Reduced Charges for DUI Driver Observed Swerving


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.

A Gainesville Police Department officer observed a driver swerving and failing to use a turn signal. The driver occasionally traveled in the bike lane, changed lanes without signaling, and was speeding. Once apprehended, the driver claimed to be driving home from the Dragonfly Restaurant in Gainesville where he had only consumed one drink. The officer observed smell of alcohol, slurred speech, and glassy, watery eyes.  

A responding Gainesville Police Department officer requested that the driver perform field sobriety exercises, which the driver refused. However, the officer noted that the driver lost his balance and used the patrol vehicle for stability. The driver also refused to consent to a breath test. However, after retaining Meldon Law, the driver pled to the reduced charge of Reckless Driving with Alcohol and the driver was able to avoid jail time. Furthermore, he was not convicted of any crime and received zero points on his driving record.