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DUI Wins

Our Recent Victories

Jul 10, 2003 Case: 1746, 47-BZD Judge Newman
The defendant was involved in an accident. The officer noticed an odor of alcohol, slurred speech, and the defendant had difficulty standing up without assistance. The officer ordered that his blood be drawn and his results were .314 (almost four times the legal limit). Depositions of all the officers were taken in the case.
The State dropped the DUI.
Jun 30, 2003 Case: 395104-W Judge Bloom
The defendant was stopped outside a club due to an alleged altercation inside the bar. Once stopped, the officers observed slurred speech, an odor of alcohol, and bloodshot eyes. The defendant performed poorly on roadsides and blew a .247 into the breath machine.
The State dropped the DUI.
Jun 16, 2003 Case: 051894-W Judge Krieger-Martin
The defendant was involved in an accident. He was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech, and an odor of an alcoholic beverage. The defendant performed poorly on roadsides and blew a .11 in the breath machine.
The State dropped the DUI.
Jun 3, 2003 Case: 01-009909MM10A Judge Diaz
The defendant was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint. He was asked to perform field sobriety tests which he allegedly failed, and blew a .165 on the intoxilyzer.
The motion was stipulated to by the State, and the DUI was dropped.
Jun 1, 2003 Case: 317747-X Judge Figarola
The defendant was observed by the officer driving without his head lights. The officer observed an odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech. The defendant performed poorly on roadside tasks according to the officer. The defendant refused to take a breath test.
The State dropped the DUI and the defendant received no conviction for any crime on his record.
May 27, 2003 Case: 342099-W Judge Mills-Francis
The defendant was stopped for speeding. The speeding occurred in Surfside, however, the defendant was stopped in Bal Harbor. A North Bay Village officer responded to conduct the DUI investigation. The defendant performed poorly on the roadsides and blew a .131 on the Breath machine.
The State dropped the DUI.
May 19, 2003 Case: 317761-X Judge Newman
The defendant was involved in an accident as he hit a bus stop. The officer observed the defendant staggering around as he arrived. Also, the defendant was given roadsides which he performed poorly. Officers observed an odor of alcohol and slurred speech. The defendant admitted drinking whiskey to the officer.
The State dropped the DUI.
May 19, 2003 Case: 373565-W Judge Reyes
The defendant was pulled over for allegedly driving at an officer while he was conducting a traffic stop. The officer observed beer in the car and the defendant admitted drinking too much. She performed poorly on roadside tests and blew a .15 in the breath machine.
The State dropped the DUI.
May 19, 2003 Case: 266860-X Judge Krieger-Martin
The defendant was pulled over for driving over 100 miles per hour. The officer observed the defendant to be unsteady, have slurred speech, and an odor of alcohol on his breath. The defendant performed several roadsides poorly according to the officer and he refused to take a breath test.
The State dropped the DUI.
May 19, 2003 Case: 02-007168MM10A (JURY TRIAL) Judge Feiner
The defendant was allegedly seen driving home recklessly by his neighbor. She stated that he then passed out drunk in his car. The defendant was placed on video upon arrest and failed every sobriety test.
The state attorney’s office dropped the DUI in the middle of trial.
May 11, 2003 Case: 03-11012MMA Judge Manalich
The defendant was stopped for speeding and striking a curb. The officer observed an odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, and the defendant refused to listen to the officer’s instructions.
The State dropped the DUI.
May 8, 2003 Case: 050587-W Judge Pando
The defendant was stopped for nearly colliding with a police officer. The officer stated that the defendant was unsteady, had an odor of alcohol, and had mumbled and slurred speech. The officer requested the defendant to perform roadside tasks. The defendant performed poorly on the tests and subsequently refused the breath test.
The Judge granted the motion throwing out all of the roadside tests. Case is still pending.
May 6, 2003 Case: 01-001588MM10A Judge Diaz
The defendant was involved in a traffic crash. The crash investigator noticed an odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The defendant performed field sobriety tests and was arrested. The defendant admitted to taking pain medication.
The State dropped the DUI prior to trial.
Apr 28, 2003 Case: 508042-X Judge Figarola
