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Attorney Bio: Ralph S. Behr, Esq

Awards and Achievements
  • America's Top 100 Criminal Lawyer in Florida 2019
  • 2020 Nominee to Best Lawyers in America;
  • Top 2% Rated “A/V” by Lawyers.com and Martindale Hubbell;
  • Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar;
  • “Death Certified” by the Florida Supreme Court for Capital Homicide Cases;
  • Recognized Author of “CAN THE POLICE LIE TO ME?” Published by BookMasters, Inc.;
  • Created iPhone App: “SAY NO TO POLICE” for iTunes Store in 2012;
  • “Leading Florida Attorney” since 1994 Rated by American Research Corporation;
  • Top Rated Since 1994 by Florida Consumer Guidebook;
  • Former Aide to Penal Law Committee, New York State Legislature;
  • Former Member Federal Practice Committee;
  • Tax Law and Securities Law Section Member of the Florida Bar;
  • Former Legislative Aide, New York State Assembly;
  • Former Legal Research Instructor, Hofstra University School of Law;
  • Former Teaching Assistant, Professor Seymour Kleinman, Columbia University School of Law;
  • Author of Index to Florida Criminal Jury Instructions 1997-2000;
  • Sponsor of Florida Sentencing Guidelines Seminar 1997-2000;
  • 30 Years of Criminal Trial Experience;
  • Over 5,000 Winning Clients;
  • Who's Who in American Law Since 1994;
  • Listed as ‘Best Lawyer’ in The International Dictionary of Biography’ Since 1994;
  • Law and Leading Attorneys;
  • Martindale Hubbell Law directory;
  • Florida Super Lawyers; and
  • Consumer Guide to Law & Leading Attorneys.
Legal Specialization

Attorney Ralph Behr specializes in criminal law and is board certified by the Florida Bar in Criminal Trials.

As a criminal defense lawyer he practices in courts throughout Florida and in Federal Courts throughout the United States.

He maintains offices in Florida, in Fort Lauderdale, and appears in courts in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Miami state and federal courts in Broward County, Miami Dade County, Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Vero Beach, Fort Meyers, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Jacksonville Florida, US District Court of New York, The State of Oregon and the US District Court Western District of Pennsylvania as listed under.

His practice concentrates in major felonies, drug crimes, drug trafficking, homicide, murder, and tax fraud. Mr. Behr also practices in federal court on federal matters, extradition, money laundering, white collar crimes, violations of probation, violations of community control, tax law criminal charges, federal parole hearings, bond reduction hearings and other federal offenses.

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Attorney Behr practices criminal defense in federal courts and Florida Courts throughout Florida and the United States.

His practice represents individuals from Colombia, Mexico, Great Britain, Germany, Australia, and Carribbean Island nations.

Private citizens charged with serious felonies in State or Federal Court have been represented by attorney Behr. Mr. Behr has defended white collar charges, money laundering, wire fraud, drug trafficking, narcotics possession, cocaine delivery, cocaine trafficking, fraud, theft, grand theft, internet crimes, identity theft, credit card theft, forgery, counterfeit and currency violations. Attorney Behr represents both individuals and corporations charged with crimes. He appears in Florida courts in Miami, Broward County, Palm Beach County, Indian River County, Hillsboro County, Monroe County, Gainesville, Tampa, St. Petersburg and Orlando. He appears daily in Fort Lauderdale criminal courts, Miami felony and misdemeanor courts, Palm Beach felony courts, Palm Beach misdemeanor courts and federal courts in Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Florida, US District Court of New York, The State of Oregon and the U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania.

Between 1988 and 2005, criminal defense Attorney Behr has represented and defended people charged with the following crimes: registration violations, sexual predator and sexual battery charges, sex crimes, assault, battery, battery on law enforcement officers, homicide, prostitution, lewd assault, lewd and indecent exposure, arson, criminal mischief, burglary, trespass, fraudulent practices, tax fraud, tax evasion, child abuse, animal cruelty, parole and probation violations, community control violations, extradition, international extradition, federal in-custody violations, bail, bond, bond reduction, gambling, felony DUI and felony DUBAL, obstruction of justice, felony murder, false imprisonment, detention violations, child abuse, armed battery, firearm violations.

Attorney Behr has been the annual sponsor of the Sentencing Code and Punishment Code Seminars held in the Broward County Courthouse in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. Mr. Behr produced and published Behr's Index to Florida Standard Jury Instructions, in booklet form from 1997 through 2002.

Attorney Behr is a former Legal Writing and Research Teaching Assistant at Hofstra University School of Law, and was a contributing researcher to the late Professor Seymour Kleinman at Columbia University School of Law in New York during the years 1979 to 1983. Attorney Behr is former legal editor to E.B Williams Publishing, New York, New York, and is a former Legislative Aide in the New York State Assembly 1971 to 1973.

