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Criminal Case Successes 2016

Nassau 2016 – Client was stopped for excess speed as he passed a Florida Highway Patrolman on State Road 200. Client was contacted by FHP who noted signs associated with alcohol consumption. Our client agreed to participate in field sobriety exercises but was ultimately arrested for DUI. After being taken to the Nassau County jail, our client provided a breath test in excess of the legal limit. After extensive litigation, a negotiated plea agreement was reached whereby the DUI was dropped and instead our client was able to resolve their case for a Reckless Driving.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 – Client is arrested for second Boating Under the Influence (BUI), avoids conviction. Our client was observed by an Officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission operating a boat with a passenger urinating off the side of it. The Officer observed our client unsteady, slurring his speech, with red and glossy eyes, and an odor of alcohol. Multiple empty beer cans were found on the boat. Our client refused Field Sobriety Exercises and a breathalyzer test. After retaining our firm we reviewed the case. Through our representation our client’s charge was reduced to a Disorderly Intoxication. Adjudication was withheld, which means our client was not convicted of a crime.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 – Client avoids DUI conviction. Client stopped for making a wide turn. The Officer noticed several signs of impairment including slurred speech, an odor of alcohol, and bloodshot watery eyes. Our client participated in the field sobriety exercises and was subsequently arrested. Our client refused to provide a breath sample. After reviewing the case and providing mitigation our client had the DUI charges dropped, and pled to a reduced charge of Reckless driving. Our client received a withhold of adjudication, meaning he was not convicted and no points will be assessed on his license.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 – Client was stopped for weaving in his lane. The Officer noticed a strong odor of alcohol, flushed face, slurred speech and an open container in the vehicle. Our client was arrested after the field sobriety exercises. Officers also located marijuana in the vehicle. Our client refused to provide a breath sample. The DUI charges were dropped, and our Client pled to a reduced charge of Reckless driving. Our client received a withhold of adjudication and also had the marijuana charge dropped.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 – Client was stopped after he failed to yield to oncoming traffic. Officer noticed our client had difficulty following their instructions and had slow and slurred speech. Our client performed the field sobriety exercises and was subsequently arrested. Our client was asked to provide a urine sample. After reviewing the case our client had the DUI charges dropped, and pled to a reduced charge of Reckless driving. Our client received a withhold of adjudication, meaning he was not convicted and no points will be assessed on his license.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 – Client was stopped for driving erratically. Our client reportedly caused other drivers to take evasive actions and did poorly on field sobriety exercises. He was arrested and refused to take a breath test. The client, who has a commercial driver’s license, entered a plea at his first appearance hearing. Shortly after his release from jail onto probation, he contacted our office for help. We were able to successfully reopen the case. The charge of DUI was subsequently reduced to a reckless driving and he avoided both a criminal conviction and points.

CLAY COUNTY 2016 – Client was charged with DUI after a complainant called in a disturbance ultimately leading to police stopping our client’s vehicle. Upon initial contact, our client had been in an argument with her passenger and was upset. Police reportedly noted signs of alcohol consumption and began a DUI investigation. Following the field sobriety exercises, our client was arrested and transported to the Clay County jail. She refused to provide a breath sample. As we prepared for a motion to suppress hearing, mitigation was presented on behalf of the client and the State agreed to drop the DUI and our client received a withhold of adjudication on a reckless driving.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 – Client strikes a parked police vehicle, refuses a breath test and avoid a DUI conviction. The Officer observed signs of impairment such as an odor of alcohol and red glossy eyes. Our client participated in Field Sobriety Exercises and performed poorly. Our client refused to take a breath test. After retaining our firm we reviewed the case. The charge of DUI was reduced to a disorderly intoxication. Our client received a withhold of adjudication and non-traffic offense, meaning he was not convicted and no points will be assessed on his license.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 – Client is stopped for speeding and provides a breath test, avoids a DUI conviction. The Officer stopped our client for speeding and observed several indicators of impairment, such as an odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech. Our client agreed to perform field sobriety exercises and performed poorly. After arrest our client provided a breath test that exceeded the legal limit. After retaining our firm we reviewed the case. 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 her license.

