Success Stories2022-02-07T13:38:44-05:00
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Domestic Battery Charge Against Wife Dropped

Facts: My client is married, has a three year old child, and is pregnant. She has never been in trouble before. She has a history of bi-polar depression. Recently, she has been struggling with her medication management because of the pregnancy. One evening, her mental health issues caused her to lose control. She began to argue with her husband and she threw a water bottle at him and grabbed the collar of his shirt, ripping it. The neighbors heard her yelling and called the police. When the police arrived, the husband said that he did not want her arrested, but they saw the ripped shirt and he admitted it was from her. They said they had no choice and had to arrest her for domestic battery. So, she was arrested, bonded out and could not have contact with her husband. Therefore, he moved out and she stayed at home with their child. The Case: My client understood that she needed help for her medication management. She set up an appointment with her psychiatrist and was also referred for follow up therapy. I had [...]

By |September 26th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , |0 Comments

DUI Reduced to Careless Driving Citation

Facts: Our client was arrested for DUI in St. Petersburg, FL. He was stopped by a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Deputy because he was going 30+ miles over the speed limit. When the Deputy approached our client's vehicle she smelled the odor of marijuana and saw a pipe in the center console. Despite performing well on field sobriety exercises our client was arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana. After he was arrested for DUI, our client provided a breath sample of .000/.000, and agreed to provide a urine sample. Our client also admitted to smoking marijuana prior to driving. The Criminal Case: Our client, 19, had never been arrested before and he wanted to avoid a criminal conviction at all costs. We reviewed the video with him and agreed that the State Attorney could not prove that he was under the influence. We got to work negotiating his case. We took the hard line that a careless driving disposition was the only thing he would accept. Ultimately, we were able to convince the State Attorney who agreed to reduce his charge to [...]

By |September 23rd, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

20 Year Old Warrant For Child Neglect Charges Dismissed

Facts: Over 20 years ago, my client was separated from her husband and caring for three minor children alone. One night, she left the children at home thinking that they were asleep and went out to run errands. One child woke up, contacted a neighbor, who contacted the police. My client was arrested for felony child neglect. She bonded out, but did not hire a lawyer. Shortly thereafter, she moved out of state and eventually reunited with her husband. Meanwhile, in Pinellas County, a formal charge of child neglect was filed against her. She did not appear for court, and an additional felony charge for failure to appear was also filed. Therefore, there were two felony warrants for her arrest. Over the years, my client moved again to another state. She raised the children and they all turned out well. They loved their mother and had no idea about the charges. My client eventually went to work for an insurance company, but could not get her insurance license because she could not pass a background check. She decided that it was time to [...]

Battery on Bouncer at Jannus Live Dropped

Facts: My client was at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg with his girlfriend. A band was playing that they both traveled around to see. They tried to get closer to the stage and a bouncer approached them. The bouncer grabbed my client and told him that he needed to leave. My client resisted his removal and flailed his arms. In the process, the bouncer was struck and the St. Petersburg Police Department was called. My client was arrested for battery. The Case: He has no prior record and a good job. I reached out to the bouncer and he confirmed that he did not want to press charges. I spoke to the prosecutor, explained the circumstances, and sent in a copy of my client's resume. The prosecutor agreed to drop the charge. My client is now eligible to expunge his record.

By |September 6th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Trespass Charge at The Sirata on St. Pete Beach Dropped

Facts: My client was on vacation from out of state with his wife and two other couples. They stayed at the Sirata Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach. The couples purchased the "all you can drink" package, which turned out to be a mistake. The first night of the trip, my client drank too much and started getting loud at the bar. A security guard tried to calm him down and asked him to go to his room. He refused and the security guard called the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He was arrested for disorderly conduct. According to the police, he was also given a verbal trespass notice. There was no paperwork given to him and no one told his wife. In his state of intoxication, he had no idea that he was not supposed to return to the Sirata. After bonding out, he went back to the Sirata and spent the day there. The couples spent the day at the beach and then went to eat dinner. While they were at dinner, the same security guard from the night before approached him, [...]

By |August 24th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Charges Dropped After Fight at Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach

Facts: My client was in town for a wedding and was staying on St. Pete Beach. He and some friends went to Postcard Inn after drinking all day. The night got out of control on the dance floor. My client was accused of pushing other dancers and eventually got into a brawl. The police were called and he was arrested for disorderly conduct. He bonded out of jail and hired me as he was at the airport heading home. The Case: My client had never been arrested before and had an excellent job. I made a call to the prosecutor to explain that this was simply a bad night and not a habit. Within a week, the charges were dropped.

Misdemeanor Leaving the Scene of an Accident Reduced to Civil Infraction

Facts: My client lives in Gulfport and is retired. He was heading home when he lost control of his car and crashed into a solar panel that was used to control a light. He drove on a mile or two before he stopped. Another driver called 911 and the Gulfport Police Department responded. Once the police arrived, my client reported that he was having a health issue. He was checked out by paramedics and released. The police issued him a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident. He had never been in trouble before, so he was obviously concerned. The Case: My client hired me and I advised him to immediately report the incident to his insurance company. I told him that he needed to cooperate with his insurance company and encourage them to pay quickly. The solar panel was owned by Pinellas County, so it took a while for the claim to be processed. In the meantime, I had him complete ADI school. Eventually, the restitution was paid in full by his insurance company. The Result: I sent everything to [...]

