CASE RESULTS

State v. B.M.

Case No.  17-CF-0978

Our client was charged with Sexual Battery, a first degree felony punishable by up to thirty (30) years in prison. After exposing inconsistencies in the victim’s statements and timeline, all formal charges were dismissed.

 

State v. R.S.

Case No. 17-CT-1524

Our client was charged with DUI with a breath result of .12. After providing the State with a Motion contesting the probable cause for his traffic stop and challenging the breath result because he had vomited several times, the charge was reduced to Reckless Driving.

 

State v. D.C.

Case No.  17-CF-1922

Our client was on Habitual Offender probation for felony Fleeing to Elude Police. He violated probation with a new Fleeing to Elude and DWLS. He was facing a minimum of forty-one (41) months in prison on his sentencing guidelines and a minimum mandatory sentence of ten (I 0) years in prison as a Habitual Offender. After investigation, we provided the State with a substantial alibi for his whereabouts and a stolen vehicle police report. The State dismissed the DWLS and reduced the Fleeing to Elude to a misdemeanor. Our client was continued on his supervision with no prison.

 

State v. V.H.

Case No. 17-CM-1985

Our client was charged with DUI, his second within five years and refusing to submit to a breathalyzer. He was facing mandatory jail. We were able to explain his driving behavior by showing a blown out tire and phone records to AAA. Additionally, there were inconsistencies between the police report and his testing on videotape. The charge was reduced to Reckless Driving.

 


State v. LN.

Case No. 16-CF-3698

Our client was charged with Aggravated Battery with Great Bodily Harm on a three (3) year-old child and Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Our client was facing a twenty (20) year mandatory sentence as a Prison Release Reoffender. After depositions and a thorough investigation, we proved that witnesses were untruthful and our client was “standing his ground”, all charges were dismissed.

 

State v. M.G.

Case No.  16-CT-7328

Our client was charged with DUL A Motion to Dismiss was filed attacking the probable cause for the stop and charges were dismissed.

 

State v. R.H.

Case No.  16-CF-8563

Our client was charged with Felony Fleeing to Elude. After questioning the probable cause, charges were reduced to a misdemeanor and our client avoided a felony conviction and mandatory driver’s license suspension.

 

State v. R.W.

Case No. 16-CF-13061

Our client was charged with Written Threats to Kill, Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling and Aggravated Stalking. After investigation and producing evidence that our client did not attempt to enter the dwelling and further that the victim was not in fear, the State filed reduced misdemeanor charges of Stalking, Trespass and Assault in exchange for misdemeanor probation. He was facing mandatory prison time.

 

U.S.A. v. B.S.

Case No. 8:16-cr-258-T-17-AEP

Our client was charged with Wire Fraud for cashing fraudulent IRS refunds through his business. After entering a guilty plea and an extensive forensic investigation, we convinced the Government that the loss was $220,000.00 and not $400,000.00. This reduction altered his sentencing guidelines from a maximum of twenty-seven (27) months to a minimum of fifteen (15) months. After making sentencing arguments, the Judge granted a downward variance and sentenced our client to five (5) months in prison followed by thirty-six (36) months supervised release.

 


State v. M.P.

Case No. 15-CF-11425

Our client was charged with Felony Carrying a Concealed Firearm. After threatening a Motion to Dismiss based on lack of knowledge and ability to control, the charge was dismissed.

 

USAv.K.D.

Case No. 8:15-CR-286-SCB-JSS

Our client was charged in Federal court with Money Laundering, suspected of providing the proceeds to a foreign terrorist organization. He was facing in excess of 240 months based on sentencing enhancements. Investigation and records negated terrorist involvement and  after a sentencing hearing, our client is serving twenty- four (24) months followed by thirty-six (36) months probation as a result of a downward departure.

 

USAv. E.O.

Case No. 8:15-CR-427-EAK-TGW

Our client was charged with Bankruptcy Fraud and being investigated for Mortgage Fraud by the IRS. We were successful in convincing prosecutors not to charge Mortgage Fraud. Client was facing

_months and after presenting mitigation at sentencing, he received twelve (12) months and one (I)

day followed by three (3) years probation as a result of a downward variance.

 

State v. R.W.- 2016 Investigation

Our client, an NFL football player, was being investigated for allegations that he molested his six

(6) year-old niece. After exposing the motive of his brother in coaxing the niece, the prosecutor was convinced no file no charges.

 

State v. E.M.

