Result Category: DUI and Criminal Defense

Putnam County Marijuana Charges Reduced

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Crescent City police officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for failing to use its turn signal. The officer made contact with the driver and could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer had the driver exit the vehicle and placed him in handcuffs.

The officer informed the driver that he would conduct a search of the vehicle based on the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer questioned the driver about any marijuana that may be in the vehicle, which the driver admitted to. Ultimately, the officer located approximately 242 grams of marijuana and the driver was arrested for Possession of Cannabis with Intent to sell and Possession of Cannabis over 20 grams, both of which are third degree felony offenses.

The driver hired Meldon Law. After reviewing the discovery, the attorney deposed the arresting officer. During the deposition the attorney questioned the facts surrounding the stop as well as the questioning of his client. The attorney then spoke with the prosecutor regarding potential motions to suppress evidence and was then able to negotiate a resolution that resulted in the possession with intent to sell charge being dropped and the felony possession charge being reduced to a misdemeanor offense.

The driver received a withhold of adjudication, avoiding a conviction, and was sentenced one day in the Putnam County Jail, which he already served.

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: June 22, 2019).

Levy County Leaving Possession of Marijuana Charge Dropped

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Williston Police Department officer observed a vehicle turn left off of Northeast 6th Blvd. onto North Main Street. The vehicle turned into the wrong lane and continued to travel in the opposite lane for about two blocks.

The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The officer had the driver exit the vehicle. The officer observed a small, clear baggie with a green leafy substance in it. A field test was conducted that had positive results for marijuana.

A subsequent search of the vehicle was conducted. The officer located a pipe, a grinder, and additional amounts of marijuana. These items also tested positive for marijuana. The driver of the vehicle was placed under arrest and taken to the Levy County Jail.

The driver hired Meldon Law. After reviewing the discovery, speaking with the prosecutor, and providing some mitigating evidence, the attorney was then able to negotiate a resolution that resulted in the charge being dropped.

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: June 28, 2019).

Levy County DUI Charge Reduced and Avoids Conviction

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Williston Police Department officer observed a vehicle traveling on North West Main Street. The officer then observed the driver of the vehicle approach a stop sign at North West 2nd Avenue and wait for approximately a minute before turning right. The vehicle then drifted left, then allegedly drove 200 feet with its left turn signal on. Based on the driving pattern, the officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.

The officer stated that she could smell an odor of alcohol and had the driver exit the vehicle. The officer noticed that the driver was swaying and unable to maintain a steady balance. The driver was asked to preform field sobriety exercises, which he agreed to perform. At the conclusion of the field sobriety exercises, the officer ultimately placed the driver under arrest and was transported to the Williston Police Department to provide a breath sample. The driver was read implied consent and refused to provide a breath sample.

The driver hired Meldon Law. The attorneys at Meldon Law did a formal request for the DUI Program. The driver was approved and was allowed to participate in the DUI Deferral Program. The driver completed the program successfully, which resulted in the DUI charge being reduced to a reckless driving charge 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: January 6, 2018).

Hernando County Driver Has License Suspension Invalidated

DUI and Criminal Defense

A deputy from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office responded to the intersection of Treehaven Drive and Pinehurst Drive in Spring Hill in reference to a driver that was sleeping behind the wheel of his vehicle.

The vehicle was stopped at a stop sign, and the deputy went to contact the driver of the vehicle. The deputy noticed that the driver was sleeping, and the vehicle smelled like alcohol. The deputy then requested another officer come to the location for a DUI investigation. That deputy noticed that the driver had bloodshot and watery eyes as well as an odor of alcohol coming from his breath.

The driver agreed to preform field sobriety exercise, and the deputy noted that the driver had horizontal gaze nystagmus in both eyes. Ultimately, the driver was placed under arrest and transported to the Hernando County jail to provide a breath sample. The driver agreed to submit to a breath test, which indicated a breath alcohol concentration of 0.158 and .0170.

