A Legacy of Results

Devoted Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Lawyers

Please refrane from dropping your normal content into the header box above this one. I know that it's slightly incovenient to have to break up your content, but the semantics are better that way.

It's also be great if you can clear this content out if you don't plan to use it for the site. Thanks ;)

  • State v. J.M. (sexual battery-victim helpless and fraudulent use of a credit card

    Sex Crimes

    J.M. was a young man accused of raping a young woman he was dating. He was also charged with stealing her credit cards and using them on a shopping spree. (multiple store purchases different days). After taking depositions, filing motions to exclude evidence and a full investigation of the case, Raisman & Raisman went to trial. At his first trial, Helene and Steven Raisman were able to exclude critical evidence which resulted in the State being unable to prove the fraudulent use of a credit card charge. The fraudulent credit card charge was dismissed by the judge but the jury could not reach a verdict and was hung on the sexual battery-victim helpless charge. After further aggressive litigation contesting the introduction of incriminating test messages sent by J.M., the case proceeded to trial for a second time on the sexual battery-victim helpless charge. At the second trial, the State argued J.M. drugged and raped the alleged victim. Helene Raisman was able to get the victim to agree with her, during cross-examination, that she could have consented to having sex with J.M. The jury found J.M. NOT GUILTY of the rape case despite the damaging text messages. J.M. WALKED OUT OF THE COURTROOM WITH THE ATTORNEYS!
    Read moreless
  • State v. J.P. (STAND YOUR GROUND case)

    Weapons Charges

    Client was charged with discharging a firearm in public after shooting at multiple people during an altercation outside of his apartment complex. The case was dismissed with prejudice after we demonstrated that the shooting was justified under the Stand Your Ground statute.
    Read moreless
  • State v. B.P. (child abuse investigation)

    Violent Crimes

    A businessman was investigated for child abuse. Steven successfully convinced numerous law enforcement agencies NOT to pursue the case and no charges were ever filed.
    Read moreless
  • State v. D.J. (domestic violence prosecution)

    Domestic Violence

    C.C. was investigated for battery involving her husband. Helene Raisman immediately went to work and discovered that there was no battery at all but, rather, a jealous husband who lied to the police about his wife hitting him because he was upset about finding text messages his wife exchanged with a male co-worker. Helene Raisman interviewed the husband who admitted his wife did not hit him. Upon obtaining the accuser's statement Helene successfully convinced the State not to file charges in the case.
    Read moreless
  • State v. L.W. (domestic violence case)

    Domestic Violence

    Our client was a long time postal employee near retirement accused of committing a battery on his ex-wife after an argument about their toddler child in common. If he was convicted of domestic violence battery he would lose his job and pension. When the police arrived on scene the victim told them that L.W. hit her in the face with a closed fist multiple times and put her in a choke hold to the point where she could not breathe. She told an officer that she bit our client in order to escape. Based on the victim's account and visible swelling and redness on her face, the officer determined that L.W. was the aggressor and arrested him for domestic violence battery. Helene and Steven Raisman took depositions of the alleged victim and her teenage daughter who witnessed the incident and were able to uncover inconsistencies in their accounts of what happened. Additionally, we were able to demonstrate that our client had injuries as well when we obtained photographs taken by a crime scene investigator. On the morning of trial, right before the jury walked into the courtroom, the firm was able to bring about a favorable resolution to a disorderly conduct charge where the client paid a small fine. He kept his job and his pension with the postal service is safe.

    Read moreless
  • State v. A.V. (domestic violence case).

    Domestic Violence

    A.V. was a firearms instructor who was arrested and charged with battery of his spouse. His firearm license was immediately suspended by the Department of Agriculture. He was also ordered not to possess any firearms, as individuals simply accused of domestic violence are not allowed to own or possess firearms predating the case. Steven Raisman began an immediate investigation which revealed independent witnesses to the incident who directly contradicted the victim's account. Mr. Raisman also uncovered physical evidence from the scene that did not match the victim's story. After bringing all the information to the attention of the prosecutor, the charge was dropped and A.V.'s license was immediately reinstated.

