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Possession of child Pornography on a computer. Sentencing code called for a minimum of 10.5 years in prison. After negotiations, State agreed to a sentence of just over 12 months in jail.
Misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Clients did community service and an evaluation, all charges dismissed
Travelling to meet a minor for sex, reduced to unlawful use of a two way communications device. No jail or prison, no designation as a sex offender, adjudication withheld-not a conviction
Domestic Battery reduced to Disorderly Conduct for a fine.
Grand Theft of over $97,000.00. Motions on statute of limitations heard and pending for over a year. Case nolle prossed (dropped).
Attempted Murder with a Firearm–facing a 20 year minimum mandatory sentence and maximum life sentence. Motions filed to suppress statements and evidence, motions in limine filed to be heard day of trial. Numerous legal issues to be argued in the case. On Trial date state agreed to a misdemeanor.
Drug trafficking – Client was accused of delivering 2 kg of cocaine to undercover officers in Pinellas County set up by an informant. The statute called for a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison. After discovery, and negotiations the final sentence was a withholding of adjudication (no conviction), and probation. The fine reduced from $150,000 to $500.00.
Drug trafficking in hydrocodone
The charge was reduced to sale of hydrocodone in exchange for probation and drug counseling
Internet pornography. This charge involved many counts of possession of child pornography. The sentencing code called for over 8 years in prison. After depositions, the retaining of two experts regarding computers and a pediatrician, the charge were reduced to misdemeanors for probation
Possession of child pornography
Pretrial intervention program, dismissal
Aggravated battery on the elderly– Charge dismissed
Felony threats to do harm-Reduced to misdemeanor harassing phone calls, fine, no probation
New Port Richey case involving Port Richey Police and the Highway Patrol. Client took field exercises and claimed he took a breath test, but the trooper said he refused. After a jury trial the jury found him not guilty
Reduced to reckless driving, probation, DUI school
Reduced to reckless driving, probation, DUI school
DUI – Reduced to reckless driving
DUI- Motion to suppress granted based on insufficient grounds for the officer to stop the car , dismissed
DUI- Motion to dismiss, bad stop, granted
DUI readings reduced from over .15 to below
(Numerous DUI cases with this result, avoided installation of interlock device and additional fines and costs)
Felony DUI with serious injuries– Motorcycle accident. After depositions and retaining an expert the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor, probation, DUI school, license suspension
Several more DUI’s reduced to Reckless driving charges
Aggravated battery with a bottle resulting in injuries
reduced to simple battery, restitution and a fine
Mortgage fraud– Two years of depositions and litigation, case resulted in dismissal
Lewd and lascivious contact with a minor
Mandatory prison sentence avoided, withholding of adjudication, probation
Lewd and lascivious behavior– Expert psychologist retained.
Negotiations resulted in probation
Lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor– Depositions taken, expert retained, case set for trial. State and defense agree and case was
reduced to battery, one year probation
Capital Sexual Battery-Mandatory Life in prison if convicted. Defense hired investigator and presented investigation to the state attorney.
After extensive discussions and defense investigations case not filed, no charges
Drug trafficking – Reduced to possession, probation, house arrest, drug counseling
Six counts of possession of controlled substances and one count Misdemeanor Marijuana
All counts dropped except misdemeanor, diversion program, dismissal
Burglary of a business- Client accepted in to a pretrial intervention program resulting in dismissal of charges
Pretrial intervention, dismissed
Failure to register as a sex offender– statutes called for mandatory prison sentence. Reduced to misdemeanor ofobstructing an opposing, probation
25 counts of Auto Burglary- These cases involved drug addiction and mitigating factors. Experts were retained and records obtained with client’s permission. Instead of a lengthy prison sentence,
numerous counts of burglary were dropped. This allowed the court to withhold adjudication (no conviction) on the remaining counts and the client was given probation and drug and mental health counseling, eligible to have record sealed
Retail theft- Pointed out that store surveillance indicated client may have been pushing the cart to exchange it for a new one, not leaving the store. Case dismissed
Misdemeanor domestic battery-Dismissed
Six counts auto burglary
Withholding of adjudication, probation
Reduced to Petit theft, withhold of adjudication (no conviction) early termination of probation
Dealing in Stolen Property, Residential Burglary, 3 counts Poss. Controlled substance, Violation of Probation (different arrest dates and different cases)
Scored 5 years prison minimum. Departure hearing held (this is a hearing where the defense presents mitigatiing information to the Judge which are allowed under existing statutes to request the Judge to sentence below the sentencing code. Sentenced to probation
Scored 2.5 years on sentencing code, Withhold of Adjudication and probation sentence.