By |August 19th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Felony Child Abuse Without Harm Charge Dropped

Facts: My client is 30 and went for a bike ride in Ft. DeSoto Park in Pinellas County. He had been drinking before the ride. I guess he just wanted some fresh air, but it was a bad choice. When he got there, there were two teenage boys hanging out. Somehow, they had words and my client grabbed one of the boys by the wrist. The kids left and went home. The parents called the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office to report the incident. Although no one was injured, the police arrested by client for child abuse, which was a felony. The Case: I knew that my client had to address the drinking issue. We got him enrolled with a counselor and he started going to AA. He also voluntarily took drug screens monthly to show that he was clean and sober. He took the case very seriously. We all knew that even though all he did was grab the kid by the wrist, the kid was under 18, so it was a big deal. He also realized that he had to get his [...]

By |August 10th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Domestic Battery Charge Reduced to Disorderly Conduct

Facts: My client is Chinese and lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and daughter. He does not speak English, but his wife does. They work together at a local restaurant. One evening after work, they got into an argument about how the wife was speaking with other male employees at the restaurant. The argument became physical and my client left the home. The wife called 911 and St. Petersburg Police responded. They took her statement about what happened. She told the police that he pushed her and then left the home. The daughter was present in the house and she was very upset. The police contacted my client, but because he doesn't speak English, he couldn't give a statement. He was arrested with one count of domestic battery and taken to the Pinellas County Jail. He was ordered to have no contact with his wife. The Case: A friend of his spoke English and they came to my office. He had never been in trouble before. They hired me for the case and I instructed him to begin counseling. Unfortunately, no counselor [...]

Stalking Injunction by Tenant Against Landlord Dismissed

Facts: My client is a realtor and his parents own a duplex in Seminole. The front of the unit is rented to a woman with three children. In the back of the property, there is a garage/shed that was not part of the rental agreement. My client stored his tools in the shed and would regularly work back there. He also helped his parents manage the rental property. The tenant was extremely demanding throughout her tenancy and stopped paying rent in July 2022. An eviction notice was posted on the door and the landlord had to wait 30 days before the eviction could be filed. In retaliation, the tenant filed a stalking injunction against my client. She made all kinds of wild accusations about him trying to lure her daughter into the shed, looking in her windows, and threatening her. The Case: My client was shocked and very mad that the tenant could say such things. We prepared for the hearing and brought witnesses that would testify about her behavior. We went to the hearing and the tenant did not show up. The [...]

By |August 5th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , |0 Comments

Rehab and Probation for Armed Drug Trafficking Charges

Facts: My client was 29 and had been struggling for years with drug problems. He did not work and lived with his mother. He had a relatively minor prior record and had never been to jail or prison. Eventually, his drug addiction got worse and he started working for his drug dealer. His job was to drive the dealer and hold the drugs and a gun in a bag. He was paid for his services with drugs. The whole reason the dealer used him was so that the dealer never had to actually possess anything in case something bad went down. In other words, my client was there to be a fall guy if they were arrested. On the night of the arrest, a deal was set up at a hotel room. A couple wanted to purchase a trafficking amount of meth and fentanyl. My client drove the dealer to the hotel and carried in the bag of drugs. In the bag was a firearm. Little did anyone know, that the whole deal was being monitored by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. When [...]

Aggravated Battery and Cocaine Charges Resolved for a Fine

Facts: My client lived in St. Petersburg and had mental health and drug issues. She was being taken advantage of by a male friend who would steal from her. One evening, he went to her home demanding drugs and money and they fought. He refused to leave and my client grabbed a kitchen knife and slashed him with it. She then called 911. The Investigation: St. Petersburg Police Department responded to the scene and saw the knife wound. They arrested my client for aggravated battery, which is a second degree felony. When they searched her, they found cocaine and charged her with possession of cocaine, a third degree felony. She was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and was bailed out by her mother. The Case: She and her mother hired me to help. These were very serious charges. I recommended immediate treatment for the drug issue. She went to a 5 day detox program and then into a sober living facility. She stayed in the sober living facility for over two months. The case was then sent to the prosecutor for investigation. [...]

20 Year Old Warrant for Bad Check Charges Dropped

Facts: My client used to live in Florida with her ex-boyfriend. His dog was sick and she took it to the animal hospital. She paid for the services with two of his business checks per his instruction. They broke up soon thereafter and she left the state of Florida. She had no idea that the checks bounced. No one ever notified her or her ex-boyfriend about the debt. Instead, the case was sent to the Pinellas County State Attorney's Office. They filed two felony charges against her for writing worthless checks and issued two warrants. The warrants were active and pending for over 20 years. Over the past 20 years, my client got married and started a family. In the spring of 2022, she and her husband went on a cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale. When they arrived back in port, customs was waiting for her. They told her about the old charges and took her to jail. Her husband hired a bail bondsman and posted the bond. It was a horrible experience and the first time that she had ever been to [...]

