The attorneys at Meldon Law handle lawsuits throughout the state of Florida. We are extremely proud of the results that we have obtained and look forward to sharing them with you.

At Meldon Law, we strive to ensure our clients are fully compensated for their losses. If a settlement cannot be reached, then we are prepared to try the case. All cases are different and results are case-specific, but our attorneys work diligently for each client we serve. If you are interested in reviewing the settlements and verdicts we have obtained for our clients, please review the list below.

Gainesville, Florida Driver Side-Swiped a Vehicle, Arrested for DUI

DUI and Criminal Defense

A driver side-swiped a vehicle while driving through a parking lot causing damage to both vehicles and thereafter left the scene. The victim, however, followed the driver and contacted law enforcement. Gainesville Police Department officers eventually initiated a traffic stop and found that the driver appeared “extremely intoxicated.” He almost fell from his vehicle, smelled of alcohol, and admitted to drinking beer that evening. However, the driver consented to field sobriety exercises.

During the HGN test, the driver exhibited a lack of smooth pursuit in both eyes and onset of nystagmus prior to 45 degrees in both eyes. During the walk-and-turn test, the driver stumbled, stepped off the line, and took too many steps. He placed his foot down several times during the one-leg stand and stumbled.

The driver was placed under arrest for DUI and provided three breath samples of .229g/210L, .195g/210L, and .234g/210L. (Date of Arrest: February 24, 2011) Following the reading of his Miranda rights, the driver admitted to having 4 or 5 beers that night. Despite the vehicle damage and high breath alcohol content, attorneys at Meldon Law negotiated with the State Attorney’s Office, which originally sought a plea deal including a guilty adjudication of DUI, DUI school, community service hours, and fines. However, the driver was able to plea to the lesser charge of DUI above .08g/210L but below .15g/210L.

Gainesville, Florida Driver Backed Into Another Car in Parking Lot, Charged With DUI

DUI and Criminal Defense

A driver backed into another car in a parking lot and law enforcement was called. Upon making contact with the driver, Gainesville Police Department officers noted that she exhibited signs of impairment, including the strong odor of alcohol on her breath, a delayed response to questioning, and slurred speech. The driver admitted to having 2 draft beers and 1 bottled beer, but consented to performing field sobriety exercises.

During the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test, the driver displayed lack of smooth pursuit and jerking at maximum deviation in both eyes and she also swayed throughout the exercise. She lost her balance during the walk-and-turn and stepped off the line while walking. She only raised her foot one inch during the one-leg stand, but could not keep her leg raised. Additionally, she failed to keep her eyes closed and missed touching her nose during the finger-to-nose test, despite the officer’s repeated explanation of instructions.

The driver was placed under arrest for DUI and provided two breath alcohol samples of .211g/210L and /184g/210L. (Date of Arrest: March 13, 2011) She retained the services of Meldon Law. Despite having a prior DUI, she was only placed on probation, required to pay fines, and perform community service hours.

Gainesville, Florida DUI Checkpoint Arrest Reduced to Reckless Driving

DUI and Criminal Defense

A driver entered a DUI checkpoint and was observed having signs of impairment. The driver was asked to complete field sobriety exercises and the driver performed poorly.

During the horizontal gaze nystagmus exercise, the driver had a distinct nystagmus at maximum deviation in both eyes and lacked smooth pursuit in both eyes. During the walk and turn exercise, the driver stopped to steady himself, missed heel-to-toe steps on every step, and turned incorrectly. During the one leg stand exercise, the driver swayed while balancing. During the finger-to-nose exercise, the driver failed to point forward and missed the tip of his nose with his index finger.

The driver was arrested for DUI and following implied consent, provided breath samples of 0.066g/210L and 0.062g/210L. (Date of Arrest: August 20,2011) The driver was under 21 years of age. Following Miranda, the driver stated he smoked marijuana prior to leaving his home, that he was recently released from rehabilitation for a pill problem, and that he smokes marijuana daily.

