David Alschuler

David Alschuler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Miami Beach, FL

David Alschuler, P.A.
 | 6538 Collins Avenue, #166
Miami Beach, FL 33141
Phone: 305-864-1301
Fax: 305-864-1324
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (80%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%)
Attorney Profile

David Alschuler has been practicing law in the State of Florida since 1986. 

As a former Miami-Dade County Assistant State Attorney (criminal prosecutor) from 1986 to 1991, he concentrates his law practice in the substantive area of criminal defense, DUI and criminal traffic cases and  juvenile delinquency cases.

As also a former State of Florida Department of Children and Families Assistant District Legal Counsel (dependency and termination of parental rights prosecutor) from 2004 to 2006,  he also represents parents (who are accused of abusing, neglecting or abandoning their children) and foster parents (who are desirous of adopting children in their temporary care and custody) in dependency and termination of parental rights cases. 

He has tried cases in both state and federal court and has earned the respect of judges and lawyers.  As a solo practitioner, he treats his clients as family members, not as numbers. 

He is an active member of the legal, civic and charitable communities.  He has presented numerous continuing legal education lectures to other lawyers and has received many awards and honors including, but not limited to, four (4) pro bono awards and a professionalism award. 

He graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN in 1982 and from the University of Florida College of Law in Gainesville, FL in 1985.

About David Alschuler

Admitted: 1986, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/33141-fl-david-alschuler-12677...

Honors/Awards:

  • Certificates of Merit (2), Dade County Bar Association, 2015
  • Certificate of Merit, Dade County Bar Association, 2014
  • Pro bono award, "Put Something Back" (joint project of the Dade County Bar Association and the Eleventh Judicial Circuit), 2014
  • Certificate of Merit, Dade County Bar Association, 2013
  • John Balikes Professionalism Award, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, 2013
  • Award of Distinction, "I'm Ready" Program, 2013
  • Certificates of Merit (2), Dade County Bar Association, 2012
  • Certificate of Merit, Dade County Bar Association, 2011
  • Certificate of Merit, Dade County Bar Association, 2010
  • Pro bono award, "Put Something Back" (joint project of the Dade County Bar Association and the Eleventh Judicial Circuit), 2009
  • Pro bono award, "Put Something Back" (joint project of the Dade County Bar Association and Eleventh Judicial Circuit), 2008
  • Certificate of Merit, Dade County Bar Association, 2004
  • Award for being Editor of the MBBA monthly newsletter , Miami Beach Bar Association, 2004
  • Award for being President of the MBBA, Miami Beach Bar Association, 2004
  • Certificate for Meritorious Public Service, The Florida Bar, 2003
  • Award for being Editor of the MBBA monthly newsletter, Miami Beach Bar Association, 2003
  • Certificate of Merit, Dade County Bar Association, 2002
  • Certificate of Merit, Dade County Bar Association, 2001
  • Certificate of Merit, Dade County Bar Association, 2000
  • Pro bono award, "Put Something Back" (joint project of the Dade County Bar Association and Eleventh Judicial Circuit), 2000
  • 1 of the top 50 outstanding single professionals in Miami-Dade County (based upon charitable and civic contributions to the South Florida community), Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2000
  • Certificate of Merit, Dade County Bar Association, 1997

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator, 2014
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 1996
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Trial Bar, 1990
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, General Bar, 1989
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1989
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1989
  • The Florida Bar, 1986

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Former Chair, Florida Bar Grievance Committee 11"L"
  • Former Mentor, “I’m Ready” Program
  • Volunteer Pro Bono Attorney, "Put Something Back" (joint project of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit and the Dade County Bar Association)
  • Former Chair, Dade County Bar Association Criminal Courts Committee
  • Former Charter Member, Florida Bar Government Lawyer Section 
  • Former Judicial Candidate, Miami-Dade County Court
  • Member, Cuban American Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Former Director, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami Chapter
  • Former Director, League of Prosecutors
  • Former President, Miami Beach Bar Association
  • Director, Miami Beach Bar Association
  • Director, Dade County Bar Association
  • Local Hearing Officer, Red Light Camera Notices of Violtion, City of Miami Springs
  • Member, 11th Judicial Circuit Professionalism Panel