By |July 19th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Felony Aggravated Assault Charges with Firearm Dismissed

Facts: My clients are married and were heading home after going out to lunch. (hereinafter called "husband" and "wife") It was early evening. As they approached the entrance to their neighborhood, a young boy stepped into the road carrying a stick. The stick got very close to my clients' car and was dangerous. The couple stopped to report the incident to the boy's parents. As the husband approached the house, an unknown visitor to the house approached him and they had words. The unknown man smelled of alcohol and became aggressive. A second man then came from behind the property to hold him back. During the confrontation, the unknown man struck the husband, and caused his sunglasses to break. As this was occurring, a third man, likely the homeowner and father of the boy, came out of the house. Seeing her husband outnumbered three to one, the wife retrieved a pistol from their vehicle. The husband retreated back to the car and she handed him the firearm. While standing at the car, the husband called 911. During the 911 call, the first unknown [...]

Criminal Mischief Charge From Domestic Dispute Resolved

Facts: My client was in a year long relationship with his girlfriend. It was not a healthy relationship and several months ago, he filed a domestic violence injunction against her. He did not attend the hearing and it was dropped. But, the situation caused bad blood. Fast forward to the night of the arrest. The couple got into an argument and my client, out of frustration, kicked his girlfriend's car. It was sort of a back kick. The kick caused a dent. He offered to repair the dent, but she refused, called the police and he was arrested for criminal mischief. She also filed a domestic violence injunction against him. The Case: He was formally charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief. For some reason, she refused to run the damages through her insurance company. By law, that is her choice, but it is rare. The dent cost $2500 to repair. It was fortunate that this case was filed as a misdemeanor because over $1,000 in damages is supposed to be a felony. That would have changed everything. The victim, my client's now ex-girlfriend, was [...]

By |July 5th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , |0 Comments

THC Wax and Tampering With Evidence Charges Dismissed

Facts: My client was driving a black BMW through Kenneth City. Law enforcement alleged that he rolled through a stop sign. As they tried to stop him, they alleged that he threw a burnt roach out the window. When they approached the vehicle, they smelled the odor of marijuana. They also found a small burnt roach. My client admitted that he had just smoked marijuana and threw the roach away. He was arrested for tampering with evidence. When he was searched incident to arrest, they found a small amount of THC wax in his pocket. He then was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance-THC wax. The Defense: I immediately had my client get a medical marijuana card and provided that to the State. I also spoke to them about the legality of the stop and search and seizure. I found it very odd that not only was he stopped for running a stop sign, he was arrested for tampering with evidence for simply throwing a burnt roach on the ground outside of his window. The prosecutor agreed and dismissed the charges. [...]

By |June 30th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

Felony DUI Reduced to Misdemeanor and Jail Avoided

Facts: My client was stopped after another driver observed him driving erratically on Ulmerton Blvd. Much of the odd driving was caught on this person's dash cam. It showed my client driving slowly, putting on his turn signal, then speeding up and looking lost. My client eventually turned into a residential neighborhood and got lost. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office stopped him in this neighborhood. The deputy asked him to get out of the vehicle several times, but my client delayed and seemed confused. After several commands, the deputy grabbed him from the car and slammed him face first into the pavement. The force of the slam cut his entire face and there was a lot of blood. My client refused FSTs and the intoxilyzer. The Charge: My client was arrested for DUI. Two prior DUIs from Texas were found, making this a felony DUI. The Defense: I knew that this was going to be a tough case based on the priors and his lack of cooperation. He was looking at a mandatory felony conviction, a 10 year loss of driver's license, and [...]

By |June 29th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

New Felony DUI Second Violation and Violation of Probation Avoids Prison Time

The Initial Case: Our client placed on probation last year after he was arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance (Fentanyl) and his second DUI. We represented him on this charge and he was given a withhold of adjudication and placed on probation to address his substance abuse problem The Violation and New Charges: Unfortunately, our client relapsed roughly six months later. He arrested after a concerned citizen reported that he was swerving all over the road. When law enforcement stopped him, he was under the influence of multiple drugs including fentanyl and cocaine. He did not do well on field sobriety exercises and was arrested. When law enforcement searched his vehicle, they found cocaine and fentanyl and drug paraphernalia. Essentially, he was arrested for the same thing he was placed on probation for which is never good. Our client was placed in custody and the judge refused to give him a bond on his violation of probation case. This meant he had to stay in jail until his case was over. In all, our client was now facing felony DUI, felony possession of [...]

By |June 9th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

Disorderly Conduct Charge in St Petersburg Dismissed

Many of my clients are first time offenders or have minimal prior records. Some are young adults who are struggling to find their way. In these circumstances, protecting their record and keeping them out of jail are my main goals. I understand how damaging a criminal conviction can be on a young person and I am routinely trusted to be a positive influence and protector of my client’s future. I have observed that some of my clients find themselves in bad situations influenced by drugs, alcohol, or by associating with people who are negative influences. Often, getting clean and sober and doing counseling is a good idea because while it does not admit guilt, the effort gives reassurance to the judge and the prosecutor that any problem is being addressed. I have developed a successful defense practice and premier reputation by being honest with my clients and putting their interests first, which is rare. You will not find other attorneys with the reputation, experience, connections, and compassion that I bring to each case. I look forward to helping you and your family through [...]

