About Mr. Gutmacher
Jon H. Gutmacher received a BBA from the University of Miami in 1969, and a Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School in 1972, where he served briefly on the law review, and also was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for Trial Advocacy. While in law school he worked as Chief Law Clerk for the Union County (New Jersey) Prosecutorís Office where he wrote over 200 appellate briefs, including two in the United States Supreme Court.
After graduating law school he moved to Florida, and served as an Assistant State Attorney in Broward County from 1973-1978. During that time he served as a misdemeanor prosecutor, head of the appellate section, and later a felony division lead prosecutor. After leaving the Office, he went into private practice with various civil law firms, finally going out on his own.
Mr. Gutmacher was a member of the Appellate Court Rules Committee of The Florida Bar, and also served two terms as Chairman of the Traffic Court Rules Committee. He has written and lectured for CLE on such topics as Vehicular Manslaughter, Extraordinary remedies in criminal cases, and the Scientific Defenses in DUI cases. Mr. Gutmacher has also appeared on ABC Nightline with Ted Koppel on the subject of mercy killings, and was featured on a local television series on firearm issues.
He is the author of a leading treatise on Florida and Federal firearm and weapon laws, FLORIDA FIREARMS - Law, Use & Ownership. It has sold over
copies and is used extensively in the State of Florida. He is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor. While working in the State Attorney's Office, he served as a field legal advisor to a narcotics strike force, participating in numerous drug raids. He has the honor of having been Board Certified in the area of Criminal Trial Practice.
Mr. Gutmacher is a member of The Florida Bar, Orange County Bar Association, Central Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, NRA, and Gun Owners of America. He is authorized to practice before the United States Supreme Court, all Florida courts, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle District of Florida, and the Fifth and Eleventh Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. He has tried, as lead counsel: murder (death penalty), second degree murder, manslaugher, vehicular homicide, rape, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, theft, aggrevated assault, aggrevated battery, embezzlement, prostitution, DUI, criminal mischief, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, indecent exposure, drug trafficking, and numerous other cases. He also has handled numerous appeals before the Florida Supreme Court, District Courts of Appeal, Eleventh Circuit, and United States Supreme Court.
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