Richard G. Ozelie, Esq. Graduated University South Florida undergrad in 1974 and graduated with his Juris Doctorate Degree (JD) from NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY – SHEPARD BROAD LAW CENTER in June 1978 and admitted to the Florida Bar in 1978. He is also a member of the Federal Bar for the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and is licensed to Practice law in any/all Federal jurisdictions, including all USA Territories. He is also admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court, and the 5th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal. The Firm has had Federal Ciminal representations in Florida, N. Carolina, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Texas.
Mr. Ozelie was lead Attorney for the primary Defendant in one of the largest Hashish seizure cases in DEA history (at the time) –17 tons — in a Federal prosecution in the Middle District of Florida (Jacksonville, FL) in 1996. (USA v SANTORO, et al, Case No. 96-73-CR-J-10) also, NY Times Article published May, 31, 1996. Although the defendants were facing a minimum of 10 years up to Life, his Client received only 5 years following the filing of defensive motions attacking the entire story of the origin of the hash and how the DEA “came to posess” same. The Firm has also had several other large Federal drug cases as well as Stock Fraud, Money Laundering, Wire and Mail Fraud cases. Areas of practice also include State of Florida felony and misdemeanor representations throughout the State.