By |June 8th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

VOP for DUI Resolved for Client on Probation for Multiple Drug Charges

Facts: Our client is a young man who was placed on probation for multiple drug charges involving marijuana and cocaine by a previous lawyer. One evening, he was heading to get fast food at a drive-thru and was stopped by the St. Petersburg Police Department. He was arrested for DUI because they believed that he was high on marijuana. The DUI arrest triggered a VOP on his pending probation. The judge did not give him a bond. It was the second time that he had violated his probation, so we were worried about what the judge would do to him. The Case: Our client hired us and we looked at the background and the facts. He wanted to get out of jail as soon as possible and protect his record. We went to court on his behalf and worked out a deal. We were able to reinstate his probation and get him a 60 day jail sentence. Since he had already been in jail for 46 days, serving another two weeks in order to resolve the case was a good outcome. The best [...]

By |June 7th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

Jail Avoided on DUI After Prosecutor’s Request for 10 days

Background: Our client was previously charged with DUI in 2017 and had the case reduced to a reckless driving. Fast forward to 2022, she was arrested again for DUI and refused the intoxilyzer. She was charged with DUI and Refusal to Submit. Facts: Our client was coming home from work where she stayed late with a coworker and had a few drinks. She had her running lights on, but not her headlights. The police officer saw this issue and pulled her over. He smelled alcohol and had her perform the field sobriety tests. She did not do well on the tests, was arrested, and refused to blow. She hired us to defend her. The Case: We had no choice but to work out a plea deal given the video evidence of her impairment. Although this was technically a first time DUI sentence, there was also a misdemeanor for refusing to blow. The prosecutor wanted our client to serve 10 days in the Pinellas County Jail for that. He said that she needed to learn her lesson because she hadn't after her first DUI [...]

By |June 2nd, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

Sale of Alcohol to Underage Person Charge Dismissed

Many of my clients are first time offenders or have minimal prior records. Some are young adults who are struggling to find their way. In these circumstances, protecting their record and keeping them out of jail are my main goals. I understand how damaging a criminal conviction can be on a young person and I am routinely trusted to be a positive influence and protector of my client’s future. I have observed that some of my clients find themselves in bad situations influenced by drugs, alcohol, or by associating with people who are negative influences. Often, getting clean and sober and doing counseling is a good idea because while it does not admit guilt, the effort gives reassurance to the judge and the prosecutor that any problem is being addressed. I have developed a successful defense practice and premier reputation by being honest with my clients and putting their interests first, which is rare. You will not find other attorneys with the reputation, experience, connections, and compassion that I bring to each case. I look forward to helping you and your family through [...]

By |May 25th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

Trespass Charge Dismissed from Downtown St. Petersburg

Many of my clients are first time offenders or have minimal prior records. Some are young adults who are struggling to find their way. In these circumstances, protecting their record and keeping them out of jail are my main goals. I understand how damaging a criminal conviction can be on a young person and I am routinely trusted to be a positive influence and protector of my client’s future. I have observed that some of my clients find themselves in bad situations influenced by drugs, alcohol, or by associating with people who are negative influences. Often, getting clean and sober and doing counseling is a good idea because while it does not admit guilt, the effort gives reassurance to the judge and the prosecutor that any problem is being addressed. I have developed a successful defense practice and premier reputation by being honest with my clients and putting their interests first, which is rare. You will not find other attorneys with the reputation, experience, connections, and compassion that I bring to each case. I look forward to helping you and your family through [...]

By |May 18th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

First Time DUI Reduced to Careless Driving

Many of my clients are first time offenders or have minimal prior records. Some are young adults who are struggling to find their way. In these circumstances, protecting their record and keeping them out of jail are my main goals. I understand how damaging a criminal conviction can be on a young person and I am routinely trusted to be a positive influence and protector of my client’s future. I have observed that some of my clients find themselves in bad situations influenced by drugs, alcohol, or by associating with people who are negative influences. Often, getting clean and sober and doing counseling is a good idea because while it does not admit guilt, the effort gives reassurance to the judge and the prosecutor that any problem is being addressed. I have developed a successful defense practice and premier reputation by being honest with my clients and putting their interests first, which is rare. You will not find other attorneys with the reputation, experience, connections, and compassion that I bring to each case. I look forward to helping you and your family through [...]

By |May 13th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

Battery Charges After Fight at O’Maddy’s in Gulfport Dropped

Many of my clients are first time offenders or have minimal prior records. Some are young adults who are struggling to find their way. In these circumstances, protecting their record and keeping them out of jail are my main goals. I understand how damaging a criminal conviction can be on a young person and I am routinely trusted to be a positive influence and protector of my client’s future. I have observed that some of my clients find themselves in bad situations influenced by drugs, alcohol, or by associating with people who are negative influences. Often, getting clean and sober and doing counseling is a good idea because while it does not admit guilt, the effort gives reassurance to the judge and the prosecutor that any problem is being addressed. I have developed a successful defense practice and premier reputation by being honest with my clients and putting their interests first, which is rare. You will not find other attorneys with the reputation, experience, connections, and compassion that I bring to each case. I look forward to helping you and your family through [...]