    Read moreless
  • State v. L.R. (sexual battery prosecution).

    Sex Crimes

    L.R. was charged with sexual battery on the word of a very sick woman who claimed he drugged and violated her while she was helpless. After aggressive investigation and preparation, Helene Raisman's questioning of the victim resulted in her recanting her accusations and the very serious felony charges were dismissed.
    Read moreless
  • State v. A.D. (armed robbery prosecution- successful sentencing hearing).

    Theft Crimes

    A.D. was a twenty year old young man who was charged with armed robbery after he held a shotgun to the head of a jogger and stole her cash. Rasiman & Raisman recognized the young man suffered from mental health and substance abuse issues and had him evaluated by a psychologist to bring the whole story of his past to the attention of the victim and the prosecutor. A lengthy motion for departure sentence was filed after fully investigating our client's medical history. A sentence of probation with mental health treatment in a residential program was ordered and the young man received the help he needed even though the guidelines called for a lengthy prison sentence.
    Read moreless
  • State v. S.S. and P.S. (organized scheme to defraud and grand theft).

    Theft Crimes

    Clients were arrested and accused of being the ringleaders in a huge fraud case and of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from wealthy victims while they were acting as Romani psychics. The team obtained a dismissal of all charges in exchange for paying restitution after demonstrating the victims were not deprived of any money or property.
    Read moreless
  • State v. C.D. (battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence).

    Assault & Battery

    A young man was charged with serious felonies after getting into an argument with police officers at his apartment complex. One of the officers claimed that after he placed a handcuff on C.D., he purposely swung his arm and hit the officer in the head with the handcuff causing a laceration and bleeding. C.D. was also charged with kicking several other officers on scene. After taking depositions of all the officers on scene, listing our own defense witnesses and extensive investigation into the officers Internal Affairs investigations regarding excessive use of force, the Firm was able to bring about a favorable resolution to a misdemeanor and a small fine.
    Read moreless
  • State v. R.D. (driving under the influence).

    DUI

    R.D. was stopped for speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour and arrested for DUI. According to four different police officers he performed poorly on field sobriety exercises and refused a breath test. After a trial, a jury found R.D. not guilty.
    Read moreless
  • State v. W.W. (driving under the influence).

    DUI

    Client was stopped by police for failure to maintain a single lane and speeding. The client was given field sobriety exercises and accoding to the police, he failed all exercises. After Helene Raisman cross-examined the arresting officer, it took the jury less than ten minutes to return a verdict of NOT GUILTY!
    Read moreless
  • State v. G.S. (driving under the influence with accident).

    DUI

    Client was charged with his third DUI and was involved in a very serious accident where multiple vehicles were damaged. Client was taken to the hospital where blood was drawn. Raisman & Raisman successfully argued that it was illegal to draw the client's blood because having him take a breath test was not impractical. The Judge agreed and the DUI was DISMISSED!
    Read moreless
  • State v. S.R. (grand theft).

    Theft Crimes

    Client was not a U.S. citizen and could not lose the case or she would be deported. Raisman & Raisman was able to get the client into a diversion program and her case was eventually dismissed. Client suffered NO ADVERSE IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES as a result of her arrest and is now a U.S. citizen.
    Read moreless
  • State v. C.P. (appellate victory- driving under the influence).

    DUI

    C.G. was arrested for DUI after he was stopped for driving erratically through an alley late at night where several burglaries had occurred. We filed a motion to suppress indicating the officer had no legal right to stop his vehicle. The trial court denied our motion and we filed an appeal to the Circuit Court. The Circuit Court reversed the ruling and sent the case down to be dismissed.

    Read moreless
  • State v. A.G. (driving under the influence with accident and .224 blood test result).

