Zahra S. Umansky

Orlando, Florida

Zahra Umansky was a former Assistant Public Defender in the 18th judicial circuit in Brevard and Seminole Counties, Florida. As a former Public Defender, Zahra had over a hundred trials including crimes such as robbery, theft, assault, battery, prostitution, drugs, trafficking, dealing in stolen property, fraud, sex crimes, driving under the influence, and many other Felonies and Misdemeanors. She was able to secure many not guilty verdicts and judgment of acquittals protecting her client's right to liberty. After Zahra left the Public Defender's office, she was appointed by the Honorable Glenda Hood, Mayor of Orlando, as the City Prosecutor for the City of Orlando, Florida.

As City Prosecutor, Zahra was successful in the implementation and prosecution of many types of criminal matters including crimes of disorderly conduct, assault and battery, resisting arrest without violence, trespass, indecent exposure of sexual organs, solicitation to commit prostitution and many other criminal and or ordinance violations. Zahra also served as the prosecutor before the City's Nuisance Abatement Board. She was also a legal advisor to the Orlando Police Department on matters involving search and seizure law, trespass, drugs, domestic violence etc. As a legal advisor, Zahra trained police in matters of search and seizure laws, Miranda and other constitutional rights. She reviewed search warrants, wiretap applications, and gave police last minute advice they needed before they made arrests.

While City Prosecutor for the City of Orlando, Zahra was appointed Special Assistant State Attorney for the Ninth judicial circuit to prosecute Firework cases here in Orlando, Florida. As a former prosecutor and legal advisor, Zahra can see and evaluate your case from both sides of the law. As a former police legal advisor, she understands how the Police investigate and secure their evidence and as a former prosecutor, understands how the State of Florida will present their case in court against you. Zahra Umansky is dedicated to defending the rights of her clients and approaches each case with aggressive and diligent representation. At the same time, she treats each client with the dignity and respect they deserve as human beings.


Areas of Practice

  • 100% Criminal Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1993


  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
    • J.D. - 1992
  • Stetson University, DeLand, Florida
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Sociology
    • Minor: Psychology


  • Confronting the Mob Mentality II: Challenging Charges of Sexual Assault, NACDL

Honors and Awards

  • Orlando Police Department Award of Excellence (2001)
  • Orange County Sheriff's Office, "Making A Difference", March 2014
  • Orlando Life Magazine, "Top Attorneys in Florida", 2015
  • Florida Trend Magazine, "Florida Legal Elite", 2015
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, "Super Lawyer", 2015
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, "Super Lawyer", 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Central Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • City of Orlando, City Prosecutor, 1996 - 2003
  • Office of the Public Defender, 18th Judicial Circuit, Assistant Public Defender, 1993 - 1996


  • Alpha Xi Delta

Recent Criminal
Case Results

Grand Theft ($300-$5000)

Nolle Prosequi-Case Dropped

CT-Driving Under the Influence Car (M1)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

CT- Driving under the influence car

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

Grand Theft Third Degree

Adjudicated Guilty; One day jail/one day time serve; Restitution fees; Court Cost

Petit Theft < 300

We negotiated an agreement that entailed the State dropping the charge after our client completed a Pre-Trial Diversion Program. The Charge was dropped via a Nolle Prosequi.

Unlawful Speeding

Withhold of Adjudication; No points on license; Paid fine and clerk cost; 8 hour aggressive driver class; 90 days to satisfy fine and class

Shoot/Throw Missile Into Dwell/Struct/Veh; Child Abuse; Criminal Mischief; Battery (Domestic Violence)

No Information Notice - Charges Dropped

Attach Tag/Lic Plate To Unassigned Vehicle (M2)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

DUI with Minor In Car or BAL of .20 or Higher

Pled No Contest, 1 Year Probation, 10 day Car Impound, Community Service

Motion to Modify Probation

Motion Granted in 48 hours

Petit Theft

Adjudication Withheld, 4 Months probation, Costs/Fines, Impulse Control Class

Petit Theft of $100 or MORE (M1)

Nolle Prosequi

Refuse To Submit To DUI Test (M1)

Case Dropped

Battery on Law Enforcement Officer (F3); Disorderly Conduct (M2)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped


Charges Dropped

Scheme to Defraud(F3); Grand Theft(F3)

Motion to Terminate Probation Granted

Unlawful Speed


Failed to Yield at Intersection

Not Guilty

Leave Scene Of A Crash W/Property Damage (M2)

Case Dropped

Motion to Modify and Impose a Withhold of Adjudication


Attempted Burglary of a Conveyance

Charges dropped

Possession of Cannabis (less than 20 grams)

Charges dropped


Reduced to reckless driving

Possession of Alcohol Under the Age of 21

Charges dropped

Driving Under the Influence

Reduced to Reckless Driving

Violation of Probation

Case Dismissed

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