The defendant was stopped because he was involved in an accident. His speech was slurred, appeared sleepy, and he could not stand upright without the assistance of the officer. He performed several roadsides poorly and later blew a .11 into the breath machine.
DUI dismissed.
Apr 21, 2003 Case: 387793-W Judge Krieger-Martin
The defendant was stopped for driving head on at a police officer while pulling into a parking lot. The officer who stopped the defendant stated in deposition that the defendant was completely off balance and could not speak clearly. He noticed an odor of alcohol and bloodshot eyes. The officer who conducted the DUI investigation stated in the reports that the defendant’s speech was good and there were no balance problems. The defendant blew a .091 into the breath machine.
State dropped the DUI.
Apr 12, 2003 Case: 02-021437MM10A Judge Zack
The defendant drove his car into a concrete median, knocking down a light pole. The officer noticed an odor of alcohol, slurred speech, flushed face and bloodshot eyes. The defendant stated he had 2 liters of alcohol which were found in the vehicle. The defendant’s blood alcohol level was a .24 (3 times the legal limit).
The court granted the motion and threw out the blood test.
Apr 9, 2003 Case: 03-025466TC10A Judge Diaz
The defendant was stopped for an illegal turn, and was subsequently arrested for driving on a DUI suspension.
The Judge granted the motion and all evidence was thrown out. The State has 15 days to appeal.
Apr 8, 2003 Case: 050813-W Judge Pando
The defendant was stopped for weaving. He was unsteady, had an odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. He performed very poorly on the sobriety tests. The defendant stated to the officer “he was drunk, but not that drunk.” He blew a .201 in the breath machine.
The State conceded the motion and dropped the DUI.
Apr 8, 2003 Case: 388162-W Judge Hernandez
The defendant was stopped for having a cracked windshield. The officer noticed slurred speech, an odor of alcohol, and bloodshot eyes. According to the officer, the defendant performed several roadsides poorly. The defendant refused a breath test. This was the defendant’s second offense.
The State dismissed the DUI.
Apr 6, 2003 Case: 508188-X Judge Figarola
The defendant was stopped for weaving at a high rate of speed. The officer observed bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and an odor of alcohol. The defendant performed poorly on roadsides according to the reports.
The State dropped the DUI.
Mar 20, 2003 Case: 02-020612MM10A Judge Murphy
The defendant was found passed out with his car halfway in the road. The defendant was unable to perform the roadside tests and blew a .208 on the intoxilyzer.
The motion to suppress was granted, and all of the evidence was thrown out of court.
Mar 6, 2003 Case: 01-013951MM10A (JURY TRIAL) Judge Berman
The Defendant was stopped by Davie Police Department. Several officers on scene noticed bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. The defendant failed roadside tests, admitted that he should have taken a cab, and was arrested for DUI. He blew a .098 on the intoxilyzer.
NOT GUILTY.
Feb 18, 2003 Case: 131981-W Judge Figarola
The defendant was stopped for speeding and almost hitting another vehicle. The defendant was alleged to have staggered out of vehicle and he had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. The defendant performed poorly on roadsides and he blew a .216 in the breath machine.
The State dropped the DUI.
Feb 18, 2003 Case: 01-028635MM10A Judge Zack
The defendant was involved in an accident. He staggered out of his vehicle upon the officer’s arrival and had slurred speech and stated he had two beers. He performed poorly on roadside tasks and blew a .181 in the breath machine.
The State dropped the DUI.
Feb 12, 2003 Case: 245807-W Judge Figarola
The defendant was stopped for running a red light and nearly colliding with an officer. The officer observed an odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. According to the officer he performed poorly on the roadside sobriety tests and subsequently refused the breath test.
The State dropped the DUI.
Feb 11, 2003 Case: 03-020343TCA99 Judge Cohen
The defendant was stopped for swerving all over the roadway. The defendant was observed to have an odor of alcohol and slow and slurred speech. The defendant performed poorly on roadsides. The defendant blew a .113 in the breath machine.
Case dismissed on speedy trial grounds.
Feb 10, 2003 Case: 02-026473MM10A Judge Gehl
The defendant was stopped for spinning his tires in a reckless manner causing his tires to smoke as he made a u-turn. He was also noticed driving at a high rate of speed. The officer noticed an odor, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and that the defendant was uneasy on his feet. The defendant failed all roadside tests and blew a .152.
