Marion County Driver’s DUI Charge Reduced
A Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy was traveling eastbound on SE Maricamp Road in Ocala, Florida, when he observed a pickup truck at a red light with its right side outside of its lane of travel. The deputy then observed the vehicle swerving and travel off the roadway twice before performing a traffic stop on the vehicle. While speaking with the driver, the deputy noticed that the driver had bloodshot and watery eyes and a strong odor of alcohol coming from him. Additionally, when asked, the driver admitted to having 3 beers.
A DUI investigation began, and the driver agreed to perform field sobriety exercises. The first test performed was the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. The deputy stated that he observed distinct and sustained nystagmus at maximum deviation and nystagmus prior to 45 degrees. Ultimately the driver was placed was under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail for a breath test. The driver agreed to provide a breath sample, which revealed a BAC of .136 and .126.
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 spoke with the prosecutor regarding a potential motion to suppress and mitigate evidence. The prosecutor agreed to reduce the charge from a DUI to reckless driving.
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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 Citation: November 28, 2020).