Miami Criminal Defense Attorney

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Attorney Thomas W. Mote II

Over 18 years of Criminal Law Experience

Attorney Thomas Mote has been practicing criminal law for over 18 years. Mr. Mote fluently speaks Spanish and grew up in Miami having attended Christopher Columbus High School. In his youth, Mr. Mote avidly practiced and competed in Judo and Ju-Jitsu and advanced to the rank of Black Belt. He then studied at the Florida State University where he graduated, Magna Cum Laude (with Honors), earning a Bachelor of Science in Communication and later a Juris Doctorate in law also from Florida State University. In law school, Mr. Mote was well liked by his peers and was elected to serve as a class representative for the Student Bar Association.

Attorney Thomas Mote began his legal career as a law clerk for the late, Judge Manny Crespo, Circuit Court Judge for Miami-Dade County. Later he worked as a certified legal intern for the Office of the State Attorney for Miami-Dade County. He then became a Special Assistant Public Defender for Miami-Dade County and practiced for four years as an Assistant Public Defender for Orange and Osceola counties, where he was recognized for his talents and hard work in 2003 as “Advocate of the Year” by the Office of the Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit.

Attorney Thomas Mote is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar since 2002 and the Federal Bar for the United States Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida. Mr. Mote is also certified to practice law before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Court and the Florida Supreme Court.

Attorney Thomas Mote has received specialized training for crimes involving death. Mr. Mote is a graduate of the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department’s “Police Medicolegal Investigation of Death” where he was trained by renowned medical examiner Dr. Emma O. Lew, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Miami-Dade County. This is the same training program taken by all detectives before permitted to serve within the Miami Dade Police homicide division.

Attorney Thomas Mote has handled a wide range of criminal cases in state and federal courts including: first degree murder, second degree murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, money laundering, drug crimes, armed drug trafficking, home invasion robbery, kidnapping, rape, sexual assault, child molestation, lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor, RICO, racketeering, organized crime, human trafficking, tax fraud, conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, credit card fraud, prostitution, child abuse, passport fraud, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, burglary, aggravated assault with a firearm, cultivation of marijuana, grand theft, petit theft, driving while license suspended, possession of cannabis, domestic violence, and armed robbery.

If you or a loved one has been arrested or is facing criminal charges, Attorney Thomas Mote, Miami criminal lawyer, has the knowledge and experience to successfully defend the case and protect your legal rights.


  • The National Trial Lawyers Association: “Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney 2018”
  • Attorney and Practice Magazines: "Top 10 Florida Criminal Defense"
  • “Lawyers of Distinction Award 2018 for Excellence in Criminal Defense”
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association: “Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney 2015”
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys: “10 Best Law Firms for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service 2017-2018”
  • “2003 Advocate of the Year” Office of the Public Defender, Ninth Judicial Circuit

Mr. Mote’s cases have been featured in:

  • Miami Herald
  • El Nuevo Herald
  • Telemundo
  • WPLG 10 ABC News
  • “First 48” A&E
  • Fox News
  • 60 Minutes CBS
  • WSVN 7 NBC

Mr. Mote is a member of the:

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member of the American Civil Liberties Union