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Lawyer of the YEAR

Attorney Bruce Udolf have been selected as Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers magazine 7 out of the last 8 years.

Fort Lauderdale Federal Crime Attorney

Top Rated South Florida Criminal Defense Law Firm

Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. provides skilled legal defense in the face of federal criminal prosecutions for white-collar crime, drug charges and other federal criminal offenses. With over 40 years in practice, including approximately 20 years as a state and federal prosecutor and 20 years in private practice criminal defense, Bruce Udolf has knowledge and experience needed to deliver smart, strategic, strong and effective representation in any criminal arrest or investigation. With offices in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach, Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. handles cases throughout the United States, including all courts in South Florida.

Bruce Udolf’s career as a prosecutor includes several years as an Assistant District Attorney and District Attorney in Georgia, and more than a decade in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, working in the office’s appellate, major crimes and narcotics sections. During his years at the DOJ, Bruce received multiple Outstanding Achievement Awards from the Department, as well as commendations from the United States Customs Service, Office of Internal Affairs, the Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Professional Responsibility, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and, in 1992 and 1994, from the Director of the FBI.

Contact experienced Fort Lauderdale federal crime attorney Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. regarding your South Florida criminal matter, or read on for more information. We serve all of South Florida with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Miami & West Palm Beach, we can help you today.

Over 40 years of experience in federal criminal trial law

As a Fort Lauderdale federal crime attorney in private practice, Bruce has been named to the tier one ranking of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyer listings in the White-Collar and Non-White Collar Criminal Defense categories. US News – Best Lawyers, Named Best Law Firm, Tier 1 (2019-2023). He was also named Lawyer of the Year 7 out of the last 8 years (2016-2023) by Best Lawyers in America for Criminal and White-Collar Criminal Defense in South Florida. He has been included by the National Trial Lawyers among the Top 100 Lawyers for Criminal Defense and has been recognized by Super Lawyers every year since 2010. Most recently, Bruce was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Federal criminal law is a complicated area with strict rules and procedures and severe consequences for persons convicted of a federal offense. Call on the law office of Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. for any federal white collar criminal matter or drug charge, including charges involving the sale or distribution of steroids or human growth hormone (HGH).

Does your office go to trial or negotiate pleas?

The decision whether to go to trial or negotiate a plea is one of the most significant decisions the accused has to make in a federal criminal prosecution. Many factors go into this decision, including the strength of the prosecution’s case, the viability of any available defenses, the criminal history and character of the accused, the witnesses for or against the accused, and the possible consequences of a conviction versus a plea.

At the law office of Bruce L. Udolf, P.A., we carefully analyze all pertinent factors and advise you on your options, so you can make an informed decision about whether to negotiate a plea or fight in court. When choosing a criminal defense attorney to advise and represent you, ask whether that lawyer has a record of taking cases to trial. If not, the lawyer may be pushing you to take a plea that is not in your best interests because the lawyer doesn’t want to go to trial. Bruce L. Udolf has tried countless federal felony cases as both a prosecutor and defense lawyer, and he is comfortably providing outstanding representation in any way that meets your needs, including negotiating a favorable plea, trying your case in court, or arguing a federal appeal.

When do I plea?

Your first opportunity to enter a plea may come at your initial appearance/arraignment. If you haven’t hired an attorney yet, or if you haven’t had extensive discussions with your lawyer before the arraignment, a not guilty plea would most likely be proper here. You can always change your plea later if you and your lawyer decide it would be advantageous to enter into plea negotiations.

It is important to understand that a guilty plea is an admission of guilt and will result in you having a criminal record in addition to whatever penalties the judge imposes. Even though you negotiate an agreement with the U.S. Attorney about what sentence they will recommend to the judge, the judge is not bound to honor the terms of the agreement and may impose a different sentence. Don’t let the prosecutors or federal agents talk you into pleading guilty before you have had a chance to discuss your case with an experienced and successful federal criminal defense attorney. The government may be charging you with a more serious offense than they can prove, or they might not have sufficient evidence to secure a conviction at all, especially in the face of a strong defense.

