Sweta Patel is a criminal defense attorney and partner at Bruckheim & Patel. She has litigated a wide range of cases from DUI and assault to drug trafficking and other serious felonies. Ms. Patel is prepared to defend your rights with compassion and strength from overzealous prosecutors and law enforcement. Her extensive trial experience allows her to deftly navigate the D.C. court system while developing the strongest defense strategies possible. In her role at Bruckheim & Patel, Ms. Patel works very closely with founding partner, Michael Bruckheim, defending criminal cases within the District of Columbia and Maryland.
Prior to joining Bruckheim & Patel, Ms. Patel worked extensively as a criminal defense attorney in the District of Columbia and Florida representing adults and juveniles facing misdemeanor and felony charges. She formerly worked for a litigation defense firm in the District of Columbia and served as an assistant public defender, where she gained significant trial experience with cases that included allegations of a variety of crimes including attempted murder, sexual assault, gun possession charges, drug trafficking, burglary, robbery, and driving under the influence (DUI).
In her DUI cases, Ms. Patel has received numerous not guilty verdicts at trial and is able to negotiate favorable resolutions in a vast majority of her cases due to extensive pretrial litigation. She is trained and certified in DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, the same training and certification officers that testify in DUI/DWI trials undergo. She has conducted over 200 depositions, filed more than 500 motions and conducted countless hearings. Moreover, Ms. Patel has had over 400 cases dismissed based on thorough mitigation or motion practice or through aggressive and deft litigation at trial. To date, Ms. Patel has handled over 5,000 cases from arraignment to appeal if necessary. As a successful D.C. DUI attorney, she has become well known throughout the community for her zealous advocacy and ability to obtain favorable results in her cases. Ms. Patel was awarded Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. She currently has a perfect 10 rating on Avvo, a website that compiles attorney reviews from peers and clients. Ms. Patel received the Avvo Client’s Choice Award for DUI and Criminal Defense and was awarded American Society of Legal Advocates’ prestigious Top 40 under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers in DC in 2017.
Ms. Patel earned her Juris Doctor at the St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from the Florida State University. While attending law school, she was a certified legal intern with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and interned with the Honorable Maxine Cohen Lando. Ms. Patel also served as the symposium editor of the university’s Intercultural Human Rights Law Review, received honors in legal writing and trial advocacy, and played a vital role in the successful bid to elect Florida State Senator Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood).
When she is not in the courtroom or hard at work at the office, Ms. Patel can be found dedicating much of her time and her services to various professional and philanthropic organizations, including Street Law Program (D.C. Public School’s Incarcerated Youth Program); Big Brothers Big Sisters; Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBADC); the South Asian Bar Association (SABA); and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC).
Ms. Patel is barred in the District of Columbia and Florida. She is federally barred with the United States District Court of Maryland and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She is fluent in Gujarati and proficient in Hindi.
If you have been charged with a crime or are under investigation and need a D.C. criminal defense attorney, contact Sweta Patel today by calling 202-930-3464 or sending a confidential message to Patel@BruckLaw.com for a free consultation.