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.

Marion County Driver Involved in Single Vehicle Crash

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper was dispatched to a possible hit and run and responded to the area of SW 136th Court Road and County Road 484. The Trooper spoke with Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies who responded to the area as well in reference to an abandoned vehicle. During the crash investigation, the Trooper also spoke with the suspected driver and notice a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and that she was unsteady on her feet. The Trooper then switched from a civil traffic crash investigation to a criminal investigation for Driving Under the Influence. The Trooper read the suspected driver of the vehicle her Miranda warnings and she admitted she had driven the vehicle, but only had driven the vehicle into a ditch. The Trooper requested that the driver perform field sobriety exercise, which the driver refused to perform. The suspected driver was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence and was transported to the Marion County Jail. Once at the jail the Trooper requested that she provide a breath sample, which the driver refused.

The driver hired Meldon law. The attorneys at Meldon provided the prosecution with case law regarding the issue of corpus delicti and the potential suppression of the admission to driving the vehicle. Ultimately the charge being reduced to reckless driving and the driver received a withhold of adjudication.

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: October 6, 2018).

Alachua County Hunter Avoids Conviction

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Florida Wildlife Commission officer was patrolling near the area near the Alachua/Levy County line. The officer responded to a location off of State Road 45 after receiving information regarding some hunting activities in the area. Around 5:20p.m. the officer stated that he heard multiple gunshots coming from some private property. The officer then heard shots between 5:30p.m. and 5:45p.m. The officer traveled to an area where he believed the shots were coming from and continued to hear shots after the legal shooting hours. As the officer proceed into a field, he observed multiple male subjects wearing camo with shotguns walking back towards a parked truck. The officer made contact with the individuals and asked for their hunting licenses. While doing this the officer noticed that there were large amounts of corn throughout the field. Ultimately, the officer issued the hunter two criminal citations for Unlawful Baiting and Shooting after Hours.

The defendant hired Meldon Law. The attorney at Meldon Law reviewed the discovery in the case and meet with the prosecutor on the case regarding potential defenses that the hunter may have. The attorney was able to negotiate a resolution in which the hunter only had to pay a monetary fine and received a withhold of adjudication on one charge avoiding a conviction, while the second charge was dropped by the State.

DISCLAIMER: The results are specific to the facts and legal circumstances of each of the client’s 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 24, 2019).

Driver Avoids Conviction for Driving While License Suspended

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper observed a red Kia traveling southbound on State Road 93 in Sarasota County at an unlawful speed. The trooper conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver. Upon running a driver’s license check the trooper discovered that the driver’s license was suspended for Driving Under the Influence. The trooper then issued the driver a citation for Driving While License Suspended and a citation for Unlawful Speed.

The defendant hired Meldon Law. The attorney at Meldon reviewed the facts of the case, filed a motion to consolidate the civil infraction and spoke with the client about circumstances surrounding the suspension and his driving. The attorney then spoke with the prosecutor and was able to negotiate a resolution that allowed the driver to receive a withhold of adjudication and also have the civil traffic citation for speeding dismissed.

DISCLAIMER: The results are specific to the facts and legal circumstances of each of the client’s 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: January 9, 2020).

Gainesville Driver Has License Suspension Vacated

DUI and Criminal Defense

An officer from the Gainesville Police Department observed a red truck parked in the median on NW 34th Street. The officer approached the vehicle and found that the driver was asleep and the vehicle was running. The officer attempted to wake the driver up. Eventually, officers were able to wake the driver up and have him step out of the vehicle.

The officer noted the driver smelled like an alcoholic beverage and the driver stated he was leaving a bar in midtown. Another officer responded to conduct a DUI investigation. That officer noticed the driver had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The officer asked if the driver would participate in field sobriety exercises, which the driver agreed to perform. The officer stated that he observed the driver to have horizontal gaze nystagmus at maximum deviation, as well as prior to the onset of 45 degrees. The driver was ultimately placed under arrest and asked to provide a breath sample, which he agreed to provide. The driver provided two samples that tested at 0.160 and 0.164.

The driver hired Meldon Law. The attorneys at Meldon Law filed an application for a formal review hearing through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle (DHSMV) to challenge the basis of the driver’s license suspension. During the hearing, the attorney from Meldon Law made a motion to invalidate the license suspension and also objected to the breath test affidavit based on an improper notary. The hearing officer later issued an order setting aside the license suspension.

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 Suspension: January 5, 2020).

Alachua County Driver Pleas to DUI Minimum has Two Additional Charges Dropped

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Gainesville Police Department officer responded to a parking lot crash on University Avenue. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with two witnesses that observed the driver behind the wheel and operating a red Jeep. During the officer’s crash investigation, it was determined that the Jeep was backing out of its parking space with the Jeep’s right rear corner struck the left rear corner of a parked white Toyota Corolla. The officer made contact with the alleged driver of the Jeep and noticed an odor of alcohol coming from the driver. The officer also observed that the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and glazed and that her speech was mumbled. The officer arrested the driver for Driving Under the Influence. During the arrest, the driver resisted attempts to be placed in the back seat of the patrol vehicle which leads to her also being charged with Resisting Without Violence. The driver was taken to the hospital and, while there, was requested to provide a blood sample which the driver refused to provide. After being read Miranda warnings the driver made the smart decision to not answer any question and stated she had a lawyer. Finally, the officer ran a license check on the driver and discovered that her license was currently suspended which led to an arrest for Driving While License Suspended.

