Attorney Jay M. Arnesen is a former police officer who provides experienced DUI and Criminal Defense representation in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Broward County, and Palm Beach County, Florida. Mr. Arnesen’s fierce advocacy for his clients’ rights throughout the criminal process has resulted in many favorable outcomes and verdicts.

DUI – As a police officer, Mr. Arnesen has had comprehensive training in DUI Detection, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, and Breath Testing. His in-depth knowledge and understanding of police procedures has enabled him to successfully challenge every aspect of the State’s case when defending his clients. Additionally, he knows firsthand how situations really play out on the street as opposed to how they end up being portrayed on an arrest report. As a result, Mr. Arnesen has obtained several “Not Guilty” verdicts in DUI cases at trial.

Criminal Defense – Mr. Arnesen believes that probable cause issues relating to one’s arrest far too often go unchallenged by the defense. Whether the arrest occurred with or without a warrant, Mr. Arnesen will leave no stone unturned in his pursuit to protect his clients’ rights against illegal searches and seizures.

Background – In his fifth year of service as a police officer, at the age of 26, Mr. Arnesen was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident that almost claimed his life while responding to a 911 call. As a result of the accident, he received over 400 stitches to his face and head, tore his tendon in his left hand, broke a vertebrae in his lower back, and sustained partial vision loss in his left eye. After months of rehabilitation and follow-up surgery, Mr. Arnesen recovered from his injuries but sadly had to take an early retirement from the police department. However, early retirement allowed Mr. Arnesen to pursue his lifelong goal of becoming a criminal defense attorney.

Given what is at stake in your case, you cannot afford to take chances with your criminal defense. When you hire Mr. Arnesen, you will never get an associate assigned to your case. Mr. Arnesen will be with you every step of the way. His mission is for every client to leave the office feeling confident about the quality of their legal representation.

About Jay Arnesen

  • Admitted to New Jersey Bar: 2005

Honors and Awards:

  • Super Lawyers – Rising Stars: 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Top-40 “Under 40” Criminal Defense Lawyers in New Jersey by the American Society of Legal Advocates: 2014
  • Rating – Superb “10” rating
  • Honored for successfully resuscitating a person who had stopped breathing several times during an emergency call. CPR Life Saving Award, Little Ferry First Aid Corps.
  • Successfuly performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a person who stopped breathing due to a heart condition. CPR Life Saving Award, New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • High-Speed Pursuit Guidelines Training
  • Use of Force Training
  • Bergen County Rapid Deployment Force (RDF)
  • Certified in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), Advanced Training Narcotics Course – John Jay University School of Criminal Justice, FBI, DEA, ATF, NYPD, New York State Police, US Customs
  • Certified in High-Risk Situational Survival – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
  • Certified Breathalyzer Operator – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
  • Certified AAA Driver Improvement Course
  • Certified to Operate Defibrilator – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
  • Distinguished Pistol Expert – Highest Level – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
  • Certified to Perform CPR – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
  • Certified Firearms Instructor – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety
  • Certified Emergency Medical Technician (E.M.T.)
  • Certified Police Officer – State of N.J., Dept. of Law & Public Safety

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • NCDD, National College for DUI Defense, 2012
  • FOP, Legal Protection Plan Attorney
  • PBA, Legal Plan Attorney
  • PBA, Local 600 (Retired Members)
  • PBA, POLICE BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION, Local 102, 1995 – present
  • HONOR LEGION, New Jersey
  • BCBA, Bergen County Bar Association
  • NJSBA, Young Lawyers Division, 2009 – 2011
  • NJSBA, Criminal Law Section
  • NJSBA (New Jersey State Bar Association)
  • NJSBA, Municipal Court Practice Section