By |May 12th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

Success Stories

Domestic Battery Charge Against Wife Dropped

Facts: My client is married, has a three year old child, and is pregnant. She has never been in trouble before. She has a history of bi-polar depression. Recently, she has been struggling with her medication management because of the pregnancy. One evening, her mental health issues caused her to lose control. She began to argue with her husband and she threw a water bottle at him and grabbed the collar of his shirt, ripping it. The neighbors heard her yelling and called the police. When the police arrived, the husband said that he did not want her arrested, but they saw the ripped shirt and he admitted it was from her. They said they had no choice and had to arrest her for domestic battery. So, she was arrested, bonded out and could not have contact with her husband. Therefore, he moved out and she stayed at home with their child. The Case: My client understood that she needed help for her medication management. She set up an appointment with her psychiatrist and was also referred for follow up therapy. I had [...]

By |September 26th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , |0 Comments

DUI Reduced to Careless Driving Citation

Facts: Our client was arrested for DUI in St. Petersburg, FL. He was stopped by a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Deputy because he was going 30+ miles over the speed limit. When the Deputy approached our client's vehicle she smelled the odor of marijuana and saw a pipe in the center console. Despite performing well on field sobriety exercises our client was arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana. After he was arrested for DUI, our client provided a breath sample of .000/.000, and agreed to provide a urine sample. Our client also admitted to smoking marijuana prior to driving. The Criminal Case: Our client, 19, had never been arrested before and he wanted to avoid a criminal conviction at all costs. We reviewed the video with him and agreed that the State Attorney could not prove that he was under the influence. We got to work negotiating his case. We took the hard line that a careless driving disposition was the only thing he would accept. Ultimately, we were able to convince the State Attorney who agreed to reduce his charge to [...]

By |September 23rd, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

20 Year Old Warrant For Child Neglect Charges Dismissed

Facts: Over 20 years ago, my client was separated from her husband and caring for three minor children alone. One night, she left the children at home thinking that they were asleep and went out to run errands. One child woke up, contacted a neighbor, who contacted the police. My client was arrested for felony child neglect. She bonded out, but did not hire a lawyer. Shortly thereafter, she moved out of state and eventually reunited with her husband. Meanwhile, in Pinellas County, a formal charge of child neglect was filed against her. She did not appear for court, and an additional felony charge for failure to appear was also filed. Therefore, there were two felony warrants for her arrest. Over the years, my client moved again to another state. She raised the children and they all turned out well. They loved their mother and had no idea about the charges. My client eventually went to work for an insurance company, but could not get her insurance license because she could not pass a background check. She decided that it was time to [...]

Battery on Bouncer at Jannus Live Dropped

Facts: My client was at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg with his girlfriend. A band was playing that they both traveled around to see. They tried to get closer to the stage and a bouncer approached them. The bouncer grabbed my client and told him that he needed to leave. My client resisted his removal and flailed his arms. In the process, the bouncer was struck and the St. Petersburg Police Department was called. My client was arrested for battery. The Case: He has no prior record and a good job. I reached out to the bouncer and he confirmed that he did not want to press charges. I spoke to the prosecutor, explained the circumstances, and sent in a copy of my client's resume. The prosecutor agreed to drop the charge. My client is now eligible to expunge his record.

By |September 6th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Trespass Charge at The Sirata on St. Pete Beach Dropped

Facts: My client was on vacation from out of state with his wife and two other couples. They stayed at the Sirata Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach. The couples purchased the "all you can drink" package, which turned out to be a mistake. The first night of the trip, my client drank too much and started getting loud at the bar. A security guard tried to calm him down and asked him to go to his room. He refused and the security guard called the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He was arrested for disorderly conduct. According to the police, he was also given a verbal trespass notice. There was no paperwork given to him and no one told his wife. In his state of intoxication, he had no idea that he was not supposed to return to the Sirata. After bonding out, he went back to the Sirata and spent the day there. The couples spent the day at the beach and then went to eat dinner. While they were at dinner, the same security guard from the night before approached him, [...]

By |August 24th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Charges Dropped After Fight at Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach

Facts: My client was in town for a wedding and was staying on St. Pete Beach. He and some friends went to Postcard Inn after drinking all day. The night got out of control on the dance floor. My client was accused of pushing other dancers and eventually got into a brawl. The police were called and he was arrested for disorderly conduct. He bonded out of jail and hired me as he was at the airport heading home. The Case: My client had never been arrested before and had an excellent job. I made a call to the prosecutor to explain that this was simply a bad night and not a habit. Within a week, the charges were dropped.

Misdemeanor Leaving the Scene of an Accident Reduced to Civil Infraction

Facts: My client lives in Gulfport and is retired. He was heading home when he lost control of his car and crashed into a solar panel that was used to control a light. He drove on a mile or two before he stopped. Another driver called 911 and the Gulfport Police Department responded. Once the police arrived, my client reported that he was having a health issue. He was checked out by paramedics and released. The police issued him a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident. He had never been in trouble before, so he was obviously concerned. The Case: My client hired me and I advised him to immediately report the incident to his insurance company. I told him that he needed to cooperate with his insurance company and encourage them to pay quickly. The solar panel was owned by Pinellas County, so it took a while for the claim to be processed. In the meantime, I had him complete ADI school. Eventually, the restitution was paid in full by his insurance company. The Result: I sent everything to [...]

