Miami Federal and State Criminal Defense Lawyer Paul J. Donnelly is experienced with defending those accused of breaking Florida state and federal laws. Attorney Donnelly has recently been admitted to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. With over two decades of experience as a Miami criminal defense lawyer, Paul J. Donnelly, P.A., offers his clients well-honed knowledge, a record of success in defending clients against serious federal and state accusations, and a dedicated passion to ensuring his clients receive every benefit of the law. After graduating from Hobart College with Bachelor of Arts (1989), he earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law (1992). Upon graduation from law school, he began working as a trial attorney in the Miami-Dade County Office of the Public Defender. For a decade, he gathered essential experience to make him a preeminent defense lawyer.
Over the years, Paul J. Donnelly, P.A., has been involved in the successful defense of those charged with state and federal crimes. In each case, he has worked diligently to defend his client against a power prosecutorial team.
Paul J. Donnelly, P.A., has served as counsel in numerous federal cases of note, successfully defending in United States v. L. Price, United States v. M. Forrester, United States v. M. Daniel, and United States v. S. Gelula, amongst others. Of the numerous Florida cases he’s been counsel for some of those of note include State of Florida v. P. Pierre, State of Florida v. S. Wooden, and
State of Florida v. Z. Perry.
With a proven record in state and federal cases, a complete commitment to each client, and an in-depth understanding of the complexities of the state and federal courts, Paul J. Donnelly, P.A. is your choice when you need a criminal defense lawyer Florida.
If a defense lawyer can get charges against a client dismissed before they are ever brought to trial, that attorney is certainly able to navigate treacherous waters and narrow straights. Paul J. Donnelly, P.A., has done so in numerous, high-profile federal and state cases, including those listed below.
United States v. Mr. R. H.
In the investigation of Mr. R.H., R.H. was served with a letter from the United States Attorney’s Office identifying him as the target of a criminal investigation. Specifically, R.H. was alleged to have committed securities fraud. After retaining Paul J. Donnelly, P.A., the government “declined to prosecute RH. After the government was instructed we would proceed to trial if they chose to indict him”. The government was told what our position was and the defense to the case, and the government declined to seek an indictment by the grand jury.
State of Florida v. M. F.
M.F. was charged under RICO with other family members in an organized scheme to defraud insurance companies. M.F. retained the services of Paul J. Donnelly, P.A., and Attorney Donnelly was able to convince the State Attorney that she was not part of the crime or of organized crime. The State Attorney agreed and dismissed all charges against M.F.
State v. Mr. T.J.
Mr. T.J. was charged with second degree murder with use of a firearm. Mr. T.J. faced life imprisonment with a minimum-mandatory sentence of 25-years. Paul J. Donnelly, P.A., worked the case thoroughly, and on the eve of trial, the State Attorney’s Office dismissed the case. Mr. T.J. was released from custody.
Many other times Paul J. Donnelly, P.A., has been instrumental in getting charges dropped before a case ever went to trial. Thoroughly involved in every step and part of the legal process of each of his clients, he is constantly striving to attain the best possible outcome.
Paul J. Donnelly, P.A., is committed to professionalism on every level. He’s an active member of numerous national and state legal organizations, as are many of those who are part of his team. He upholds and exemplifies the standards set by these groups and is an involved member on many levels.
Paul J. Donnelly, P.A., is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Miami Chapter, and the Miami-Dade County Bar Association.Read less
January 21, 2021
I’m so thankful for Paul and everything that he did for me. He was great to work with, always readily available, always honest and straight forward with his answers, which can be hard to find as most just want to tell you what you want to hear, like... Read more
I’m so thankful for Paul and everything that he did for me. He was great to work with, always readily available, always honest and straight forward with his answers, which can be hard to find as most just want to tell you what you want to hear, like the lawyer I had before him and fired... He always had my best interest in mind and would listen to requests about the case that I made instead of just telling me what to do. He is very professional in and out of the court room. Paul is a great guy and I would recommend him to anyone. I hope I never need a defense attorney again, but if I do, Paul is it! Cant thank him enough! Read less
June 09, 2020
I’m so thankful for Paul and everything he has done for me. He has been so great to work with he was always readily available, had answers to my questions, and had my best interest in everything he did. All in all I can’t thank them enough for the wo... Read more
I’m so thankful for Paul and everything he has done for me. He has been so great to work with he was always readily available, had answers to my questions, and had my best interest in everything he did. All in all I can’t thank them enough for the work they’ve done for me. Paul and his team genuinely treated me like family and I will be forever grateful! I highly recommend this firm to anyone looking for great legal advice! Read less
2002, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Class of 1992
Class of 1989
Born in 1967
Fall River, Massachusetts, July 25, 1967
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