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Michael H. LaFay

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Criminal Defense Attorney

Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney, Michael LaFay became a Partner at NeJame Law in 2002. Michael graduated from the American University Law School in Washington, D.C. where he worked for the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. After law school, he was accepted to the New York State Bar and worked on Wall Street for AT&T in the Anti-Trust section of their Legal Department. In 1985, Michael decided to dedicate his career to the practice of criminal law and moved to Florida after passing the Florida Bar. He then worked at the Public Defenders office in Brevard County where he had over 100 jury trials. In 1989, Michael was hired at the Statewide Prosecutors Office in Orlando which functions as an elite task force targeting organized crime. For the next 13 years, his cases focused on prosecuting white-collar, high volume drug trafficking cases, racketeering, Medicaid Fraud, and wiretaps where he litigated over 100 jury trials. With Michaels's extensive trial experience and knowledge of the law, he became board certified in 1995, which is the highest level a criminal defense attorney can achieve.

In 2002, defense attorney Michael LaFay came to NeJame Law where he was hired on as a Partner. During his time with NeJame Law, Michael has tried over 60 trials in State and Federal courts. His experience and dedication to his clients have shown throughout the years with his victories and his rankings in the legal community. Along with being board certified, Michael has achieved an “AV” rating which is the highest-ranking bestowed by Martindale-Hubbell, the national attorney ranking service and he has an AVVO rating of 10 out of 10.

Michael has handled many state and federal cases involving Drug Trafficking, White Collar Crimes, cases involving wiretaps, Murder, DUI’s and DUI manslaughter, conspiracy cases of all kinds, pill mill cases, Medicaid and Medicare fraud, organized fraud, wire and mail fraud cases along with lower-level circuit and county court charges. Michael LaFay prides himself on dedicating his time to researching issues to help his client’s cases be successful. Michael’s impressive trial outcomes are definitely one that very few defense attorneys can touch.

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Practice Areas: Criminal Law

Listed in Martindale Hubbell's Law Directory

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  • AV-Rated Martindale Hubble
    AV-Rated Martindale Hubble
  • AVVO Top Criminal Defense Attorney
    AVVO Top Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Florida Bar
    Florida Bar

Michael Lafay's Past Case Results

* Pursuant to the rules of the Florida Bar, you are advised that if past results are mentioned, each case is different
and those provided may not be representative of the results obtained by the lawyers.

  • Trafficking in Cocaine Two Years Probation

    The client and a codefendant met with a confidential informant and sold two ounces of cocaine. The client was the driver. After the jury was selected, the judge sustained an objection that prevented the State from calling a crucial witness.

  • DUI Verdict: Not Guilty

    The client was stopped by Altamonte Springs police and videotaped performing field sobriety exercises.

  • Trafficking in Heroin Lesser Sentence

    The police executed a search warrant and apprehended the defendant with a significant amount of heroin in his pocket and also in his room. The defendant admitted that the heroin belonged to him.

  • Robbery Case Dismissed

    The client was arrested for stealing from Home Depot and struggling with security guards. The State charged one count of Robbery and filed for mandatory sentencing of 15 years in the event of a conviction.

  • DUI Verdict: Not Guilty

    After being stopped by the police, the client was unable to perform field sobriety exercises and gave a .29 breath test. The Court threw out the breath test due to source code violations and the jury disbelieved the arresting officer.

  • Conspiracy & Trafficking in Cocaine Case Dropped by State

    The client’s telephone was tapped in a lengthy investigation by MBI. After defects in the wiretap were exposed, the judge suppressed the evidence; however, the appellate court reversed.

  • Conspiracy & Trafficking in Cocaine Verdict: Not Guilty

    After a 9-month investigation that included multiple wiretaps and surveillance, the client was charged with conspiracy and trafficking in cocaine. At trial, the defense was able to discredit the entire investigation.

  • Pill Mill Charges Case Dismissed

    The State charged the owner of a Pain Clinic with conspiracy and trafficking charges after using confidential informants to purchase opiates and executing a search warrant on the business.

  • Battery Verdict: Not Guilty

    A Lake County high school teacher was accused of molesting a student. When the case was reduced to battery, the State unable to prove that the acts were against the will of the student.