Case No. 16-CF-1918

Our client was charged with Trafficking in Cocaine 28 Grams or More. This crime is punishable by a thirty (30) year maximum penalty and a three (3) year minimum mandatory sentence. After determining that the drugs were fake, and the client was not the supplier, the State dismissed the Trafficking charge. Our client plead to probation.

 

State v. M.A.

Case No.  16-CF-3213

Our client was charged with Felony Domestic Violence Battery. After exposing inconsistencies in the victims statements and time line, charges were dismissed.

 


State v. P.K.

Case No.  15-CM-16265

Our client was charged with DUI and Possession of Cannabis. After providing sound argument on the probable cause for the stop, the DUI was reduced to a Reckless Driving and the Possession was dismissed.

 

State v. C.F.

Case No.  15-CF-17267

Our client was charged with Felony Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Sell after a search warrant. After drafting a Motion to Suppress based on identification, the charge was reduced to misdemeanor possession and a with hold of adjudication and court costs.

 

State v. B.W.

Case No.  15-CF-3755

Our client was charged with Armed Robbery of a gas station. A charge punishable by life in prison and a ten (10) year minimum mandatory sentence, we were able to present concerns with the identification. After showing the need for drug rehabilitation and evaluation, our client received twenty- four (24) months in prison followed by probation.

 

State v. C.B.

Case No.  15-CF-1580

Our client was charged with Trafficking in Hydrocodone, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cannabis with Intent and Possession of Drugs without a Prescription. After a successful Motion to Dismiss due to lack of evidence, all charges were dismissed.

 

State v. K.N.

Invest. No.  15-59354

Our client was being investigated for Welfare Fraud for receiving benefits totaling $113,448.00. After investigation, our client showing a lack of intent and the receipt of certain benefits legally was offered pre-formal filing intervention program and her restitution was reduced to $15,230.00.

 

State v. D.P.

Case No.  15-CF-448

Our client was charged with Owning for the Purposes of Trafficking, Delivery of Cannabis, and Possession with Intent to Sell and Possession of Cannabis. Charges were reduced and the client was accepted to Pre-Trial Intervention where charges will be dismissed.

 


State v. B.S.- 2015 Federal Investigation

DEA was investigating our client (a college football player) involvement in illegally purchasing steroids in a multi-state drug operation. After submitting, reviewing computer contents through experts and communicating with prosecutors from over six (6) months, no charges were filed.

 

State v. R.S.

Case No.  15-CT-3755

Our client was charged with DUI. After questioning the probable cause for the stop, charges were reduced to Reckless Driving.

 

State v. B.L.

Case No. 15-CT-6112

Our client was charged with DUI. Our review found that our client exhibited no signs of impairment and should not have been arrested. The charge was dismissed.

 

State v. S.E.

Case No. CF15-9549

 

Our client was charged with Racketeering and Keeping a Residence for Trafficking in Cocaine. After proving our client’s limited knowledge and involvement, she received a misdemeanor and no conviction.

 

State v. P.M.

Case No. 15-CF-10964

Our client was charged with two (2) counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance and two (2) counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance after allegedly selling synthetic marijuana to an undercover detective. Facing fifteen (15) years for each Delivery, we questioned the composition of the drug sold. Prosecutors reduced all charges to misdemeanors in exchange for twelve (12) months probation.

 

State v. T.L.

Case No. 15-CF-14256

Our client was charged with felony DUI with .Serious Injury. Her sentencing gudielines were 50 months in prison. After presenting mitigation to the State Attorney through expert witnesses, the client received a downward departure to 60 months probation.

 


State v. S.G.

Case No. 14-CF-14681

Our client was charged with Lewd and Lascivious Acts surrounding lewd pictures of a teenager. After providing the State with mental health mitigation and facing mandatory prison, our client plead to reduced offenses of Possession of Obscene Material and receive one (I) year of probation with no conviction or registration as a sex offender.

 

State v. C.C.

Case No.  14-CT-151973

Our client was charged with DUI. After probable cause for the stop was dispatched, our client plead to a reduced Reckless Driving.

 

State v. A.A.

Case No.  14-CF-16840

Our client was charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Three (3) Controlled Substances, Possession of Cannabis and Reckless Driving. All drug charges were dismissed and our client plead guilty to Reckless Driving after investigation determined inability to prove ownership of the drugs.

 

State v. C.O.

Case No.  14-CT-42594

Our client was charged with DUI. Her video showed a lack of impairment and there was no breath result. Her case was reduced to Reckless Driving.

