DUI & Criminal Division

RECENT COURT VICTORIES

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Case Summary

Date: 11/07/2023
Case #: 2023CF*****9 – Fleeing or Attempting to Elude (high speed or reckless)
Charge: Fleeing and Eluding
Traffic
Our client was arrested for Fleeing or Attempting to Elude (high speed or reckless). The officers alleged that our client was traveling 65MPH in a 35MPH speed zone. They then alleged that our client got onto I-95 and continued to flee from them. Officers stated they pulled up alongside our client's vehicle and positively identified her while on I-95. She was later arrested. After working hard on our client's case, presenting evidence to the prosecutor, and advocating for our client, we were able to the get the felony charge dismissed.

Case Summary

Date: 11/01/2023
Case #: 2023-CT-****2 – Racing Charge Reduced
Charge: Racing
Traffic
Our client was charged with Racing after an Orlando Police Officer observed him speeding on East Colonial Drive. The officer watched as a white BMW and a blue Subaru stopped at a steady red signal and were lined up, side by side.  When the light turned green both vehicles launched and accelerated rapidly in a drag race fashion.  He observed them doing this at two different red signals. After the second time, he stopped the Subaru once it pulled away from the BMW. Our client denied that he was racing, but he apologized for speeding because he was in a hurry. The officer believed he was racing and charged him accordingly. The second vehicle was not captured on any of the law enforcement videos and our client was not recorded at any traffic signal. The video did show our client speeding past a marked patrol vehicle. Our client rejected every offer that included a license suspension. The day before Trial, the State amended the charge to Reckless Driving. Our client accepted the offer and paid a $25 fine, no points, and no license suspension.

Case Summary

Date: 11/01/2023
Case #: 2023-CT-***1* – Racing & Resisting
Charge: Racing
Traffic
An Altamonte Springs Police Officer observed a black BMW and a blue BMW passing him with their engines at a high revolution. These were the only two vehicles on that section of the road at the time. He flashed his lights to warn the drivers, but they continued to race. He activated his lights and sirens then attempted to stop the vehicles. He lost the vehicles then reacquired them based on their distinct tail lamps. He found one parked in a driveway and another on the side of the street close to the same driveway. The blue BMW was vacant, but the hood was warm to the touch. The driver of the black BMW remained in the driver seat. As the officer approached the black BMW, the driver started walking away. He ordered him to stop, but the driver ran. The officer ran after him and eventually tased him. He was handcuffed and charged with Racing and Resisting without Violence. We closed his case with a $25 fine, a letter of apology, no criminal conviction, no points, and no license suspension.

Case Summary

Date: 10/23/2023
Case #: 23-****52MU**A DUI Dropped
Charge: DUI
DUI
Our client was driving southbound on the Florida turnpike.  On the right shoulder was a father and son who were changing a flat tire.  According to police reports, our client's car veered to the right, colliding with the stopped car injuring the father and son.  There were injuries and significant property damage as well.  After responding and making contact with our client, the police returned to their car to begin paperwork. When they returned to the scene of the crash they found our client apparently asleep on the side of the road near the retaining wall.   Believing that this was a possible impaired driver, the officers began a DUI investigation.  Admissions were made about drinking and coming from a club.  Roadside exericese were offered and refused and a breath test was refused as well. Ticket Clinic lawyers were retained to defend this case.  A very thorough investigation and examination of the state's evidence was initiated and numerous depositions were completed.  Many inconsistencies were revealed and numerous errors were committed by the police officers. A 25+ page Motion to Suppress was filed by our law office in an attempt to exclude the vast majority of the state's evidence.  Before the motion was heard by the Judge, the state agreed to drop the DUI charge.

Case Summary

Date: 10/17/2023
Case #: XXXXXX7MU10A – DUI Dropped
Charge: DUI
DUI
Our client was involved in a motor vehicle accident causing damage to multiple vehicles. When police arrived, she told the officers that she had been drinking and that she felt that she was impaired. She cooperated with the investigation and provided a breath sample of .211, well above the legal limit of .08. The officers on scene arrested her and she was charged with multiple counts of DUI causing damage to property. Because her breath alcohol level was over a .150, the charges were "enhanced." With the odds stacked against her, she turned to our firm for help. The attorney for the Ticket Clinic in Fort Lauderdale found legal grounds to strike the only witness who could put our client behind the wheel. As a result, the State was forced to drop the DUI charges against our client.

Case Summary

Date: 10/12/2023
Case #: 2021CT####### DUI Dismissed
Charge: DUI
DUI
The client rear ended two parked police vehicles in a serious accident.  The officer that was standing outside his vehicle at the time the accident occurred. Immediately the officer went to the driver side window of the vehicle and used his flashlight to break the vehicle's window to gain access.  In the process the client was hit directly in the face by the metal flash light.  The client was then pulled out of the vehicle and transported to the hospital.  Law enforcement claimed the client smelled like alcohol and asked for a blood sample, which was refused by the client.  The client was then charged with DUI.  The Firm was retained and attempted to gather any evidence in the case.  It was discovered that there were no videos taken of the incident, nor were there any roadside exercises conducted.  The only evidence showing DUI was the crash itself, an odor of alcohol and an admission to drinking. The Firm argued to the State that there wasn't enough evidence for the State to win the case at trial.  The State disagreed and the case was set for trial.  The day before the trial the State dismissed the DUI charge.