By |August 19th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Felony Child Abuse Without Harm Charge Dropped

Facts: My client is 30 and went for a bike ride in Ft. DeSoto Park in Pinellas County. He had been drinking before the ride. I guess he just wanted some fresh air, but it was a bad choice. When he got there, there were two teenage boys hanging out. Somehow, they had words and my client grabbed one of the boys by the wrist. The kids left and went home. The parents called the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office to report the incident. Although no one was injured, the police arrested by client for child abuse, which was a felony. The Case: I knew that my client had to address the drinking issue. We got him enrolled with a counselor and he started going to AA. He also voluntarily took drug screens monthly to show that he was clean and sober. He took the case very seriously. We all knew that even though all he did was grab the kid by the wrist, the kid was under 18, so it was a big deal. He also realized that he had to get his [...]

By |August 10th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Domestic Battery Charge Reduced to Disorderly Conduct

Facts: My client is Chinese and lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and daughter. He does not speak English, but his wife does. They work together at a local restaurant. One evening after work, they got into an argument about how the wife was speaking with other male employees at the restaurant. The argument became physical and my client left the home. The wife called 911 and St. Petersburg Police responded. They took her statement about what happened. She told the police that he pushed her and then left the home. The daughter was present in the house and she was very upset. The police contacted my client, but because he doesn't speak English, he couldn't give a statement. He was arrested with one count of domestic battery and taken to the Pinellas County Jail. He was ordered to have no contact with his wife. The Case: A friend of his spoke English and they came to my office. He had never been in trouble before. They hired me for the case and I instructed him to begin counseling. Unfortunately, no counselor [...]

Stalking Injunction by Tenant Against Landlord Dismissed

Facts: My client is a realtor and his parents own a duplex in Seminole. The front of the unit is rented to a woman with three children. In the back of the property, there is a garage/shed that was not part of the rental agreement. My client stored his tools in the shed and would regularly work back there. He also helped his parents manage the rental property. The tenant was extremely demanding throughout her tenancy and stopped paying rent in July 2022. An eviction notice was posted on the door and the landlord had to wait 30 days before the eviction could be filed. In retaliation, the tenant filed a stalking injunction against my client. She made all kinds of wild accusations about him trying to lure her daughter into the shed, looking in her windows, and threatening her. The Case: My client was shocked and very mad that the tenant could say such things. We prepared for the hearing and brought witnesses that would testify about her behavior. We went to the hearing and the tenant did not show up. The [...]

By |August 5th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , |0 Comments

Rehab and Probation for Armed Drug Trafficking Charges

Facts: My client was 29 and had been struggling for years with drug problems. He did not work and lived with his mother. He had a relatively minor prior record and had never been to jail or prison. Eventually, his drug addiction got worse and he started working for his drug dealer. His job was to drive the dealer and hold the drugs and a gun in a bag. He was paid for his services with drugs. The whole reason the dealer used him was so that the dealer never had to actually possess anything in case something bad went down. In other words, my client was there to be a fall guy if they were arrested. On the night of the arrest, a deal was set up at a hotel room. A couple wanted to purchase a trafficking amount of meth and fentanyl. My client drove the dealer to the hotel and carried in the bag of drugs. In the bag was a firearm. Little did anyone know, that the whole deal was being monitored by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. When [...]

Aggravated Battery and Cocaine Charges Resolved for a Fine

Facts: My client lived in St. Petersburg and had mental health and drug issues. She was being taken advantage of by a male friend who would steal from her. One evening, he went to her home demanding drugs and money and they fought. He refused to leave and my client grabbed a kitchen knife and slashed him with it. She then called 911. The Investigation: St. Petersburg Police Department responded to the scene and saw the knife wound. They arrested my client for aggravated battery, which is a second degree felony. When they searched her, they found cocaine and charged her with possession of cocaine, a third degree felony. She was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and was bailed out by her mother. The Case: She and her mother hired me to help. These were very serious charges. I recommended immediate treatment for the drug issue. She went to a 5 day detox program and then into a sober living facility. She stayed in the sober living facility for over two months. The case was then sent to the prosecutor for investigation. [...]

20 Year Old Warrant for Bad Check Charges Dropped

Facts: My client used to live in Florida with her ex-boyfriend. His dog was sick and she took it to the animal hospital. She paid for the services with two of his business checks per his instruction. They broke up soon thereafter and she left the state of Florida. She had no idea that the checks bounced. No one ever notified her or her ex-boyfriend about the debt. Instead, the case was sent to the Pinellas County State Attorney's Office. They filed two felony charges against her for writing worthless checks and issued two warrants. The warrants were active and pending for over 20 years. Over the past 20 years, my client got married and started a family. In the spring of 2022, she and her husband went on a cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale. When they arrived back in port, customs was waiting for her. They told her about the old charges and took her to jail. Her husband hired a bail bondsman and posted the bond. It was a horrible experience and the first time that she had ever been to [...]