The Motion was granted, all evidence was thrown out.
Feb 9, 2003 Case: 00028978MM10A Judge Robinson
The defendant was involved in an accident. The officer saw him staggering and walking slowly. The officer noticed an odor of alcohol and asked the defendant to perform sobriety tests. The defendant refused saying that he had a couple of drinks and would fail the tests. The officer also stated that his speech was slurred.
Motion granted. State appealed in front of Judge Horowitz and lost. All evidence was thrown out. The state will be dismissing the charges on September 25, 2003.
Feb 5, 2003 Case: 02-023411MM10A Judge Cowart
The defendant was stopped for speeding and failing to maintain a single lane. The defendant performed below the Trooper’s standards on the field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. He later blew a .09 on the intoxilyzer.
The State dropped the DUI.
Jan 28, 2003 Case: 02-015301TCA02 (JURY TRIAL) Judge Gerber
The Defendant was observed speeding. He failed to stop for the officer even though the deputy had his lights on for at least a mile. Once stopped by the officer, the officer administered roadside tests including the one leg stand, alphabet test, walk and turn, and finger to nose. The deputy testified he makes at least 250 DUI arrests a year and that the defendant performed poorly on roadsides which was captured on video tape. Although the defendant did make several mistakes, he also performed numerous tasks well and never appeared to be off balance or unsteady. The defendant told the officer he had nothing to drink even thought he officer smelled alcohol on his breath, observed slurred speech, and watery eyes. The defendant refused to take a breath test.
The JURY found the defendant NOT GUILTY of DUI.
Jan 15, 2003 Case: 01-25456MM10A Judge Robinson
The defendant was stopped by the police for speeding and running a red light. Once pulled over by the police, the defendant was asked to step out of his vehicle because the officer smelled alcohol on the defendant's breath, observed slurred speech, and glassy, bloodshot eyes. The defendant refused to exit his car after several requests. The officers wanted to conduct a DUI investigation to determine if the defendant was an impaired driver. He was eventually pulled by the officers from his seat and then thrown to the ground. He was subsequently arrested for DUI and resisting and officer without violence. The whole incident was captured on video tape.
The State dropped the DUI.
Jan 14, 2003 Case: 02-7720MM10A Judge Berman
The defendant was pulled over by the police for running a red light and attaching a tag not assigned. The officer observed the defendant to have an odor of alcohol on his breath. The defendant submitted to one roadside test, the eye (pen) test and refused all other tests, including the breath test.
The State dropped the DUI and the defendant did not lose his driver's license.
Jan 13, 2003 Case: 388017-W Judge Figarola
The defendant was pulled over for almost striking the curb two times with his vehicle. The defendant performed poorly on several roadside tasks and blew a .107 in the breath machine. He was observed to have slurred and mumbled speech, an odor of alcohol on his breath, and very poor balance. This was the defendant's second offense within a period five years.
The State conceded the motion and dropped the DUI and the defendant did not receive a second DUI conviction or a five year license suspension.
Dec 20, 2002 Case: 02-014861TCA99 Judge Gerber
The defendant was pulled over by the police for weaving several times. The officer's observed alcohol on the defendant's breath, slurred speech, glassy eyes, and poor balance. After performing poorly on several roadsides, the defendant was arrested for DUI. He subsequently blew almost twice the legal limit (.158) in the breath machine.
The State conceded the motion, agreed to the exclusion of the breath test results, and dropped the DUI.
Nov 9, 2002 Case: 9185-BGQ Judge Pando
The defendant sideswiped 2 vehicles. Defendant was confused, disoriented and needed assistance to keep his balance.
The State dropped the DUI to a reckless driving.
Oct 29, 2002 Case: 01-024274MM10A Judge Berman
The Defendant was found sleeping behind the wheel at an intersection, while the car was in neutral. The defendant was also in possession of a pipe with the scent of burnt marijuana. The defendant performed sobriety test and was arrested for DUI.
The State was convinced to drop the DUI charge to a reckless driving. The State also dismissed the possession of paraphernalia charge.
Oct 28, 2002 Case: 394723-W Judge Mills-Francis
The defendant was stopped for running a red light. The officer observed an odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The defendant blew a .106.
The State was convinced to drop the DUI to a reckless driving.