The driver retained Meldon Law and we were able to negotiate with the State Attorney’s office to reach a favorable plea agreement. The driver was able to have adjudication withheld for his plea to the reduced charge of Reckless Driving with Alcohol. The driver was able to receive the minimal penalties for these charges as a result of the negotiated plea agreement.

Gainesville, Florida DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Gainesville Police Department officer apprehended a driver for traveling 57 mph in a 40 mph-zone. The driver initially passed several places to stop before pulling over. Upon making contact, the officer noted the odor of alcohol emanating from the driver and that he was wearing several bar wrist-bands. Further, the driver appeared “uneasy on his feet” as he approached the officer’s vehicle.

The driver agreed to perform field sobriety exercises. During the HGN test, he could not keep his head still. He failed to walk heel-to-toe and had to be reminded several times not to start before instructed to do so during the walk-and-turn test. Further, he failed to count out loud during the entirety of the one-leg stand and twice failed to touch his nose during the finger-to-nose test.

The driver was placed under arrest for DUI and did not consent to a breath test. (Date of Arrest: August 18, 2011) The State offered a plea deal of an adjudication of guilty for the DUI, with the requirements of a fine, DUI school, and community service. After retaining Meldon Law, the driver was charged only with Reckless Driving with Alcohol. Further, the judge granted a motion for early termination of probation.

Gainesville, Florida Driver Traveling in the Wrong Direction on a One-way Street Arrested for DUI, Case Reduced

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Gainesville Police Department officer observed a driver traveling the wrong direction down a one-way street and pulled the driver over. The officer noted the driver’s red eyes and the smell of alcohol and requested that he perform field sobriety exercises. The driver indicated he was unsure how well he would perform, but consented. He displayed nystagmus at maximum deviation, onset of nystagmus prior to 45 degree in both eyes, and could not keep his head still during the HGN test. During the walk-and-turn exercise, the officer used an “imaginary” line and the driver had difficulty maintaining his balance and walking in a straight line. He counted improperly and used his arms for balance during the one-leg stand, but reportedly performed the finger-to-nose test well.

The officer deemed this performance unsatisfactory and arrested the driver for DUI. (Date of Arrest: August 11, 2011) However, the driver refused to provide a breath alcohol sample. Attorneys at Meldon Law filed a Motion to Suppress, arguing that the driver’s consent to perform field sobriety exercises was not voluntary. The motion was granted and the driver was thereafter charged only with Reckless Driving with Alcohol.

Gainesville, Florida Trespassing & Resisting an Officer Criminal Charges Dismissed

DUI and Criminal Defense

Gainesville Police Department officers responded to a phone call claiming that a man was sitting on her front steps and refusing to leave. The woman informed police that the man had knocked on her door and asked for assistance with his car and thereafter feigned breathing problems. Upon making contact with the trespasser, law enforcement noted that he became belligerent and resisted the officers’ attempts to place him in handcuffs.

The State Attorney sought charges of Trespassing and Resisting an Officer, which would have constituted violations of probation. However, attorneys at Meldon Law advocated for a nolle prosequi of the charges, which was granted. (Date of Arrest: August 7, 2011)

Citizen Alerted Law Enforcement About Impaired Driver, Led to DUI Arrest

DUI and Criminal Defense

A citizen alerted law enforcement about an impaired driver and Gainesville Police Department officers found the driver at a nearby gas station. Officers did not observe him driving, but noted that the keys were in the ignition. Officers noted the driver was staggering, using his vehicle for support, smelled of alcohol, and had bloodshot and watery eyes. The driver admitted to having consumed two beers. He consented to field sobriety exercises.

He was unable to follow the stimulus with his eyes and displayed lack of smooth pursuit and distinct jerking at maximum deviation during the HGN test. During the walk-and turn exercise, the driver had a difficult time keeping his balance and took an incorrect number of steps. He put his foot down during the one-leg stand and could not complete the finger-to-nose test.