 

State v. L.B.

Case No. 14-CT-55902

Our client was charged with DUI. After questioning the probable cause for the traffic stop and highlighting little indication of impairment, the charge was reduced to Reckless Driving.

 

State v. D.M.

Case No.  14-CT-91676

Our client was charges with DUI. His video showed little signs of impairment and a urine test came back clean. His charge was reduced to Reckless Driving.

 

State v. S.S.

Juvenile – Confidential – 2015

 

Our client was charged with Lewd and Lascivious Battery, a Second Degree Felony. After offering psychological mitigation and investigating the facts, charges were dismissed.

 


State v. R.V.

Case No. 13-CT-20711

Our client was charged with DUI. Indicators of impairment were minimal and we received a reduced charge of Reckless Driving.

 

State v. G.W.

Case No.  14-CF-1412

Our client was charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon (Knife) and Possessing a Drug Without a Prescription. We filed a Motion to Dismiss, arguing that the knife was not an illegal weapon due to the size and further that there was no probable cause for the search that resulted in the drug seizure. All charges were dismissed.

 

State v. C.J.

Case No.  14-CF-4576

Our client was charged with Felony Domestic Violence by Strangulation. We produced evidence that the victim was the aggressor and our client was defending herself. Charges were dismissed.

 

State v. E.B.

Case No. 14-CF-8765

Our client was charged with two (2) counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm facing 36 months minimum mandatory prison. Our investigation revealed that the victims were actually the aggressors and further that our client did not point the firearm at the victims. He was admitted into pre-trial diversion and charges were dismissed.

 

State v. A.F.

Case No. 14-CF-9826

Our client was charged with Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Cocaine after a search warrant seized over ten (10) pounds of marijuana. We filed a Motion to Suppress based on lack of probable cause and failure to identity our client. The State dismissed all charges.

 

State v. D.F.

Case No. 14-CM-10224

Our client was charged with Domestic Violence Battery. After showing injuries he received and evidence indicating his attempt to keep the victim from driving and not an intent to hurt her, charges were dismissed.

 


State v. J.M.

Case No. 12-CF-10563

Our client was charged with Accessory to First Degree Murder after driving a car during a drive by shooting. After a thorough investigation, we convinced the State that our client had no knowledge that the murder was going to happen. Charges were dismissed.

 

State v. C.R.

Case No.  12-CF-12433

Our client was charged with Domestic Violence Battery and Felony Domestic Violence by Strangulation. We provided the State evidence calling into question the victim’s truthfulness. All charges were dismissed.

 

State v. T.W.

Case No. 12-CF-15633

Our client was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, a 3 year minimum mandatory prison sentence if convicted. We provided multiple witnesses to the State to question the truthfulness of the victim and show her motivation to seek the arrest of our client. Charges were dismissed prior to filing.

 

United States v. W.S.

Case No.  1:12-CR-20117-JAL

Our client was charged in Federal court in the Southern District of Florida by indictment with mislabeling and misbranding seafood. After thorough investigation we were able to uncover false testimony by a co-defendant and further that the client was peripherally involved primarily as the landlord of the warehouse where the conspiracy took place. Charges were reduced to a misdemeanor with one year of probation, a sentence virtually unheard of in federal criminal court.

 

State v. D.C.

12-30230MMAWS

Our client was charged with Possession of Child Pornography and 4 counts of Sexual Performance by a Child. We provided the State with evidence that our client didn’t realize what was downloaded and further that he was diagnosed with severe mental health issues. Doctors outlined a future treatment plan and our client was allowed to plead to a reduced misdemeanor charge of Possession of Obscene Materials and 12 months probation.

 

State v. C.G.

Case No. 12-CT-73693

Our client was charged with DUI. After calling into question the probable cause for the traffic stop as well as the lack of impairment, the DUl charge was dismissed.

 


State v. L.H.

Case No.  12-3424MMAWS

Our client was charged with 7 count of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer after barricading himself in his home and firing at police, a potential 20 year minimum mandatory sentence. We provided the State with mental health history and a treatment plan and our client was allowed to plead guilty to 3 reduced misdemeanor counts of Improper Exhibition of a Firearm for probation and no conviction.

 

State v. A.D.

Case No. 12-CF-6726 and 12-CF-6727

Our client was charged with multiple cases with Robberys and Grand Thefts. He was facing six (6) years in prison. He was a college basketball player who developed a significant drug addiction. We provided a detailed treatment plan, showed support from the community and emphasized a lack of criminal history. Although not normally eligible for Pre-Trial Intervention, we convinced the prosecutor to allow him to participate. His charges were dismissed.

