Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorneys

Galanter Law

110 East Broward Boulevard
Suite 1700

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Phone(954) 524-6600
Fax (954) 760-9040

Law Firm Overview

The Law Offices of Yale L. Galanter, P.A. is a criminal defense law firm located in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The attorneys at the law firm have been able to achieve successful results for their clients through aggressive negotiation and effective litigation.



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Articles Published by Galanter Law

 Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Florida

Leaving the scene of an accident is against the law in Florida. To help illustrate the relevant laws, check out the following hypothetical examples:

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 House Arrest: Florida’s Community Control Program

The Florida Community Control Program places offenders under house arrest or electronic surveillance as an alternative to a traditional incarceration sentence.

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 Charged with Domestic Violence?

When most people think of domestic violence, they think of some sort of physical confrontation between husband and wife or romantic partners. While this is true, keep in mind that the definition of domestic violence of Florida is very expansive and includes many other types of criminal actions.

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 How to Beat a Reckless Driving Ticket

Unlike speeding tickets, which are considered to be civil violations a reckless driving charge is defined as a criminal offense and comes with more, and more severe penalties. One will not be able to simply pay a fine and move on with their life if they are charged with a willful or wanton act.

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 Shoplifting in Florida - What is the Law?

Many people view shoplifting as a crime that is not that serious. To the contrary, shoplifting in Florida is looked at by the court of law very seriously. A shoplifting conviction can follow you around for the rest of your life and can affect your employment opportunities, standing in the community, and your ability to get credit.

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 Careless Driving vs. Reckless Driving in Florida: What’s the Difference?

While people frequently use the terms “reckless driving” and “careless driving” interchangeably, there is actually a huge difference between these two offenses in Florida.

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 Careless Driving Ticket in Fort Lauderdale or Miami

If you have received a careless driving ticket in Broward or Miami-Dade County, you probably got the ticket due to being involved in an automobile accident where the officer investigating the accident found you to be at fault or the cause of the crash. A careless driving charge in Florida carries a four point penalty against your license. If you pay the ticket outright, these points will be assessed on your license, which will cause your car insurance rates to increase.

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 Your Traffic Ticket Lawyer for Fort Lauderdale and Miami

Everyone wants to know: “Should I hire a lawyer when I get a speeding ticket?” The answer to this question is a resounding “Yes!”

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 What to Do if Pulled over for Suspicion of Driving under the Influence

What do I do if I get pulled over and have had a little bit too much to drink and think I’m about to be arrested for driving under the influence?

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 Miami Traffic Ticket Attorney

You’re going to need an experienced Miami traffic ticket attorney if you’re been issued a Miami-Dade traffic citation for speeding, running a red light, or some other non-criminal moving violation.

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 Driving with a Suspended License – Traffic Ticket Defense

One of the first things you should do if you get arrested for driving with a suspended license in Florida is figure out why your license was suspended in the first place. There are many reasons why your license can be suspended; however, these are some of the most common reasons:

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 Miami Drug Crime Attorney

If you’ve been arrested in South Florida for any type of drug crime, whether it’s for simple possession such as having a small amount of marijuana in your car or for a major drug crime such as drug trafficking, you need to call a Miami criminal defense attorney or Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney immediately.

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 Traffic Violations

So you’re the lucky recipient of a traffic ticket for speeding, running a red light, or some other traffic violation in Fort Lauderdale. Now what?

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 No Driver’s License Points: Protect Your Driving Privilege

Pop quiz: You’ve just been pulled over by a police officer and issued a Broward or Miami Dade traffic citation.

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 Passing a Stopped School Bus

Whether due to impatience, inattentiveness, or ignorance of the law, every day thousands of Florida drivers pass stopped school buses on the road.

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 Felony Traffic Offenses: What to Do if You Are Arrested?

Felony traffic offenses are the most serious type of criminal traffic offenses.

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 South Florida Business Journal Highlights One of Galanter Law’s Cases

The South Florida Business Journal wrote a story about the $6.1 million verdict we won for one of our clients. It was the largest punitive-damage award in U.S. history for an involuntary bankruptcy case.

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 Florida’s Cyberstalking Laws

While the Internet, email, smartphones, and the widespread usage of social media sites have improved our lives in many ways, they have also unfortunately become the breeding grounds for new types of crime.

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 How Defendants Should Dress for Court in South Florida

As a South Florida criminal lawyer with over 30 years of courtroom experience, I’ve seen thousands of criminal defendants come through the South Florida courts.

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 Contempt of Court Charges in Florida

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve surely caught wind of the viral news story about Miami’s bad girl du jour: the foul-mouthed, bird-flipping teen Penelope Soto. Here’s a recap of the infamous February 2013 courtroom incident:

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 Online Publication of Mugshots in Florida

A mugshot is a photographic portrait taken of a defendant by the police department after the defendant has been arrested and is in police custody. Typically, the arrestee will take one front-view photo and one-side view photo. The purpose of a mugshot is to provide law enforcement with a photographic database of all arrested individuals, which is then often used by victims and investigators for identification purposes.

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 How Not to Get Pulled over for a Traffic Ticket

There’s nothing quite like a traffic ticket to ruin your day…and your driving record, your bank account balance, and your insurance premium rates.

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 Got a Traffic Ticket? Here’s How to Avoid Points on Your Driver’s License

Picture this: your cruising down South Beach’s Ocean Drive, top down, music blaring, and hair whipping around in the ocean breeze, when out of nowhere you hear a blaring siren and see those telltale blue and red lights in your rearview mirror.

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 Classes of Felonies in Florida

Most states classify their felonies by class, ”a class D felony ” is a term that is often heard. Florida does not have Felonies that are classified by letter.

