Result Category: DUI and Criminal Defense

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)

Putnam County Man Avoids Felony Convictions for Violation of Probation

DUI and Criminal Defense

Prior to our representation, our client had been previously placed on 24 months of the community for Sale of a Schedule II Substance, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell and Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Sell. While on probation our client was alleged to have violated his community control for a second time for committing a new law offense of driving while license was suspended. It was also alleged in the violation of probation affidavit that our client failed to report as directed, failed to remain confined to the approved residence and failed to maintain a daily activity log.

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 allowed for the client to keep his withhold of adjudications, allowing our client to avoid becoming a convicted felon. Additionally, the attorney was able to have the client’s community control revoked and he was placed on standard probation which a less restrictive form of supervision

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 Resolution: February 3, 2020)

Ocala Driver Pulled Over for Not Wearing a Seatbelt

DUI and Criminal Defense

An Officer from the Ocala Police Department observed a driver of a vehicle at the intersection of North Pine Ave. and NW 10th Street no wearing a seat belt. The Officer pulled the vehicle over around the 2200 block of North Pine Ave. When the officer approached the vehicle and began speaking with the driver she noticed a strong odor of alcohol, bloodshot and watery eyes, and slurred speech.

The Officer requested that the driver perform field sobriety exercise, which the driver agreed to perform. The Officer stated she observed horizontal gaze nystagmus at maximum deviation, as well as nystagmus prior to the onset of forty-five (45) degrees. The Officer also had the driver perform the walk and turn exercise, the one-leg stand and the alphabet test, which was recorded on the Officer’s body camera. The driver was placed under arrest for driving under the influence and was transported to the Marion County Jail for a breath test. The Officer requested that the driver provide a breath sample, which the driver refused to provide.

The driver hired Meldon law. The attorneys at Meldon provided mitigation evidence for the prosecution, as well as potential factual issues with the case. 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: March 18, 2018).

Alachua County Driver Involved in Crash

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper was dispatched to a traffic crash that occurred between two vehicles on W Newberry Rd. When speaking with the driver of vehicle one, the Trooper noticed, slurred speech, an odor of alcohol and that the driver had trouble keeping his balance. The Trooper then transitioned from his crash investigation to a criminal investigation for driving under the influence.

The Trooper requested that the driver perform field sobriety exercise, which the driver agreed to perform. The Officer stated he observed horizontal gaze nystagmus at maximum deviation, as well as nystagmus prior to the onset of forty-five (45) degrees. The Trooper also had the driver perform the walk and turn exercise and one leg stand. The driver was placed under arrest for driving under the influence and was transported to the Alachua County Jail for a breath test. The Trooper requested that the driver provide a breath sample, which the driver refused to provide.

The driver hired Meldon law. The attorneys at Meldon provided mitigation evidence for the prosecution, as well as potential factual issues with the case. Ultimately the charge being reduced to reckless driving and the driver received a withhold of adjudication. The civil traffic citations the driver also received were dismissed.

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: August 8, 2018).

Columbia County Driver has License Suspension Invalidated

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper was dispatched to the area near mile marker 421 on Interstate 75, upon his arrival he observed a vehicle stuck in a ditch facing northwest. The driver was helped out of the vehicle by an EMS person and checked out in the ambulance. At the conclusion of his crash investigation, the Trooper moved in a criminal investigation for driver under the influence, the Trooper stated he observed bloodshot eyes, that her speech was slurred and also smelled an odor of alcohol coming from the driver. The Trooper then asked the driver if she would perform field sobriety exercise. Ultimately, the driver agreed to perform the exercise. The first test the Trooper performed was the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test and stated he observed a lack of smooth pursuit, distinct and sustained nystagmus prior to the onset of 45 degrees and at maximum deviation. The Trooper also noted that he observed all eight (8) clues on the walk and turn test and three (3) out of the four (4) clues on the one-leg stand test. The driver was placed under arrest for driving under the influence and transported to the Columbia County Jail to provide a breath sample. Upon arrival at the jail the Trooper request the driver provides a sample of her breath, which the driver agreed too and blew .381 and .384. The driver received a DUI citation and her license was suspended for an unlawful breath alcohol 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 driver’s license suspension based on the dry gas cylinder on the breath test instrument being expired and not complying with Florida Administrative Code 11D-8. The hearing officer issued an order setting aside the license suspension because of no valid breath test or improper procedures.

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 17, 2018).

Alachua County Driver Pulled over for Failing to Stop at Red Light

DUI and Criminal Defense

An officer with the University of Florida Police Department observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on Archer Road. The Officer stated that the driver of the vehicle ran the red light and was about fifteen (15) feet past the stop bar, the officer pulled in behind the driver and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. When the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed that the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and water, slurred speech, and a faint odor of alcohol.

The Officer requested that the driver perform field sobriety exercise, which the driver agreed to perform. The Officer stated he observed horizontal gaze nystagmus at maximum deviation, but not prior to the onset of forty-five (45) degrees. The officer also had the driver perform the walk and turn exercise, one leg stand, and finger to nose exercise. The driver was placed under arrest for driving under the influence and was transported to the University of Florida Police Department for a breath test. The Officer request that the driver provide a breath sample, which the driver refused to provide.

The driver hired Meldon law. The attorneys at Meldon provided the prosecution with information that UFPD was outside of their jurisdiction when the traffic stop was made, which ultimately led to the case 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: January 1, 2018).

Santa Fe Driver Has Charges Dropped

DUI and Criminal Defense

A Santa Fe College officer conducted a traffic stop on a scooter around the 3000 blocks of NW 83rd Street in parking lot 1. The officer made contact with the driver and discovered the driver did not have a valid Florida driver’s license and had never been issued one. Additionally, the scooter did not have any motor vehicle registration. The driver was issued two Florida Uniform Traffic citations, one for each misdemeanor offense and given a court date to appear for.

The driver hired Meldon Law. After reviewing the case and then spoke with the prosecutor regarding mitigating circumstances and was then able to negotiate a resolution that resulted in the charges 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 22, 2019)

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 be conducting 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 too. 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 3rd-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 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 1 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 travel 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 which 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).