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Facing any traffic ticket, no matter how minor, can be stressful and confusing. Even a speeding ticket can mean a heavy fine, a court appearance, and an increase in your insurance rates. An allegation of a more serious offense, such as hit and run or driving under the influence of alcohol, carries the possibility of much steeper consequences, including jail time and a mark on your criminal record. It's important not to underestimate the impact of any traffic ticket.

The attorneys of Meltzer & Bell, P.A. understand that their clients are probably feeling confusion, stress, and anxiety about the overwhelming process ahead of them. Both Lawrence Meltzer and Steven Bell strive to ensure that every client understands each step of the process and feels confident in each decision that is made. Through open communication and experienced guidance, they help their clients face a wide range of traffic violations in the Palm Beach County area.

As a former felony special unit prosecutor, Lawrence Meltzer knows what his clients are up against, and Steven Bell uses his knowledge as a former Public Defender to proactively seek out favorable options for every situation. With decades of combined experience, they are ready to take on any challenging case.


Lawrence Meltzer earned his Bachelor's degree from American University before studying law at Nova Southeastern University. He gained 4 years of experience in the Broward County State Attorney's Office before practicing criminal defense in the private sector. He uses his insider's knowledge of Florida's courtrooms to confidently help clients choose the most beneficial option available to pursue.

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Steven Bell has nearly a decade of experience defending those charged with crimes throughout South Florida. After receiving his juris doctor from Nova Southeastern University, he served as a public defender in Broward County. He practiced at the felony division before leading the juvenile division as one of the youngest attorneys to do so. He now uses his experiences to aid those facing daunting traffic violations.

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Ari Golberg After being an Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County for 3 and half years, Ari Goldberg joined Meltzer & Bell, P.A. While Ari was at the State Attorney's Office, first he was assigned to the County Court Trial Division, where he served as a lead attorney. Some of his responsibilities were handling hundreds of cases, supervising other ASA's, and making filing decisions on all DUI's assigned to his division.

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Matthew Shafran is a former felony prosecutor for the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County. He served in the Felony Trial Division where he handled more than 150 felony cases, ranging from third-degree felony offenses to some of the most serious first-degree felony charges. His experience on both sides of the law can be beneficial when helping clients fight both serious and minor traffic charges.

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Howard J. Schumacher lends his experience to clients as an of counsel attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. With more than 25 years as a practicing attorney, including federal appeals, he is able to confidentially advise clients on any options that are available to them.

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Client Testimonials for Meltzer & Bell, P.A.
Client Testimonials
  • ...A long weekend vacation in Palm Beach resulted in the potential for serious consequences that could have set me back in unimaginative ways. M+B was a truly incredible legal advocate and was always accessible within minutes to answer questions and discuss the progress of the case within the system - truly remarkable. I could not have retained better legal representation in my case in Palm Beach County.

    Anonymous
  • I just had to commend you on the outstanding job you did on behalf of your client in court yesterday. If my clients were ever to ask me if I know of a good DUI defense attorney, I know to whom I can refer them!

    A.A.
  • I was facing hard prison time and punishment. [Larry] did everything to pull strings and get me into rehab. After meeting with many therapists I finally got one to diagnose me successfully with Bipolar. Thanks to Larry I have been sober since 6/19/09. My health is great and my family life is amazing. It's because he saw something in me and my family that I wasn't just an alcoholic there was something that told me it was something else.

    A.P.
  • I was charged with a felony and facing the scary thought of losing my job, but thank you Attorney Steven Bell for helping me. Now I’m able to keep my job and take care of my family. I am truly amazed by your service, and you for understanding what I have to deal with. To me I’m very impressed by way you handled my case and was here to listen and make things OK!

    Y.E.
  • Mr. Steven Bell, Words cant explain how thankful I am for you and your firm. I was facing felony charges and even looking at doing 5 years in jail! Not only did you fight for me, you got my case dismissed and dropped. For that, I don't have words to say “thank you” you were always kind and believed in me. You looked for every opportunity and you won! Thank you for being my guardian angel in disguise and steering me in the right direction. You are forever my “too go guy” thank you soooo much!

    A.L.
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