NASSAU COUNTY 2016 – Client was stopped for traveling well in excess of the speed limit. Client pulled into a nearby gas station where contact was made by the arresting officer. Our client was upset during the investigation making the officer think she was refusing to participate in the field sobriety exercises. Our client was taken to the Nassau County jail where she refused to provide a breath sample. After demonstrating the devastating consequences a DUI conviction would have on our client’s employment and ability to support herself, negotiations resulted in a reduced charge of Reckless Driving.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 – Client runs stop sign and refuses field exercises and a breath test avoids DUI conviction. The Officer noticed several signs of impairment including slurred speech, an odor of alcohol, and trouble locating her documents. Our client refused to participate in field sobriety exercises and was subsequently arrested. Our client also refused to provide a breath sample. After reviewing the case our client had the DUI charges dropped, and pled to a reduced charge of Reckless driving. Our client received a withhold of adjudication, meaning she was not convicted and no points will be assessed on her license.

NASSAU COUNTY 2016 – Client was stopped near State Road 200 for traveling in excess of the speed limit as well as weaving within his lane. Investigating officers noticed he had bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcohol. Our client was asked to do field sobriety exercises but he refused to complete them. Our client was then arrested for DUI and asked to provide a breath test. He refused the breath test as well. Negotiations proved difficult as the client possessed multiple prior DUI convictions, but on the precipice of trial, negotiations resulted in a deal for the DUI being dropped and a plea to a reduced charge of Reckless Driving was entered.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 – Client charged with DUI after he was stopped for speeding. The officer noticed our client had a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech, and bloodshot watery eyes. Our client refused to perform the field exercises and refused to provide a breath test. After reviewing the case and providing mitigation to the assistant state attorney our client had the DUI charges dropped, and pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 – Our client was arrested for DUI after he was stopped for driving the wrong way on a divided highway. Our client demonstrated numerous signs he had been drinking alcohol. He agreed to participate in field sobriety exercises and was subsequently arrested. Our client also provided a breath sample well in excess of the legal limit. The legal challenges to avoid a DUI conviction were immense, but the State Attorney’s Office is often receptive to a professional presentation of mitigation on behalf of a client. In this case, after we presented mitigation to the state, our client was able to avoid a DUI conviction.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 – Client charged with DUI after she was stopped for driving on a flat tire. Our client performed the field exercises and refused to provide a breath test. After reviewing the case and providing mitigation to the assistant state attorney our client had the DUI charges dropped, and pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving. Our client received a withhold of adjudication, meaning she was not convicted and no points will be assessed on her license.

CLAY COUNTY 2016 – Our client was stopped by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office after a compliant was received regarding a reckless driver. Clay County deputies made contact with our client and noted she had bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech, a flushed face and a moderate odor of alcohol. After completing the field sobriety exercises, our client was arrested for DUI and transported to the Clay County jail. A breath test was provided with results well in excess of the legal limit. On behalf of our client, we engaged in a combination of litigation and mitigation which ultimately resulted in the State dropping the DUI charge and our client receiving a withhold of adjudication on the reduced charge of reckless driving.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 – Client charged with DUI after field exercises and .20 breath test. Our client was involved in an altercation on an exit ramp and stopped by an officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s office. The officer noticed signs of possible impairment and detained our client for a DUI officer to conduct the field exercises. Our client performed the field exercises and provided a breath test of .20 and .20. After reviewing the case and providing mitigation to the assistant state attorney our client had the DUI charges dropped, and pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving. Our client received a withhold of adjudication, meaning she was not convicted and no points will be assessed on her license.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016– Client charged with DUI after weaving in her lane and refusing breath test. Our Client was stopped for weaving in her lane and straddling lane markers.. Our client performed the field exercises and refused to provide a breath test. After reviewing the case and providing mitigation to the assistant state attorney our client had the DUI charges dropped, and pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving. Our client received a withhold of adjudication, meaning she was not convicted and no points will be assessed on her license.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 – Client was charged with DUI with a breath test of .19. Our Client was stopped for leaving the scene of an accident. Our client refused to perform the field exercises and provided a breath test of .19 and .19. After reviewing the case and providing mitigation to the assistant state attorney our client had the DUI charges dropped, and pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving. Our client received a withhold of adjudication, meaning she was not convicted and no points will be assessed on her license.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY 2016 - Client involved in an accident and refused breath test avoids DUI conviction. Our Client was involved in an accident. The officer who arrived observed indicators of impairment. No field exercises were conducted and our client refused to provide a breath sample. After reviewing the case our client had the DUI charges dropped, and pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 - Client was charged with DUI after he was stopped for driving through some traffic cones. Our client performed one field exercise and refused to perform the remaining exercises. Our client provided a breath test of .17 and .16. After reviewing the case and providing mitigation to the assistant state attorney our client had his DUI charges dropped, and he pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving. Our client received a withhold of adjudication, meaning he was not convicted and no points will be assessed on his license.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 - Breath test of .21 and .21 avoids DUI conviction. Our client was stopped for speeding. After the officer made contact with our client he had him perform field exercises. After the exercises our client was arrested for DUI and provided a breath test of .21 and .21. After reviewing the case, our client pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving.

