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Facing any traffic ticket, no matter how minor, can be stressful and confusing. Even a speeding ticket can mean a heavy fine, a court appearance, and an increase in your insurance rates. An allegation of a more serious offense, such as hit and run or driving under the influence of alcohol, carries the possibility of much steeper consequences, including jail time and a mark on your criminal record. It's important not to underestimate the impact of any traffic ticket.

The attorneys of Meltzer & Bell, P.A. understand that their clients are probably feeling confusion, stress, and anxiety about the overwhelming process ahead of them. Both Lawrence Meltzer and Steven Bell strive to ensure that every client understands each step of the process and feels confident in each decision that is made. Through open communication and experienced guidance, they help their clients face a wide range of traffic violations in the Palm Beach County area.

As a former felony special unit prosecutor, Lawrence Meltzer knows what his clients are up against, and Steven Bell uses his knowledge as a former Public Defender to proactively seek out favorable options for every situation. With decades of combined experience, they are ready to take on any challenging case.


Lawrence Meltzer earned his Bachelor's degree from American University before studying law at Nova Southeastern University. He gained 4 years of experience in the Broward County State Attorney's Office before practicing criminal defense in the private sector. He uses his insider's knowledge of Florida's courtrooms to confidently help clients choose the most beneficial option available to pursue.

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Steven Bell has nearly a decade of experience defending those charged with crimes throughout South Florida. After receiving his juris doctor from Nova Southeastern University, he served as a public defender in Broward County. He practiced at the felony division before leading the juvenile division as one of the youngest attorneys to do so. He now uses his experiences to aid those facing daunting traffic violations.

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Ari Goldberg After being an Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County for 3 and half years, Ari Goldberg joined Meltzer & Bell, P.A. While Ari was at the State Attorney's Office, first he was assigned to the County Court Trial Division, where he served as a lead attorney. Some of his responsibilities were handling hundreds of cases, supervising other ASA's, and making filing decisions on all DUI's assigned to his division.

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Matthew Shafran is a former felony prosecutor for the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County. He served in the Felony Trial Division where he handled more than 150 felony cases, ranging from third-degree felony offenses to some of the most serious first-degree felony charges. His experience on both sides of the law can be beneficial when helping clients fight both serious and minor traffic charges.

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Kristie Cohen graduated from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI in 2006 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Legal Studies. While attending Eastern Michigan, Ms. Cohen was engaged in a double bachelor’s program for Legal Studies and Psychology, with minors in chemistry and biology.

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Tyler Obenauf joins Meltzer & Bell, P.A. after working for nine years at the Public Defender’s Office in Palm Beach County. During his tenure at the Public Defender’s Office, Tyler represented clients in the juvenile, county, and circuit court divisions. Throughout his career, Tyler has handled various cases with charges ranging from drug possession to capital sexual battery and attempted murder.

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From left to right: Ari Goldberg, Lawrence Meltzer, Steven Bell, Kristie Cohen, Matthew Shafran

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Meltzer & Bell, P.A.
Palm Beach
601 N Dixie Hwy Suite B
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 557-8686
330 Clemantis St Suite 113
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 500-5000
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