Client had a Domestic Violence Injunction issued against her for allegedly striking her husband. As a result, her children were given to her Husband. After our firm was retained, the Domestic Violence Injunction was dismissed and temporary custody of the children was given to our client. In the Divorce proceedings that followed, the custody of the children was awarded to the client, and the Father was also obligated to pay child support.
Client is the Father of two children. The Mother withdrew the children from school, purchased three one-way tickets to New York without the client’s consent. On behalf of our client (the Father), an Emergency Motion was filed with the Court which successfully prevented the minor children from leaving the State of Florida. Once paternity was established, the client/Father was awarded rotating custody of the minor children and the minor children continue to live in Florida.
Client was charged with Violation of Domestic Injunction. Mother had told Defendant he was not the father of the child they shared after 2 years of supporting the child and mother. Defendant knew the child was his. Mother claimed Defendant called her cell phone to ask how the child was doing in the hopes of keeping the Defendant away permanently. After a jury trial, the client was found Not Guilty. Orange County Court, Dissolution of Marriage, 10/2006: Prior to our representation, client/Husband had an injunction against him for nine months and the wife was awarded primary residential custody of the minor children. Upon retaining our firm for the Divorce case, the client was awarded rotating custody of the minor children and was not obligated to pay child support.
FELONY CHARGES OF FLEEING AN OFFICER, RECKLESS DRIVING, AND NO MOTORCYCLE LICENSE ALL DROPPED
Orange County, FL
Our client was accused of being part of a large crowd of motorcycles that reportedly drove recklessly. Law enforcement claimed that they tried to stop our client, but that he got away. Longwell Lawyers was able to convince the prosecutor not to file any criminal charges and the case was dropped.
CARRYING CONCEALED FIREARM CASES RESULT IN NO CONVICTIONS
Orange County, Florida
Our client was charged with two separate instances of Carrying a Concealed Firearm, each of which are third degree felonies that carry a possible sentence of up to 5 years in prison. The client hired Longwell Lawyers, and Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Expert, Benjamin L. Jones, worked to get the client into the best possible position. Ultimately, the client accepted an offer that resulted in the court withholding adjudication (no felony conviction) without any prison, jail, or probation being imposed. The second case of carrying a concealed firearm was dropped.
FELONY DOMESTIC BATTERY BY STRANGULATION AND CHILD ABUSE CHARGES DROPPED
Volusia County, FL
Our client was living with the alleged victim and her children. Our client was accused of strangling and beating the alleged victim and hitting her teen child – and the client was arrested, as a result. However, Longwell Lawyers was retained and quickly went to work. After communicating with the prosecutor assigned to the case and advocating for our client, the State decided not to file any charges and dropped the case by filing a No Information Notice.
POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CASE DROPPED
ALL CHARGES DROPPED – 9/20/2021
Our client was arrested for domestic violence battery, which Longwell Lawyers got dropped. However, it was also alleged that the client was in possession of methamphetamine when he was searched at the jail. From there, Longwell Lawyers was able to get all of the charges dropped.
POSSESSION OF A FIREARM IN COMMISSION OF A FELONY; POSSESSION OF CANNABIS WITH INTENT TO SELL; POSSESSION OF MORE THAN 20 GRAMS OF CANNABIS
NO INFORMATION NOTICE FILED/ALL CHARGES DROPPED - 9/2/2021
Orange County, FL
Client was a passenger in a car that was stopped in a “High Crime Area” for various traffic infractions. After smelling marijuana, law enforcement removed our client and the driver from the vehicle and questioned them as the car was searched. Our client admitted to having recently smoked marijuana in the car and the officers’ search revealed a bag with more than 66 grams of marijuana in it, along with a firearm, and our client’s ID. Client was immediately arrested for several felony charges. Board Certified Criminal Trial Expert Benjamin Jones successfully challenged the legality of the search, along with what conclusions a court is legally allowed to draw when a person’s ID is found in a bag containing contraband. Eventually, by presenting strong caselaw to the prosecution, Longwell Lawyers was able to convince prosecutors to close their case without ever formally filing charges against our client.
