Result Category: DUI and Criminal Defense

Ocala Driver’s Marijuana Case Dropped – Nov. 2020

DUI and Criminal Defense

An Ocala Police Department officer was on patrol when they observed a black Nissan traveling east on W. Silver Springs Blvd. with its driver-side headlight out. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and spoke with the driver. While speaking with the driver, the officer noticed what he believed to be an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer asked if any marijuana was in the vehicle; the driver answered in the affirmative and pointed to its location. Another Ocala Police Department officer searched the vehicle and located a plastic baggie that contained a green leafy substance commonly associated with marijuana. The suspected marijuana was then field-tested and produced a positive result for cannabis. The driver was issued a notice to appear in court for Possession of Cannabis Under 20 grams, which is a first-degree misdemeanor.

The driver hired Meldon Law. Our Meldon Law attorney reviewed the discovery materials and spoke with the State Attorney’s Office about a possible deferred prosecution agreement. The State agreed to allow the driver into the deferred prosecution program, leading to dropping the client’s 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: November 26, 2020). 

Meldon Law Is Here for You

When you have been arrested, it is essential to know relevant court hearings and dates and the potential defenses you may have. At Meldon Law, we have the expertise and experience to assist you in every aspect of your case. Our attorneys know your rights and are dedicated to defending them – and defending you. 

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, call us at 352-373-8000 or fill out our contact form for a prompt response to schedule your free consultation. We want to help you get started on the path to getting your life back today.

Alachua County Driver’s DUI Charge Reduced – Nov. 2020

DUI and Criminal Defense

An Alachua County Sheriff deputy was driving eastbound on NW 39th Street when he observed a black car pass him at high speed. The deputy then followed the vehicle and clocked them traveling 60 MPH in a 45 MPH zone, after which they conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. The officer noticed a strong alcohol odor coming from the driver’s breath and that their speech was slurred – the driver stated they had consumed one drink. 

Based on what he observed from the driver, the deputy asked the driver to perform field sobriety exercises, which the driver refused. The driver was consequently placed under arrest and transported to the Alachua County Jail. While there, the driver was asked to provide a breath sample, which they also refused. 

The driver hired Meldon Law. Our attorney reviewed the discovery materials and video and noticed multiple issues with the DUI investigation. Our attorney spoke with the prosecutor regarding legal matters and mitigating evidence. The prosecutor agreed to reduce the DUI charge to reckless driving. The attorney also fought for and was granted dismissal of the driver’s civil citation as a part of the driver’s plea.

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: November 10, 2020). 

Meldon Law Is Here for You

When you have been arrested, it is essential to know relevant court hearings and dates as well as the potential defenses you may have. At Meldon Law, we have the expertise and experience to assist you in every aspect of your case. Our attorneys know your rights and are dedicated to defending them – and defending you. 

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, call us at 352-373-8000 or fill out our contact form for a prompt response to schedule your free consultation. We want to help you get started on the path to getting your life back today.

Gainesville DUI Case Result – Feb. 2019

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Gainesville Police Department officer responded to the 4706 block of NW 34th St. to investigate a traffic crash. The officer observed that the vehicle had struck an electrical box and observed the driver of the vehicle exiting through the car’s front passenger door. The officer noted that the driver was uneasy on his feet and had slurred speech. The officer observed that the driver emitted a strong alcohol odor and that his eyes were bloodshot and watery. The officer asked the driver to perform field sobriety exercises, which the driver agreed to do. Based on the driver’s performance, he was placed under arrest. He was asked and agreed to provide a breath sample, the results of which were .188 and .186 – above the legal limit.

The driver hired Meldon Law. Our attorney sent a written formal request highlighting why the driver should be considered for the DUI Deferral Program. Ultimately the driver was approved for participation in the DUI Deferral Program. The driver completed the program successfully, which resulted in a reduction of the DUI charge 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: February 24, 2019). 

Meldon Law Is Here for You

When you have been arrested, it is essential to know relevant court hearings and dates as well as the potential defenses you may have. At Meldon Law, we have the expertise and experience to assist you in every aspect of your case. Our attorneys know your rights and are dedicated to defending them – and defending you. 

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, call us at 352-373-8000 or fill out our contact form for a prompt response to schedule your free consultation. We want to help you get started on the path to getting your life back today.