    DUI

    A college student was involved in a multi-car accident on the turnpike. He sustained life threatening injuries for which he was air lifted to the hospital and remained for a month. Troopers had hospital staff obtain blood samples for them and also obtained blood samples that were taken by the hospital for medical purposes. We filed motions to suppress indicating that police did not follow proper procedures in obtaining both the police blood and the hospital blood. The Judge agreed, granted both motions, and the case was dismissed.
    Read moreless
  • State v. A.G. (workers compensation).

    White Collar Crimes

    A.G. was charged with having no workers compensation insurance for his employees. In negotiations with several agencies, Raisman & Raisman was able to get A.G. into a diversion program and three months later all charges were dismissed. Client was then able to expunge his arrest history.
    Read moreless
  • State v. M.R. (organized scheme to defraud and grand theft).

    Theft Crimes

    A young lady was charged with organized scheme to defraud her employer, a dentist, where she worked as an office manager and bookkeeper. The client was charged with stealing a large amount of money over a lengthy period of time. M.R. hired Raisman & Raisman early on in her case. We meticulously reviewed all of the financial records provided to the State by the employer to prove the fraud. We successfully convinced the State of Florida that M.R. was not the only individual who had access to the accounts and pointed out serious deficiencies in the case. The State agreed ALL CHARGES WERE DROPPED without the client ever having to attend court!
    Read moreless
  • State v. V.N. (driving under the influence over .20 breath test).

    DUI

    Our client was a medical student accused of enhanced DUI because he blew more than two times the legal limit on the breath test. He was facing disciplinary action from his medical school and potential inability to obtain his medical degree if he was convicted of DUI. After depositions of the officers involved in his arrest, we learned that the arresting officer had improperly warned V.N. of his rights pertaining to a breath test. We filed a motion to exclude the breath test which was granted. The State dropped the charges and the client obtained his medical degree with no adverse consequences.
    Read moreless
  • State v. F.R. (sexual exploitation and traveling to meet a minor).

    Sex Crimes

    Our client owned his own insurance agency and faced losing his business license and a long prison sentence if convicted. Detectives, posing as a 13 year old girl, engaged in sexually explicit chats with F.R. over the internet. He was charged with attempting to induce a minor to engage in sex when he set up a meeting at a park. The State was seeking a lengthy prison sentence and wanted F.R. designated a sexual predator with lifetime monitoring by law enforcement. The Firm filed novel pre-trial motions raising the defense of entrapment in the internet chat setting. The case ended up being resolved whereby F.R. was not designated a sexual predator, the charges were amended to attempted child abuse and F.R. was able to retain his professional license to sell insurance.
    Read moreless
  • State v. C.M. (financial exploitation of the elderly- trial and appellate victory).

    White Collar Crimes

    C.M. charged with two different counts involving stealing money from her employer who was 73 years old and suffered from dementia while she took care of her as a home health aide. The victim's family wanted C.M. prosecuted vigorously and sent to prison for abusing the trust they had placed in her to care for their mother. An aggressive investigation was launched into the victim's medical and financial records. After exhaustive investigation and preparation, Steven Raisman was able to get the victim's own doctor to agree, on the witness stand at trial, that she had the capacity to control her own finances. A jury found C.M. not guilty of theft from one of the victim's bank accounts, but guilty of stealing money from another account. On appeal, the second conviction was reversed as the not guilty at trial prevented a finding of theft on the other.

    Read moreless
  • State v. A.G. (driving under the influence with accident).

    DUI

    A.G. was a law student studying to take the bar exam when he was charged with DUI causing a serious accident. After depositions, motions and a full investigation of the case, Helen Raisman convinced the State to dismiss all the charges.
    Read moreless
  • State v. J.F. (purchase of cocaine)

    Drug Crimes

    Our client, a young man, was charged with purchasing cocaine from an undercover detective. Despite the fact that the detective testified that J.F. initiated and negotiated the drug deal with him, J.F. was found not guilty.
    Read moreless
  • State v. J.D. (indecent assault)