2016 DUI CRASH AVOIDS CONVICTION - A 2016 Duval County client was traveling on I-95 and became involved in a multicar accident. The client was investigated for a possible DUI based on his behavior on scene. Following poor performance on field sobriety exercises, he was arrested for DUI. The client then refused to provide a breath sample. After investigation of the case and introduction of conflicting witness statements from the scene, a negotiated resolution of a reduced charge for Reckless Driving was agreed upon.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 - Our Client was arrested for DUI after being found asleep in his vehicle in the parking lot of a gas station. Officers were called by a passerby who saw him slumped over the steering wheel. Our Client mistakenly entered a plea of no contest at his first appearance hearing. We were successful in vacating that conviction and based on a legal issue we uncovered, the State agreed to reduce the charge to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 - Client with .15 breath test avoids DUI charge. Our Client was stopped for speeding. Our Client was arrested after performing the field exercises. Our Client thereafter provided a breath test of .15 and .15. After review of the case and providing mitigation, our Client had her DUI charge dropped and she pled to the lesser offense of Reckless driving.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 - Client involved in an accident and refused to give breath test avoids DUI conviction. Our Client was stopped by a passing officer who saw that an accident had just occurred. Our Client was arrested for DUI after she refused to complete the field exercises. After review of the case our Client had her DUI charge dropped and she pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 - Client with .18 breath test avoids DUI charge. Our Client was stopped for spinning his tires too fast and driving too fast for the conditions. Our Client was arrested after performing the field exercises. Our Client thereafter provided a breath test of .18 and .18. After careful review of the case and the filing of a motion to suppress evidence, our Client had his DUI charge dropped and pled to the lesser offense of Reckless driving. He received a withhold of adjudication meaning no conviction and no points assessed on his license.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 - Client was charged with DUI with a breath test of .24 and .25. Our client was stopped for speeding. After refusing to perform the field sobriety exercises our client was arrested for DUI. After a review of the evidence in the case our Client had her DUI charges dropped, and she pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving. Our client received a withhold of adjudication, meaning our client was not convicted and no points will assessed on her license.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 - Client was traveling south on San Jose Blvd. and caused a traffic collision. Client was then stopped by police and a DUI investigation began. After the investigation, our Client was determined to be impaired and arrested for DUI. Our Client thereafter provided a breath test in excess of .08. After careful review of our Client's case and a presentation of mitigating evidence on behalf of the client, a negotiated plea agreement was arranged in which Client pled to a Reckless Driving and the DUI charge was dropped.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 - Client was charged with DUI with a breath test of .13. Our client was stopped for speeding. After performing all the field sobriety exercises our client was arrested for DUI. After a review of the evidence in the case and providing mitigation to the assistant state attorney our client had his DUI charges dropped, and he pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving. Our client received a withhold of adjudication, meaning our client was not convicted and no points will assessed on his license.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 - Client was charged with DUI after being stopped by an officer for failing to maintain a single lane. The officer suspected our client was either ill, tired, or impaired. Our client performed the field exercises and was arrested for DUI and thereafter refused to provide a breath test. After reviewing the case and providing mitigation to the assistant state attorney our client’s charges were dropped.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY 2016 - Client was charged with DUI after he was stopped for crashing his vehicle. Our Client performed the field exercises poorly and provided a breath test over the legal limit. After reviewing the case our client pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving.

DUVAL COUNTY 2016 - Client’s was charged with his Third DUI after he was stopped for driving carelessly. Our client refused to perform the field exercises as well as the breath test. After reviewing the case and providing mitigation to the assistant state attorney our client had his DUI charges dropped, and he pled to the lesser traffic offense of Reckless driving.

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