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Ralph Behr
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  • Florida, New York, Oregon
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Summary

Attorney Ralph Behr has been a prominent criminal trial attorney in Florida for over 30 years. His practice is 100% criminal trials, both Federal and State. Attorney Behr is the Chairman of the Criminal Law Committee of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association. Call if you have a criminal issue, have an immigration matter with criminal aspects, or want a consultation with Attorney Behr. Practicing in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and New York, most of my work is cases of complexity and challenge. Your freedom is mine to protect! I have over thirty years of experience in Federal criminal trials such as Money Laundering, Narcotics Trafficking, mortgage fraud, wire fraud, homicides, narcotics and vehicular homicide cases. Attorney Behr appears in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach criminal trial courts every day. Please feel free to call for a free consultation. Telephone calls are answered by Attorney Behr or a member of his trial team 24/7.

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Ralph Behr

Practice Areas
  • White Collar Crime
  • Domestic Violence
  • Securities Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Criminal Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Armed Battery
  • Burglary
  • Homicide
  • Theft Crimes
  • White Collar Crimes
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Fee payments are flexible and are tailored to my client's personal needs and situation. Please call to discuss fees and costs. Call me, Ralph Behr, at 954-761-3444 calls are answered 24/7
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
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New York
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Oregon
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Federal Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
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U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
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U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • German: Spoken
  • Portuguese: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Chairman of Criminal Law Committee
South Palm Beach County Bar Association
Current
Founding Partner
Law Offices of Ralph Behr
- Current
Education
State University of New York - Albany
B.A.
Honors: Cum Laude. Winner of New York State Regents Scholarship. Winner of Goethe Institute Scholarship from the Republic of West Germany.
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Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
J.D.
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Awards
Leading Florida Attorney
American Research Corporation
1994-present
Top Rated
Florida Consumer Guidebook
1994-present
Who's Who in American Law
International Who's Who
1994-present
Best Lawyer
The International Dictionary of Biography
1994-present
Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law
Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization
AV Rating
Martindale-Hubbell
Super Lawyer
Florida Super Lawyers
RATING 10
Avvo
Professional Associations
Oregon State Bar # 760582
Member
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Federal Practice Committee
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Association of Federal Defense Attorneys
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Florida Bar Association
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American Bar Association
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New York State Assembly
Former Assembly Staff Member
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Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists
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Publications
Articles & Publications
CAN THE POLICE LIE TO ME?
BookMasters, Inc.
Index to Florida Criminal Jury Instructions
Speaking Engagements
Florida Lawyers Network, April 2019, Boca Raton
Florida Lawyers Network
Criminal Law
Florida Lawyers Network, April 2019, Boca Raton
Florida Lawyers Network
Criminal Law
Certifications
A/V rating
Martindale Hubbel
Criminal Trial Law
Florida Bar
"Death Qualified" for Capital Murder/Death Penalty cases
Florida Supreme Court
Websites & Blogs
Website
Law Offices of Ralph Behr Website
Blog
South Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog
Blog
Florida Securities Fraud Attorney Blog
Legal Answers
8 Questions Answered

