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Below are the results of actual criminal cases which were tried to conclusion by Michael A. Gottlieb, during a criminal jury trial.

Please note that these results are posted for the viewer’s education but are not an assurance that any prior successes or past results will apply in your case, nor can any prior successes be used, as an indication of your future success or results. Every case is different and all cases may result in a different conclusion than that stated or shown below. To obtain an opinion regarding your case, contact Michael A. Gottlieb Broward Criminal Lawyer for a free consultation.

 

Attempted Murder in the First Degree – Not Guilty

In this case involving the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, an elderly gentleman was violently attacked at the Galleria Mall. He was slashed with a machete, beaten and left for dead. He identified one of the attackers and the Defendant was identified by the co-felon.

Despite the identification evidence, this case proceeded to trial as the offender was Habitual qualified and looking at life in prison. Mr. Gottlieb attacked the credibility of the delayed identification witness and methodically, cross examined the elderly victim while still respecting his age, wisdom and vulnerability. The jury agreed that despite the alleged solid identification evidence, the State had not met their burden and the client was found not guilty.

 

Robbery with DNA – Not Guilty

In this case the Fort Lauderdale police received a tip of an impending robbery. They went to the scene minutes after. They found a black t-shirt and placed it into an evidence bag. Based upon the tip, they found the Defendant. They secured his baseball hat, and placed it into evidence.

The BSO crime lab tested the DNA found on the hat and that of the t-shirt worn over the robbers head at the scene and determined the DNA both belonged to the Defendant.

At trial, Mr. Gottlieb was the first to observe that the FLPD had comingled the DNA evidence, placing the hat and shirt in the same brown paper evidence bag. The DNA evidence was thus proved to be deficient. Despite the allegation that the robber took $400 dollars and the Defendant was found with $400 by calling the operator of the ATM, Mr. Gottlieb was able to prove that the denominations were wrong, the Defendant, a Career-qualified offender facing life in prison, was acquitted and found not guilty.

 

Grand Theft – Not Guilty

Mr. Gottlieb has tried numerous Grand Theft cases; this one in particular is significant because the client essentially admitted to temporarily depriving the victim of the money. Despite the admission of guilt, Mr. Gottlieb was able to develop a winning strategy that result in a not guilty verdict.

As the offense was a workplace offense, the defense involved confusion at the workplace as well as convincing the jury that the empoyer was complicit in the allegations. Additionally, this alleged theft took place in the “Free trade zone” of the Port of Everglades, so United States and Federal jurisdiction could have been invoked. However, Mr. Gottlieb tried this case, achieved a not guilty verdict, and allegations were again proved to be untrue.

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DUI – Not Guilty

Mr. Gottlieb has won numerous DUI trials. In this one particular case the allegation was of an accident with property damage and failure to use due care. Once again, after testing the State at a jury trial, Mr. Gottlieb was able to convince a jury that the accident was not the fault of the client nor did she contribute to the accident.

The jury acquitted this client despite the fact that that accident was proved to have occurred and the client was deemed responsible. Thus, the client was not held criminally liable for any offense and was only held responsible for a civil traffic infraction.

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Robbery With a Deadly Weapon – Not Guilty

In this stunning not-guilty verdict, Mr. Gottlieb represented a well-known confidential informant.

The informant had devised a scheme to rob known drug dealers and convicted felons using state issued licenses of a bounty hunter and bondsman. The scheme involved tipping off the alleged bad guy and helping of rid their homes of drugs, cash and guns that were illegal. The police and Federal agents became aware of the scheme and began to track the offender and his activities.

Despite the allegations and close scrutiny of the local police and Federal authorities and the admission of identity by the offender, Mr. Gottlieb achieved a remarkable not guilty verdict and the offender was saved from life in prison on this case.

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Attempted First Degree Murder – Not Guilty

Defendant found not guilty of attempted first degree murder.

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Fleeing a Law Enforcement Officer – Not Guilty 

In this trial against the Seminole Police Department, Mr. Gottlieb was able to obtain a not guilty verdict.

The police had suspected the client of drug dealing. They attempted to stop him. He ran a red light, fled the scene, heading east bound on Sheridan Street. He then threw drugs over the bridge at the Florida’s Turnpike and was ultimately stopped by the Seminole Police.