 

State v. W.S.

Case No.  12-CF-8021

Our client was charged with Armed Robbery with a Firearm, facing a 20 year minimum mandatory prison sentence. After putting together a mitigation package and a lengthy sentencing hearing, the Judge allowed our client to be sentenced as a Youthful Offender, avoiding prison. Our client received 24 months house arrest and 18 months probation.

 

State v. T.B.

Case No. 12-CF-9845

Our client was charged with felony Aggravated Assault with a Firearm. A thorough investigation revealed the victim to have a reputation for violence and further there were inconsistencies in her testimony. The State reduced the charges to misdemeanor Improper Exhibition of a Firearm and offered probation.

 

State v. J.F.

Case No.  12-CF-108002

Or client was charged with DUL We were able to convince the State that our client’s driving behavior and Field Sobriety Test lacked sufficient impairment and the case was reduced to Reckless Driving.

 


State v. C.G.

Citation No. 5017-XEP

Our client was charged with DUI. Prior to filing a Motion to Dismiss for lack of probable cause for the stop and insignificant signs of impairment, the State Attorney’s Office dismissed the case.

 

State v. S.J.

Citation No. 4636-XGA

Our client was charged with DUI after being found asleep behind the wheel at a convenience store. We disputed the probable cause for law enforcement to ask the client to step out of his car and the State reduced the case to Reckless Driving.

 

State v. C.T.

Citation No. 7611-GXU

Our client was charged with DUI after a breathalyzer of.033/.033. We provided the State with sworn statements of witnesses with her that night and restaurant receipts. The video showed little to no signs of impairment. The case was dismissed.

 

State v.F.L.

Citation No. 2144-XCM

Our client was charged with DUI after driving his car into a residential home. We gathered medical records showing that our client had previous heart issues and further a psychological evaluation indicated he was under extreme stress. Prosecution offered a plea to a reduced charge of reckless driving.

 

State v. F.C.

Citation No. 8788-XCL

Our client was charged with DUI and refusing to submit to a breathalyzer. We were able to convince the prosecution that probable cause for the traffic stop was weak in that the drift from our client’s car was within his lane of travel and not a traffic violation. Charges were dismissed.

 

State v. M.F.

Citation No. 5922-XEC

Our client was charged with DUL The video revealed no probable cause to stop her vehicle. Additionally, she completed all Field Sobriety Tests in four inch heels without a flaw. She refused a breath test. We made an in-office presentation to a State Attorney’s Office supervisor who decided to drop charges.

 


State v. J .C.

Case No.  11-CF-7666

Our client was charged with Second Degree Murder, facing life in prison. After thorough discovery suggesting self defense and the filing of a “Stand Your Ground” Motion, the client plead guilty to a 9 year prison offer.

 

State v. S.D.

Case No. 11-CF-7912

Our client was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, carrying a minimum mandatory 36 month prison sentence. After taking the deposition of the victim, we were able to prove that she could not corroborate her allegations and in fact, our client never pointed  a firearm at her. The minimum sentence was waived and our client was admitted into the Pre-Trial Intervention Program after which his charges were dismissed.

 

State v. N.C.

Case No. CRC ll-8406CFAWS

Our client was charged with Trafficking in Illegal Drugs, Possession of Controlled Substance with a Prescription, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent, offenses carrying a 25 year minimum mandatory prison sentence. We were able to show the State that the client was a minor player in the crime and drug evaluations secured the State’s waiver of the minimum mandatory sentence and a plea to probation.

 

State v. D.H.

Case No. 11-CF-11080

Our client was charged with Trafficking in Oxycodone, carrying a 25 year minimum mandatory prison sentence. Discovery and depositions revealed that the confidential informant  may have entrapped our  client and his connection to the informant was minimal. The State waived the minimum mandatory sentence and our client received probation.

 

United States v. G.T.

Case No. 8:12-MJ-1530-TGW

Our client was Indicted in Maryland for manufacturing and distributing steroids through the mail fraudulently. A thorough investigation revealed that our client had taken over operations of the company after a sudden death without knowing the full extent of the activity. Restitution was paid in full and a sentence of probation was negotiated with the Government.

 


State v. K.Q.

Case No. 10-CF-16896

Our client was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Serious Bodily Injury after striking a Tampa Police cruiser and leaving the scene. The Officer suffered serious head injuries. After a lengthy sentencing hearing where officers at the scene were cross-examined and significant character witnesses were presented, the Court spared our client prison, sentencing him to probation and a with hold of adjudication.