Q. Can police charge the passenger of a vehicle for drugs found in this situation?/Is this sufficient for a wiretap warrant
A: Yes you could have been arrested. If an officer is in a place where he has a legal right to be ("plain view" test) and he observed a controlled substance and you he could have arrested you. Although proximity (being in the same place) is not enough to convict you of possession (knowledge plus control) it certainly is enough for an arrest.
Q. I’m in federal jail already been sentenced I also have to do state time can I be transferred to state and return to FED
A: No. The Federal Bureau of Prisons will not release you to serve a State sentence until you have completed your federal sentence. Important! State's differ but contact your trial attorney in State Court and ask him to have the State serve you with a State warrant: this way you are certain to be earning time toward your State sentence while in Federal custody. In most situations this is normal procedure and you will get credit for your State sentence. But since you asked a good question it is useful for you to get confirmation that time served is time earned in State court.
Q. My freind was arrested charged with drunk driving. He was not driving his car was broke down in the bar parking lot he c
A: Go to trial. At trial the prosecutor has to prove that the automobile was a functioning automobile. If in fact it was not capable of being operated on the street then you can argue to the jury that the State has failed to meet its burden of proof. At the conclusion of the State's case your attorney can argue a Motion for Judgement of Acquittal if he can convince the judge of the proof failure by the State. Although you wrote in your question that the automobile was not working, it is a question of fact that has to be argued at trial.
Q. I was arrested for misdemeanor theft in the Villages Florida July 15. I was released on bond. can I fly home to Ohio?
A: Read your bond conditions. Standard conditions of pre-trial release on bond require attendance at all court proceedings. You can file a waiver under the Fla.R.Crim.Pro to be excused from attending all non-critical hearings which are hearings where your constitutional rights are not at issue. File a waiver through your attorney. As to travel outside of Florida there are two issues: First the judge has to approve your leaving the State of Florida because the judge's jurisdictional limitations may cause him/her to deny your right to leave the State. Secondly your bondsperson has to agree to any travel. If you don't have an attorney you should retain one as you can run afoul of your pretrial release conditions quite quickly if you leave the jurisdiction of the Court. The first thing that will happen is the prosecutor will file a motion to revoke your conditions of pre-trial release, which requires a hearing. Failure to attend in person or by counsel will result in revocation of your pre-trial release and if you posted a bond it may be forfeited.
Q. I was sentenced for a DUI . I caught a trafficking charge related . Can the trafficking charge be dismissed ?
A: Double jeopardy in Florida is best dealt with a motion to dismiss. This is the only way you can obtain a determination from a judge discharging (dismissing) a criminal charge. Double jeopardy issues are fact specific, that is it is based on what occurred, or did not occur, in your situation. A guess is not an answer that you can use. The only way to know for certain if you are no longer exposed to a prosecution is to litigate in court.
Q. I live in NC and got an underage alcohol ticket at the 500. How do I avoid my court appearance and clear my record?
A: Look at the ticket or Notice to Appear. File a written plea of not guilty in the case and you will get a court date. Next, file a motion for a plea in absentia and to appear pro se (without an attorney). You can go online and find a pleading to enter but only after the judge approves your motion to appear without an attorney. Based on the prosecutor's position if the State of Florida is not seeking a jail term of ten days or more you will not have any legal issues which would require the judge to hold a hearing on your competency to effectively represent yourself. A better way to handle this is to retain a local attorney to resolve the charges. If you do nothing there will be a warrant issued for your arrest and in the future if you have any contact with law enforcement you can be detained and extradited as an in-custody defendant to the Florida jurisdiction in which you were criminally charged.
Q. How to move court for Evidentiary hearing to attack validity of forged mortgage, Florida
A: If the document was filed in a court proceeding and it is provably a counterfeit or fraudulent document the correct thing to do is contact a police agency and a criminal investigation will be undertaken. If a judgement was secured in the underlying mortgage civil action then the correct thing to do is to have your lawyer file a motion to set aside the final disposition if it was and is in fact substantially based on the false, fraudulent or altered document.
Q. If the offender dies, does his lawyer release him from restitution? If so, what forms need to be filed?
A: Restitution is collected by the Department of Corrections and then paid to the person or party to whom the trial judge awarded a restitution payment. If a defendant dies and there is an unpaid restitution amount the attorney should file a Suggestion of Death with the Court. Once the judge makes a finding that a defendant has died the DOC should handle the outstanding unpaid restitution as either a claim on the deceased's estate or it may be converted into a civil claim.
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Ralph S. Behr, Esq. PA
The 110 Tower
110 S.E. 2nd Street, Suite 1700
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
USA
Telephone: (954) 761-3444
Law Offices of Ralph Behr
New York Office
260 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10016
USA
Toll-Free: (800) 761-3446
Telephone: (646) 974-8855
Law Offices of Ralph Behr
Boca Raton Office
2151 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd.
Suite 100
Boca Raton, FL 33431
USA
Telephone: (561) 717-3000