The driver hired Meldon Law. The attorneys at Meldon Law reviewed the reports and videos in the case and after discussing the potential issues with the prosecutor, the attorney was able to negotiate a resolution that allowed for the driver to plea 1 st DUI Minimum sanctions while the Resisting Without Violence and Driving While License Suspended charges were dropped.

DISCLAIMER: The results are specific to the facts and legal circumstances of each of the client’s 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: May 14, 2019).

Female Pedestrian Hit by Car – $1,250,000

$1,250,000 Personal Injury

A female pedestrian was hit by a car that was pulling out of a parking lot that resulted in lower back surgery and a spinal stimulator implant.

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.

Ocala DUI Charge Reduced to Lesser Offense

DUI and Criminal Defense

An Ocala Police Department officer was traveling south on U.S. 441 when she observed a blue Honda weaving within its lane and then crossing over the fog line, almost striking the curb.

The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver. The officer stated the driver was slurring his words and could smell an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. Additionally, the driver did admit to consuming alcohol.

The officer asked the driver to perform field sobriety exercises, which the driver participated in. The officer stated that the driver had bloodshot and watery eyes, distinct and sustained nystagmus at maximum deviation, and nystagmus before the onset of 45 degrees. The officer also stated that the driver performed unsatisfactorily on the walk and turn exercise and the one leg stand exercise.

Ultimately the driver was arrested for DUI and was asked to provide breath samples, which the driver agreed to provide. The breath test results were 0.130 and 0.131.

The driver hired Meldon Law. The attorney reviewed all the reports and videos in the case, which led to the attorney filing two separate motions to suppress evidence. One motion was based on a lack of reasonable suspicion for a traffic stop, while the other was based on an improper observation period regarding the breath test. The attorney then negotiated a resolution that resulted in the DUI charge being reduced to a reckless driving offense by pointing out evidentiary issues with the breath test observation period. Additionally, the attorney further negotiated a withhold of adjudication, so there was no formal conviction of an offense.

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: October 23, 2019).

Gainesville DUI Charge Reduced to Lesser Offense

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Gainesville Police Department officer responded to a traffic crash near the 2200 block of West University Ave. While on scene, the first officer requested a DUI specialist come to the location of the accident after he noticed the driver was unsteady on her feet and the smell and odor of alcohol. Upon arrival, the officer stated he observed the driver’s eyes to be bloodshot and watery, and noticed the driver swaying.

After the completion of the traffic crash investigation, the officer asked the driver to perform field sobriety exercises, which the driver elected not perform. Ultimately the driver was still placed under arrest for DUI, then transported to the Alachua County Jail to provide a breath sample, which the driver refused to provide.

The driver hired Meldon Law. The attorney reviewed all the reports and videos in the case. The attorney then negotiated a resolution that resulted in the DUI charge being reduced to a reckless driving offense by pointing out potential defenses and evidentiary issues. Additionally, the attorney was able to further negotiate a withhold of adjudication so there was no formal conviction of an offense.

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 12, 2019).

T-Bone Car Accident – $1,500,000

$1,500,000 Car Accident

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.

Gainesville Driver Has License Suspension Vacated

DUI and Criminal Defense

An officer from the Santa Fe Police Department conducted a well-being or welfare check on a person who was seated in the driver’s seat of her vehicle, which was parked in a parking space at the Circle K located at 9408 NW 39th Ave. The officer stated that the vehicle was running, and that the driver was reclined back and appeared to be sleeping. The door to the vehicle was closed and the windows were rolled up.

The officer attempted to wake driver up by knocking on the window. The driver did not wake up; however, the officer could see that she was breathing and appeared to be sleeping. Eventually, the officer entered the vehicle and shook driver’s wrist, arm, and shoulder until she woke up. During this time the officer did not notice any signs of a potential DUI.

The officer then had the driver exit the vehicle and sit on the curb. During that time, a deputy from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Officer arrived and began a DUI investigation. The deputy stated that he observed numerous signs of impairment, including a strong odor of alcohol, swaying, as well as bloodshot and watery eyes. The driver agreed to perform field sobriety exercise. Ultimately the driver was placed under arrest for DUI and requested that she provide a breath sample, which she agreed to provide. The results of the breath test were 0.170 and 0.158.

The driver hired Meldon Law. The attorneys at Meldon Law filed an application for a Formal Review Hearing through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle (DHSMV) to challenge the basis of the driver’s license suspension. During the hearing, the attorney from Meldon Law made a motion to invalidate the license suspension based on an unlawful detention of the driver. The hearing officer later issued an order setting aside the license suspension.

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 Suspension: August 11, 2019).