Mr. Gottlieb successfully convinced the court to exclude any evidence of throwing the drugs, thus the jury did not hear said evidence and the motive to flee did not seem apparent. The jury acquitted.

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Reckless Driving – Not Guilty

In this trial against the Seminole Police Department, Mr. Gottlieb was able to obtain a not guilty verdict.

The police had suspected the client of drug dealing. They attempted to stop him. He ran a red light, into traffic, sped and failed to maintain his lane, fleeing from the police. The jury acquitted.

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Trafficking in Cocaine – Not Guilty

Defendant found not guilty.

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Kidnapping – Not Guilty

In this hotel robbery case, the suspect was accused of duct tapping the hotel clerk, placing her in the back room of the hotel, jumping over the counter and robbing the hotel.

The Defendant was accused of tearing the duct tape with his mouth and wearing a very specific hat in the commission of the Robbery. The hat was found in the Defendant’s house, as he was identified via the video recording of the incident. The DNA evidence confirmed that he was the person who tore the duct tape with his mouth.

Mr. Gottlieb paid acute attention to the DNA procedures and realized a fatal lab error. The testing of the Defendant’s DNA had taken place before that of the tape. The lab did not utilize proper precautions to insure the integrity of the tests met with strict scrutiny.

Mr. Gottlieb suggested that the lab accidentally transferred the DNA from the hat to the sticky duct tape. The crucial attacks on the DNA helped persuade the jury that the other evidence did not meet the burden of beyond a reasonable doubt and therefore, the jury acquitted.

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Robbery – Not Guilty

Defendant found not guilty.

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Possession of a Firearm By a Convicted Felon – Not Guilty

After conceding the convicted felon portion of the allegations, Mr. Gottlieb was able to convince the jury that this career offender did not actually possess the firearm in question. The astute prosecutor could not match the effective cross examination and innuendo suggesting joint possession by another.

The Defendant was acquitted, another not guilty verdict for what is typically considered a very difficult charge to beat.

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First Degree Murder – Not Guilty

In this case the client was charged with First Degree Murder, premeditated murder. The client was charged with shooting another male, point blank in the back of a strip mall.

Mr. Gottlieb, effectively cross examined three State witnesses who testified that they saw the murder. Two actually did, the third did not. The cross examination proved that the government used identification procedures that included colored photos for certain witnesses and black and white photos for other witnesses. This allowed Mr. Gottlieb to elicit testimony that suggested that the police procedures were inherently suggestive. The jury therefore, did not believe the identification of the three eye witnesses.

Mr. Gottlieb achieved a NOT GUILTY verdict to the charge of Murder in the First Degree.

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Burglary of an Occupied Conveyance – Not Guilty

Client was charged with domestic violence. The allegation was that he attacked a girlfriend while she evaded him, leaving her car at the police department.

After a jury trial, Mr. Gottlieb was successful in proving that the allegations were untrue. The victim’s story of passing the Aventura Police Department and then going to the Hallandale Police Department did not hold up under the aggressive cross examination. Despite facing life in prison for this alleged Burglary with a Battery, the client was acquitted after jury trial as the alleged victim was deemed incredible after cross examination.

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Possession of Cocaine – Not Guilty

Defendant found not guilty.

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Attempted Murder 2nd Degree with a Firearm – Not Guilty

Defendant found not guilty for attempted murder 2nd degree with a firearm.

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Shooting Into a Dwelling House – Not Guilty

In this case, with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Mr. Gottlieb successfully convinced the jury that the Defendant did not commit the crime of shooting into a dwelling at point blank range towards his girlfriend. Despite her testimony. Despite the pictures depicting the damage to the home from the bullet strikes. Despite trying the case with only four days of preparation.

Mr. Gottlieb argued against the allegations, and successfully convinced the jury that the Defendant was not guilty of trying to Murder his girlfriend and shooting into her home.

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Conspiracy to Traffic in Cocaine – Not Guilty

Defendant found not guilty.

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Aggravated Battery – Not Guilty

Not guilty verdict for the defendant against aggravated battery charges.

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Attempted Murder 2nd Degree with a Deadly Weapon – Not Guilty

Defendant found not guilty.

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Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer – Not Guilty

Defendant found not guilty.

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