Oct 28, 2002 Case: 297034-X Judge Mills-Francis
The Defendant was stopped for weaving on the road. The officer smelled an odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The defendant failed the roadside tests and refused a breath test.
The State was convinced to drop the DUI charge to reckless driving.
Oct 28, 2002 Case: 7448-BOF Judge Newman
The Defendant was arrested for DUI controlled substance. The defendant gave a urine sample which tested positive for marijuana.
The State was convinced to drop the DUI charge. The defendant has no conviction on his record.
Oct 25, 2002 Case: 02-009671TCA99 Judge Moyle
The Officer observed an odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The defendant refused all testing. (2nd offense for DUI)
The case was dismissed.
Oct 18, 2002 Case: 02-002658MM10A Judge Gehl
The defendant was observed driving without headlights and running a red light. The deputy observed bloodshot eyes, an odor of alcohol, and a flushed face. The defendant blew a .137/.131.
The State dropped the DUI charge to a reckless driving.
Oct 15, 2002 Case: 388103-W Judge Hernandez
The defendant was involved in an accident. Defendant failed the roadside tests and blew a .086.
Based on the lack of officer credibility, the DUI was dropped to a reckless driving.
Oct 14, 2002 Case: 01-121AC10A Judge Murphy / Cohn
The defendant was seen by civilians driving all over the road. Upon arrival, the police observed the defendant's car stopped in the entrance to a construction site. The defendant was passed out behind the wheel with the engine running. The defendant failed roadside tests. (3rd Offense for DUI)
Judge Murphy dismissed the charges.
Oct 12, 2002 Case: 061507-J Judge Pando
The defendant was involved in an accident on I-95 and fled the scene after hitting another vehicle. He was later found by the police on the side of the interstate about 300 yards away from the accident site standing outside his vehicle which had a flat tire and exterior damage. He was arrested for Leaving the Scene of and accident and DUI as the officers observed alcohol on his breath and slurred speech. There were four officers involved in the investigation. Depositions were taken of each officer and they all gave different version of the events of that evening. For example, one officer stated the defendant had balance problems while another officer stated he did not. One officer stated the defendant had slurred speech and another officer stated his speech was good.
The State dropped the DUI and the Leaving the Scene charge and the defendant received no convictions on his record.
Sep 29, 2002 Case: 02-4529MM10A Judge Zack
The Defendant was arrested for DUI and blew a .163/.158.
Judge Zack granted the motion to suppress the breath test.
Sep 23, 2002 Case: 318523-X Judge Figarola
The defendant was driving at a high rate of speed almost causing an accident. The officer observed mumbled speech, an odor of alcohol and balance problems.
The State dropped the DUI charge. The defendant has no conviction on his record.
Sep 19, 2002 Case: 252155-W Judge Reyes
The defendant was stopped for running a red light. Odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, swaying side to side, bottle of beer in the car. (3rd offense for DUI). The defendant refused to perform roadsides and refused to take a breath test.
The State dropped the DUI.
Sep 13, 2002 Case: 02-003280MM10A Judge Lazarus
The defendant was stopped for weaving. Odor of alcohol, slow speech, stumbled out of car, bloodshot watery eyes.
The State dropped the DUI. The defendant has no conviction on his record.
Sep 9, 2002 Case: 01-029462MM10A Judge Lazarus
The defendant was stopped for speeding. The officer observed an odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, and his speech was slurred. The defendant failed all sobriety tests. A beer can was found inside the car.
The State conceded the motion and dropped the DUI charge. The defendant has no conviction on his record.
Sep 9, 2002 Case: 7635-BNX Judge Pando
The defendant was pulled over for running a red light and making an illegal U-turn. He had an odor of alcohol on his breath and bloodshot eyes. He took a breath test and blew under the legal limit. However, he tested positive for cocaine and marijuana from a urine test.
The State dropped the DUI.
Sep 9, 2002 Case: 085545-J Judge Bloom
The defendant was involved in an accident and left the scene. He was subsequently stopped by police. The officers smelled alcohol on the defendant's breath and observed slurred speech. He was arrested for DUI and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. He took a breath test after his arrest and blew over the legal limit. This was the defendant's second offense.
The State dropped the DUI.
Sep 9, 2002 Case: 02-001940MM10A Judge Lazarus
