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Rachel Newman

Attorney At Law

Rachel completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 2001. She furthered her education at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, where she was awarded a Juris Doctor degree in 2005. During her law studies, she was distinguished with the “Book Award” for achieving the highest grade in her evidence class, which had around 100 students.

While attending law school, Rachel was involved in a 2002 summer program focusing on International Human Rights at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica. Additionally, she interned with the ACLU and Coast to Coast Legal Aid, advocating for domestic violence victims in family law cases and restraining order proceedings. In 2006, after a brief stint in the private sector, she embarked on her career in criminal defense, joining the Public Defender’s Office in Broward County.

Over a span of 17 years as an assistant public defender, Rachel defended thousands of clients in county, juvenile, and felony courts. In 2016, she ascended to the role of division chief in the felony division, leading and mentoring around 30 felony attorneys. Her tenure includes managing complex and high-profile cases in Broward County’s major crimes division.

Rachel has been featured on various media outlets including CourtTV, ABC Local 10, WSVN 7 News Miami, the Law and Crime Network, and the Sun Sentinel. She has also served as the lead counsel in death penalty cases.

Active in professional circles, Rachel is part of the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and serves as Board Secretary for Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

Criminal Defense Expertise at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.

Rachel Newman has over 18 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. With a steadfast commitment to her clients and a down-to-earth approach, she navigates the complexities of criminal law, ensuring clarity and support through critical moments. Rachel’s unique handling of each case, regardless of its magnitude, underscores her extensive experience and dedication to justice.

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Early Intervention Success: Robbery with a Weapon, Aggravated Battery with a Weapon, and Felony Battery

Upon joining Meltzer & Bell, P.A., Rachel was immediately impactful, exemplified by her defense of Hugo, who faced severe charges including Robbery with a Weapon, Aggravated Battery with a Weapon, and Felony Battery. The incident arose from a dispute at Hugo’s Airbnb business, where an uninvited former guest initiated a confrontation. Rachel’s proactive evidence gathering and communication with the State Attorney’s Office highlighted Hugo’s self-defense and the provocations by the accuser. Her persuasive defense led to the dismissal of all charges against Hugo.

Pre-Filing Stage Victory: Burglary with a Battery

Another significant achievement in Rachel’s career came with the case of A.L., a former prosecutor and attorney from New York, who was arrested for Burglary with a Battery. Understanding the gravity of the charge, Rachel acted swiftly to secure A.L.’s release on bail. She provided compelling evidence and testimony to the State, proving the arrest was unwarranted and that the alleged victim was at fault. The case was favorably resolved with the dropping of all charges, preserving A.L.’s career and reputation.

Litigation Mastery: DUI and felony possession of cannabis

Rachel’s legal acumen is further demonstrated in court, as seen in the case of Felix, arrested for DUI and felony possession of cannabis. After reviewing the bodycam footage, Rachel identified a lack of reasonable suspicion for the DUI investigation. Her successful Motion to Suppress led to the suppression of all evidence and dismissal of the charges, avoiding severe penalties for Felix.

Rachel Newman’s approach is characterized by a serious commitment to her clients, thorough preparation, and a robust defense strategy, making her an invaluable asset to anyone facing criminal charges. Her record speaks to a deep understanding of both the stakes and the law, ensuring that justice is not only sought but served.

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