1209 S.E. 3rd Avenue,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
(954) 462-4600

Practice Areas
CRIMINAL DEFENSE – State & Federal

Attorney Gelety has prepared, successfully litigated, and resolved virtually every type of criminal case, charge and accusation, in state and federal courts throughout the country, in single defendant as well as multi-defendant trials, including:

  • Capital cases (potential death penalty)
  • Conspiracy Cases
  • Organized crime and R.I.C.O prosecutions
  • Organized scheme to defraud cases, Mortgage Fraud & Insurance Fraud Cases
  • Prison release re-offender cases
  • Habitual offender and violent habitual offender cases
  • Career offender cases
  • Violent Cases 10-20 Life cases such as aggravated battery, robbery, kidnapping, burgulary
  • Mandatory minimum gun charges
  • Mandatory minimum drug importation, trafficking, distribution, possession with intent to distribute
  • Sex offenses, such as sexual battery, child pornography, solicitation


Personal injury lawsuits on behalf of clients, and defending clients against such lawsuits, including:

  • Construction defects
  • Car accident claims for money damage
  • Slip and fall claims for money damage
  • Dog bite claims for money damage


    • Extraordinary cases, representing clients before licensing and disciplinary boards, such as:
      • Attorneys, in grievance and disciplinary matters before the Florida Bar, a designated referee and ultimately, the Florida Supreme Court
      • Doctors before the Medical Board, and the appropriate District Court of Appeals
      • Real Estate Brokers, Appraisers, Salespersons, before the Real Estate Commission and the Appropriate Court of Appeals


APPEALS – US Supreme Court, Florida Supreme Court, All Federal Courts of Appeal, All Florida Courts of Appeal

Attorney Michael D. Gelety has handled appeals in virtually all types of criminal matters, including those mentioned above and more, and in civil cases such as:

  • Constitutional challenges to statutes, laws and rules of procedure
  • Florida Bar matters
  • Forfeiture actions
  • Statutory construction and interpretations (constitutional issues)
  • Bond proceedings
  • Personal injury matters (for plaintiff and defendants)

 PRE-TRIAL LITIGATION – (Federal Habeas Corpus and all Extraordinary Writs) State Post-Conviction Motions and Writs

Attorney Michael Gelety has handled complex and extraordinary pre-trial motions, petitions and writs such as:

  • Petition for Writ of Mandamus
  • Petition for Writ of Prohibition
  • Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (regarding bond issues)
  • Petition for Writ of Certiorari Review and Relief
  • Motion In Limine
  • Motion to Stay Proceedings
  • Motion to Recuse Trial Judge



Attorney Gelety litigates Federal Habeas Corpus and all extraordinary writs, and State Post-Conviction Writs and Motions, including:

  • Motion to Correct Sentence (Florida Rule 3.800)
  • Motion to Stay and Remand for Further Proceedings
  • Motion for New Trial
  • Motion for Arrest of Judgment
  • Motion for Judgment of Acquittal
  • Motion to Vacate Judgment and Sentence for Newly Discovered Evidence
  • Motion to Vacate Judgment and Sentence for Ineffective Assistance of Trial Counsel (Florida Rule 3.850)
  • Petition for Writ Of Habeas Corpus for Ineffective Appellate Attorney
  • Petition for Writ Of Habeas Corpus for Ineffective Trial Counsel in a State Conviction (Federal, Section 2254)
  • Petition for Writ Of Habeas Corpus for Ineffective Trial Counsel in a Federal Conviction (Federal, Section 2255)


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