By |July 19th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Felony Aggravated Assault Charges with Firearm Dismissed

Facts: My clients are married and were heading home after going out to lunch. (hereinafter called "husband" and "wife") It was early evening. As they approached the entrance to their neighborhood, a young boy stepped into the road carrying a stick. The stick got very close to my clients' car and was dangerous. The couple stopped to report the incident to the boy's parents. As the husband approached the house, an unknown visitor to the house approached him and they had words. The unknown man smelled of alcohol and became aggressive. A second man then came from behind the property to hold him back. During the confrontation, the unknown man struck the husband, and caused his sunglasses to break. As this was occurring, a third man, likely the homeowner and father of the boy, came out of the house. Seeing her husband outnumbered three to one, the wife retrieved a pistol from their vehicle. The husband retreated back to the car and she handed him the firearm. While standing at the car, the husband called 911. During the 911 call, the first unknown [...]

Criminal Mischief Charge From Domestic Dispute Resolved

Facts: My client was in a year long relationship with his girlfriend. It was not a healthy relationship and several months ago, he filed a domestic violence injunction against her. He did not attend the hearing and it was dropped. But, the situation caused bad blood. Fast forward to the night of the arrest. The couple got into an argument and my client, out of frustration, kicked his girlfriend's car. It was sort of a back kick. The kick caused a dent. He offered to repair the dent, but she refused, called the police and he was arrested for criminal mischief. She also filed a domestic violence injunction against him. The Case: He was formally charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief. For some reason, she refused to run the damages through her insurance company. By law, that is her choice, but it is rare. The dent cost $2500 to repair. It was fortunate that this case was filed as a misdemeanor because over $1,000 in damages is supposed to be a felony. That would have changed everything. The victim, my client's now ex-girlfriend, was [...]

By |July 5th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , |0 Comments

THC Wax and Tampering With Evidence Charges Dismissed

Facts: My client was driving a black BMW through Kenneth City. Law enforcement alleged that he rolled through a stop sign. As they tried to stop him, they alleged that he threw a burnt roach out the window. When they approached the vehicle, they smelled the odor of marijuana. They also found a small burnt roach. My client admitted that he had just smoked marijuana and threw the roach away. He was arrested for tampering with evidence. When he was searched incident to arrest, they found a small amount of THC wax in his pocket. He then was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance-THC wax. The Defense: I immediately had my client get a medical marijuana card and provided that to the State. I also spoke to them about the legality of the stop and search and seizure. I found it very odd that not only was he stopped for running a stop sign, he was arrested for tampering with evidence for simply throwing a burnt roach on the ground outside of his window. The prosecutor agreed and dismissed the charges. [...]

By |June 30th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

Felony DUI Reduced to Misdemeanor and Jail Avoided

Facts: My client was stopped after another driver observed him driving erratically on Ulmerton Blvd. Much of the odd driving was caught on this person's dash cam. It showed my client driving slowly, putting on his turn signal, then speeding up and looking lost. My client eventually turned into a residential neighborhood and got lost. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office stopped him in this neighborhood. The deputy asked him to get out of the vehicle several times, but my client delayed and seemed confused. After several commands, the deputy grabbed him from the car and slammed him face first into the pavement. The force of the slam cut his entire face and there was a lot of blood. My client refused FSTs and the intoxilyzer. The Charge: My client was arrested for DUI. Two prior DUIs from Texas were found, making this a felony DUI. The Defense: I knew that this was going to be a tough case based on the priors and his lack of cooperation. He was looking at a mandatory felony conviction, a 10 year loss of driver's license, and [...]

By |June 29th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

New Felony DUI Second Violation and Violation of Probation Avoids Prison Time

The Initial Case: Our client placed on probation last year after he was arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance (Fentanyl) and his second DUI. We represented him on this charge and he was given a withhold of adjudication and placed on probation to address his substance abuse problem The Violation and New Charges: Unfortunately, our client relapsed roughly six months later. He arrested after a concerned citizen reported that he was swerving all over the road. When law enforcement stopped him, he was under the influence of multiple drugs including fentanyl and cocaine. He did not do well on field sobriety exercises and was arrested. When law enforcement searched his vehicle, they found cocaine and fentanyl and drug paraphernalia. Essentially, he was arrested for the same thing he was placed on probation for which is never good. Our client was placed in custody and the judge refused to give him a bond on his violation of probation case. This meant he had to stay in jail until his case was over. In all, our client was now facing felony DUI, felony possession of [...]

By |June 9th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

Disorderly Conduct Charge in St Petersburg Dismissed

Many of my clients are first time offenders or have minimal prior records. Some are young adults who are struggling to find their way. In these circumstances, protecting their record and keeping them out of jail are my main goals. I understand how damaging a criminal conviction can be on a young person and I am routinely trusted to be a positive influence and protector of my client’s future. I have observed that some of my clients find themselves in bad situations influenced by drugs, alcohol, or by associating with people who are negative influences. Often, getting clean and sober and doing counseling is a good idea because while it does not admit guilt, the effort gives reassurance to the judge and the prosecutor that any problem is being addressed. I have developed a successful defense practice and premier reputation by being honest with my clients and putting their interests first, which is rare. You will not find other attorneys with the reputation, experience, connections, and compassion that I bring to each case. I look forward to helping you and your family through [...]