His trials include effective criminal defense of the following criminal charges:

  • Alien Trafficking and Alien Smuggling
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Bankruptcy Fraud Federal
  • Bribery of Officials and Official Act Procurement
  • Computer and Internet Fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Credit Card and Identity Theft and Fraud
  • Criminal Enterprises RICO Federal and RICO Florida
  • Drug Possession and Drug Delivery Offenses
  • Drug Trafficking and Delivery
  • Economic Crimes
  • Embezzlement Fraud and Counterfeiting
  • Environmental Law Violations
  • Extortion Florida and Federal
  • False and Perjury Charges
  • Financial Instrument Forgery and Fraud
  • Government Tax Fraud
  • Healthcare and Healthcare Provider Fraud
  • Immigration and Deportation Issues
  • Insider Trading FINRA and Federal
  • Insurance Fraud both Florida and Federal
  • Kickback and Money Laundering
  • Mail Fraud
  • Money Laundering and Currency Violations
  • Mortgage and Mortgage Broker Fraud
  • Perjury and False Statement Crimes
  • Phone and Telemarketing Fraud Florida and Federal
  • Public Corruption and Official Corruption Crimes
  • Securities Fraud
  • State and Federal Antitrust Violations
  • Tax Evasion and Federal Tax Avoidance Crimes
  • Trade Secret Theft
  • Wire Fraud Florida and Federal

State and Federal Defenses of:

  • Accessory / Attempt / Solicitation / Conspiracy
  • Aggravated Battery / Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Stalking and Misdemeanor Stalking
  • Assault and Battery / Domestic Violence
  • Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Boating Under the Influence (BUI)
  • Burglary of Dwelling and/or Conveyance and/or Structure
  • Check Offenses (Forged and Worthless Check)
  • Child Abuse / Child Neglect
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Criminal Mischief Misdemeanor and Felony
  • Dealing and Distribution of Stolen Property
  • Delivery of and Distribution of Drugs
  • Disorderly Conduct Misdemeanor and Felony
  • Disorderly Intoxication and Public Affray
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Driving with a Suspended License (DWLS)
  • Drug King-Pin First Degree Felony Charges
  • False Imprisonment and Kidnapping
  • False Report of a Crime
  • Fleeing and Eluding the Police
  • Forgery and Counterfeiting Offenses
  • Fraud Offenses, Theft and Conversion
  • Grand Theft and Petit Theft
  • Homicide and Murder
  • Indecent Exposure / Lewd and Lascivious Conduct
  • Insurance Fraud
  • License Offenses
  • Loitering and Prowling
  • Manufacture and Distribution of Controlled Substances
  • Mortgage Broker Fraud
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Organized Fraud
  • Petit Theft
  • Possession of a Fraudulent and or Stolen Driver License
  • Possession of Burglary Tools
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Narcotics
  • Practicing Dentistry without a License
  • Practicing Medicine without a License
  • Prostitution Sex Offenses / Soliciting
  • Reckless Driving
  • Resisting Arrest With and Without Violence
  • Resisting With Violence
  • RICO
  • Robbery: Simple and by Force and Armed Robbery
  • Sale and Delivery of Drugs
  • Sealing and Expungement of Criminal Records
  • Sexual Battery and Sexual Assault Criminal Charges
  • Shoplifting and Shopkeeper law violations
  • Tampering / Witness / Evidence
  • Tax Fraud
  • Trafficking in Drugs and Controlled Substances
  • Trespass Criminal
  • Uttering a Forged Instrument
  • Violation of Probation and or Violation of Community Control
  • Weapons Offenses / Concealed Firearm / Deadly Missile
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • U.S. Supreme Court;
  • Florida;
  • New York;
  • Oregon;
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida;
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida; and
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania.
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member of the Board of Directors

Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Legislative Liaison Committee, Chairman of the Pleading and Practice Committee

Federal Practice Committee

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Association of Federal Defense Attorneys

Florida Bar Association
Criminal Law Section, Appellate Law Section, International Law Section, Tax Law Section, Securities Law Section

American Bar Association

New York State Assembly
Former Legislative Aide, Former Staff Member Penal Committee

Hofstra University of Law, N.Y.
Former Instructor in Legal Research

Columbia University School of Law, NY, NY
Former Teaching Assistant

City of Deerfield Beach
Former Commissioner of Housing

E.B. Williams Publishing Co., NY, NY
Florida -Former Legal Editor


Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Florida Bar
"Death Qualified" by the Florida Supreme Court for Capital Murder/Death Penalty cases

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Client Reviews
My experience with Mr. Behr and his staff was nothing short of phenomenal. I hope to not ever need representation again. But In the case I do. J would absolutely use Mr. Behr. I would also fully recommend him to anyone I know in need of representation. Jeff
When I travel throughout the world for business I can honestly say that I feel extremely comfortable knowing I can pick up the phone for guidance and know Mr. Behr will consistently have my back with a positive answer on the other end. I attribute my success with my business by having this honorable man on my team. Thomas
Mr. Behr has helped me in various cases. And each time has been more than successful than I expected! I would recommend him 100% to anyone with legal problems. Eve
He filed motion after motion until the judge finally dismissed my case. He even took it to another judge. The guy never stopped and let nothing stop him. He was all over the prosecutor and knew more law than the judge, it was super cool to watch the man work. He is the best lawyer in the county. Jose