 

State v. A.W.

Case No.  10-CF-17368

Our client was charged with Trafficking in almost 200 pounds of marijuana, carrying a 36 month minimum mandatory prison sentence. After taking the depositions of detectives, it was exposed that the confidential informant entrapped our client to be involved and further he had been untruthful with detectives on other cases. A Motion to Dismiss was filed and the State waived the minimum mandatory prison and reduced the felony to a misdemeanor. Our client plead to one year of probation.

 

State v. J.P. CaseNo.11-CF-0654

Our client was charged with Felony Aggravated Stalking and multiple cases of criminal violation of injunction. Utilizing phone records, inconsistencies of witnesses and solid alibi defenses, we were able to get all injunction violations dismissed and a reduction to misdemeanor stalking.

 

State v. R.D.

Case No. 11-CF-4549

Our client was charged with Aggravate Battery with a Firearm and False Imprisonment, facing a maximum sentence of 15 years in Florida State Prison. After exposing that the victim came to our client’s home at night unannounced, that she had a significant history of violence and was unstable, our client received probation and a with hold of adjudication.

 

State v. S.S.

Case No. CRC 11-5908CFAWS

Our client was arrested for Aggravated Child Abuse. We provided the State with information concerning our client’s lack of criminal history and proof that the abuse was unintentional and reported as more severe than it actually was. The State decided not to file formal charges.

 

State v, J.S.

Case No. 11-CF-7263

Our client was charged with Racketeering and 29 counts of False Statements in support of lnsurance Fraud. After providing a truthful statement, the Racketeering charge was dismissed and the client received 24 months house arrest followed by 36 months probation with no conviction.

 


State v. K.J.

Case No.  10-CM-2221

Our client was charged with harassing phone calls and violation of injunction. We subpoenaed the victim’s cell phone records and were able to show the victim repeatedly contacted our client before and after the alleged incident. We also provided a witness who stated the victim had threatened our client on several occasions. The State dropped charges.

 

State v. N.K.

Case No.  10-CF-11198

Our client was charged with robbery of a store with a firearm, acting as the get-away driver. She had a significant history of drug addiction and based on a detailed drug evaluation and location of a residential treatment center, after a presentation, the State Attorney’s Office offered a withhold of adjudication and 48 months probation instead of the 48 months of prison she scored.

 

State v. A.Z.

Case No.  10-CF-11677

Our client was charged in a fifteen (15) Defendant Trafficking and Conspiracy to Traffic in Prescription Drugs case as well as Obtaining Drugs by Fraud. He was facing a 25 year minimum mandatory prison sentence. After showing the State that his participation was minimal and that he was a user of drugs not a seller, the Trafficking and Conspiracy charges were dismissed and our client received twenty-four (24) months probation with no conviction.

 

State v. E.A.

Case No.  10-CF-13130

 

Our client was charged with Possession of Cocaine and Delivery of Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a Park, a first degree felony. Depositions called into question whether any law enforcement officer actually saw the transaction. We filed a Motion to Disclose the Confidential Informant and were prepared to file a Motion to Dismiss. The client scored out to 46 months in prison but we convinced the State Attorney’s Office to offer 36 months probation.

 

State v. B.M.

Case No.  10-CF-14928

Our client, 16 years old at the time, was charged as an adult with multiple burglaries, grand thefts and dealing in stolen property. We had him evaluated by a psychologist and drug addiction specialist who determined he had an addiction and mental health issues. At an open plea, and over the State’s objection, not only did our client not go to prison, but was given juvenile sanctions.

 

State v. H.P.

Case No.  I 0-CM-15866

Our client was charged with DUI and Possession of Cannabis. After showing the State that our client was not impaired, the charges were dismissed.

 


State v. J.B.

Case No. 09-CF-8060

Our client was charged with first degree murder having stabbed the victim numerous times. The State was seeking the death penalty. After exposing potential defense arguments and developing mitigation based on mental health history, the death penalty was waived as well as life in prison without release. Our client was sentenced to forty (40) years.

 

State v. P.K.

Case No. 09-CF-9589

Our client was charged with delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver cocaine. His sentencing guidelines scored him to 35 months in prison. After filing a motion to suppress attacking the probable cause and the uncontrolled use of a confidential informant, the State offered our client a probation term and a with hold  adjudication despite the fact that he was previously a convicted felon.

