My two clients are young women who were out in downtown St. Petersburg on New Year’s Eve. They ordered an Uber and were walking toward where the Uber pickup location was. As they walked, two other women began making comments and an argument started. Because the police were everywhere that evening, they quickly responded and wound up arresting one of the women. Seeing her friend being put in handcuffs, the other friend tried to intervene, and she wound up being arrested too! They both were charged with disorderly intoxication and taken to the Pinellas County Jail. They bonded out later that morning.
I had a feeling that because it was New Year’s Eve, the police were going to be very strict. I assumed that there were a lot of arrests that night and that the prosecutors were going to be lenient. Both of my clients had good backgrounds and I wrote a letter explaining how this incident was out of character.
One month after the arrests, all charges were dropped for both of them. They are now eligible to expunge the record of the arrest. They are both still upset that they got arrested, but happy that the case was dropped so quickly.