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Broward County and Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Lawyers


Our lawyers include a State and Federal Nominee, Two(2) AV-Rated lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell, a lawyer recognized by Super Lawyers in multiple years, a Legal Elite in Florida Trend Magazine and a former Board member in the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.

Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Hollywood, Lighthouse Point, Margate


Criminal charges of any nature are extremely serious. For those that are facing a criminal offense, consequences such as hefty fines and imprisonment can be a very real concern. The costs of a conviction, or even an arrest, can really impact a person’s life, possibly limiting future career options, housing selections as well as creating other serious problems.

Those that have been charged with any criminal act, no matter how big or small, must have the representation of a criminal defense attorney who can protect them from enduring the worst criminal consequences. If you have been charged with a crime in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Lighthouse Point, Margate or elsewhere in Broward County, a Broward County Criminal Defense Attorney at Whittel & Melton can help you understand the challenges you are facing and provide you with the fullest protection possible.

Fort Lauderdale White Collar Crimes

While white collar crimes are often considered less serious than sex crimes or violent offenses, the penalties that are attached to a conviction for such an offense are quite severe. Those convicted of these crimes face the very real chance of being sent to prison for years and repaying tremendous fines.

White collar crimes can be charged as state or federal crimes. Regardless of the level of the charges, it is essential that those accused of white collar crimes have an attorney fighting in their corner to protect them against the charges they are facing. If you have been accused of a white collar crime in Broward County, a Criminal Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton knows what you are up against and just how damaging a conviction can be to your career and lifestyle.

At Whittel & Melton, we represent white collar criminal suspects in many different types of cases, including the following:

  • Health Care Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Immigration Law Violations
  • Counterfeiting
  • Mail Fraud
  • Wire Fraud
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Conspiracy
  • Identity Theft
  • Antitrust
  • Money Laundering

Any of the above crimes can carry considerable consequences for an individual who is found guilty of them. Keep in mind that the professional penalties of a white collar crime conviction can by far outweigh any court-ordered punishments. That is why you must have an aggressive Broward County Criminal Defense Attorney at Whittel & Melton on your side to help combat the allegations.

Broward County Sex Crime Allegations

Sex crimes are quite possibly some of the most serious crimes a person can be accused of. The penalties attached to a sex crimes conviction are often more severe than those associated with violent crimes, like murder or armed robbery. Furthermore, the social impact that a sex crimes conviction carries, mainly as a result of sex offender registration, can forever damage a person’s life.

If you have been accused of a sex crime in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Lighthouse Point, Margate and everywhere else in between, a Broward County Criminal Defense Attorney at Whittel & Melton understands the ramifications a conviction can have on your life.

At Whittel & Melton, we have the knowledge and resources to protect sex crime suspects in many different cases, and we stand ready to put our experience to work for you if your case involves:

  • Child Molestation
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Child Exploitation
  • Child Pornography Possession
  • Child Pornography Distribution/Transmission
  • Traveling to Meet a Minor
  • Voyeurism
  • Failure to Register as a Sexual Predator
  • Human Trafficking
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Internet Solicitation/Computer Sting Operation
  • Lewd and Lascivious Conduct
  • Prostitution

Violent Crimes

Violent crimes can vary in nature, but are usually very serious. While some violent offenses may only be classified as misdemeanors and others as felonies, the consequences of any violent crime can change your life forever. Prison time, fines, probation, community service and more may result from these types of crimes, and a criminal record that is associated with violent crime may have everlasting professional and social consequences.

Our Broward County Criminal Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton have helped clients in a variety of different criminal situations, which helps us determine successful legal strategies for clients in a broad range of violent crimes cases, including those involving:

  • Assault and Battery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Murder, Manslaughter or Homicide
  • Rape or Sexual Assault
  • Firearm and Weapons Charges
  • Armed Robbery
  • Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

Sadly, many people are quick to judge those accused of violent offenses, and presume an individual is guilty just based on the stigma surrounding violent crimes. For this reason alone, those accused of a violent crime must secure legal representation as soon as possible.

Contact Us

If you have been accused of any type of criminal offense, including a white collar crime, sex crime or violent crime, your rights and freedoms are in serious jeopardy. Contact a Broward County Criminal Defense Attorney at Whittel & Melton today at 561-367-8777 or reach us statewide and toll-free at 866-608-5529 to discuss your rights and options under the law in a completely free and confidential consultation.


Client Resources & Additional Information

The information listed below may be useful if you or someone close to you has been charged with a criminal offense in Broward County. Please remember to consult with us first before making any attempts to reach one of the parties listed below.

Howard C. Forman, Clerk of the Courts, Broward County 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
Clerk of the Courts
201 S.E. 6th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 831-6565

Broward County Department of Detention – Main Jail Bureau
555 SE 1st Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 831-5900

Broward County Government

Office of the State Attorney – 17th Judicial Circuit Broward County, Florida

Broward County Sheriff’s Office

Law Office of the Public Defender – Broward County

Dr. Brenda C. Snipes, Supervisor of Elections – Broward County

Broward County Records, Taxes and Treasury Division

Lori Parrish, Broward County Property Appraiser

Broward County Criminal Courthouses, State and Federal Cases

There are four Courthouse locations in Broward County; three Regional Courthouses and one Central Judicial Complex.

Judicial Complex
201 SE 6th Street, Ft Lauderdale, Fl. 33301

North Regional Courthouse
1600 West Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, Fl. 33442

West Regional Courthouse
100 N. Pine Island Road, Plantation, Fl. 33324

South Regional Courthouse
3550 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, Fl. 33021

Florida Fourth District Court of Appeals
1525 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401-2399
(561) 242-2000

Florida Supreme Court
500 South Duval Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

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