    Assault & Battery

    J.D. was charged with molesting his step daughter over a lengthy period of time. After aggressive litigation and investigation. Steven Raisman secured a not guilty verdict on all charges.
    Read moreless
  • State v. J.V. (insurance fraud)

    White Collar Crimes

    Client was arrested and charged with fraud stemming from making a false claim to an insurance company. If she was convicted of this felony, she would lose her nursing license, which was immediately suspended. After researching the case history, taking statements from the alleged victim and pointing out the weaknesses of their case, Helene Raisman was able to convince the State Attorney's Office to dismiss the case. Her nursing license was immediately reinstated. J.V. was extremely happy that we were also able to expunge her arrest history and she is still working as a nurse to this day.
    Read moreless
  • State v. N.R. (driving under the influence).

    DUI

    N.R. was charged with DUI as a second offender. The client was involved in an accident in the parking lot of a nightclub. The police officer who responded to the scene gave him a break and told him to leave his vehicle parked and not to drive anymore that evening because he believed N.R. was drunk. Thirty minutes later, N.R. got into his car and began to drive out of the parking lot as the officer watched and waited. He was immediately stopped by the same officer and arrested for the DUI. This case was a clinic on extensive investigation and the use of the pre-trial motion. After taking depositions and conducting an Internal Affairs check on the officer involved, Helene Raisman filed over 10 pre-trial motions. After hearing the motions and Helene's arguments, the Judge granted them and the case was DISMISSED!
    Read moreless
  • State v. A.F. (possession of cocaine).

    Drug Crimes

    Another team win! After filing a motion to suppress due to an illegal stop and frisk, Raisman & Raisman was able to convince the State of Florida to drop the charge.
    Read moreless
  • State v. J.B. (driving under the influence with a .18 breath test)

    DUI

    J.B. was charged with driving under the influence. He took a breath test and blew a .18, more than double the legal limit. After a jury trial, Helene and Steven Raisman were able to convince a jury to find J.B. not guilty.
    Read moreless
  • State v. A.N. (discharging firearm from vehicle).

    Weapons Charges

    A.N. was arrested for discharging a firearm from a vehicle in the crowded parking lot of a nightclub. After discussions with the State Attorney's Office, Steven Raisman was able to convince the State NOT to file this serious felony charge which would have cost the client his business license. A misdemeanor charge was filed and the client's arrest history was sealed with no revocation of business license.
    Read moreless
  • State v. R.D. (burglary).

    Theft Crimes

    A young man with a documented history of mental health issues was charged with burglary of a home. This charge mandates a prison sentence in the State of Florida. The Firm worked hard with the family to document that R.D. had a long history of mental health issues. Although the victim wanted to see R.D. sent to jail for entering his home and stealing his property, Helene Raisman was able to convince the State that R.D. was suffering from his mental illness at the time of the burglary, needed treatment and did not deserve to be sent to prison. R.D. did not get sent to prison, received the mental health treatment he needed and was not convicted of a felony.

    Read moreless
  • State v. R.M. (robbery).

    Theft Crimes

    R.M. was charged with robbery from a person over 65 years of age. After a trial with Helene and Steven Raisman, a jury found him not guilty.
    Read moreless
  • State v. T.D. (burglary).

    Theft Crimes

    This case turned on the accuracy of identifications. The jury agreed with Steven Raisman and found T.D. not guilty, even though two police officers and the victim identified him as the perpetrator who broke into her car.
    Read moreless
  • State v. A.D. (aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence).

    Assault & Battery

    Our client was charged with threatening and cutting an officer who was trying to arrest him at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino with a knife. The incident was witnessed by several hotel employees, other police officers and captured on surveillance footage which we obtained and played for the jury at trial. After taking depositions (sworn statements) and a full investigation of the case, Helene and Steven Raisman were able to convince the jury to find A.D. NOT GUILTY of all charges.
    Read moreless
  • State v. J.F. (possession of a firearm by a convicted felon).

