Gainesville Driver’s DUI Charge Reduced
A Gainesville Police Department officer responded to the area of 2700 W. University Avenue regarding a traffic crash. The driver of one of the involved vehicles had left the scene and was located at 3500 NW 1st Court. When officers arrived, witnesses identified the driver as the operator of the other vehicle involved in the crash. As officers spoke with him, they observed him have some difficulties maintaining his balance as well as other indicators of impairment.
The driver was asked the driver to perform field sobriety exercises, which the driver agreed to do. The first exercise was the horizontal gaze nystagmus, during which the officer stated they observed distinct and sustained nystagmus at maximum deviation in both eyes. The officer also observed 4 out of the 8 impairment indicators on the walk and turn exercise and 3 out of 4 impairment indicators on the one-leg stand. Based on the driver’s performance, he was placed under arrest and asked to provide a breath sample that the driver agreed to provide. The results of the breath test were .098 and .099.
The driver hired Meldon Law. The Meldon Law attorney reviewed the discovery materials and video. Based on his review, the attorney noticed multiple issues with the DUI investigation. The Meldon Law attorney then spoke with the prosecutor regarding a potential motion to suppress the breath test and mitigating evidence. The prosecutor agreed to reduce the charge from DUI to reckless driving. The attorney was also able to successfully argue that the leaving the scene of an accident charge be dismissed as part of the driver’s plea.
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DISCLAIMER: The results are specific to the facts and legal circumstances of each of the clients’ cases and should not be used to form an expectation that the same results could be obtained for other clients in similar matters without reference to the specific factual and legal circumstances of each client’s case. (Date of Arrest: September 5, 2020).