The defendant was failing to maintain a single lane. Officer observed odor, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and poor balance at the scene. The defendant blew a .147/.141. (4th offense for DUI)
The State dropped the DUI charge to a reckless driving.
Sep 9, 2002 Case: 02-003367MM10A Judge Lazarus
The defendant was driving without headlights and failing to maintain a single lane. Odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and admitted to 6 drinks.
The State dropped the DUI to a reckless driving.
Aug 28, 2002 Case: 01-023514MM10A Judge Gehl
The defendant was stopped for driving without headlights and running through a stop light. The defendant staggered out of her vehicle and was crying periodically. Odor, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech. The defendant admitted to drinking "a lot".
The State dropped the DUI to a reckless driving.
Aug 27, 2002 Case: 01-027781MM10A Judge Gehl
The defendant was stopped for weaving. Odor, bloodshot eyes, flushed face, slurred speech. The defendant failed sobriety tests and blew a .161.
The state dropped the DUI to reckless driving.
Aug 23, 2002 Case: 381097-W Judge Hernandez
The defendant was stopped for almost running a pedestrian off the roadway. The officer noticed alcohol on the defendant's breath, slurred speech, and bloodshot eyes. He performed several roadside tasks poorly according to the officer and took a breath test which he blew over the legal limit.
The State conceded the motion and dropped the DUI.
Aug 19, 2002 Case: 297054-X Judge Krieger-Martin
The defendant was stopped for almost backing into another vehicle. The officer observed alcohol on her breath, slurred speech, and bloodshot eyes. She admitted coming form south beach. She performed several roadsides and blew a .146 in the breath machine.
The State dropped the DUI and she received no conviction on her record.
Aug 7, 2002 Case: 409914-X Judge Mills-Francis
The defendant was involved in an accident. He performed roadsides and blew a just above the legal limit.
The defendant received no DUI conviction on his record.
Jul 29, 2002 Case: 318506-X Judge Pando
The defendant was stopped for speeding and crossing over the double yellow lines. The defendant stated “there was no way he could pass a breath test.” He performed poorly on the walk and run. one leg stand, and finger to nose. He refused a breath test.
The State dropped the DUI.
Jul 25, 2002 Case: 01-17563MM10A Judge Diaz
The defendant nearly collided with a barricade and was weaving all over the road. The defendant staggered out of the vehicle and failed all sobriety tests. The defendant provided a urine sample which tested positive for tranquilizers.
The State dropped the DUI to a reckless driving.
Jul 23, 2002 Case: 02-004971MMA99 Judge Ciklin
The defendant stopped for drifting into the northbound lane on several occasions. Odor, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech. The defendant failed all sobriety tests and refused a breath test. The defendant also had a pipe with him and was charged with paraphernalia.
Judge Ciklin granted the motion and all of the charges were dropped.
Jul 19, 2002 Case: 01-026696MM10A Judge Lazarus
The defendant was stopped for speeding. Odor, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech. The officer wrote in his report that the defendant failed the sobriety tests.
The State dropped the DUI to a reckless driving.
Jul 8, 2002 Case: 136436-J Judge Bloom
The defendant was parked on the shoulder of the road. The trooper pulled up behind her vehicle with her overhead police lights on. The defendant performed poorly on roadsides and was arrested for DUI. The defendant did not take a breath test.
State conceded the motion and the defendant received no conviction on her record.
Jun 26, 2002 Case: 01-026263TCA08 Judge Moyle
The State dropped the DUI to a reckless driving.
Jun 26, 2002 Case: 01-028334TCA99 Judge Damico
The State dropped the DUI to a reckless driving.
Jun 17, 2002 Case: 260450-W Judge Krieger-Martin
The case was dismissed.
May 28, 2002 Case: 061432-BDY Judge Mills-Francis
The State dropped the DUI to a reckless driving.
May 22, 2002 Case: 01-026265TCA99 Judge Ciklin
The State dropped the DUI to a reckless driving.
Apr 10, 2002 Case: 02-013051TCA99 Judge Moyle
The defendant was stopped for running a stop sign. Police observed odor, bloodshot eyes, and a statement "Yea I'm drunk again". The defendant refused all testing. (3rd offense for DUI).
Motion to dismiss granted for destruction of evidence. All charges dismissed.
Jan 11, 2002 Case: 01-022818MM10A Judge Cowart
The Defendant was observed weaving on Oakland Park Blvd. Defendant stumbled out of car. Defendant admits to drinking "shots".
The State dropped the DUI. The defendant has no conviction on her record.
Case: STATE V. J.J. Judge