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • I received a pro bono award from the "Put Something Back" joint project of the Dade County Bar Association and the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, 2014
  • I served on a pro bono basis as Successor Special Prosecutor in an indirect criminal contempt proceeding in a post-dissolution of marriage case in the Family Division, 2013
  • I served on a pro bono basis as Special Magistrate to preside over the continuation of the deposition of a vulnerable victim in a Practicing Medicine without a License case, 2013
  • I served on a pro bono basis as Special Prosecutor in an indirect criminal contempt proceeding in a post-dissolution of marriage case in the Family Division.  I took sworn testimony from the former wife and her attorney, drafted an Information, a Discovery Exhibit and a Request for Judicial Notice, tried the case (resulting in an adjudication of guilt and a sentence of six (6) months probation with a special condition of thirty (30) days in the Dade County Jail to be served on weekends) and drafted the Judgment and Sentence, 2012
  • I participated (on two separate occasions) in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office’s “Second Chance—One Stop” Sealing and Expungement Program by providing pro bono assistance to persons seeking to seal or expunge their criminal record, 2011
  • I received a pro bono service award from the "Put Something Back" joint project of the Dade County Bar Association and the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, 2009
  • I received a pro bono service award from the "Put Something Back" joint project of the Dade County Bar Association and the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, 2008
  • Under my direction as President of the Miami Beach Bar Association, we not only conducted pro bono seminars for the public in the substantive areas of landlord/tenant and immigration law, but we were one of only eight voluntary bar associations in the State of Florida to receive a $5,000 grant from the Florida Bar Foundation to conduct our Rebecca Towers pro bono project benefitting elderly, low income housing residents of Miami Beach, 2004
  • I participated in the Joint Clemency Project to Restore Voting Rights for Convicted Felons (in conjunction with the State Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, Black Lawyers Association, et al) by providing pro bono assistance to convicted felons seeking to restore their right to vote, 2002
  • I resurrected the Miami Beach Bar Association's pro bono legal clinic which assisted indigent persons in need of legal advice, 2001
  • I participated in National Health Care Decisions Week (in conjunction with the Dade County and Miami Beach Bar Associations) by providing pro bono legal assistance to persons in need of Living Wills, Health Care Surrogate Designations and Organ Donor Documents, 2001
  • I organized a Miami Beach Bar Association CLE seminar (in conjunction with the "Put Something Back" Program) entitled "A View from the Bench: Domestic Violence Court" in order to recruit and train pro bono attorneys to represent victims of domestic violence at permanent injunction hearings, 2001
  • I served on a pro bono basis as Special Magistrate to preside over a deposition of an elderly victim taken to perpetuate testimony in an Organized Fraud/Grand Theft First Degree case, 2001
  • I received a pro bono award from the "Put Something Back" joint project of the Dade County Bar Association and the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, 2000
  • Graduate, Miami Beach Police Department “Citizens' Police Academy”
  • Graduate, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce "Leadership Miami Program”
  • Former Member, PetSet (benefiting the Humane Society of Broward County) 
  • Former Volunteer, La Lega dei Viscayani (benefiting Vizcaya)
  • Former Vice-President, Miami Beach Jaycees
  • Former Director, Normandy Shores Homeowners' Association
  • Former Member, City of Miami Beach Evaluation Committee (for Request for Proposals for Benefit Consulting Services to Provide Assistance in Determining the City’s Employee Benefits Program)
  • Former Vice-Chair, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Code Enforcement/Public Safety Committee
  • Former Chair, City of Miami Beach Police/Public Safety Committee 
  • Former Co-Chair, City of Miami Beach Nuisance Abatement Board
  • Former Director/Public Advocacy Chair, American Heart Association, Miami-Dade Division 
  • Former Director, New Directions (benefiting the American Cancer Society)
  • Former Co-Chair, Sylvester Socialites (benefiting the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center)
  • Former Director, Miami Beach Police Athletic League
  • Former Director, George Washington Carver YMCA
  • Former Chair, City of Miami Beach Personnel Board
  • Member, Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club 
  • Volunteer, Miami-Dade Animal Services