 

State v. H.R.

Case No. 09-CF-14298

Our client was charged with first degree murder and attempted robbery with a deadly weapon. After a thorough cross examination of a co-defendant who had turned State witness and the testimony of an expert forensic odonatologist (dentist) showing that the witness had been bitten by the victim during the robbery, the jury deliberated almost five hours before returning not guilty verdicts on all charges.

 

State v. G.R.

Case No. 09-CF-17306

Our client was investigated for felony battery and burglary of a conveyance with assault or battery after an alleged road rage incident. We immediately located independent witnesses who saw the incident but were not interviewed by police. We also determined that the victim had a history of violence. A reconstruction of the accident showed that in fact the victim had collided with our client first and then he had to defend himself from an initial attack from the victim before having no choice but to injure him. No formal charges were filed by the State Attorney.

 

United States v. C.J.

Case No. 8:10-CR-241-T-33TBM

Our client, a Honduran national, was indicted in Federal court after being stopped by the United States Coast Guard after a several mile chase, in international waters while captaining a speed boat. Trace amounts of cocaine were found, although no bales of cocaine were located within the boat or in the water. We were able to convince the Government that there was insufficient evidence to conclude this was a drug run. Our client plead guilty to Obstruction of Boarding a Vessel and he was given 60 months of probation and returned to Honduras, a rare accomplishment in Federal criminal court.

 


State v. S.C.

Case No. 08-CF-3413

Our client was charged with trafficking in cocaine carrying a three year minimum mandatory prison sentence. He shared the residence where the drugs were found with others. His knowledge and ability to control the drugs was questionable. In agreeing not to file a motion to dismiss, we were able to achieve a probation offer for our client.

 

State of Florida v. R.C. Case No. 08-CF-8047

Our client was charged with Trafficking in Heroin. Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver and Possession of Marijuana. Law enforcement executed a search warrant at a home where our client was living. He was facing a 3 year minimum mandatory sentence with a maximum of 30 years in Florida State Prison. Additionally, he was a resident of Jamaica subject to deportation. Discovery and depositions showed that prosecutors would have a difficult time proving our client ever dealt in drugs or had the ability to control drugs. All charges were dropped except the possession of marijuana. We plead guilty and received probation with no conviction. This was an important outcome because our client was no longer deportable by pleading to the lesser charge.

 

State v. E.M.

Case No. 08-CF-11683

Our client was charged with organized fraud, fraudulent insurance claim and patient brokering as the manager of a pain management clinic. Our client was facing a mandatory prison sentence of 37 months. After negotiating with prosecutors, including partial payment of restitution, the organized fraud was dismissed and our client was offered probation, a withhold of adjudication and early termination after paying the balance of restitution.

 

State v. D.L.

Case No. 08-CF-16354

Our client was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. He had no prior criminal history. We had the marijuana independently weighed and determined that it did not meet the felony threshold weight of twenty grams. The charges were reduced to misdemeanor possession and he was offered a diversion program and after completion his charges would be dismissed.

 

State v. A.T.

Case No. 08-CF-23033

Our client was charged with RICO, Conspiracy to Commit RICO, Trafficking in Illegal Drugs and Conspiracy to Traffic in Heroin. We were able to show the State, after thorough investigation and depositions, that our client was an addicted drug user who only purchased heroin for his own use and not to resell. Further, he was not a significant drug trafficker in this large drug organization. The State waived the 25 year minimum mandatory prison sentence and dropped the Conspiracy to Commit RICO charge. Our client plead to two and a half years in prison followed by five years of probation.

 


State v. E.P.

Case No. 07-CF-15008

Our client was charged with carjacking and robbery with a firearm. He insisted mistaken identity. We took 14 sworn statements of friends and family who testified that our client was at a family party at the time of the crime. Additionally, we discredited the witness and victim at deposition by pointing out their bias and multiple inconsistencies in their statements. Prosecutors dropped all charges.

 

State v. P.R.

Case No. 07-CF-16906

Our client was charged with multiple counts of trafficking in illegal drugs and obtaining a prescription by fraud. He was facing a fifteen year minimum mandatory sentence. After getting an evaluation and treatment that resulted in a dual diagnosis, we were able to convince the prosecution to waive the prison sentence. Additionally, the judge departed downward and sentenced our client to a residential drug treatment program and probation.