The defendant was charged with three counts of battery by strangulation. He was facing Florida State prison time if convicted.

The defense got all charges dismissed prior to the case even entering the justice system.

Case: STATE V. P.V. Judge

The defendant was charged with domestic aggravated assault and aggravated stalking. He was alleged to have went to the victim's house, violated a restraining order, and chased her with a knife in front of three witnesses.

The defendant received no jail, no prison, and no felony conviction on his record.

Case: STATE V. A.R. Judge

The defendant was stopped by the police as he was walking down the road to watch a meteor shower on the beach. The police found him to appear suspicious and patted him down. In doing so, they found a glass pipe commonly used for smoking marijuana. The defendant was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Prior to trial, the defense argued there was no reason to have patted him down under Florida law as he did not appear to be armed and dangerous. Thus, there was unreasonable search and seizure. The charge was Dismissed. Read the paraphernalia was not being used for the purpose of "illicit drug usage."

Case: STATE V. M.M. Judge

The defendant was charged with felony possession of cocaine. It was found in her purse after being arrested for DUI.

The defendant received no felony conviction, no jail, no probation and no two year driver's license suspension.

Case: STATE V. W.H. Judge

The defendant was stopped for driving through a restricted area in a park. The officer smelled marijuana in the car. A subsequent search revealed marijuana cigarettes in the car. He was arrested for possession of marijuana.

The defendant received no conviction, no probation, no jail, and no two year driver's license suspension for a drug conviction.

Case: STATE V. N.M. Judge

The defendant was charged with possession of cocaine. The drugs were found in her purse after her arrest for DUI.

The defendant received no felony conviction, probation, license suspension or jail.

Case: STATE V. C.B. Judge

The defendant was charged with possession of marijuana.

The defendant received no conviction, no probation, and no jail. Also, since he was NOT convicted, he did not receive a two year driver's license suspension. On a drug charge, if a person is convicted, they can lose their D/L for two years.

Case: STATE V. V.R. Judge

The defendant was charged with burglary of a vehicle. He was seen jogging and then identified as entering a vehicle. He was arrested for burglary and faced up to five years in prison.

The defense took pre-trial depositions of all witnesses. The eye witness could not positively identify the defendant at the depo as the person entering the car and there were no fingerprints taken off the car. The State dismissed the case due to a lack of evidence based on the depositions.

Case: STATE V. E.C. Judge

The defendant was charged with two counts of sale of marijuana. He was alleged to have been selling the drugs out of his college dormitory room. He faced up to 10 years in State prison if convicted.

