My client and her friends went out to dinner in downtown Dunedin. They all took a friend’s golf cart since they lived so close. On the way home, the golf cart ran a stop sign. There was no one on the road and the golf cart was not doing anything dangerous. But, a deputy with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office with nothing better to do stopped the golf cart. He started a DUI investigation on the driver.
My client was a passenger on the golf cart. Everyone thought that the deputy was being ridiculous and wanted him to let their friend go. A female backup deputy arrived and began getting aggressive with the ladies standing there.
My client continued protesting the investigation when the female deputy tackled her, slammed her to the ground, and handcuffed her. My client was injured in the process and was badly bruised. She was eventually arrested for three misdemeanors- Obstruction of an Officer, Disorderly Intoxication, and Assault on an Officer. She was taken to the Pinellas County jail and bonded out.
My client was mortified. She had never been in trouble before and had no idea that someone could be treated in this way for doing virtually nothing. But, in order to show that this was an aberration, I had her get an alcohol evaluation. The evaluation showed that she did not have a drinking problem and did not need treatment.
I then provided the explanation of the incident along with the alcohol evaluation and summary of my client’s background to the prosecutor assigned to investigate the incident.
About 30 days after the arrest, the case was dropped. My client is now eligible to expunge her record and move on with her life.