 

State of Florida v. E.P. Case No. 07-CF-18955

Our client was charged with armed robbery  and armed carjacking, facing life in prison. Our investigative team found in excess of 20 witnesses who would testify that our client was at a party at the time of the robbery and carjacking. Additionally, after deposition of the key state witness, we were able to find many flaws in that testimony. One week prior to jury trial, prosecutors dismissed all charges.

 

State v. C.O.

Case No. 07-CF-24285

Our client was charged with robbery of an elderly woman outside of a local bank. He made an admission to the crime after arrest. He was facing mandatory prison and a maximum penalty of fifteen years. We had our client evaluated for psychological issues and drug addiction. We put together school records, character letters and past good works of the defendant. The prosecution allowed us to speak directly to the victim. Our client was ultimately offered five years probation as a youthful offender.

 

United States of America v. TA. Case No. 8:08-CR-0010

Our client was charged in federal court with Trafficking in Marijuana. His three year-old son fatally shot himself with a loaded gun that was bidden between the cushions in the couch. Upon investigation, law enforcement found a trafficking amount of marijuana located in a bedroom safe. We were able to convince the Government after investigation to not file manslaughter charges which would have subjected our client to an additional fifteen years in prison. He received the low end of the federal sentencing guideline range.

 


State v. R.A.

Case No. 06-CF-10169

Our client was charged with racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering after being accused of being a member of the notorious “Latin Kings” gang. As part of a multiple defendant defense team, depositions were taken of testifying co-defendants, confidential informants and detectives. After more than a year of defending our client, a motion to dismiss because of police misconduct in their use of a confidential informant was granted by the court and all charges were dismissed.

 

State of Florida v. J.N. Case No. 06-CF-10796

Our client was charged with Aggravated Battery after an altercation at the Blue Martini bar left a victim with over $100,000 in medical expenses from head injuries. After we interviewed multiple bar employees and patrons and reviewed the bar’s security tape, we were able to convince the prosecution that the victim was the aggressor and ultimately threw the first punch causing our client to defend himself. After approximately one year of litigation, all charges were dropped.

 

State of Florida v. V.B. Case No. 06-CF-21806

Our client was charged with attempted first degree murder after a neighbor was shot in an altercation. After months of investigation and finding an unbiased witness, we were able to convince the prosecutors that our client was not in fact the individual who fired the gun and the attempted first degree murder charges were dropped.

 

State v. R.C.

Case No. 07-CF-7139

Our client was charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of cannabis with intent to sell or deliver, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after she was arrested in a house where her boyfriend lived and a trafficking amount of cocaine was found. All charges were dropped after we provided sworn statements and written documentation that our client did not live at the residence and the prosecution could not prove that our client had knowledge that the cocaine was located in the house.

 

State v. D.C.

Case No. 07-CM-8270

Our client was a nationally acclaimed author in Tampa on a book tour. A package containing drugs was delivered to his motor home in someone else’s name. A search of this vehicle revealed an additional small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia. We filed a motion to dismiss/suppress attacking the probable cause and his knowledge of the existence of the drugs. The Court granted the motion and all charges were dismissed.

 


State of Florida v. H.B. Case No. 04-CF-20656

Our client was charged with Aggravated Battery with Serious Bodily Injury. During an altercation at a bar, it was alleged that our client struck a bar employee who fell and sustained serious brain damage. After retrieving the bar video and speaking to several other bar patrons, it was determined that our client did not strike the blow that actually caused the injury. Our client was allowed to enter into a diversion program on a lesser charge and ultimately all charges were dropped. This was extremely important for our client as she was enrolled in nursing school at the time and her further education was in jeopardy.

 

State of Florida v. N.G. Case No. 06-CF-371

Our client was stopped by the Florida Highway Patrol traveling on 1-75 through Bushnell. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to deliver as several pounds were found in the car. After the depositions of all law enforcement officers involved, we were able to convince prosecutors that evidence regarding our client’s knowledge was minimal. Prosecutors agreed to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor possession of marijuana and the termination of our client’s probation after serving only six months.

 

State of Florida v. H.H. Case No. 06-CF-908

Our client was stopped by Alachua County law enforcement on 1-75 traveling through Gainesville. Florida. He was charged with Trafficking in Marijuana over 30 Pounds as located in bales in the trunk of his vehicle. Our client was already on probation for a trafficking in marijuana charge. After depositions and suggestion that knowledge of the drugs belonged to the passenger of the vehicle, prosecutors allowed our client to plead to probation as opposed to the 30 year maximum penalty or the 3 year minimum mandatory sentence that applies to a trafficking in marijuana conviction.

