Mr. Balaguera is a native of Brooklyn, New York who moved to Palm Beach County in 1999. From the beginning of his collegiate career, Mr. Balaguera had the passion to become a criminal defense lawyer. Mr. Balaguera attended Florida Atlantic University and earned an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice.
After graduating from
Florida Atlantic University, Mr. Balaguera attended and graduated from Nova
Southeastern University School of Law.
While in Law School, Mr. Balaguera received the highest grade in his class in the courses of Criminal Pre-trial Practice and Trial Advocacy. Mr. Balaguera knew his path to becoming a criminal defense trial lawyer required lots of hard work and preparation. While in law school, Mr. Balaguera was a member of various trial teams and student organizations. More specifically, Mr. Balaguera was a member of the National Texas Young Lawyers Association Trial Team, the National Association of Trial Lawyers of America Trial Team, and the Chester Bidell Trial team. Additionally, Mr. Balaguera was a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America organization and served as the organization’s “Public Relations Coordinator.”
After Mr. Balaguera’s admission to the Florida Bar, Mr. Balaguera began his career as a criminal defense attorney and went to work for the Palm Beach County Office of the Public Defender. While employed as an Assistant Public Defender, Mr. Balaguera represented clients in the Felony Division, the Appellate Division, the Domestic Violence Division, the County Court Division, and the Juvenile Division. During his tenure with the Office of the Public Defender, Mr. Balaguera zealously represented thousands of clients facing charges ranging from non-violent misdemeanor offenses to violent felony offenses punishable by life imprisonment. Mr. Balaguera has also handled cases dealing with violations of probation and cases with enhanced sentencing penalties such as Prison Release Reoffenders (PRR), Habitual Violent Felony Offenders (HVFO), Habitual Felony Offenders (HFO), and Violent Career Criminals (VCC). Additionally, Mr. Balaguera attended the State of Florida’s Defender College and received the “Best Advocate Award” in August of 2007. After leaving the Palm Beach County Office of the Public Defender, Mr. Balaguera went to work for Entin and Della Fera, P.A., a prestigious South Florida criminal defense law firm. Here, Mr. Balaguera represented clients all throughout the state of Florida in both State and Federal Court.
Throughout his career as a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Balaguera has gained extensive trial experience and has written and argued a multitude of pre-trial and post-trial motions based on the exclusion of prejudicial evidence and the violation of his client’s constitutional rights. After handling thousands of cases throughout the State of Florida and in Federal Court, Mr. Balaguera developed a reputation as an aggressive, hard working, well prepared, and motivated criminal defense attorney who cares about his client’s constitutional rights. Mr. Balaguera is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, 11th Circuit Court of Appeal, and Southern District of Florida. Mr. Balaguera currently handles all cases involving criminal defense related matters, such as: DUI, police brutality, domestic violence and Federal crimes, including drug trafficking, money laundering and forefeiture.
Pamela Balaguera is a native Floridian and graduate of the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University, where she was on the Dean’s list. Prior to Law School, she earned her undergraduate degree in Business Management from Florida Atlantic University in 2006.
Ms. Balaguera worked full time throughout most of her academic career. Until the completion of her first year of law school, she worked for a Fortune 500 company where she handled matters involving commercial real estate.
Thereafter, she became a Law Clerk for a well known personal injury firm in Ft. Lauderdale before she accepted a highly competitive internship with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. While at DHS/ICE Ms. Balaguera spent over 400 hours where she assisted Trial Attorneys with removal proceedings, drafted motions and prepared various court documents.
Ms. Balaguera is licensed to practice in all Florida Courts, and The Southern District of Florida. She is also a member of the Florida Bar Family Law Section and AILA. Ms. Balaguera has experience handling numerous cases involving: divorce, paternity, child support, times-sharing, parental abduction (The Hague), debt defense/civil motion practice,
appeals, immigration and traffic related cases (criminal and non-criminal).
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The Balaguera Law Firm serves clients located in the following cities: Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Sunrise, Lauderhill, Cooper City, Oakland Park, Miami, Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, Coconut Creek, Pompano Beach, Davie, Aventura, Sunny Isles, Plantation, Weston, North Miami, Hallandale, Hialeah, Coral Springs, Miami Gardens, Miramar, and Hallandale Beach, as well as Broward County, Miami-Dade County, Dade County, and Palm Beach County, Florida.
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