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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer Acquitted of all Felonies

    The client was accused of attempting to run over a police officer with a car and was charged with a crime that carries a minimum of three years in prison. The jury acquitted the client of all felonies and found him guilty of a traffic offense of reckless driving.

  • 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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Possession of Drugs Dismissed by Court

    The defendant was stopped for a traffic offense and admitted that drugs in the vehicle were for “personal use.” At jury trial, the court dismissed the case because the State was unable to prove that the defendant legally possessed the drugs in that there was no evidence that he “controlled” them.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • DUI Verdict: Not Guilty

    After a one-car accident in Lake County, the client failed to perform field sobriety exercises and was arrested. At trial, defense experts testified that he was suffering from a concussion.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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.
    Team of Professionals

    “A few months ago life took an unexpected turn for our family. As my son got himself into an incident that led us to hire a professional criminal defense attorney to represent him.”

    - A.P.
    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.
    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.
    Very Knowledgeable Attorney

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

    - C.
    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.
    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.
    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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