    Weapons Charges

    J.F. was stopped while driving his car without a tag light. After the initial stop, the officer indicated he smelled the odor of marijuana and held J.F. at the scene of the traffic stop until the car could be searched by another officer and a K-9 dog. A search of the vehicle revealed a firearm. Leaving no stone unturned, the team fully investigated the case and obtained radio communications between the officers involved in the traffic stop and search. We filed a motion to suppress indicating that the police had no lawful reason to stop and search the vehicle. The State fought hard against the motion. After an evidentiary hearing, the Judge granted the motion to suppress and the case was dismissed.
    Read moreless
  • State v. A.Z. (child molestation and sexual battery investigation).

    Sex Crimes

    An international businessman was charged with molesting and sexually battering his girlfriend's 12 year old child. The client hired the Firm very early in the investigation. A.Z. told us that he was rarely alone with the child who was becoming increasingly jealous of his relationship with her mother. The client was adamant that he was innocent. We retained a qualified polygrapher (expert who administers what is commonly referred to as a lie detector test) for our client. A.Z. passed the test and showed no signs of deception. After aggressive litigation and investigation, Helene Raisman presented this and other evidence (mother's testimony) to the State Attorney's Office and was able to get the case NOT to be filed by showing that A.Z. was innocent of all charges. The client was extremely grateful to get his life back after an emotional couple of months.
    Read moreless
  • State v. C.J. (driving under the influence with serious accident/injuries).

    DUI

    C.J. was charged with DUI and causing a motor vehicle accident involving serious and permanent injuries to the other driver and his passenger. Helene and Steven Raisman tried this case. After trial, a jury found C.J. NOT GUILTY!
    Read moreless
  • State v. M.A. (DUI Manslaughter).

    DUI

    Female client with six young children was charged with DUI Manslaughter and DUI property damage. Raisman & Raisman was the third law firm she hired to represent her. All previous attorneys told M.A. she had no chance of winning due to the overwhelming evidence against her and that she should plead guilty and accept the 10 years in Florida State Prison sentence she was offered by the State. Our Firm went right to work on the case and started from the beginning by examining the accident scene, spending hundreds of hours pouring over police reports, witness statements and hiring experts to challenge every theory of the State's case. After the Firm filed over 20 pre-trial motions challenging the testimonial, physical and scientific evidence against M.A., the case proceeded to trial. After a two week trial, M.D. was found NOT GUILTY of ALL CHARGES!

    Read moreless
  • State v. M.S. (driving under the influence/the well-publicized no pants case).

    DUI

    This young female client was at a party where she was thrown into a pool with all her clothes on. She took off all her wet clothes, borrowed a t-shirt and drove home. Unfortunately, she was stopped for running a red light and eventually arrested for DUI. The client blew double the legal limit on the breath test, a .16. Helene Raisman was able to show the jury how unprofessional the male officer who arrested M.S. was during the DUI investigation and arrest. The officer did not permit M.S. to put on her panties and pants and paraded her into the police station and jail in only her t-shirt. The jury agreed this unethical conduct violated the client's rights and found her NOT GUILTY of the DUI despite the very high breath test results!
    Read moreless
  • State v. C.C. (regarding alleged domestic violence).

    Domestic Violence

    C.C. was investigated for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (knife) and battery involving his wife. Steven Raisman successfully convinced the State Attorney's Office NOT to pursue the case and no charges were ever filed.
    Read moreless
  • State v. J.I. (marijuana "grow house" case).

    Drug Crimes

    J.I. was a young college student and athlete charged with armed trafficking in marijuana after police executed a search warrant and found over 2,000 pounds of marijuana and firearm. He was facing i life sentence. After extensive investigation into the police investigation, the Firm filed a motion to suppress contesting the validity of the search warrant. We also had the marijuana re-weighed and it did not meet the threshold required by the statute for an enhanced penalty. Our exhaustive work also revealed irregularities and problems in the testing procedures used by the crime laboratory in evaluating the evidence, some of which was destroyed. We also filed a motion to dismiss contesting the amount of marijuana used to prosecute J.I. After a two day evidentiary hearing, the Judge granted our motions to suppress and dismiss and the State immediately appealed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal. In this complete victory for our client, after the case was briefed by Raisman & Raisman, the Fourth District agreed with us that the motions were properly granted and rejected the State's appeal. The client's case was dismissed, his arrest history expunged and he is now the CEO of a successful internet technology firm.