Based on his performance, the driver was placed under arrest for DUI. He thereafter provided two breath samples of .185g/210L and .186g/210L. (Date of Arrest: August 2, 2011) At the time of his arrest, the driver had been applying for naturalization. He retained Meldon Law, as a DUI conviction would have significantly impeded this process. Attorneys successfully advocated for the driver’s admission into the Deferred Prosecution program, which he completed. The driver was charged only with Reckless Driving with Alcohol.

Reckless Driver Tries to Impress Co-Worker, Arrested for DUI

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Gainesville Police Department officer observed two vehicles turning while squealing their tires and accelerating sporadically. The officer stopped the driver, who said he was driving in that manner to show off his car and “impress” a fellow co-worker who had been following him. The officer noticed that the driver had difficulty answering questions, exhibited dilated pupils, and had slurred speech. The driver denied having any alcohol that evening, but consented to field sobriety exercises.

During the HGN exercise, he displayed lack of smooth pursuit, distinct nystagmus at maximum deviation, and onset of nystagmus prior to 45 degrees in both eyes. He took an incorrect number of steps, lost his balance, and performed an incorrect turn during the walk-and-turn exercise. He also swayed and placed his foot down at least 3 times during the one-leg stand and failed to keep his eyes closed or touch the tip of his nose with his finger during the finger-to-nose exercise.

The driver was arrested for DUI, but refused to provide a breath sample. (Date of Arrest: November 6, 2011) Attorneys at Meldon Law successfully petitioned for the driver’s admittance into the Deferred Prosecution program. Attorneys also obtained a modification in the terms of the Deferred Prosecution agreement, whereby the driver could continue working as a bartender. Upon completing DUI school and community service hours and paying fines, the driver’s charge was reduced from DUI to Reckless Driving with Alcohol.

Gainesville, Florida Student Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Charges Dismissed

DUI and Criminal Defense

A University of Florida Police Department officer responded to an anonymous tip about UF students smoking marijuana behind one of the dormitories. The officer noted the smell of marijuana emanating from one student and searched him. The officer found a small glass pipe containing marijuana residue and arrested the student for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. (Date of Arrest: October 12, 2011)

The student sought legal assistance from Meldon Law. Attorneys successfully attained the student’s admission into the Deferred Prosecution program. After completing community service hours and paying minimal fines, the student’s charge was dismissed.

Gainesville Police Department Traffic Stop, Drug Charge Reduced to DUI

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Gainesville Police Department officer observed an SUV weaving across three lanes of travel and weaving within its lane. The officer effected a traffic stop and noticed the strong odor of burnt cannabis coming from the car. When asked, the driver said that there was cannabis in the vehicle. The office asked three other passengers to exit the car and at the driver’s direction found cannabis in a jacket on the rear floor board, a bag of cannabis under the front seat, and a tobacco pipe with cannabis on the rear floor board.

After being read his Miranda rights, the driver admitted that the cannabis was his, and said that he had smoked about an hour ago. He consented to field sobriety exercises. The officer reported that the driver didn’t display a lack of smooth pursuit or vertical nystagmus, but that the driver had glassy and watery eyes. The driver swayed, exhibited eyelid tremors, and estimated 33 seconds at 30 seconds during the Romberg Balance exercise. He missed the heel-to-toe pattern and performed an incorrect turn during the walk-and-turn exercise. He also placed his foot on the ground, had “body tremors” during the one-leg stand, and missed touching the tip of his nose during the finger-to-nose test.

The officer arrested the driver and requested a urine sample, to which the driver consented. (Date of Arrest: October 22, 2011) Cannabis was detected in the sample. The driver retained Meldon Law and secured a Nolle Prosequi on the drug charges in exchange for the driver pleading guilty to DUI. Additionally, although the original sentenced required a year of probation, the court agreed to early termination after only six months.