My client was on vacation on St. Pete Beach with friends. He left his hotel to go pick up dinner and on the way back, he walked through the patio of another hotel beach bar. As he walked through, there was another customer that was being unruly with security. Somehow, my client got involved in this and the customer began fighting with him.
Security called the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and two deputies responded. My client was arrested for disorderly conduct. He was searched and in his front pocket was a firearm. He was also charged with a violation of his CCW permit because it was alleged he was at a bar with the firearm.
My client was very upset about how he was treated by law enforcement. His arm was twisted and yanked hard by the police for no reason. He was also adamant that he was not at a bar with the firearm. He was on the patio near the bathroom.
I presented a lengthy letter about how he did not violate his CCW permit because it was a restaurant license, not a bar and he was not even in it. I also explained the circumstances about the disorderly conduct. Ultimately, the prosecutor agreed and dropped both charges!