    Read moreless
  • State v. J.D. (doctor shopping prosecution).

    Drug Crimes

    In a total victory for our client, Helene and Steven Raisman successfully obtained the dismissal of all charges against a young man who was charged with multiple counts of doctor shopping and withholding information from doctors in order to illegally obtain massive amount of prescription narcotics. The team filed a unique motion demonstrating that detectives improperly obtained information from doctors and pharmacies that led to the charges. The State had no option but to concede the motion to dismiss and all charges were dropped. Since this case, the Firm is regularly contacted on such cases and represents clients charged with doctor shopping involving pain medication such as oxycodone, oxycontin, hydrocodone, etc. The Firm takes great pride in defending these cases.
    Read moreless
  • State v L.D. (RICO and organized scheme to defraud prosecution).

    White Collar Crimes

    L.D. was charged with embezzling an enormous amount of money from her employer over a three year period. The scheme involved a complex company computer program and the internet. L.D. insisted that she was completely innocent and would never plead guilty to charges she did not commit. After working with L.D. over several months, Raisman & Raisman reviewed over 500 boxes of financial documents supplied by her former employer to detectives that documented the fraud, including thousands of emails and invoices. After taking a two day, twenty hour deposition, the Firm was able to demonstrate that the employer manipulated documentation. After demonstrating all of the discrepancies in the employer's records and testimony, the State Attorney's Office DROPPED ALL CHARGES!
    Read moreless
  • State v. H.A. (maliciously disseminating information of sexually transmitted disease and child abuse).

    Sex Crimes

    In the first of its kind case to proceed to trial in the State of Florida, Helene and Steven Raisman obtained a not guilty verdict in the trial of a of a businessman who was charged with maliciously disseminating information of a woman's sexually transmitted disease, child abuse, stalking and battery. The seldom prosecuted charge involved an ex-boyfriend, H.A., being accused of making a woman's life a "living hell" while distributing fliers headlined DISEASE CARRIER and indicating that she transmitted an STD to him and her other sexual partners. The fliers were made from a sexually explicit video the couple made during their relationship. The fliers were distributed at her son's school (the child abuse charges) and faxed to her workplace. The video was sent to her neighbors and employer. H.A. was also accused by the woman of stalking and battery. He was found not guilty of both these charges as well. The case and verdict were extensively covered by the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and television media outlets. The case and video are still widely discussed at the courthouse today.
    Read moreless
  • State v. K.R. (attempted murder of a law enforcement officer).

    Violent Crimes

    One of the Firm's landmark cases. Helene and Steven Raisman led the defense to victory - not guilty verdicts across the board on charges of attempted murder, resisting an officer with violence and trespass. After a two week long trial, the jury acquitted on attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence charges in less than half a day. The trespass charge was dismissed on appeal. Raisman & Raisman was able to show that this was not attempted murder at all. K.R. was celebrating his birthday with his family at a night club. After being asked to leave by law enforcement, an argument ensued and K.R. and his family were escorted from the premises. When the officers believed that they were not leaving quickly enough, a fight ensued which led to accusations that K.R. strangled the officer, pulled his firearm from his holster and fired the weapon at him. The officer identified K.R. at trial as the person who choked him, pulled his weapon and attempted to kill him. The jury found K.R. not guilty, and after they announced their verdict, the jury hugged the lawyers and client.

    Read moreless

Speak to Our Dedicated Defense Team

    • Please enter your name.
    • This isn't a valid phone number.
      Please enter your phone number.
    • This isn't a valid email address.
      Please enter your email address.
    • Please make a selection.
    • Please enter a message.
Get Your Free Case Consultation