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 upon the failure of a material witness to appear. 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: June 13, 2019).

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).

Alachua County Driver Has License Suspension Invalidated

DUI and Criminal Defense

An officer from the Gainesville Police Department responded to 1712 W University Avenue in reference to a vehicle crash. When the officer made contact with the driver of one of the vehicles, he noticed an odor of alcohol, bloodshot and glazed eyes, as well as slurred speech.

During the officer investigation he notice the driver was unsteady on her feet and was having mood swings. The driver was placed under arrest and was transported to North Florida Regional Medical Center where a blood sample was requested and the driver refused. The driver received a DUI citation and her license was suspended for refusing to provide blood sample.

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. 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: May 14 ,2019).

Alachua County Leaving the Scene of an Accident Charge Dropped

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper responded to a two-vehicle accident that occurred near NW 53rd Ave. and Waldo Road. The driver of one of the vehicles, a 2017 GMC white pickup, left the scene of the accident before providing the statutorily required information. The driver was issued a Florida uniform traffic citation for Leaving the Scene of an Accident and given a court date.

The driver hired Meldon Law. After reviewing the discovery, speaking with the prosecutor, and providing some mitigating evidence, the attorney was then able to negotiate a resolution that resulted in the charge being dropped.

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: July 25, 2019).

Marion County Driving While License Suspended Charge Dropped

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy observed a 2002 red Volkswagen at the 14500 block of SE 90th Terrace and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle for a faulty headlight. The deputy observed that the driver of the vehicle matched the description of the owner and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The deputy spoke with the driver and explained the basis of the stop and requested his driver’s license. The driver admitted that he did not have a valid driver’s license and that it was suspended.

The deputy ran a computer check, which confirmed that the driver’s license was suspended and placed the driver under arrest for driving while license suspended.

The driver hired Meldon Law. The attorneys at Meldon reviewed the defendant’s driver’s license record, which showed the basis of the current suspension as well as the uniform traffic citation. After reviewing the discovery and speaking with the prosecutor, the attorney negotiated a resolution that resulted in the prosecutor dropping the charge.

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: February 17, 2019).

Ocala Driver Suspended License Charge Dropped

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy observed a 2008 Toyota pickup at the intersection of West Highway 40 and Northwest 110th Avenue and ran a record check that showed that the owner had a suspended license. The deputy observed that the driver of the vehicle matched the description of the owner and conducted a traffic stop. The deputy spoke with the driver of the vehicle who stated that he had received a letter that his driver’s license would be suspended if not taken care of, and the driver further stated that he thought he took care of it. The driver was placed under arrest for driving while license suspended.

The driver hired Meldon Law. The attorneys at Meldon reviewed the driver’s license record of the defendant, which showed the basis of the current suspension as well as the uniform traffic citation. After reviewing the discovery and speaking with the prosecutor, the attorney negotiated a resolution that resulted in the charge being dropped, upon proof that the license was currently valid.

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 11, 2018).

Bradford County DUI Charge Reduced

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Bradford County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the area of South Walnut Street and South East 44th Avenue in reference to a reckless driver. The vehicle was described as a dark colored Mustang traveling north on Highway 301 South and failing to maintain its lane. The deputy observed the vehicle traveling north in the left lane and then leaving that lane, traveling across the middle lane, and nearly striking his vehicle.

The deputy conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. The deputy stated that he could smell an odor of alcohol and that the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy. Another deputy was called to the scene to conduct the DUI investigation. The driver was asked to perform field sobriety exercises, which deputies stated the driver performed poorly. They further alleged that the driver had a hard time understanding instructions.

The driver was placed under arrest and was transported to the Bradford County Jail to provide a breath sample. The driver was read implied consent and refused to provide a breath sample.

By hiring Meldon Law the driver was allowed to participate in the DUI Deferral Program. The driver completed the program successfully, which resulted in the DUI charge being reduced to a reckless driving charge. The driver also 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: September 16, 2017).