Bradford County DUI Case Result - Feb. 2019

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Lawtey Police Department officer responded to a call regarding a reckless driver. The officer located the vehicle in question, observed its irregular driving pattern, and consequently initiated a traffic stop. When the officer spoke with the driver, he noticed a strong odor of alcohol and that the driver slurred her speech and had trouble retrieving her license and registration. The officer also noted a half-full bottle of alcohol in the passenger seat, and the driver admitted to having at least two drinks. The officer asked the driver to perform field sobriety exercises, which the driver refused. When asked to provide a breath sample, the driver also refused this request. 

The driver hired Meldon Law. Our attorney sent a written formal request highlighting why the driver should be considered for the DUI Deferral Program. Ultimately the driver was approved for participation in the DUI Deferral Program. The driver completed the program successfully, which resulted in a reduction of the DUI charge 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: February 3, 2019). 

Meldon Law Is Here for You

When you have been arrested, it is essential to know relevant court hearings and dates as well as the potential defenses you may have. At Meldon Law, we have the expertise and experience to assist you in every aspect of your case. Our attorneys know your rights and are dedicated to defending them – and defending you. 

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, call us at 352-373-8000 or fill out our contact form for a prompt response to schedule your free consultation. We want to help you get started on the path to getting your life back today

Marion County Felony Case Result - Nov. 2019

DUI and Criminal Defense

An Ocala Police Department officer responded to a call from an auto body shop located on NW 20th Street, reporting that a customer had broken one of the business’s windows. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the business owner, who stated that a customer came in at 10:30 a.m. one day to inquire about the work done on his motorcycle. When the business owner returned to his building a day later, he observed that his front door window was cracked. 

Upon reviewing a surveillance video, he observed that the person who had inquired about his motorcycle status a day earlier had returned to the business that same day and attempted to enter the front door, which was locked. The customer then struck the window. The officer observed the cracked window, which the owner said would cost more than $1,000.00 to replace. The officer then issued an arrest warrant for the customer for felony criminal mischief. 

The customer hired Meldon Law. Our attorney reviewed the police reports and videos and spoke with the prosecutor about potential defenses. Based on a discussion regarding the damage amount and proving that it was over $1,000.00, the attorney could have the prosecutor offer a misdemeanor resolution. Ultimately, after further discussion with the prosecutor, the attorney negotiated a resolution that resulted in the felony 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: November 16, 2019). 

Meldon Law Is Here for You

When you have been arrested, it is essential to know relevant court hearings and dates as well as the potential defenses you may have. At Meldon Law, we have the expertise and experience to assist you in every aspect of your case. Our attorneys know your rights and are dedicated to defending them – and defending you. 

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, call us at 352-373-8000 or fill out our contact form for a prompt response to schedule your free consultation. We want to help you get started on the path to getting your life back today.

Gainesville Driver’s License Suspension Invalidated

DUI and Criminal Defense

The Meldon Law team is here for you at your most vulnerable, with a guiding hand and expert legal knowledge to fight for you and help get your life back on track following a criminal case. Read on to find out how we helped our client fight a license suspension. 

The Case Study

An Alachua County sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on a red sport utility vehicle traveling south on County Road 232 in Gainesville. The vehicle could not maintain a single lane of travel, and the driver was subsequently pulled over. The deputy asked the driver to exit the vehicle, at which point the deputy observed that the driver staggered and was unsteady on her feet. The deputy noticed the odor of alcohol and that the driver slurred her speech. 

The deputy requested that the driver perform field sobriety exercises, which the deputy reported she performed poorly. Additionally, the deputy found an open can that appeared to be an alcoholic beverage inside the vehicle. The driver was arrested, and the deputy asked her to provide a breath sample. The driver agreed and had breath sample results of .261 and .244.

 

Meldon Law Gets Results 

The driver hired Meldon Law to represent her. Our expert Meldon Law attorneys filed a formal review hearing application through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to challenge the basis of the driver’s license suspension. Our Meldon Law attorney made a motion to invalidate the license suspension based on the arresting deputy’s nonappearance during the hearing. 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: July 19, 2020).

Gainesville DUI Charge Case Study

DUI and Criminal Defense

No matter what you face, Meldon Law is committed to fighting for the best possible outcome for you. Through our many years of experience and understanding of the law, we know how to advocate for you. 

