Case Results

Possession of Cocaine, DUI, Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Resisting Arrest without Violence, Careless Driving

Dismissed - 3/22/2017

Client was accused of Crashing into a light pole and leaving the scene. When Officers found the client in the damaged car, they said the client was extremely intoxicated. The client was on video. Officers found cocaine in the client’s possession and claimed that she resisted arrest.

Result: We negotiated a favorable plea bargain that resulted in the client accepting probation for the misdemeanors only (with the court withholding adjudication on the Resisting and Leaving the Scene cases). The felony possession of Cocaine and the Careless Driving were dropped/dismissed

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Dismissed - 3/15/2017

Client was accused of being passed-out behind the wheel of a motor vehicle that was stopped at an intersection. Police claimed that they had a hard time waking our client and that our client failed a battery of roadside field sobriety exercises. Our client allegedly had a .10 breath test result.

Result: DUI dismissed (Client pled to a lesser charge or Reckless Driving. The Court withheld Adjudication so that the client received no conviction and no points).

4 Counts of Burglary of a Conveyance, 2 Counts of Grand Theft, 2 Counts of Petit Theft

All Charges Dropped - 3/10/2017

In the summer of 2014, during the span of approximately 30 minutes, 4 cars were burglarized outside of a local business. According to Law Enforcement, security cameras caught the “smash and grabs” on video and a description of the suspect and his car was distributed to other officers. About 18 hours later, in the same vicinity of the smash-and-grabs, a patrol officer sees our client, a black male, driving a grey or silver sedan. The officer decides to stop the vehicle because the driver and his car matched the description of the burglary suspect. Our client was arrested, but not charged with the crimes, and bonded out of jail.

Later, Police requested and obtained a warrant to search our client’s car, telling judges that our client’s car matched the car that was in the video. Over a year later, the Police got an arrest warrant for our client, again, telling judges that his car matched the car that was seen in the video.

After demanding discovery, and scouring through cell phone records, GPS wiretap tracking, confidential informant interviews, and dozens of police reports, Attorney Benjamin Jones realized 2 things:

First, the video was missing and, second, that Law Enforcement wrote an email describing what was seen on the video. That email described seeing a black male exit a newer model, gold or brown [not silver or grey], 4 door sedan, smash the windows, then drive off.

Realizing that Law Enforcement had seemingly lied about the video in their applications for warrants, and that the basis for stopping and arresting our client was completely bogus, Mr. Jones filed a Motion to Dismiss alleging Brady violations for destroying exculpatory evidence and lying on Warrant Affidavits.

After nearly 3 years of litigation, today, prosecutors dropped all charges.

County: Orange

Driving Without a Valid Driver’s License

Dismissed - 3/9/2017

Client was driving with a license from another country and was arrested for not having obtaining a valid Florida driver’s license.

Result: Longwell Lawyers asserted defenses that convinced the Prosecutor to drop the charge.

Burglary of a Conveyance with a Battery (first degree felony - punishable by life).

Felony dropped - 3/6/2017

Client was originally arrested for Burglary of a Conveyance with a Battery (first degree felony - punishable by life). Client was accused of attacking the driver of a car through the window and hitting the driver. Case was reduced to a misdemeanor and the client entered a no contest plea to misdemeanor battery with the Court withholding adjudication.

Battery

Charges Dropped - 2/23/2017

Client was accused of being involved in a street fight and ganging up on a motorist.

Result: Longwell Lawyers filed a “Stand Your Ground” Immunity Motion and the State dropped the charge.

Battery (Domestic Violence)

No charge filed by State - 2/21/2017

Client was accused of being involved in a physical altercation with spouse and pushing spouse to the ground.

Felony Violation of Probation

Terminate probation. - 2/20/2017

Client was originally placed on probation for Dealing in Stolen Property. After multiple violations (6 Amended Affidavits), the Government was seeking a prison sentence. Longwell Lawyers was ultimately able to successfully resolve the case so that the client received a few days in jail and was released with no further probation.

Battery (Domestic Violence)

No charge filed by State - 2/12/2017

Client was accused of being involved in a physical altercation with spouse and pushing spouse to the ground.

Battery (Domestic Violence)

Case dismissed - 2/3/2017

Client was accused of getting into an argument with spouse, which then escalated into a physical confrontation. Longwell Lawyers was able to get the charge dropped.

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