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.
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.
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.
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.
We have 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.
"Got my charge of 15 years minimum dismissed- I trust her completely. I got arrested for drugs and my old attorney told me to take a deal the prosecutor was offering and sign to go to prison for years. I hired Zeljka and she filed motions, investigated the case for months and argued for me. The cops searched my car for no probable cause and she was able to show their lies. I am here today with my kids thanks to Zeljka and I don't know what I would do without her. She fights with her heart and cares about her clients. I am thankful I was able to stay here with my family and will never forget what she did for me.."- Chris, Miami
"Zeljka is an amazing attorney, very capable. She handled my case in an excellent manner. It was a difficult case, but with her expertise, had a great outcome. Her retainer was reasonable."
"If you need a lawyer that would get the job done, it's Zeljka Bozanic. I was facing 10-15 years on a charge that was Publishable By Life if I were to be found guilty. It was my first time in jail and didn't know what to do because there was evidence I was there even though I wasn't completely involved. Zeljka comforted my mother and father while I remind in incarcerated while meant the world. God always made sure I was okay but he sent a lawyer that was the best and did everything to get me out of jail with out House arrest, Probation, or even a jail sentence. She's always involved and very caring of your situation no matter what the circumcise of the crime may be. Because of God and the BEST Criminal Defense Attorney in Miami, I'm a free man and now in Law school to be a Defense Lawyer myself. I just wanted to say Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you did for me and my family.
You shouldn't look no where else for a more Aggressive, Genuine, Passionate & Hard-working Defense Attorney."- Paul, Miami
"i strongly recommend Zeljka to all my friends . I had the privilege to benefit the services of best lawyer i could ever expect meeting . Smart , confident , flexible , smooth , attentive and so at ease when dealing with complicated criminal matters ."- Herby, Miami
"I was supposed to do years in prison, but she got my charges dropped. That's why i said she's the best. Thank you so much Zeljka"
"Bozanic Law is the best personal injury firm I could have hired. They fought for my case and secured a six figure settlement for my injuries. Professional, responsive and excellent firm. "
"They always answered my calls and kept me informed. I always knew what was going with my case. My case resolved extremely well and I am would recommend Bozanic Law to all my friends and family . "