National College for DUI Defense
Jonathan Burton Blecher
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Jonathan Burton Blecher
About Jonathan Burton Blecher
JONATHAN B. BLECHER is a member of the Florida Bar since 1982. He is admitted to practice before all Florida courts, the United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the Eastern District of Michigan and is a member of the Federal Trial Bar in each of those jurisdictions. Mr.... read more »
JONATHAN B. BLECHER is a member of the Florida Bar since 1982. He is admitted to practice before all Florida courts, the United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the Eastern District of Michigan and is a member of the Federal Trial Bar in each of those jurisdictions.
Mr. Blecher graduated from the University of Florida, College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 1978. Mr. Blecher earned his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Florida, College of Law in 1981.
Mr. Blecher served as an Assistant State Attorney in Dade County, representing the State of Florida in felony prosecutions from 1981-84, and as Senior Trial Attorney at Essen & Essen, P.A. from 1986-1992. In 1992 he formed his own firm, Jonathan B. Blecher, P.A. Mr. Blecher was referred to as a "TOP TEN DUI LAWYER" by the Miami Herald. He has served as a member of the Florida Bar Traffic Court and DUI Rules Committee.
Mr. Blecher is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the American Civil Liberties Union. He serves as a Judge for the University of Miami Law School moot court and mock trial competitions. Additionally, he has lectured at the Dade County Police Academy in the area of courtroom procedure for police officers as well as legal seminars for attorneys about DUI law and practice.
His practice concentrates on DUI and Criminal Defense and in State and Federal Courts. He represents clients in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties in DUI, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Felony, White Collar and Cyber Crimes. Mr. Blecher has defended over 3,000 Driving Under the Influence and vehicular crimes cases since 1982 as well as thousands of criminal cases.
Jonathan Blecher is a General Member of the National College for DUI Defense and is Peer-Review Rated “AV/Pre-eminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, rated “10.0/Superb” by AVVO and is recognized by Cambridge Who's Who and Florida Trend Magazine Legal Elite.
Map & Directions
|Area of Practice||% Focus|
|DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving||80.00%|
|Florida||Member in Good Standing||1982|
|Managing Partner - Jonathan Blecher, P.A.||1992 – present|
|Senior Trial Attorney - Essen and Essen, P.A.||1986 – 1992|
|Associate Attorney - Entin, Schwartz, Dion and Sclafani, P.A.||1984 – 1986|
|Assistant State Attorney, Dade County, Florida||1981 – 1984|
|University of Florida College of Law - Gainesville, Florida||Law||Juris Doctor||1981|
|University of Florida - Gainesville, Florida||Criminal Justice||Bachelor of Arts||1978|
|General Member||National College for DUI Defense||2010 – present|
|Member||Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||1992 – present|
|Alumni - Trusler Society||University of Florida Levin College of Law||1981|
Awards and Recognitions
|Florida SuperLawyer||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Florida Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Florida Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2013|
|10.0 Superb Rating||Avvo.com||2013|
|Ambassador of the Year||BNI Miami-Dade||2011|
|Who's Who in Law||Cambridge Who's Who||2009|
|DUI Basics for the Young Practitioner||LawReview CLE||2013|
|DUI Basics for the Young Practitioner||LawReview CLE||2012|
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Publications and Articles
Published May 2014
Publisher: Local10.com - South Florida ABC Affiliate
Wherever there’s money and votes, you’ll find laws making it easier to put them in the pockets of the people most likely to benefit. Jonathan Blecher writes about his predictions for the future of DUI prosecutions.
Does wearing a t-shirt that says "got beer?" give off that "arrest me" vibe? So, what gives police reasonable suspicion to think that someone is under the influence of alcohol? Bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, odor of alcoholic beverages, unsteady gait? What if the guy was wearing a "Free Mary Jane!" shirt? Would that be reasonable suspicion that the driver is under the influence of marijuana?
Being in “actual physical control” of a motor vehicle can get you arrested for DUI. This means is that in Florida, and many other states, you can be arrested for driving under the influence even though you aren’t driving. In other states, such as California, there must be “volitional movement” for DUI. The definition of actual physical control differs by state but the legal analysis centers on whether or not you have the ability to operate the vehicle
One of the questions criminal defense attorneys get on a regular basis from clients, friends and family is, "What do I do and what are my rights when dealing with the police?"
Defendants who are represented by private counsel can save a bundle on attorneys' fees by accepting a plea bargain. It almost always takes more time and effort to bring a case to trial than to negotiate and handle a plea bargain