Battery – Accused of pushing a female who was on a well populated beach, obtained private videos and after defense investigation Case dismissed
Suspicion of murder
After several months investigation terminated, no charges
Felony Violation of Probation
Warrant out from 1994, restitution paid
Capias lifted, probation terminated
Road Rage, Aggravated assault with a gun
Juvenile, straight probation
Juvenile violation of Probation for Armed Burglary
New Grand theft, new Aggravated Assault
Sentenced to continued Juvenile Probation
Client PRR (recent prison releasee), mandatory minimum 15 years DOC.
Depostions taken, case set for trial, State agreed to 13 months DOC
Ten counts of Dealing in Stolen Property and False Verification of Ownership
Reduced to misdemeanors, one year probation
Battery on Law Enforcement Officer
Day of trial reduced to misdemeanor obstruction, Withholding of Adjudicaiton (no conviction), fine, no probation, no jail
Suspicion of sexual battery
Investigation completed no arrest
Racing on Highway
Removal of Sexual Offender designation under Romeo and Juliet exception granted, no registration required
Murder, client was accused of shooting an unarmed relative at close range twice. The client had a claim of self defense. Extensive background investigation and providing information to the detective resulted in the case being dropped, no arrest even took place. Good investigative work and client cooperation was paramount.
Second time DUI charge which would have resulted in mandatory jail time was reduced to Careless Driving after negotiations with the state, disposition was $300.00 fine
DUI reduced to Reckless Driving-Pasco County
Felony DUI motion to suppress for bad stop granted
Contractor charged by the state with contracting without a license, felony failure to carry workers comp insurance, and grand theft. After defense investigation and negotiations charges all reduced to misdemeanors and a plea by mail was entered, no jail and no probation, fines and costs only.
Tampering with a state witness, domestic. After providing witness information and investigation, case was dismissed by state.
Female arrested for child abuse of her baby and domestic battery. Prepared information and background for the state and the state agreed to drop all charges.
Scheme to defraud. Theft of lottery tickets from employer over a period of time. Evidence included camera surveillance. Issues found in discovery led to negotiations and resulted in charges being reduced to a misdemeanor the day of trial. A plea to probation and a fine was entered. Deportation was also avoided.
Possession of Child Pornography on a computer. Search warrant issues were uncovered during depositions allowing for a negotiated plea to 2 1/2 years DOC down from the sentencing code sentence called for of over 10 years DOC
Possession of Child Pornography on a computer. Thirteen month sentence obtained with mitigation presented to the state. Down from the sentencing code sentence called for of over 10 years.
Aggravated assault with a gun. Dismissed after cooperation with the alleged victim and information presented to the state.
Grand theft from employer. Reduced to petit theft for restitution and one day jail time served.
Grand Theft, person in authority in sports community program accused of stealing funds from the treasurer for personal use. Diverted, dismissed.
DUI accident case with serious injuries, refusal of breath test. Reduced to Reckless driving.
Trafficking in cocaine, possession of alprazolam, and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Negotiations resulted in the trafficking charge being amended to simple possession and the client being placed on probation with a 3 month county jail sentence with credit for the time he had been in jail.
Leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries, victim was elderly pedestrian. Probation and ankle monitor for 3 months.
Grand theft of drugs from a pharmacy. Reduced to petit theft for time served (2 days.).
Residential Burglary and battery. After defense investigation and material provide to the state, State agreed to drop all charges.
Felony battery on elderly person. Dropped.
Shoplifting. Obtained witness statements and video from nearby. Case dropped.
Human Trafficking-Reduced to misdemeanor of harboring a runnaway, mail in probation
Perjury in an official proceding-presented history and background as well as additional transcript. Case not filed.
2 counts of capital sexual battery and allegations of cutting and being bound. Mandatory Life sentence on each charge if convicted. After depositions and just before trial charges were reduced to 2 attempts. Client pled to probation.
Introduction of contraband in to the county jail, diversion, dismissed