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES – On behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Mr. Arnesen testified before the New Jersey Assembly, Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee regarding Assembly Bill A-1844, which makes discretionary a driver’s license suspension for the first offense of driving without motor vehicle insurance, 2012
  • LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES – On behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Mr. Arnesen testified before the New Jersey Assembly, Assembly Judiciary Committee regarding Assembly Bill A-1848, which imposes limits on fees charged for discovery in municipal courts, 2012
  • NJSBA, Secretary, Municipal Court Practice Section, 2012
  • BCBA, Bergen County Bar Association – Municipal Court Committee Member, 2011 – 2012, 2012
  • BCBA, Bergen County Bar Association – Criminal Practice Committee Member. 2011 – 2012, 2012
  • PBA, Local 600, Co-Chairman – Legal Affairs Committee. Advised over 4000 Retired New Jersey Law Enforcement Officers, 2011
  • NJSBA, Legislative Coordinator, Municipal Court Practice Section, 2011

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • In January 2012, Mr. Arnesen was the guest speaker at a New Jersey Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice Section seminar of Post-Conviction Relief Motions in municipal court. Speaker, Municipal Court Laurick Motions and other Post Conviction Relief Motions, Municipal Court Practice Section, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2012
  • In early 2011, Mr. Arnesen was a guest speaker at PBA Local 600′s monthly meeting in Woodbridge, NJ. At the meeting, he spoke in detail about proposed legislation concerning pension reform and how it affected retirees. A secondary issue he spoke about was the legal responsibilities associated with retired police officers carrying concealed weapons under New Jersey law. As a result of his lecture, Mr. Arnesen was asked by the organization to Co-Chair the Legal Affairs Committee. Currently, he actively participates in disseminating pension and benefit information to over 4000 members. Guest Speaker, Pension Reform, PBA Local 600, Retired Police Officers, 2011

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • DUI Trial – Client was arrested for DUI (Third Offense), Refusal, Leaving the Scene of an Accident (with bodily injury), and Failure to Wear Seatbelt. Defendant faced a mandatory 180 days in jail and a 20-year loss of license if convicted. After lengthy pre-trial motions involving discovery and suppression issues, the case went to trial. On day one, defense counsel subjected the arresting officer to a grueling cross-examination as to the proper administration of field sobriety tests. Many times during his testimony, the officer admitted that he failed to follow protocol. Prior to day two of trial, defense counsel submitted a new expert report as to blood evidence which indicated the defendant could have been suffering the effects of a diabetic emergency stemming from low blood sugar. As a result of the expert’s report and poor testimony by the arresting officer, the State dismissed the DUI charge and defendant pleaded guilty to Refusal. Defendant received a 10-year loss of license but received no time in jail.
  • DUI Trial – Client charged with DUI and several other moving violations. The client’s alleged Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was .16 percent. Defense counsel successfully had the breath test thrown out. After several other pre-trial motions, the case went to trial. At trial, defense counsel exposed conflicting accounts from two police officers about what transpired at the scene. The defendant was found not guilty of the DUI, but guilty of two moving violations.
  • DUI Trial – Client was arrested and charged with DUI, DUI in a School Zone, Refusal, and Reckless Driving. In this case, the defendant drove through a roadside sobriety checkpoint. At trial, defense counsel challenged the officer as to the proper administration of Field Sobriety Tests as well as the location of the alleged school zone violation. The judge found the defendant Not Guilty of DUI in a School Zone, Not Guilty to Reckless Driving, but guilty of DUI (observation only) and Refusal.
  • DUI Trial – Client was charged with DUI and a parking offense. Defense counsel got the breath results thrown out via a Holup motion limiting the time for the State to produce the certifications and documents relating to the Alcotest machine. The case went to trial and the defense got the arresting officer to admit on the stand that he did not properly administer the Field Sobriety Tests to the defendant. Defendant was found Not Guilty of all charges.