The Case Study 

An off-duty Alachua County sheriff’s deputy was driving westbound on University Avenue and reported seeing a vehicle swerving in its lane of travel going into the opposing lane of traffic. Similarly, a Gainesville Police Department officer observed the vehicle traveling westbound on Newberry Road and reported that the vehicle swerved in its lane and drifted onto the roadway’s edge. The Gainesville police officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and spoke with the driver. During this interaction, the officer observed a strong odor of alcohol emitting from the car. The officer noticed that the driver’s eyes were watery and that he slurred his words; he also admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages.  

 

The officer then asked the driver to perform field sobriety exercises, which the driver refused. The driver was placed under arrest and asked to provide a breath sample, which he also refused.

Meldon Law Gets Results

The driver hired Meldon Law to represent him. Our expert attorney sent a formal written request highlighting why the driver deserved consideration for the DUI Deferment Program

 

Ultimately, the request was approved, and the driver was allowed to participate in the program. The driver completed the program successfully, which resulted in the DUI charge reducing to a reckless driving charge. Further, the driver received a Withhold of Adjudication, which meant his criminal history record could be expunged or sealed, provided he did not receive an adjudication of guilt judgment in any other case. 

 

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: November 9, 2018). 

Putnam County Case Results in Dropped Felony Charge

DUI and Criminal Defense

Experience matters when you hire a criminal defense attorney. At Meldon Law, our attorneys are experts at defending you with our expertise and thorough knowledge of the law. 

The Case Study

A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper conducted a traffic stop on a grey Chrysler 4-door vehicle, traveling south on US 17 at Central Avenue in Crescent City for illegal window tint. In approaching the driver, the trooper noticed a marijuana smell coming from inside the vehicle. The trooper asked the driver to step out of the car. On searching the car’s interior, the trooper did not find contraband. However, when the trooper searched the driver’s wallet, he found U.S. currency that appeared counterfeit – a total of 8 bills and a credit card belonging to another individual. The trooper then placed the driver under arrest for a third-degree felony for possession of counterfeit bills and a first-degree misdemeanor for unlawful possession of a credit card.

 

Meldon Law Gets Results

Fortunately, the driver hired Meldon Law. Our knowledgeable attorney reviewed the police reports and videos and listed defense witnesses, and we spoke with the prosecutor about potential defenses. Our attorney confirmed that the felony charge requires a certain number of counterfeit bills to qualify, which was not met by the FHP trooper’s gathered evidence. Ultimately, the felony charged was dropped, allowing the defendant to avoid incarceration. The defendant was able to enter a plea and received probation for the misdemeanor 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: October 24, 2019).

Marion County Felony Battery Charge Dropped

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the area SE 178 Place in Summerfield in reference to a Battery. The officer made contact with the alleged victim who stated that he was confronted by the defendant and a verbal argument began. The alleged victim stated he then attempted to leave, however, the defendant got in front of him and would not let him enter his vehicle and shoved him. The defendant was placed under arrest for Battery on a Person over 65 years old, the alleged victim was 75 years old.

The defendant hired Meldon Law. After reviewing the arrest affidavit, speaking with the defendant and defense witness, the attorney spoke the prosecutor about the facts of the case and provided some mitigating evidence. Ultimately, 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: February 9, 2020).

Lafayette County Felony Charge Reduced

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Lafayette County Sheriff’s Deputy was driving on US 27 just west of County Road 320 when he observed a black jeep heading westbound. The deputy observed the vehicle swerve onto the shoulder and make a U-turn. The deputy pulled into the median to allow the jeep to pass him and make a stop. The vehicle pulled up next to the patrol vehicle and began to speak with the deputy, the deputy observed the driver to be slurring his words and asked if he had been drinking. The deputy asked the driver to hold on and began to exit his vehicle, the driver of the jeep then drove off at a high rate of speed. The deputy returned to his vehicle and began pursuing the jeep, with his patrol vehicle lights activated. The deputy ultimately stopped the jeep near a house on Lusitania road. The driver was arrested for Felony Flee and Elude and reckless driving.

The individual hired Meldon Law. After reviewing the discovery and the meeting with the client, the attorney was able to negotiate a resolution with the prosecutor. The resolution resulted in the Felony Charge being reduced to the misdemeanor offense of Resisting an Officer without Violence. The driver was not formally convicted of either offense because he received a withhold of adjudication to both the Resisting without Violence offense and the Reckless Driving 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 11, 2017)