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 Misdemeanors and Finding a Job in South Florida

Finding a job with a criminal record can be very difficult. If you have had a misdemeanor in Miami, you need to understand the difficultly of finding a job and what to do about it.

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 The Attorney-Client Privilege in Florida

Communications between a client and his attorney are generally privileged under the attorney-client privilege, which is a legal and ethical concept that preserves the confidentiality of communications between a client and his attorney.

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 Using a Florida Public Defender for a DUI Case

South Florida drunk driving attorneys work on their clients behalf to do everything in their power to make sure that their clients stay out of jail.

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 Weird Fort Lauderdale Laws

The Law Offices of Yale L. Galanter, P.A. have been able to achieve successful results for their clients through aggressive negotiation and effective litigation. Our lawyers will ensure that you fully understand your rights, your options, and the consequences of your decisions.

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 Florida Ignition Interlock Device Laws

Traffic crime offenses in Miami, Florida can be categorized as both felonies and misdemeanors. The majority of traffic violations are considered civil infractions but there are cases where traffic offenses are deemed as criminal in nature.

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 Holiday DUI Checkpoints

Being charged with a DUI in South Florida has very serious repercussions. It is important to find a DUI defense attorney that will do everything in their power to ensure that a DUI conviction does not haunt you for the rest of your life. The best DUI defense attorneys in South Florida are often able to get a DUI charge expunged, leaving you with a license and a clean record to police and employers.

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 Field Sobriety Tests in Florida

In Florida, when a police officer pulls you over under the suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), the officer may ask you to take a field sobriety test. To learn about the three standardized field sobriety tests used in Florida and whether you can refuse to take such tests, read on below. After all, when it comes to your legal rights, knowledge is power.

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 Underage Possession of Alcohol in Florida: Your FAQs Answered

It’s no secret that South Florida is a party town. Between its idyllic beaches, recreational boating culture, vibrant nightlife, cultural and sporting events, and dozens of colleges and universities, it is certainly a fun area to live and play. Unfortunately, underage drinking is rampant. The police in South Florida take this problem very seriously and frequently make arrests for underage possession of alcohol.

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 Juvenile Fake ID Laws in Florida

Persons under the age of 21 in Florida will often purchase or make their own driver’s license or identification card with an altered or forged date of birth or use the driver’s license or identification card belonging to a sibling or friend over the age of 21 who they resemble. For more information, check out the following summary of the laws related to fake, false, or altered IDs in Florida:

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 You Don’t Have to Pay Traffic Tickets in Fort Lauderdale

If you have received a traffic ticket in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, or Miami Dade County, do not pay it. If you pay the ticket you will get points that will stay on your record for a long time. Your insurance rates will go up. Your driving privilege will be put in jeopardy. So don’t pay your traffic ticket. Want to avoid getting points for a traffic ticket in Fort Lauderdale?

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 The Effects of Refusing to Submit to DUI Testing In Florida

As a criminal defense lawyer in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, I get asked at every social event I go to “what happens if I get stopped for DUI “? The answer depends on whether you have been drinking and how much you have consumed. If you have had nothing to drink (and aren’t under the influence of any other substance) fully cooperate with the police, take all of the tests they ask you to, and answer all of their questions.

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 What to do When You are Pulled Over by the Police for a Traffic Stop

Follow these seven tips from a Miami traffic attorney if you are ever pulled over for a traffic stop. 1) Pull over at a safe location: If a police officer indicates for you to pull over, put on your turn signal to drive to the nearest, safe location and pull over. If possible, pull over as far to the right as you can, so that when the officer approaches your driver’s side window he will not have to worry about being hit by cars in the right lane.

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 Beware of DUI Checkpoints on Halloween

To keep the streets safe from drunk drivers this Halloween (Wednesday, October 31, 2012), the Miami-Dade police force is expected to put DUI patrols and sobriety checkpoints in place. The legality of DUI checkpoints in Florida is upheld by the federal Constitution and occur not just on holidays, but 15 to 20 times a month. In Florida, the county is not required to announce the location of the DUI checkpoint.

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 Alexis Wright the Zumba Teacher in Maine Faces a Prostitution Charge

If you have been charged with or are the subject of a prostitution investigation you need to hire a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney or a Miami criminal defense attorney immediately to help you navigate the prostitution laws in Florida. Alexis Wright is a 29 year old Zumba instructor who lives and works in Kennebunk, Maine. As she taught her Zumba classes she developed a side line of offering prostitution services to the men in her community.

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 Underage DUI Law in Florida

A recent study shows that in Florida, an estimated 83 traffic fatalities and 3,345 non-fatal traffic injuries were attributed to driving after underage drinking. One way the state is trying to combat the devastating traffic, health, and social problems associated with underage drinking is through its zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking.

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 BUI (Boating Under the Influence): Your FAQs Answered

Both residents that reside in Miami, Florida and tourists just visiting the extravagant city take advantage of the beauty by taking boats out on the water. While being on a boat is great fun many act irresponsibly mixing their boating experience with alcohol and ultimately find themselves getting charged with boating under the influence. Here are answers to common questions when charged with a BUI in Florida.

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 Five Differences Between DUI and BUI in Florida

Learn about the differences between a DUI and a BUI in the State of Florida from a Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer. - The Operator - Unlike a motor vehicle, a boat can be operated without a driver. When it comes to DUI (driving under the influence), it’s easy to tell who is driving or operating the motor vehicle—the person behind the wheel. However, when it comes to BUI (boating under the influence), it can be a little more difficult to determine who is operating the boat.

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 Charged With Boating Under the Influence?

Find out what to do if you are charged with boating under the influence in the State of Florida. The Florida courts take BUI charges seriously due, in part, to the unfortunate fact that Florida has more annual recreational boating deaths than any other state and that one third of these recreational boating fatalities are alcohol related.

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