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Criminal Case Successes 2015

DUVAL COUNTY 2015 - Client is stopped for speeding and admits to drinking, avoids a DUI conviction. The Officer observed indicators of impairment such as slow lethargic speech and an odor of alcohol. Our client agreed to participate in Field Sobriety Exercises and performed poorly. Our client admitted to drinking and that he was impaired. After being arrested our client refused to take a breath test. Upon retraining our firm we reviewed the case. Through our representation of the client the charge of DUI was reduced to reckless driving. Adjudication was withheld, which means our client was not convicted of a crime and will not be assessed points on his license.

DUVAL COUNTY 2015 - Client was charged with DUI after being followed for a distance of approximately one mile and seen exceeding the speed limit and weaving in her lane. The Florida Highway Patrol conducted a DUI investigation. Our client refused to do most of the field sobriety exercises citing a childhood illness. It was determined, our client was impaired and she was arrested for DUI. After being taken to the jail, our client provided a breath test well over the legal limit. A motion was filed seeking to limit the evidence available to the State Attorney’s Office. Halfway through the motion hearing, negotiations resulted in the DUI being dropped and the charges reduced to Reckless Driving.

DUVAL COUNTY 2015 - Client was charged with DUI after being stopped for leaving the scene of an accident. Our Client performed poorly on the field sobriety exercises and then refused to provide a breath test. After reviewing the case and providing mitigation our client pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving and adjudication was withheld, meaning our client was not convicted and no points will be assessed on their license.

DUVAL COUNTY 2015 - Client was charged with DUI after he failed to stop at a stop sign. Our Client performed the field exercises poorly and refused to provide a breath test. After reviewing the case our client pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving and adjudication was withheld, meaning our client was not convicted and no points will be assessed on their license.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY 2015 - Client was charged with DUI after he was observed driving erratically. Our client performed the field exercises poorly and provided a breath test of .17 and .18. After review of the case and negotiating with the State our client pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving.

DUVAL COUNTY 2015 - Client was charged with DUI after being stopped for crossing into oncoming traffic, speeding, and rolling through a stop sign. Our Client performed poorly on the field sobriety exercises and then refused to provide a breath test. After reviewing the case and providing mitigation our client pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving.

DUVAL COUNTY 2015 - Client was charged with DUI after being stopped for failing to stop at a stop sign. Our Client performed poorly on the field sobriety exercises and then refused to provide a breath test. After reviewing the case and providing mitigation our client pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving and adjudication was withheld, meaning our client was not convicted and no points will be assessed on their license.

DUVAL COUNTY 2015 - Client was charged with 3 counts of DUI after crashing into a parked car and a house. Our Client refused to perform field exercises and refused to provide a breath test. The DUI charges were dropped and our client pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving.

NASSAU COUNTY 2015 - Client was charged with DUI after being stopped for speeding on Highway 200. The client participated in field sobriety exercises but had medical issues making those nearly impossible to perform. The client provided a breath sample well above the legal limit. Ultimately, we were able to achieve a Reckless Driving withhold of adjudication which means no conviction and no points on their license.

DUVAL COUNTY 2015 - Client was charged with DUI after being stopped for erratic driving on Southside Blvd. Client performed poorly on the field sobriety exercises and provided a breath test well above the legal limit. The client entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced at first appearance. We were able to undo the plea and after substantial litigation achieve a Reckless Driving withhold of adjudication, meaning no conviction and no points on their license.

DUVAL COUNTY 2015 - Client charged with DUI after being pulled over for speeding, and having refused a breath test, has charges reduced to lesser traffic offense of Reckless Driving. Our client received a withhold of adjudication which means no conviction.

DUVAL COUNTY 2015 - Client charged with DUI after being pulled over for running a red light. Our client refused a breath test, but provided a urine sample which tested positive for controlled substances. Our client's charges were reduced to a lesser traffic offense of Reckless Driving, and received a withhold of adjudication.

DUVAL COUNTY 2015 - Client stopped for careless driving with a breath alcohol level of .17 avoids DUI conviction. Our client received a withhold of adjudication to the reduced charge of Reckless Driving.

DUVAL COUNTY 2015 - Client charged with DUI after being involved in a single car accident, and having a blood alcohol level of .18, charge reduced to lesser traffic offense of Reckless Driving, and the client received a withhold of adjudication meaning no conviction.

CLIENT ARRESTED FOR DUI AVOIDS CONVICTION: A Duval County client was pulled over when he was observed by an officer attempting to make a left turn, and at the last second, attempted to go straight and ended up driving on the wrong side of the road. The officer followed the client and eventually conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle. The client was asked to participate in field sobriety exercises based on the officer's observations of an odor of alcohol and slurred speech. The client agreed to perform the exercises. He was arrested based on his poor performance on the field exercises and taken to the Duval County Jail where he refused to submit to a breath test. During our representation, we were able to demonstrate to the State Attorney's Office the difficulty in obtaining a conviction should they proceed to a trial. We also presented mitigation to consider in conjunction with the evidence that was available. Through a combination of the two, we were able to successfully negotiate a reduced traffic offense of Reckless Driving and keep our client from sustaining a criminal conviction.

