Zeljka Bozanic was born in Serbia, lived in South Africa and settled down in South Florida. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Master’s Degree in Finance and Juris Doctor degree.
Ms. Bozanic started working at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office as a Certified Legal Intern even before she graduated from law school. After obtaining her Juris Doctor degree, she was offered a permanent position at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office as an Assistant State Attorney where she prosecuted various crimes ranging from Narcotics, White Collar Crimes, Domestic Violence and Violent Crimes.
BOARD CERTIFIED CRIMINAL TRIAL ATTORNEY
Ms. Bozanic is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney and has been recognized by the Florida Bar as an expert/specialist in the practice of Criminal Law.
Board Certification is the highest level of evaluation by the Florida Bar Association of the competency and experience of attorneys and is approved by the Supreme Court of Florida. Certification recognizes an attorney’s unique knowledge, skills, proficiency, professionalism and ethics in their legal practice.
CRIMINAL DEFENSE REPRESENTATION
Implementing all the experience gained through years of working as a prosecutor and years of defending clients against criminal prosecution, Ms. Bozanic has taken many cases to trial and secured favorable verdicts. She has tried countless jury trials and bench trials. She has obtained numerous acquittals and produced thousands of positive results for her clients. Ms. Bozanic is extremely passionate about her clients and makes sure that they end up with the best possible outcome.
NEWS COVERAGE AND HIGH-PROFILE CASES
Ms. Bozanic has successfully fought and litigated numerous high profile drug importation cases, sex trafficking, armed robbery and fraud cases. Some of the notable cases that received media coverage include:
THE CLUB MADONNA CASE – our client, who was initially charged with Human Trafficking punishable by life in prison and numerous other counts, ended up with one misdemeanor count after all the remaining charges were dismissed.
NFL PLAYER – Ms. Bozanic represented former American Football player in the NFL, Michael Bennett, who played as a running back for Minnesota Vikings. Mr. Bennett’s sentence involved less than a year served in jail for a fraud charge.
INNOVIDA EXECUTIVE IN A $40 MILLION FRAUD – Ms. Bozanic represented Claudio Osorio, a top Miami businessman who ran a Fortune 500 company. Mr Osorio was accused of diverting money to offshore accounts that his company Innovida collected from investors for building homes in Haiti, after the devastating earthquake in January of 2010. Some of the investors mentioned in the case included NBA basketball players, such as Carlos Boozer, Alonzo Mourning, etc.
FENTANYL BUST – Ms Bozanic represented one of the the first people charged in Federal Court with Fentanyl, better known as Flakka. She successfully defended her client against any additional enhancements based on the possession of a brand new drug called W-18 after arguing that W-18 was not on the DEA Schedule of Controlled Substances at the time of the arrest.
JAMAICAN LOTTERY SCAM – Ms. Bozanic represented clients accused in the Jamaican Lottery scams involving millions of dollars sent to Jamaica. She was able to secure a downward variance and convince the Judge to give a probation sentence.
PROSECUTION OF A HAITIAN SENATOR– Ms. Bozanic represented Senator-elect of Grand-Anse, Haiti, Guy Philippe, and was successful in getting his drug trafficking charge dismissed.
RACIAL PROFILING IN BROWARD– One of the most significant verdicts in Ms. Bozanic’s career involve an acquittal of a client who was charged with armed robbery and attempted first degree murder, only because he happened to be a black male wearing a hoodie. The officers in the case jumped on arresting our client and his two friends, after getting a general description of “three black males in hoodies”. The worst part of the case was that the prosecutor handling the case decided to go forward, despite receiving DNA evidence that exonorated our client and implicated another person. After a month long trial and fighting ignorance, racism and incompetence, Ms. Bozanic’s client was vindicated by a jury who found him NOT GUILTY on all charges.
PHONE PASSCODE LITIGATION – Ms. Bozanic has been involved in litigation of the new law passed requiring the defendants to turn over phone passwords to law enforcement and essentially incriminate themselves. The recent decision in State v. Stahl, out of the Second District Court of Appeals, caused prosecutors all over Florida to start filing motions requiring the defendants to turn over their phone passcode to law enforcement.
LECTURES AND MEMBERSHIP
Ms. Bozanic was an adjunct professor of Criminal Law at City College.
Ms. Bozanic is a member of the Bar of the State of Florida. She is also licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Ms. Bozanic has dedicated her whole career to defending clients in criminal court and defending their constitutional rights. Ms. Bozanic is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Layers, Florida Bar Criminal Trial Section and Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.