The defendant received no felony convictions and no jail time.

Case: STATE V. P.H. Judge

The defendant was charged with felony driving on a suspended license because his license was permanently revoked for numerous DUI's. He faced up to five years in prison if convicted.

The defendant received no felony conviction, no probation, and no jail time.

Case: STATE V. R.N. Judge

The defendant was charged with possession of marijuana. After a lawful traffic stop, the officer observed the pot in the car. There were two individuals in the car, including the defendant. No one admitted to ownership of the drugs.

On the day of trial, the defense showed the State the case law supporting our position that the defendant could not have been in constructive possession of the of the drugs. The State dismissed all the charges.

Case: STATE V. S.M. Judge

The defendant was stopped for running a stop sign. The officer smelled burning marijuana from the car. The defendant admitted smoking the pot and also swallowed some of it. The officer also found more pot and cocaine in the car. The defendant was arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, and destruction of evidence.

The defendant received no felony convictions on his record and no jail time.

Case: STATE V. C.O. Judge

The defendant was charged with possession of cocaine. He allegdly threw down a baggie of cocaine after being stopped for driving recklessly. He faced up to 5 years in prison for the third degree felony.

The defendant received NO felony conviction and only had to pay court costs.

Case: STATE V. A.G. Judge

The defendant was charged with grand theft for allegedly stealing money from his employer. If convicted, the defendant faced up to five years in prison.

The defendant only received one day of probation and no felony conviction on his record.

Case: STATE V. G.M. Judge

The defendant was arrested on charges of child abuse, aggravated battery and domestic violence.

The defendant was alleged to have struck his spouse. His children were supposedly present when the aggravated battery took place. The defense was successful in having all charges dismissed.

Case: STATE V. D.G. Judge

The defendant was charged with Carrying A Concealed Firearm & Obstruction Of Justice.

The defendant approached the officers while they were investigating a possible drug transaction. The defendant began to question why the officers were "messing" with the subject. After requesting the defendant to leave the area he was eventually taken into custody for obstruction of justice. A pat down search later revealed a fully loaded 9mm firearm. After conducting an independent investigation and deposing each of the witnesses, the defendant was not convicted of any charges. The gun was returned to the defendant.

Case: STATE V. A.F. Judge

Armed Robbery

The defendant was charged with armed robbery facing 30 years Florida state prison. The defense had the charges reduced to battery, and the defendant received no jail.

Case: STATE V. J.L. Judge

Loitering, Prowling

The defendant and his passenger were parked at 3:22 a.m. behind a series of closed businesses. As an officer approached, the defendant drove away. The officer followed the defendant and eventually stopped him driving in reverse down an alley. A hammer, gloves and a chisel were found in the vehicle. The defense filed a motion to suppress based on an unlawful stop. The motion was granted and the evidence was thrown out.

Case: STATE V. R.R. Judge

Sexual Battery, Burglary with an Assault and Battery

The defendant was charged with Sexual Battery and Burglary with an Assault and Battery. He faced Life in prison. At trial, the alleged victim testified that her underwear was ripped, that she scratched the defendant’s back causing severe marks, and that he broke in without permission. The two did know each other. The defendant testified she let him in the house after calling him to come over that night and the sex was consensual. Upon cross examination of the lead detective, he testified he found no ripped underwear and no scratches on the defendant’s back corroborating the victim’s story. The defendant was found not guilty on all counts.

Case: STATE V. H.M. (NOT JURY TRIAL) Judge

Felony Fleeing, Eluding the Police

The defendant was charged with felony fleeing and eluding the police and faced up to five years in prison. The defendant received no felony conviction on his record, no probation, and not one day in jail.

Case: STATE V. C.S. Judge

Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

The defendant was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon (a knife). He faced up to 15 years in State prison. The defendant was cab driver who picked up some drunken men. They got very rowdy in the cab and he asked them to get out. The men refused ton leaved the taxi and they all jumped him. He then pulled a knife in self defense cutting one of the men. At trial on cross examination, all the men in cab gave different versions of what happened outside the taxi prior to and during the stabbing. The jury found him not guilty.