  • Robbery, Aggravated Battery & Assault Reduced to Misdemeanors

    The victims identified the client as having robbed them at gunpoint and pistol-whipped them during a home invasion. The client confessed. After a three-day trial, the jury agreed with the defense that the weapon was a BB pistol.

  • Attempted Murder Verdict: Not Guilty

    During a vacation in Central Florida, the client's wife called 911 and ran screaming from the hotel room covered with blood. The wife was cross-examined for two days and it was conclusively shown that she had concocted the entire crime in order to gain an advantage in divorce court.

  • DUI Jury Verdict: Not Guilty

    After being stopped for speeding at over 100 mph, the client performed field sobriety exercises. The police testified that the client failed the exercises and refused a breath test.

  • Conspiracy to Traffic in Cocaine Verdict: Not Guilty

    The State’s evidence in the case included a wiretap and also twenty-four-hour video surveillance. The trial court suppressed (threw out) the wiretap evidence and the State appealed.

  • DUI Verdict: Not Guilty

    The client failed his breath test and sobriety exercises. The judge threw out the breath test and the client proceeded to trial.

  • Grow House' Cases Search Warrants Thrown Out

    In three separate cases, the police got search warrants aimed at residences where cannabis was being cultivated. All of the search warrants were thrown out after the judge agreed that the police had illegally entered the property.

  • DUI Verdict: Not Guilty

    The client was arrested after causing an accident and performing poorly in field sobriety exercises. The defense successfully argued that the signs of impairment were due to an anxiety attack.

  • Capital Sexual Battery Verdict: Not Guilty

    The defendant's niece claimed that he had molested her as a child approximately fifteen years ago and that she had informed family members about it at the time.

  • DUI Verdict: Not Guilty

    The police observed the client driving erratically and took a statement that he had been drinking beer. The client performed field sobriety exercises but refused a breath test.

  • Sexual Battery Verdict: Not Guilty

    The victim alleged that she was raped by her massage therapist. After a two-day trial, the jury acquitted on all counts.

  • DUI Verdict: Not Guilty

    The client was arrested for DUI after a serious accident on I-4. He was videotaped at the roadside and refused a breath test.

  • ★★★★★

    Felony Charges

    “NeJame Law has been great to me. One of my friends recommended that I go over there for a lawyer with my situation. Mr. Lafay took a very difficult situation with cases in different counties, both felonies.”

    - Y.R.
  • ★★★★★

    High-Quality Representation

    “The State and Police Officers were both very much under very heavy pressure from day one. Mr. Lafay left no stone unturned, everything was examined and presented in getting this case ready for trial.”

    - M.
  • ★★★★★

    Professional and Nice

    “I was referred to Mr. LaFay by a friend and although he was unable to take the case, his assistant Nita was amazing! She was professional and nice. She answered all of my questions and was very reassuring. I will definitely keep her in mind should I need h”

    - J.A.
  • ★★★★★

    Very Knowledgeable Attorney

    “A friend referred Mr. Lafay to me, and I am very pleased with how he handled my case.”

    - C.
  • ★★★★★

    Highly Recommend

    “He is worth every dollar that you invest into him. Though I do not plan on getting into any more trouble- if I were to, he would still be my go-to, hands down.”

    - T.
  • ★★★★★

    The Attorney You Want

    “We hired Michael Lafay to represent my boyfriend for his last case. Having always dealt with public defenders I can tell you, Mr. Lafay is a very experienced and knowledgeable attorney.”

    - C.D.
  • ★★★★★

    Gained My Freedom

    “hear this next part loud and clear for you real criminals who read this. minimum mandatory for this charge is 3 years in prison. that means by the law I can get no less than 3 years but that's exactly what happened.”

    - M.
  • ★★★★★

    Always Positive

    “I hired Michael Lafay to represent me in a pending criminal case. I couldn't see a positive outcome in sight. Michael was always professional, honest, and straightforward.”

    - B.B.
  • ★★★★★

    Worth Every Penny

    “Mr. Michael is very good as job knows his stuff and is worth every penny that I paid for him best lawyer in Orlando. He sits down with you and tells you where are your options and which way is the best one for you.”

    - P.
  • ★★★★★

    Man of Honor

    “I would like to thank NeJame Law, specifically Mr. Micheal Lafay. I had an almost impossible case in which my guideline score sheet called for a 12 yr. prison sentence.”

    - R.D.

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