 

State of Florida v. V.P. Case No. 06-CF-7671

Our client was arrested for RICO, Conspiracy to Commit RICO, Organized Fraud over $500,000, two counts of Grand Theft First Degree over $100,000 and 76 counts of Grand Theft Motor Vehicle for stealing from a very prominent Tampa auto dealership. After initial investigation with included an exhaustive search of all records, auction receipts, witness statements and meeting with prosecutors, we were able to convince them to charge our client with only one count of Grand Theft First Degree and drop all other charges. Our client was initially facing 15 years in Florida State Prison but received only lengthy probation and was required to pay restitution.

 


State of Florida v. J.W. Case No. 93-CF-2540

 

Our client was charged with First Degree Murder after a drug deal went bad. We were able to successfully argue to the jury that the identification of our client was insufficient and located two other potential suspects that prosecutors had failed to investigate. The result was a not guilty verdict.

 

State of Florida v. K.B. Case No. 94-CF-5240

Our client was charged with Attempted First Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer by attempting to drag him and run him over. At jury trial, we were able to successfully argue to the jury that our client was only reacting to police conduct and had no intent to murder the officer. The result was a not guilty verdict

 

State of Florida v. E.H. Case No. 95-CF-10179

Our client was charged with First Degree Murder after an altercation at a lounge. The victim was shot multiple times with a shotgun and at jury trial, we were successful in proving that our client acted in self defense. This resulted in a not guilty verdict to first degree murder.

 

State of Florida v. J.L. Case No. 99-CF-7078

Our client was charged with Trafficking in Cocaine. At jury trial, we were able to successfully argue to the jury that the confidential informant used by the prosecution had not been truthful and there was insufficient evidence to determine that our client actually possessed the drugs. This resulted in a not guilty verdict.

 

State of Florida v. B.C. Case No. 03-CF-15181

Our client was charged with first degree murder after a homeowner was robbed and shot to death. At jury trial, we were able to convince the jury that there was no premeditation involved in the act and further that our client might have fired the gun as a reaction to something that the homeowner did. He was convicted of the lesser charge of second degree murder and spared the penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

 

State v. A.L.

Case No. 04-CF-18189

 

Our client was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon after stabbing the victim with a knife in the chest. We were able to produce expert testimony at sentencing that our client had significant mental issues and further, multiple witnesses testified to his character. The Court departed from the mandatory prison guidelines and sentenced our client to probation.

 


State v. C.S.

 

Our client was a college student being investigated for the sexual battery of another student he met at a party. We provided law enforcement with a private polygraph that corroborated that the encounter was consensual. We then provided the Detective with vital information from other witnesses and decided it was necessary to give a sworn statement. The State Attorney’s Office determined there was insufficient evidence to file charges.

 

State v. T.J.

Our client  was  a local business.  As part  of an undercover  operation,  law  enforcement  seized

$248,270.00 as being funds obtained from illegal transactions and dealing in stolen property. After providing law enforcement with voluminous records documenting the transactions, business records, accounting reports and arguing their lack of knowledge; we were able to get $231,270.00 returned to our client and no criminal charges were filed against the owners.

 

United States of America v. D.B.

Our client was being investigated by U.S. Customs and the Department of Homeland Security regarding potential fraud in entering into contracts with individuals in foreign countries for the purpose of securing valuable German bonds. After producing documentation, c-mails, executed and valid contracts and a full forensic investigation of computers, we were able to convince the Government not to charge our client.

 

State of Florida v. D.G. Case No. 90-CF-10859

Our client was charged with DUI Manslaughter. At jury trial, we presented a nationally renowned expert in kinetics and accident reconstructionist and successfully convinced the jury that our client was not the driver of the vehicle at the time of the accident in that all parties had been ejected from the car and no witness had seen our client driving. This resulted in a not guilty verdict.

 

State of Florida v. RB. Case No. 92-CF-875

Our client was known as ‘I he Hyde Park Rapist” alleged to having committed multiple rapes in the Hyde Park residential district We represented him in the first ever challenge to the admission of DNA evidence in a criminal trial. After a suppression hearing that lasted several days with DNA experts from all of the country, the court found that the DNA was in fact admissible. Upon appeal, the Second District Court of Appeal determined that we were correct in establishing that the DNA procedures used in the State of Florida were not up to the standard required by the scientific community at the time. Although our client’s conviction was ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court, our argument in the Motion to Suppress actually established the law on admissibility in DNA cases.