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  • Fort Lauderdale Office

    Address

    101 N.E. Third Avenue
    Suite 1500
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

    Phone

    954-467-8989

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Mr. Merlino helped me over a 3+ year period. I found myself in a federal healthcare fraud case. He held my hand through all the ups and downs. He didn’t sugar coat anything and was always straight and to the point. His vast knowledge of...
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  • 5.0/5.0

    Mr. Merlino was amazing from start to finished. I was extremely nervous at first but he helped me feel better the whole way through. Got me the exact results i was looking for. When we went to court and he spoke it felt amazing. This was my...
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  • 5.0/5.0

    Richard Merlino is by far the best lawyer in all of South Florida. He makes sure to explain everything and makes sure that you understand it or understand what's going on. He has helped me and family with alot!! Thank you so much for everyt...
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  • 5.0/5.0

    WE HAD A GREAT EXPERIENCE WITH RICHARD MERLINO. HIRING AN EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY IS CRITICAL. FOUND HIM TO BE KIND,COMPASSIONATE,CARING,RESPONSIVE AND VERY KNOWLEDGABLE. HIS OFFICE ALWAYS VERY HELPFUL AND FRIENDLY. I WOULD HIGHLY REOMMEND HI...
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  • 5.0/5.0

    I would absolutely recommend Mr. Merlino if you needed an attorney to represent you. His name was given to us by a close family member. What a great guy! He immediately met with us (and his investigator) several times to gather all the inf...
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Accomplished Florida Defense Attorney Protects Clients’ Rights

Proactive Fort Lauderdale law firm looks into circumstances surrounding serious criminal charges

If you’re facing prosecution for a crime, an experienced defense attorney with an in-depth understanding of Florida criminal law can help. Since 1997, Richard A. Merlino Criminal Defense Law has represented Fort Lauderdale clients accused of wrongdoing. I seek to have charges dismissed or reduced for people accused of homicide, gun and weapons crimes, sex crimes, white collar crimes, and more. You can count on me to aggressively stand up for your rights and pursue the results you need in your case.

Experienced lawyer defends clients charged with breaking the law

During more than 20 years of trying cases, I have earned the trust of my clients by providing:

  • Aggressive advocacy — I’ve seen how life-altering a criminal conviction can be and will work aggressively toward the best possible outcome for you.
  • Strategic counsel — I’ll scrutinize all the facts surrounding your charges, apply a well-thought-out defense strategy and provide valuable advice.
  • Respected representation — Richard Merlino has earned an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® for his high ethical standards and professional ability.

My background includes handling criminal defense cases in both state and federal courts.

Comprehensive representation for individuals accused of criminal offenses

I exclusively practice criminal defense, which affords me exceptional insight into cases involving:

  • Federal crimes — I handle cases in federal courts, including those involving money laundering and other white collar crimes and those occurring on federal property. Defending clients against federal crimes requires a proactive approach and specific knowledge of how the federal justice system works and the nuances of the relevant laws — I can provide both.
  • Parole and probation violations — If you have been accused of violating your parole or probation, I will protect your right to due process and fight against revocation.  
  • Gun and weapons crimes — People found to have used a gun or other weapon to commit a crime face much tougher penalties than if a weapon had not been involved. I’ll seek a reduced sentence, dismissal or acquittal.  
  • Sex crimes — If you’re convicted of a sex crime, in addition to prison time and other penalties, you may have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. I will review the accusations against you and explore possible defenses.
  • Homicide — There are different degrees of homicide charges in Florida — from first degree murder to involuntary manslaughter. I understand what constitutes each degree and will assert this knowledge at trial in pursuit of what is in your best interests.

Note that a trial is not the only way to resolve a criminal case. Sometimes people accused of crimes choose to plea bargain instead. The right solution for your case will depend upon its unique circumstances.

Contact my Fort Lauderdale law firm for a free consultation

Richard A. Merlino Criminal Defense Law in Fort Lauderdale, Florida represents people accused of serious crimes. Call 954-317-9024 or contact me online for a free consultation.