Help with Fort Lauderdale Federal Criminal Defense in South Florida and Beyond

If you have been arrested and charged with a white collar crime, federal drug charge or other federal offense, or if you are under investigation by an agency of the federal government, call Bruce L. Udolf, P.A., for a confidential consultation on your situation and best options for a positive outcome. Our Fort Lauderdale federal crime attorneys cover all of South Florida from our offices in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach. Se Habla Español.

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What our clients are saying

  • In pre-trial motions, courtroom trials and appeals, Bruce offers cogent legal arguments that demonstrate a firm grasp of the law and the thorough preparation it takes to win the day....

    — Client
  • From white collar crimes to federal drug charges, Bruce is a staunch advocate for his client’s rights who presents all available defenses and challenges the prosecution to prove its case....

    — Client
  • From judge to jury to media relations, Bruce Udolf brings years of experience handling high-profile cases to bear, ensuring his clients are treated fairly in the justice system and the court of public opinion....

    — Client
  • Bruce is a persuasive presence in front of the jury, presenting evidence and arguments in a compelling fashion that can be easily understood and readily accepted....

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  • From opening statements to summation, Bruce L. Udolf commands and captivates the courtroom, eliciting testimony, challenging witnesses, and above all protecting his clients’ rights and best interests....

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RECENT Case Results

  • Obtained Acquittal

    In the first case, the client was charged with making a false statement on an application for U.S. citizenship...
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    Earlier this year, Bruce represented an aerospace consultant charged with defrauding the government in the purchase of used aircraft...
  • Obtained Acquittal
    Money Laundering

    Most recently, in November, 2023, Bruce successfully negotiated a resolution for his client, a South American banker...
  • Obtained Acquittal
    Racketeering (RICO) Conspiracy

    Client (former head of Peruvian Soccer Federation) in the charges brought in the Eastern District of New York against...
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    Vehicular Homicide/DUI Manslaughters

    On multiple Vehicular Homicide/DUI manslaughter charges where the defendant had been accused of driving the...
  • Obtained Acquittal
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    In a money laundering/narcotics case against a Colombian computer exporter in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Obtained Acquittal
    Civil Rights Conspiracy

    A case where prison officials were criminally charged with violating the civil rights of an inmate in U.S. District...
  • Obtained Acquittal

    On a first-degree murder charge in a case defended on a self-defense theory based on the “battered woman syndrome.”...
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    A defendant, facing multiple years in prison for his participation in a commercial bribery scheme who co-operated with...
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    A client who had failed to file income tax returns for over ten years and failed to pay taxes on more than $4 million in income...
  • Minimal Sentence
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    The case of a former city council member charged with obtaining bribes in the form of home improvements from contractors who...
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When one is facing serious criminal allegations, the caliber of the criminal defense attorney can have a dramatic impact on the way the case is ultimately resolved. Attorney Bruce L. Udolf is recognized among his colleagues for his dynamic, strategic approach at each phase of a criminal proceeding.

Based in Fort Lauderdale, Bruce L. Udolf, P.A., serves clients across Florida and the United States.

From local news coverage of the prosecution of a Fort Lauderdale vice mayor for white collar crime, to appearances on MSNBC, Fox News, A&E and other outlets, Bruce has been interviewed about some of his most prominent cases, including a sports corruption probe by the U.S. Justice Department of the International Soccer Federation (FIFA), Whitewater investigation and the Clinton impeachment.

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Find Out More About Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Lawyer Bruce Udolf

Our founding attorney, Bruce Udolf, has more than 40 years of litigation experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to establishing our law firm, Bruce served as a prosecutor for nearly 20 years. After serving as an Assistant District Attorney and, ultimately, as an elected District Attorney for seven years, Bruce became a federal prosecutor. He served more than 10 years in this role. For five of these years, Bruce was the Chief of the Public Corruption/Integrity Section for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. In this position, he tried and supervised some of the most significant criminal investigations and prosecutions in the United States. Bruce also served as an Associate Independent Counsel in Washington, D.C., during the Whitewater investigation.


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