Office of the State Attorney
Michael J. Satz, State Attorney
17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County FL
About Michael J. Satz
Michael J. Satz, a native of Pennsylvania, is a graduate of Temple University and the University of Miami’s School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Satz became a prosecutor for the 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County. He quickly developed a reputation as a tough courtroom litigator specializing in the prosecution of homicide cases and other violent crimes.
Mr. Satz was elected State Attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit in November of 1976 and has been re-elected every four years since. He continues to regularly handle the prosecution of capital homicide cases and other serious crimes while now overseeing a staff of 511, including 215 Assistant State Attorneys.
Throughout his tenure as State Attorney, Mr. Satz has responded to Broward County’s diverse crime problems by instituting specialized units within the State Attorney’s Office. He established a Career Criminal Unit, Sexual Battery/Child Abuse Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, Elderly Abuse Unit, Organized Crime/Gang Unit, Public Corruption Unit, Economic Crime Unit, Drug Trafficking Unit, Identity Theft and others to enhance the focus and expertise of prosecutors experienced in these specialized areas of the law and increase the public safety of the citizens that he serves.
Mr. Satz also participated in the creation of Broward County’s nationally recognized Drug Court and Mental Health Court, as well as Habitual Offender Court, Domestic Violence Court and Veteran’s Court. He was one of the founders of Broward’s Sexual Assault Treatment Center.
Under Mr. Satz’s direction, the State Attorney’s Office has established a dedicated response to the needs of victims of crimes. A Victim Advocate Unit was instituted to provide victim counseling and to assist victims in recovering restitution for the crimes against them. Additionally, he expanded the Victim Advocate Unit to include a Victim Resource Center. The Victim Resource Center was created to provide a safe environment for victims and their families during all court proceedings.
Concerned about issues and institutions that affect the people of Broward, Mr. Satz initiated grand jury investigations into the proliferation of pain clinics, synthetic drugs, Broward school construction, youth gangs, foster care, organized crime, the Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center, the building construction and inspection industries, the Broward County Expressway Authority, mental health, child abuse and adult congregate living facilities.
In 1995, Mr. Satz sponsored the first Broward County Elder Abuse and Exploitation Seminar. In the summer of 1999, Mr. Satz organized Broward’s first countywide Foster Care Summit.
As State Attorney, Mr. Satz has successfully fought for legislation to increase penalties for vehicular and vessel homicide; to classify "GHB" as a controlled substance and to reschedule "roofies" as a dangerous drug. Mr. Satz was also instrumental in the creation of laws that provide criminal penalties for the abuse, neglect and exploitation of elderly persons and disabled adults, and laws that increase penalties for drivers who fail to stop and remain at the scene of an accident that results in serious injury or death.
For his efforts and service, Mr. Satz has been recognized by a host of prominent organizations:
During his career, Mr. Satz also has been recognized by several other prestigious organizations such as the Broward Bar Association and the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association.
In 1992, Mr. Satz received a special proclamation from Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles in recognition for having achieved the highest total conviction rate for trials and guilty pleas in the state, a high standard his office works hard to maintain.
Mr. Satz is co- founder and co-chair of the American Cancer Society’s annual “Up the River” cruise, part of the cancer society’s successful “Jail and Bail” fundraising event held each year in Broward.
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