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Guardian Ad Litem Representation in Foreclosure Cases” (with Circuit Court Judge Jose Rodriguez).  The purpose of the presentation was to qualify attorneys to serve on the Foreclosure Wheel, Eleventh Judicial Circuit and Dade County Bar Association, 2015
  • "Traffic Defense for Non-Traffic Attorneys and Red Light Camera Ticket Update (with Thomas A. Cobitz, Esquire), Lunch and Learn Series (joint project of Dade County Bar Association, League of Prosecutors and Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami Chapter), 2015
  • "Practicing With Professionalism and Ethics in Juvenile Court" (with Circuit Court Judges Angelica Zayas and Alan Fine), Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2015
  • “Big Brother is Watching You—The New Local Professionalism Panels” (with County Court Judge Andrea R. Wolfson and Circuit Court Judge Thomas J. Rebull), Lunch and Learn Series (joint project of Dade County Bar Association, League of Prosecutors and Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami Chapter), 2015
  • “Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Case Law Review for July 2013 – December 2013”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2014
  • “Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Case Law Review for January 2014 – June 2014”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2014
  • “Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Case Law Review for July 2012 – December 2012”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2013
  • “Avoiding Speed Bumps in Traffic Court:  Traffic Infraction Representation for Non-Ticket Attorneys” (with Thomas A. Cobitz, Esquire), Lunch and Learn Series (joint project of Dade County Bar Association, League of Prosecutors and Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami Chapter), 2013
  • “Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Case Law Review for January 2013 – June 2013”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2013
  • “Duties of Trial Counsel Before Withdrawing Where Appeal Planned”, Joint Seminar by the Dade County Bar Association Criminal Courts and Appellate Court Committees, 2012
  • “Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Case Law Review for July 2011 – December 2011”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2012
  • “Judicial Notice”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2012
  • “Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Case Law Review for January 2012 – June 2012”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2012
  • “Practicing before the General Magistrates in Dependency Cases”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2012
  • “The Role of a Guardian Ad Litem in Foreclosure Cases”, North Dade Real Estate Council, 2011
  • “Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Case Law Review for July 2010 – December 2010”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2011
  • “Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Case Law Review for January 2011 – June 2011”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2011
  • “Guardian Ad Litem Representation of Absent Defendants in Mortgage/Claim of Lien Foreclosure Cases” (with Circuit Court Judges Jennifer D. Bailey or Israel Reyes).  The purpose of the presentation was to qualify attorneys to serve on the Foreclosure Wheel., Eleventh Judicial Circuit and Dade County Bar Association, 2010
  • “Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Case Law Review for July 2009 – December 2009”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2010
  • “Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Case Law Review for January 2010 – June 2010”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2010
  • “Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Case Law Review for July 2008 – December 2008”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2009
  • “Invoking the Fifth Amendment in Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Cases and Related Topics”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2009
  • “Domestic Violence as a Basis for Dependency”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2009
  • “The Child Victim Exception to the Hearsay Rule”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2009
  • “Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Case Law Review for January 2009 – June 2009”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2009
  • “Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Case Law Review for January 2007 – June 2007”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2008
  • “Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Case Law Review for July 2007 – December 2007” and “The July 1, 2008 Changes to Chapter 39, Florida Statutes”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2008
  • “Ethics and Professionalism in Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Cases:  A View From The Bench”, Creator and Moderator, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2008
  • “Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Case Law Review for January 2008 – June 2008”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2008
  • “Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Case Law Review for 2006”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2007
  • "Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Case Law—The Year (2005) in Review", Broward County Attorney General's Office, 2006
  • “The July 1, 2006 Changes to Chapter 39, Florida Statutes”, Juvenile Court Lecture Series, 2006
  • "Child Victim Exception to the Hearsay Rule", Florida Department of Children and Families, 2005
  • "Signs and Symptoms of Child Abuse", "Child Interview Procedures and Techniques" and "Preparing for and Giving a Deposition and Testifying at Trial"   , Florida Department of Children and Families, 2005
  • "Business Records Exception to the Hearsay Rule", Florida Department of Children and Families, 2005
  • "Evidence at Trial", Co-Presenter, Florida Department of Children and Families, 2005
  • "Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions", Co-Presenter, Miami Beach Bar Association, 2004
  • "Traffic infraction defense", Dade County Legal Support Association, 2000

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • State v. Alfred.  Aggravated Battery by Detainee.  Defendant found guilty of lesser offense of misdemeanor Battery (and sentenced to credit time served), 2002
  • State v. Melendez.  Armed Robbery.  Defendant found guilty of lesser offense of misdemeanor Petit Theft (and sentenced to credit time served), 2002
  • State v. Allen.  DUI.  Defendant found not guilty, 1999
  • State v. Williams.  Attempted First Degree Murder (2 counts), Armed Burglary/Assault, Attempted Armed Robbery and Grand Theft Auto.  Defendant found not guilty, 1997
  • State v. Singleton.  Kidnapping and Attempted Sexual Battery.  Defendant found not guilty, 1997
  • U.S.A. v. Schechter (Co-Counsel), Trafficking in Cocaine.  Defendant found not guilty, 1992
  • State v. McGahee (jury trial in absentia as Defendant fled the courtroom after jury selection). Attempted Second Degree Murder.  Defendant found guilty of lesser offense of Attempted Manslaughter (and sentenced to the bottom of the sentencing guidelines), 1991

Educational Background:

  • J.D., University of Florida College of Law, 1985
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1982
Office Location for David Alschuler

6538 Collins Avenue
#166
Miami Beach, FL 33141

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Last Updated: 2/15/2019

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