Miami Criminal Defense Attorney With Over 30 Years of Experience. Former State Prosecutor, AV Rated, 10.0 AVVO
Skilled Former Prosecutor & Aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyer
After graduating from the University of Florida, College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice in 1978, I went on to earn my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida, College of Law in 1981.
In the beginning of my career, I represented the State of Florida in felony prosecutions in cases ranging from DUI to murder, serving as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County from 1981 to 1984. I then worked as the Senior Trial Attorney at Essen & Essen, P.A. until 1992, when I opened my own defense firm - Jonathan Blecher, P.A. In addition to my legal practice, I have led seminars instructing attorneys regarding DUI and Criminal Defense and given lectures on courtroom procedure for police officers at the Miami-Dade County Police Academy. I also speak to various professional and civic groups about DUI defense and criminal law practice.
I have been a member of the Florida Bar since 1982 and am admitted to practice before all Florida courts in addition to the:
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
Eastern District of Michigan
I am a proud member of and contributor to the following legal organizations:
National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National College for DUI Defense
American Civil Liberties Union
Judge, University of Miami Law School Mock Trial Competition
As a result of my courtroom skills and dedication to clients, I have been awarded the Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell®. This is an honor that is based on Client Review Ratings obtained from past clients for the purpose of assisting those charged with DUI who are in need of a defense attorney.
My experience is enhanced by my background of and ongoing involvement in various organizations that taught me skills I continue to use today. These organizations include:
Business Network International
Florida Lawyers Network, Coral Gables Chapter, President
Florida Blue Key, University of Florida
Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Life Member
Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
Order of the Arrow