Representative Clients:

FOP (Fraternal Order of Police), Legal Protection Plan – Approved Attorney – Represented sworn law enforcement officers in criminal, administrative, and civil matters. 2011, 2012
PBA (Police Benevolent Association), Legal Plan – Approved Attorney – Represented sworn law enforcement officers in criminal, administrative, and civil matters. 2011, 2012

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2012

Educational Background:

  • The Legalities of Field Sobriety Testing, 2013
  • Confronting a DRE Expert at a DWI Trial, 2013
  • Draeger Safety Diagnostics, Inc., Operator Training Court for the Draeger Alcotest 7110 MKIII-C, 2012
  • Non-DWI in Municipal Court, Certificate of Attendance, 2012
  • DWI Update 2012, Certificate of Attendance, 2012
  • Ethics – Lawyers Guide to Professionalism, Certificate of Attendance, 2012
  • Appellate Advocacy, Certificate of Attendance, 2012
  • Closing Arguments, Certificate of Attendance, 2012
  • Direct and Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses, Certificate of Attendance, 2012
  • A Step by Step Review of the Twelve Foundational Documents of State v. Chun, Certificate of Attendance, 2012
  • The Jersey Sting, Certificate of Attendance, 2012
  • Cross-Examination of Plaintiff and Defendant, Certificate of Atendance, 2012
  • The Impact of Municipal Court Convictions on Immigration, Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • Cross-Examination, Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • Direct Examination of Parties and Experts, Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • Opening Statements, Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • Opening Statements, 2011
  • Criminal Trial Advocacy Summer Institute, 2011
  • Trial Evidence: Artistry & Advocacy in the Courtroom – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • Municipal Court Bench Bar Conference – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • The Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • Building Your Criminal Case at the Initial Stage – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • Ethics in Municipal Court – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • Discovery/New Rules Regarding E-Discovery – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • Damages and Remedies – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • Motion Practice and Settlement Strategies – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • Stop Tickets – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • Trying the Sexual Assault Case – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • DWI Update (regular) – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • DWI Update (advanced) – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • Computer-Related Scientific and Technical Defenses in Alcotest Cases – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • Jury Selection – Certificate of Attendance, 2011
  • Morris Pashman Inn of Court – Pupil, 2010
  • Legal Ethics – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
  • District Ethics Presentation – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
  • Professionalism in the Law – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
  • History of the Inns, Goals – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
  • Criminal Trial Preparation – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
  • Miscellaneous Criminal Proceedings – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
  • DWI Update – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
  • Home Searches & the 4th Amendment – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
  • Auto Stops – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Dispositions and Defense Counsel’s Duty to Advise Under Padilla and Nunez-Valdez – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
  • Municipal Court Bench Bar Conference – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
  • Appellate Practice for Criminal Trial Attorneys – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
  • Prosecuting and Defending the Public Official or Police Officer – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
  • Handling a Criminal Case from Arraignment to Appeal – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
  • Criminal Law Institute – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
  • The Etco Hardt Controversy – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
  • Cross Examination of Field Sobriety – Certificate of Attendance, 2010
  • Criminal Motion Practice – Certificate of Attendance, 2009
  • Handling Drug, DWI & Serious Motor Vehicle Cases in Municipal Court – Certificate of Attendance, 2009
  • B.A. – Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • H.S. Paramus Catholic Regional High School

Tell Us About Your Case

Jay Arnesen is a retired police officer turned criminal defense attorney who now defends clients charged with criminal and traffic (DUI) offenses in South Florida. With offices conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Mr. Arnesen appears in courts throughout South Florida on a regular basis. Protect your rights, contact experienced criminal defense lawyer Jay Arnesen anytime for a free initial consultation at 866-347-6296.

Arnesen Law, P.A.

Areas We Serve

Palm Beach County, Atlantis, Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Briny Breezes, Cloud Lake, Delray Beach. Glen Ridge, Greenacres, Gulf Stream, Haverhill, Highland Beach, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Lake Park, Lake Worth, Manalapan, North Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Springs, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, West Palm Beach


Boca Raton

1825 NW Corporate Blvd. Suite 110

Boca Raton, FL 33431

  (201) 556-1570  

Fort Lauderdale

633 South Andrews Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

  (866) 317-5164