By |June 8th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

VOP for DUI Resolved for Client on Probation for Multiple Drug Charges

Facts: Our client is a young man who was placed on probation for multiple drug charges involving marijuana and cocaine by a previous lawyer. One evening, he was heading to get fast food at a drive-thru and was stopped by the St. Petersburg Police Department. He was arrested for DUI because they believed that he was high on marijuana. The DUI arrest triggered a VOP on his pending probation. The judge did not give him a bond. It was the second time that he had violated his probation, so we were worried about what the judge would do to him. The Case: Our client hired us and we looked at the background and the facts. He wanted to get out of jail as soon as possible and protect his record. We went to court on his behalf and worked out a deal. We were able to reinstate his probation and get him a 60 day jail sentence. Since he had already been in jail for 46 days, serving another two weeks in order to resolve the case was a good outcome. The best [...]

By |June 7th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

Jail Avoided on DUI After Prosecutor’s Request for 10 days

Background: Our client was previously charged with DUI in 2017 and had the case reduced to a reckless driving. Fast forward to 2022, she was arrested again for DUI and refused the intoxilyzer. She was charged with DUI and Refusal to Submit. Facts: Our client was coming home from work where she stayed late with a coworker and had a few drinks. She had her running lights on, but not her headlights. The police officer saw this issue and pulled her over. He smelled alcohol and had her perform the field sobriety tests. She did not do well on the tests, was arrested, and refused to blow. She hired us to defend her. The Case: We had no choice but to work out a plea deal given the video evidence of her impairment. Although this was technically a first time DUI sentence, there was also a misdemeanor for refusing to blow. The prosecutor wanted our client to serve 10 days in the Pinellas County Jail for that. He said that she needed to learn her lesson because she hadn't after her first DUI [...]

By |June 2nd, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

Sale of Alcohol to Underage Person Charge Dismissed

Many of my clients are first time offenders or have minimal prior records. Some are young adults who are struggling to find their way. In these circumstances, protecting their record and keeping them out of jail are my main goals. I understand how damaging a criminal conviction can be on a young person and I am routinely trusted to be a positive influence and protector of my client’s future. I have observed that some of my clients find themselves in bad situations influenced by drugs, alcohol, or by associating with people who are negative influences. Often, getting clean and sober and doing counseling is a good idea because while it does not admit guilt, the effort gives reassurance to the judge and the prosecutor that any problem is being addressed. I have developed a successful defense practice and premier reputation by being honest with my clients and putting their interests first, which is rare. You will not find other attorneys with the reputation, experience, connections, and compassion that I bring to each case. I look forward to helping you and your family through [...]

By |May 25th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

Trespass Charge Dismissed from Downtown St. Petersburg

Many of my clients are first time offenders or have minimal prior records. Some are young adults who are struggling to find their way. In these circumstances, protecting their record and keeping them out of jail are my main goals. I understand how damaging a criminal conviction can be on a young person and I am routinely trusted to be a positive influence and protector of my client’s future. I have observed that some of my clients find themselves in bad situations influenced by drugs, alcohol, or by associating with people who are negative influences. Often, getting clean and sober and doing counseling is a good idea because while it does not admit guilt, the effort gives reassurance to the judge and the prosecutor that any problem is being addressed. I have developed a successful defense practice and premier reputation by being honest with my clients and putting their interests first, which is rare. You will not find other attorneys with the reputation, experience, connections, and compassion that I bring to each case. I look forward to helping you and your family through [...]

By |May 18th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

First Time DUI Reduced to Careless Driving

Many of my clients are first time offenders or have minimal prior records. Some are young adults who are struggling to find their way. In these circumstances, protecting their record and keeping them out of jail are my main goals. I understand how damaging a criminal conviction can be on a young person and I am routinely trusted to be a positive influence and protector of my client’s future. I have observed that some of my clients find themselves in bad situations influenced by drugs, alcohol, or by associating with people who are negative influences. Often, getting clean and sober and doing counseling is a good idea because while it does not admit guilt, the effort gives reassurance to the judge and the prosecutor that any problem is being addressed. I have developed a successful defense practice and premier reputation by being honest with my clients and putting their interests first, which is rare. You will not find other attorneys with the reputation, experience, connections, and compassion that I bring to each case. I look forward to helping you and your family through [...]

By |May 13th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments

Battery Charges After Fight at O’Maddy’s in Gulfport Dropped

Many of my clients are first time offenders or have minimal prior records. Some are young adults who are struggling to find their way. In these circumstances, protecting their record and keeping them out of jail are my main goals. I understand how damaging a criminal conviction can be on a young person and I am routinely trusted to be a positive influence and protector of my client’s future. I have observed that some of my clients find themselves in bad situations influenced by drugs, alcohol, or by associating with people who are negative influences. Often, getting clean and sober and doing counseling is a good idea because while it does not admit guilt, the effort gives reassurance to the judge and the prosecutor that any problem is being addressed. I have developed a successful defense practice and premier reputation by being honest with my clients and putting their interests first, which is rare. You will not find other attorneys with the reputation, experience, connections, and compassion that I bring to each case. I look forward to helping you and your family through [...]

By |May 12th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|0 Comments
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