Case Results

Violation of Probation (Stalking)

Arrest Suspended - 4/10/2017

Client allegedly violated probation for a positive drug test and for not providing proof of treatment.

Result: Client was not arrested and was able to stay out of jail pending a hearing. The only sanction the client received was community service. Client reinstated to probation without jail.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Charge Dropped - 4/10/2017

Client was accused of driving around a police barricade. Police reported the client had the odor of alcohol, slurred speech, and was acting intoxicated. After field sobriety exercises, the client was arrested and allegedly had a breath test result of 17/.17. The client’s arrest history included two prior DUI arrests.

Results: After extensive litigation to suppress the breath test results, and other pre-trial matters, the State agreed to reduce the charge to Reckless Driving. The DUI was dropped.

Felony Violation of Probation (VOP - Scheme to Defraud), Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Dismissed - 4/3/2017

Client was on probation for a felony charge of Scheming to Defraud when arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Felony Violation of Probation (VOP). This was the Client’s second VOP. Longwell Lawyers was able to get the client a bond to remain out during the pendency of the case. However, the State wanted the client to serve a minimum of 6 months in jail on the VOP and take a conviction on the DUI.

Result: Client received a favorable sentence on the VOP and the DUI was Dismissed (reduced to Reckless Driving).

Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition Involving a Minor

Charges Dropped - 3/30/2017

Client was accused of knowingly engaging in sexual conduct in the presence a minor child on multiple occasions. Client was facing 30 years in prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender.

Result: Charges Dropped (client accepted a plea bargain to a lesser offense that was not a sex offense and that did not result in any incarceration).

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Running Red Light Citation

Dropped/Dismissed - 3/29/2017

Client was accused of running a red light and causing a motor vehicle accident. After performing field sobriety exercises the client was arrested for DUI and submitted to a breath and urine test.

Result: All charges dropped/dismissed.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Driving While License Suspended, and Failure to Drive in Single Lane (Traffic Infraction).

Dismissed - 3/28/2017

Client was accused of failing to drive in a single lane and was stopped by police. After allegedly failing field sobriety exercises the client was arrested for DUI. The client allegedly had a breath test above the legal limit and was also charged wth Driving While License Suspended.

Result: DUI, Driving While License Suspended, and Failure to Drive in Single Lane were all dismissed (client pled to a lesser charge of reckless driving. The Court withheld adjudication so that the client received no conviction and no points).

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.

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