Case Summary

Date: 10/11/2023
Case #: 22-xxxxxxx-tc DUI Amended
Charge: DUI
DrugsDUI
Client was at fault in a rear end collision. When Officers approached her they smelled the odor of alcoholic beverages, and burnt marijuana, noticed slurred speech, red glassy eyes and that the client was unsteady on her feet. The officer asked our client to do field sobriety exercises and to submit to a blood alcohol test, she refused both. Client was arrested and a small burnt marijuana cigarette was found in her front passenger seat area. She was charged with DUI with Injury and Property Damage and Possession of Marijuana.  We prepared the case for trial including preparing motions for Accident Report Privilege and Constructive Possession of the Marijuana.  Before trial the State Amended the DUI to Reckless driving and Nolle Prossed the Marijuana Charge.

Case Summary

Date: 10/10/2023
Case #: XXXXXXMU10A – DUI Dropped
Charge: DUI
DUI
Our client was involved in a motor vehicle accident. When police officers arrived, he made several admissions to consuming alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot, he had trouble balancing, and his speech was noticeably slurred. During the course of the investigation, our client refused to participate in field sobriety exercises or provide a breath sample and was arrested for DUI. Although the case looked bleak, the Ticket Clinic attorney for Fort Lauderdale fought the charges on our client's behalf and filed a motion to suppress his refusal to submit to field sobriety exercises and a breath test. The Court granted our motion, excluding several key pieces of evidence in the case. In response to the Court's ruling, the State dropped the DUI charge against our client.

Case Summary

Date: 10/05/2023
Case #: XXXXXTC30A Leaving Scene Not Guilty Verdict
Charge: Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Traffic
Our client was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident. The Ticket Clinic attorney for Broward County set the case for trial to clear our client's name. At trial, the State produced three witnesses who testified that they saw our client drive away from an accident where a person was ejected from the vehicle. Our attorney was able to get the State's witnesses to admit that they actually saw our client park roughly 1-2 blocks away from the scene of the crash and remain there until police arrived. Our client testified that her vehicle sustained disabling damage that prevented her from turning right to pull over, and after several unsuccessful attempts to pull off the roadway, she stopped at the nearest stop sign. The State argued that our client travelling two blocks from the scene of the crash constituted a violation of Florida law requiring that drivers remain on scene and provide their name, address, and insurance information when involved in a crash. As a result of our attorney's efforts, our client was found "Not Guilty" and cleared of all charges.

Case Summary

Date: 10/03/2023
Case #: Case XXXXXXMU10X Not Guilty DUI Verdict
Charge: DUI
DUI
Our client was charged with DUI after he was pulled over for failing to maintain a single lane and slowing for a green light. During the DUI investigation, the officer indicated that he observed numerous signs of impairment, including slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, the odor of alcohol, and observed that our client had trouble maintaining his balance while standing. Notably, the officer did not have bodyworn or dashboard camera video of the stop and investigation. The Ticket Clinic attorney for Broward County set the case for Jury Trial to prove our client's innocence. At trial, The Ticket Clinic attorney was able to impeach the credibility of the officer by pointing out instances where the officer's memory was inconsistent and by arguing that the field sobriety exercises themselves were unreasonably complicated and unfair. The Jury only needed to deliberate for 20 minutes before returning a "Not Guilty" verdict, clearing our client of all charges.

Case Summary

Date: 09/28/2023
Case #: 2023-CT-xxxxxx DUI Amended
Charge: DUI
DUI
Client was Charged with DUI. He was pulled over for nearly hitting a Road Ranger preparing to close the Intersate due to an accident. The officer was very upset and aggressive towards our client, while he was calm and reserved. He admitted to having a drink at dinner earlier in the evening, and the officer said he smelled strongly of alcohol, had slurred speech and red glassy eyes. Our client was asked to submit to Field Sobriety Exercises, he refused, and was arrested For DUI. He was also asked to submit to a Breathalyzer, he refused.  We prepared for trial.  Prosecutors amended the Charge to Reckless Driving the  before trial.
 

Case Summary

Date: 09/27/2023
Case #: 2023CT#######6# DUI Dismissed
Charge: DUI
DUI
Police responded to the scene of a bar where the client was out of control after drinking excessively.  Once on scene, it was apparent the Client was drunk and needed help as she was having a panic attack.  EMS responded and at some point the client was allowed to go to her vehicle, sit in the back seat, and wait for her ride to come and pick her up.  The Client then tried to turn on the fan in her vehicle from the back seat and was immediately arrested for DUI.  The Firm investigated the case and argued that the Client was not able to control the vehicle from the backseat and was in the backseat soley because law enforcement had allowed her to be there.  The State offered to reduce the charge to reckless driving.  The Firm refused this offer and set the case for trial.  At the day of trial the State dismissed the DUI charge.
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Rolando A. Sanchez, Esq.

Originally from Miami , grew up in Central Florida.  After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he worked on F-15E fighter jets as an Avionics Technician.  He was Honorably Discharged. Afterwards, he attended University of Central Florida and received a BSBA Finance Degree, cum laude.  Next, he attended Barry University for law school and among other things, served as V.P. of the Veterans Legal Society.  Since graduating in 2016, Mr. Sanchez has dedicated his career to helping those charged with criminal matters.  These cases include traffic, misdemeanors and felonies, including trials and post-conviction relief. Mr. Sanchez is the lead attorney in Ticket Clinic’s Kissimmee office, handling cases in Osceola, Polk, Hardee and Desoto Counties.