Case: STATE V. J.M. Judge

Felony Leaving the Scene of an Accident

The defendant was charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident. He faced up to five years in prison. At trial, the defense argued the defendant did not leave the scene and simply went down the road to call for help. The jury found him not guilty.

Case: STATE V. M.H. Judge

Lewd and Lascivious Act on a Child Under 16 Years Old

The defendant was charged with Lewd and Lascivious Act on a Child under 16 years old. The defendant faced up to 15 years in prison. At trial, the defendant testified the alleged act never took place and that his teenage daughter hated him for always trying to discipline her. The defense was able to impeach her with her pre-trial testimony numerous times to attack her credibility. The jury believed the defendant and found him not guilty.

Case: STATE V. E.W. Judge

Robbery in the Second Degree

The defendant was charged with robbery in the second degree and faced up to 15 years in State prison. He was alleged to have robbed a jewelry store. An FBI agent became involved in the case and showed only one picture of a suspect to the victim in the store. That picture just so happened to be the defendant so she said it was him who robbed her. At trial, the defense argued the agent should have showed a photo pack with more than one picture and only showing one photo was very suggestive. The jury agreed and found the defendant not guilty.

Case: STATE V. E.S. Judge

Felony Animal Cruelty

The defendant was charged with felony animal cruelty for allegedly throwing cats out his car window on a busy highway. He faced five years in prison. The defendant testified at the trial that the stray cats were actually hiding under the truck as they always hid under his truck at his trailer park as they did under other cars in the park. The defense also argued it was ridiculous to believe a defendant was throwing cats out his window as the two witnesses testified during rush hour on the busiest street in the county with hundreds of people to see the alleged crime taking place. The jury did not believe the witnesses and the defendant was found not guilty.

Case: STATE V. J.G. Judge

Second Degree Murder, Being a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm

The defendant was charged with second degree murder and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The defendant faced life in prison. The two counts were severed and the State tried the defendant on the felon in possession charge first. At trial, the defense was able to impeach witness after witness as their stories contradicted each others on major points. The primary defense in the case was that the defendant only grabbed the gun and shot the victim out of “necessity” to protect his relative who was getting beat up in the street. The jury found the defendant acted out of “necessity” under the law and found him not guilty. He later received probation and not one day in jail on the murder charge as none of the witnesses were credible after the first trial.

Case: STATE V. C.M. Judge

Lewd and Lascivious Sex Acts with a Child Under 16 Years Old

The defendant was charged with Lewd and Lascivious Sex Acts with a Child Under 16 years old. He faced 30 years in prison. At trial, the defendant testified that he did not commit the acts alleged and that the child was lying due him being a strict step parent. The defense argued that was her motive to lie and fabricate the story. He was found not guilty by the jury.

Case: STATE V. C.T. Judge

Aggravated Battery

The defendant was charged with aggravated battery which she faced up to 15 years in prison. The defendant testified she and the alleged victim had numerous problems in the past and that the entire story was a lie. Also, the defense pointed out to the jury that the victim had no visible injuries to corroborate her story to the police. The defendant was found not guilty.

Case: STATE V. J.C. Judge

Aggravated Assault with a Firearm

The defendant was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm facing a three year minimum mandatory prison sentence. At trial, the victim, who was the ex-girlfriend of the defendant, stated the defendant pulled a gun on her. She told police the gun was positively black, yet the gun found by police was bright silver. The defendant also testified about their rocky relationship prior the allegation. The defendant was found not guilty.

Case: STATE V. M.F. Judge

Attempted First Degree Murder with a Gun

The defendant was charged with attempted first degree murder with a gun and facing life in prison. The defendant was alleged to have gone over to someone’s trailer to collect money. The defense alleged at trial, the victim pulled a weapon first in a scuffle and the defendant acted in self defense by shooting the individual to protect his life. He was found not guilty.

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