KIDNAPPING WITH INTENT TO COMMIT A FELONY WITH A FIREARM, ROBBERY WITH A FIREARM, GRAND THEFT 3RD DEGREE, FRAUDULENT USE OF PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A STOLEN CREDIT CARD
ALL CHARGES DROPPED - 9/1/2021
Osceola County, FL
Our client originally hired a different attorney. After 4 months of representation, he was still sitting in jail without a bond and had watched 2 of his co-defendants be sentenced to more than a decade in prison, each. Worried about lack of progress, scared by how his codefendants faired and intimidated by the potential life sentence hanging over his head, our client hired Longwell Lawyers. 11 days after being hired, Board Certified Criminal Trial Expert Benjamin Jones secured our client’s release from custody and went to work attacking the prosecution’s case. Our client and 3 of his friends were accused of holding an acquaintance at gunpoint for over 12 hours as they drove around Osceola County draining their hostage’s bank account at various ATMs and local businesses. The prosecution claimed to have security footage of our client in the car with the victim and the co-defendants, footage of our client in stores using the victim’s credit card, statements from Co-Defendants’ implicating our client in the robbery, the gun that was used in the robbery, and DNA evidence. Employing a trial oriented strategy to challenge the reliability of all of this evidence, Attorney Jones and his client stood firm, rejecting plea offers that would have avoided an adult conviction, resulted in 4 or the 5 charges being dropped, and allowed our client to serve only 3 years in prison. Instead, they chose to assert our client’s powerful constitutional right to a jury trial. The morning the trial was about to start, the prosecution finally realized that the Defense could not be bullied around, and, like most bullies do when challenged, backed down, dropping all charges the morning that trial was scheduled to begin.
BATTERY ON A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER X 4, RESISTING WITHOUT VIOLENCE X 4, AGGRAVATED STALKING, VIOLATION OF PRE-TRIAL RELEASE, CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
ALL 11 CHARGES DROPPED - 8/27/2021
Brevard County, Florida
When officers arrived at our clients’ home to effectuate an arrest for several offenses, a struggle ensued and the suspect’s parents tried to physically prevent the officers from arresting their son. In the end, all parties were arrested for serious, violent felonies. The mother and father were arrested for 4 counts of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and 2 counts of Resisting an Officer Without Violence, while their adult son was arrested for Aggravated Stalking, Violation of Pre-Trial Release, Resisting an Officer Without Violence, Domestic Violence Battery, and Criminal Mischief. Facing a collective 37 years in prison, the family turned to Longwell Lawyers. Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Expert attorney Benjamin Jones gathered relevant information and challenged the State’s case at every turn, ultimately proving that the officers had no right to enter our clients’ home, and no probable cause to make any arrest. Ultimately, prosecutors had no choice but to drop all charges and initiate an investigation into the officers’ conduct.
INJUNCTION FOR PROTECTION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GRANTED
PERMANENT INJUNCTION ENTERED - 8/24/2021
Seminole County, Florida
Our client was the victim of several incidents of domestic violence. Longwell Lawyers presented the evidence and advocated for our client at a full contested hearing on the Petition for Injunction Against Domestic Violence – and prevailed. Our client was granted a permanent Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence.
FOUR COUNTS OF SEXUAL BATTERY AND THREE COUNTS OF LEWD AND LASCIVIOUS MOLESTATION ALL DROPPED AT TRIAL
ALL CHARGES DROPPED - 8/23/2021
Orange County, Florida
Our client was charged with seven extremely serious sex offenses that could have resulted in life imprisonment. Longwell Lawyers, led by Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Expert Benjamin L. Jones, prepared the case for trial, developing along the way the flaws in the State’s case and the strengths in our client’s case. As a result, Mr. Jones established that the State could not prove the case and on the day of trial, the State dropped all of the charges.
FELONY BATTERY ON A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, PUBLIC INTOXICATION - ALL CHARGES DROPPED
ALL CHARGES DROPPED - 8/20/2021
Orange County, FL
While at the Orlando International Airport, our client was alleged to have been drunk and belligerent while going through TSA screening. After getting into a physical altercation with federal TSA agents as well as local law enforcement (that was captured on body cameras as well as airport security cameras), client was charged with several felonies including battery on a law enforcement officer. The team at Longwell Lawyers sprang into action, as attorney Benjamin Jones ensured that the airport preserved the video and fought to achieve its disclosure. After a careful parsing of the BWC in conjunction with broader security footage, we were able to convince prosecutors to first, drop the case down from felonies to misdemeanors… then drop all charges, completely.