CLIENT WHO WAS SPEEDING AND CUT OFF OFFICER AVOIDS DUI CONVICTION: A Duval County client was pulled over when she was observed traveling above the speed limit and changed lanes cutting off a State Trooper. The trooper initiated a traffic stop on her vehicle and observed several indicators of impairment including, an odor of alcohol, bloodshot watery eyes, and a flushed face. The trooper observed her to be unsteady on her feet when she exited her vehicle. Based on her performance on the field exercises she was arrested for DUI. The trooper transported the client to the Duval County Jail. At the jail she was asked to submit to a breath test and she refused. During our representation, we were able to point out to the State Attorney the inconsistencies in the trooper's report and what was shown on his in car video. We were also able to present mitigation to the State to consider in conjunction with the conflicts in the evidence. We successfully negotiated a reduced charge of Reckless Driving. Our client also avoided a conviction on the lesser traffic offense.

CLIENT ASLEEP IN HIS PARKED CAR AVOIDS DUI CONVICTION: A Duval County client was arrested for DUI when it was reported that an individual was asleep behind the wheel of a running car in a gas station parking lot. When the officer arrived he pulled directly behind the client's car and took his keys. On an appeal of the decision of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to suspend our client's license, we were able to successfully argue that the client was illegally detained by the officer. We presented the opinion of the appellate court to the State Attorney who agreed to reduce the charge to a Reckless Driving. The client avoided a criminal conviction and resolved his case for a reduced charge of Reckless Driving.

DUI CHARGES DROPPED: A Duval County Client was arrested for DUI when he was found asleep in his car. The officer who responded to the scene found a set of car keys during the investigation. At the hearing at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, we were able to successfully point out that the keys found in the car with the client were not the keys that belonged to the car. Based on the testimony at the DMV hearing by the arresting officer that we provided, the State Attorney agreed to drop the charges against our client.

" CLIENT REFUSING BREATH TEST AVOIDS DUI CONVICTION. 2015 Duval County client was pulled over for traveling at a high rate of speed and making abrupt lane changes. After he was stopped, the Atlantic Beach officer decided to begin a DUI investigation after noticing several signs of impairment on our client. Our client agreed to perform field sobriety tests. Our client had issues on several of the exercises, including the walk and turn. Our client also failed to recite the alphabet correctly. Thereafter, he was arrested for DUI, whereupon he refused to provide a breath sample. The State then charged our client with DUI. After receiving the case, we examined all of the evidence and after meeting with the State our client's DUI charge was dismissed in favor of a lesser criminal/traffic offense of Reckless Driving."

" CLIENT ARRESTED FOR FELONY CHARGE OF DRIVING AS HABITUAL TRAFFIC OFFENDER AVOIDS PRISON 2015 Duval County. Our client, who had an extensive criminal record, was charged with Driving as a Habitual Traffic Offender. The State originally offered for him to enter a plea for a lengthy prison sentence. We were able to uncover extensive mitigation to present to the State. After reviewing the mitigation, the State agreed to ask only for the guideline sentence which would be approximately 2 ½ years in prison. After researching the prior convictions relied on by the State, including those from out of state, we were able to have the guidelines reduced to fourteen (14) months. Ultimately, after a successful sentencing hearing, out client received twelve (12) months on specialized probation. "

CLIENT ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE AVOIDS CONVICTION: A 2015 Duval County client had been stopped for running a red light and swerving off the road. During the subsequent contact with police, they were able to detect an odor of alcohol coming from our client, bloodshot and watery eyes, and mumbled speech. The client was asked to complete field sobriety exercises which he complied with. Following the exercises, the client was arrested for driving under the influence. The client was transported to the Duval County Jail where he submitted a breath test that was twice the legal limit. We were able to present significant mitigation to the State Attorney's Office on our client's behalf. Based on the substantial amount of mitigation that was able to be provided we were able to negotiate a reduced charge of Reckless Driving and keep our client from sustaining a criminal conviction.

CLIENT ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE AVOIDS CONVICTION. A 2015 Duval County client had been pulled over when she saw her friend was being issued a ticket by a police officer. The police officer made contact with her and observed an odor of alcohol and bloodshot watery eyes. The client was asked to complete field sobriety exercises which she complied with. Following the exercises, the client was arrested for driving under the influence. The client was transported to the Duval County Jail where she submitted a breath test that was just above the legal limit. During our representation, we were able to demonstrate to the State Attorney's Office the difficulty in obtaining a conviction should they proceed to a trial. We also presented mitigation to the State Attorney's Office to consider in conjunction with the evidence that was available. Through a combination of the two, we were able to successfully negotiate a reduced charge of Reckless Driving and keep our client from sustaining a criminal conviction.

CLIENT ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE AVOIDS CONVICTION: A 2015 Duval County client had been stopped for driving without his headlights illuminated. During the subsequent contact with police, they were able to detect an odor of alcohol coming from our client, bloodshot and watery eyes, and slurred speech. The client was asked to complete field sobriety exercises, and he refused to complete the exercises. Following his refusal, the client was arrested for driving under the influence. The client was transported to the Duval County Jail where he refused to provide a breath sample. We were able to present significant mitigation to the State Attorney's Office on our client's behalf. Based on the substantial amount of mitigation that was able to be provided we were able to successfully negotiate a reduced charge of Reckless Driving and keep our client from sustaining a criminal conviction.

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