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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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • BUI Manslaughter Acquitted at Trial

    The defendant was involved in a boating accident that involved the death of a person in the other boat. A blood test indicated that the defendant was over the legal limit.

  • Attempted Murder Verdict: Not Guilty

    The client and a co-defendant were accused of requesting a ride and then stabbing the driver. During the three-day trial, it was proved that the co-defendant had acted alone.

  • Lewd and Lascivious Battery Verdict: Not Guilty

    The client was accused of molesting a young girl in a salon. After a two-day trial, the jury acquitted on all counts.

  • Triple Homicide Verdict: Not Guilty

    In a highly publicized case in Seminole County involving a shootout where three members of a biker gang were killed, the client was charged with three counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

  • DUI Verdict: Not Guilty

    After an accident, the client left the scene while other drivers followed and described her as ‘drunk’. She performed field sobriety exercises and, after arrest, refused a breath test.

  • Attempted First Degree Murder/Kidnapping Reduced Sentence

    During a meeting with his estranged wife in a crowded parking lot, the client confined her and attempted to slash her throat, inflicting several wounds. After a three-day jury trial, the jury found him guilty of the lesser crime of attempted second-degree murder.

  • DUI & Resisting Arrest Verdict: Not Guilty

    The client refused to perform field sobriety exercises and did not take a breath test. Although the police claimed that she refused to obey their orders, the officer gave conflicting testimony on cross-examination.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Trafficking & Possession of Cocaine Verdict: Not Guilty

    The police executed a search warrant and arrested the client at an apartment where large amounts of cocaine were hidden. The client gave a confession and his fingerprints were found on the packaging.

  • DUI with Injuries Verdict: Not Guilty

    The client was involved in an accident and performed poorly on field sobriety exercises. Because the exercises were improperly given, the officers agreed that the results were invalid.

  • First Degree Murder Charge Verdict: Not Guilty

    The client shot and killed her boyfriend in her home and after a search warrant uncovered additional evidence, she was charged with first-degree murder. The judge agreed that the search was illegal and, as a result, the evidence of premeditation was thrown out.

  • Bribery Verdict: Not Guilty

    The client was charged in federal court with two counts of bribery after several tape-recorded meetings with an ICE undercover agent. Although $10,000 was given to the agent, the jury was convinced that the client acted under the domination of her husband.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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.
    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.
    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.
    Very Knowledgeable Attorney

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

    - C.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    An Amazing Job

    “Mr. Michael LaFay did an amazing job for my family. He had the courtroom hanging on his every word. I have watched a few lawyers in my time and they have been good, but Mr. LaFay was spellbinding. I would highly recommend him for any of your legal needs.”

    - D.B.
    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.

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