida. He is a tireless worker, a respected member of the Florida Bar, and a brilliant litigator. If I ever find myself in a situation, in which I need the assistance of a criminal defense attorney or a DUI specialist, I would only call Mr. Blecher to represent me.”

    -Attorney Gilberto Izquierdo

    I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for his area of services.

    “Jonathan did excellent work in my DUI case, in an expeditious manner. He is professional and very knowledgeable in criminal issues dealing with DUI offenses. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for his area of services.”

    -Former Client

    Mr. Blecher is professional, experienced and knowledgeable regarding criminal law.

    “I highly recommend Mr. Jonathan Blecher as a criminal attorney. Mr. Blecher is professional, experienced and knowledgeable regarding criminal law. He has helped me and my family with various legal issues resulting in positive outcomes. I have recommended his expertise to friends in need of legal representation, especially those with DUI arrests.”


    Best Lawyer in Miami, Jonathan Blecher

    “I was afraid and did not know who to turn to after my accident; but, I am really glad I put my trust in Jonathan Blecher, the best defense attorney ever. Jonathan answered all of my questions and took care of all details; he clearly explained all procedures and all possible outcomes; and, most importantly, he got my charges reduced. Yes, his knowledge of the law, his tireless efforts, and his awesome results are priceless. I truly appreciate Jonathan Blecher; and, I am sure you will too.”

    -Former Client

    Amazing Job

    “After being very skeptical about dealing with a NY traffic lawyer I had a matter in Miami to deal with on very short notice. I contacted Mr. Jonathan Burton Blecher and my matter was solved within a week. He was extremely professional and his price was fair and well deserved. I will recommend him to anyone.”

    -Former Client

    Best lawyer Ever!!!!

    “High professionalism, very knowledgeable and quick solver of his cases… My husband got his driver’s license back in a week after we contacted his firm…He is the best!!!”

    -Former Client

    Could not have asked for a better outcome

    “Hiring Mr. Blecher turned out to be the best decision I could have made after getting into trouble. I ended up with a better result than I could have hoped for, given the circumstances of my case. Mr. Blecher was knowledgeable, reassuring and decisive and allowed me to focus on my life while my case was in progress. The fact that my poor decision is officially in the past and has not stuck with me since my arrest is a testament to Mr. Blecher’s skill and experience. I would highly recommend hiring him if you are ever in need of legal counsel.”

    -DUI Client


    “Mr. Blecher represented me with the respect to a DUI where I could potentially have been convicted. He very successfully and artfully defended me. He was forthright, truthful and honest in his representation and delivered exactly what he said. As of yesterday, my record has been sealed. I was very happy with this action.”


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    “High Professionalism, very knowledgeable and quick solver of his cases… My husband got his driver’s license back in a week after we contacted his firm… He is the Best!!!!!!!!!!!”


    Excellent Attorney

    “Mr. Blecher assisted me with my DUI case, was able to enter me into the Back on Track Program, and get the charges reduced to reckless driving without a conviction. Furthermore, he took the extra step and handled getting my record sealed promptly thereafter. He was always available, returned emails promptly, and took the time to listen and answer questions. If you’re looking for an attorney to work hard for your best interests, look no further than Mr. Blecher.”

    -Former Client

    Mr. Blecher is a well-regarded and driven attorney who provides exceptional legal representation.

    “I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Mr. Blecher is a well-regarded and driven attorney who has provided exceptional legal representation to numerous clients throughout the U.S. With his extensive knowledge, broad experience, and impressive professional skills, he is bound to invest his time and energy into achieving the best outcome for each case, regardless of its level of complexity.”

    -Attorney Channika Desilva

    He is very experienced and extremely knowledgeable about the areas he covers.

    “Jonathan Blecher is an excellent advocate for his clients. He is very experienced and extremely knowledgeable about the areas he covers. Of great importance is his ability to calm a client (very important in this area) and explain the process and likely outcomes. I endorse Jonathan without reservation.”

    -Attorney William Sussman

    A powerhouse of a criminal defense attorney who provides vigorous and effective representation to clients facing criminal charges.

    “Jonathan Blecher is a powerhouse of a criminal defense attorney who provides vigorous and effective representation to clients facing criminal charges. He is especially knowledgeable in DUI defense and the inner workings of the State Attorney’s Office. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to a colleague or potential client.”

    -Attorney Daniel Silver

    Jonathan Burton Blecher is one of the top attorneys in his field.

    “Jonathan Burton Blecher is one of the top attorneys in his field. He is extremely knowledgeable, skillful, and knows the ins-and-outs of the law. However, this is not what makes him great. His most valuable asset is his strong conviction for what he does. I endorse this lawyer’s work.”

    -Attorney Kevin McKie

    Miami, FL Crime Lawyer

    If you’ve been arrested for a crime in Miami, Florida, or possibly under investigation, you need to take the matter seriously. Call Jonathan Blecher immediately to discuss your case.