State vs. F.C.
Client was accused of Aggravated Assault with a firearm carrying a three year mandatory prison sentence. After prolonged negotiations with the state attorney the client was admitted to a program that, upon successful completion, will result in the charge being dismissed. Client’s record will then be eligible for expungment.
State vs. K.S.
Client was arrested for his second DUI within six months, as well as for Criminal Mischief and Violation of Driver License Restriction (he had a limited driving permit from the 1st DUI). His breath samples were all above the legal limit. Chris filed several motions to limit the state’s evidence, including a motion to exclude the breath test results. Chris was able to get the DUI reduced to Reckless Driving and the License Restriction charge amended to a lesser offense. Chris negotiated a fine and a program that allows Client to continue to live at home and keep his job. Client received no jail time, no probation, and kept his driver license.
State vs. T.J.
Client was charged with DUI. The police video showed client weaving outside of his lane several times before he was stopped. Client admitted to the officer that he was coming from a bar and had been drinking. After completing Field Sobriety Tests Client was arrested and taken to the station for a breath test, which he refused. Chris prepared the case for trial and continued to pursue an agreement with the state attorney. On the morning of trial the DUI charged was dismissed, and Client paid a $118.50 fine for the traffic infraction.
State vs. A.C.
Client faced several life sentences from alleged sexual crimes against the nine-year-old daughter of his girlfriend. Chris overcame attempts to stonewall his investigation of the case, going so far as to serve subpoenas for documentary evidence himself. This effort paid off yielding evidence favorable to Client’s defense. The best offer from the prosecutor (since Client had no previous record) required Client to serve a twenty year prison term. Chris took the case to trial. After Chris’s opening statement to the jury the prosecutor approached and said he then saw the case in a new light. Chris negotiated a sentence that meant Client would serve six more months in the county jail followed by probation.
State vs. S.W.
Client was charged with possession of marijuana. Client’s girlfriend called 911 in the middle of the night after she was unable to awaken him in his bed. Client physically resisted paramedics as they tried to subdue him for treatment. Citing a policy to respond to reports of possible drug overdoses, the police officer arrived thereafter, entered client’s bedroom, and began to search it. The officer claimed that he found marijuana on Client’s side of the bed in plain view. Chris filed a motion to suppress alleging the officer;s entry and search were illegal. The charge was dismissed before the motion was heard in court.
State vs. J.W.
Client was charged with Battery of his girlfriend’s ten year old son. Client’s work involved matters of national security and required him to maintain top secret security clearance, so a plea to any charge was not an option. Chris took the case to trial and demonstrated for the jury through questioning the assigned investigator with Child Protective Services the strong reasons to doubt the accusations. Client was found not guilty by the jury and was in tears as the verdict was read, the weight of the pending prosecution having been lifted after over fourteen months.
State vs. M.O.
Client was stopped on his scooter and charged with Violation of Driver License Restriction . A limited driving permit had been issued to Client that allowed him to drive for Business Purposes Only. Client wanted no plea deal, so the case went to trial, but only after extensive pretrial motions. At trial Chris demonstrated to the jury that the officer (who was familiar with Client) had changed his story on why he had stopped Client. The jury could not reach a unanimous verdict, so a mistrial was declared. At Client’s second jury trial when the state rested its case, Chris made a motion citing an often-overlooked rule of Florida law. The motion was granted and Client was acquitted.
State vs. N.G.
Client was arrested for the felony charge of Resisting Arrest With Violence. The arresting officer pepper sprayed and beat Client in response to Client’s attempt to break free of a painful hold executed by the officer. At a jury trial, Chris showed by questioning another police officer in the same department that the arresting officer used unreasonable force to subdue Client. Client was found not guilty by the jury.
State vs. J.C.
Client was charged with DUI, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Running a Red Light and Driving Without a Valid License. The driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash positively identified Client as the driver. Police found client two blocks away from the crash scene where the SUV Client was riding in was resting on its roof. Client was arrested and blew a .162 on the breath test. Chris took the case to trial and showed the jury that Client’s friend had been driving, and lied to police because he had also been drinking. Client was acquitted on all charges.
State vs. B.M.
Client was accused of Aggravated Battery and faced a lengthy prison sentence. Witnesses saw Client drive off the road and hit his girlfriend with his pickup truck after screaming threats to kill her. Chris’s only opportunity to speak with the victim came on the morning of trial. After their conversation Chris negotiated with the state attorney for a reduced charge of misdemeanor battery. Client did not receive probation.
State vs. A.W.
Client faced a DUI charge after running into the rear of a dump truck on US 19. The police report stated that she gave incoherent responses to questions, and a blood test revealed several controlled substances in her system. Chris got the state attorney to consider the fact that Client had suffered a head injury as a result of the crash and had many medical issues besides. He negotiated a reduction of the DUI charge to Reckless Driving and probation.