DUI & Criminal Division

RECENT COURT VICTORIES

To protect our clients privacy, incomplete case numbers are provided.

Case Summary

Date: 09/18/2023
Case #: 2023CT00XXX9 – Racing on Highway
Charge: Racing
Traffic
Officers observed our client racing side by side with a Red Honda Civic. They estimated his speed at 65 mph in a 35 mph zone. When they asked him why he was racing, he said that his girlfriend was pregnant and he was trying to get her to the hospital. The officer responded that our client passed 2 different hospitals while racing the other vehicle. We were able to convince the prosecutor that our client’s story would create doubt and they dismissed the case.

Case Summary

Date: 09/18/2023
Case #: 2023CT00XX3 – DUI Dismissed
Charge: DUI
DUI
Client was pulled over for driving straight through a turn lane. When the officer approached, he noticed our client had alcohol on his breath, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech. When asked if he’d been drinking, our client responded that he had one beer. Later in the investigation, he stated he had 2 beers. The officer asked him to do field sobriety exercises. He complied and then was arrested when the officer believed he was impaired. At the station, he provided a breath sample of .06 and a urine sample. The case was entirely dismissed prior to trial.

Case Summary

Date: 09/18/2023
Case #: 2023CTXXXXO
Charge: Reckless Driving
Traffic
Client was observed by law enforcement driving 110 mph in a 55 mph zone. When pulled over and asked why he was driving so fast, our client said “it’s because of the car.” The officer claimed our client had no remorse and charged him with Reckless Driving. On the day of trial, the Reckless Driving was dropped.

Case Summary

Date: 09/07/2023
Case #: 2023ct######2 Reckless Driving Dismissed
Charge: DUI
Traffic
The defendant was caught driving his Lamborghini 160mph on the turnpike in a 65mph zone.  He was charged with reckless driving, speeding, and illegal passing. The firm took the case to court and was able to negotiate a dismissal of the reckless driving.  However, the state refused to dismiss the speeding and traffic tickets. The firm set the tickets for trial and was able to get all the tickets dismissed at trial.

Case Summary

Date: 09/07/2023
Case #: 2021CT-**** DUI Reduced
Charge: DUI
DUI
Our client was arrested and charged with DUI after he was stopped for failing to maintain a single lane. After stopping the vehicle, the officer approached the vehicle and observed the lone occupant putting on a mask.  The officer smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver. He noticed the driver had bloodshot and glassy eyes. The officer suspected that he put on a medical mask just to hide the odor and slurred speech. Our client completed field sobriety exercises and he was arrested. He did not provide a breath sample.  After reviewing his video, we filed a motion to suppress the stop, arrest, and the breath test refusal.  Prior to the final hearing, the State amended the charge to Reckless Driving. Our client accepted the offer with the following conditions: he paid a $25 fine, 6 months' probation, DUI School, and received no points.

Case Summary

Date: 07/25/2023
Case #: 21-CT-**3* – DUI Dismissed
Charge: DUI
DUI
Our client was arrested and charged with DUI.  The officer observed the vehicle driving with an expired tag and he determined the registered owner had a suspended license. He followed the vehicle for some time and observed no unsafe operation of the vehicle. He stopped the vehicle and the driver pulled into a parking lot.  The officer observed his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and he detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. The officer observed several small empty bottles of whiskey sitting on the floorboard. He took the driver’s car keys and began his DUI investigation. The driver refused to participate in Field Sobriety Exercises and was subsequently arrested. He also refused to provide breath. We filed a motion to suppress the stop and the arrest. At that hearing, the Court determined that the State’s only witness testified to the county but not the city. As a result of this, the State failed to prove that the Windemere Police Officer had jurisdiction to stop the Defendant. After winning the motion to suppress, the State subsequently dismissed the charges.

Case Summary

Date: 07/24/2023
Case #: 2021CT18XX – DUI Reduced
Charge: DUI
DUI
Our client was charged with one count of driving under the influence in Alachua County, Florida. The evidence in this case was not in our client's favor, however we were able to advocate on behalf of our client and provide mitigation which resulted in her being placed in DUI diversion. Our client ended up pleading to a withhold of adjudication on a wet reckless. As a result the client is now eligible to seal this criminal charge.

Case Summary

Date: 07/20/2023
Case #: 2023-CT- 3X3X- DUI
Charge: DUI
DUI
Client was sitting in a running vehicle while parked in a bar parking lot. Civilians called the police claiming our client was drunk and attempting to leave the parking lot. Police arrived and detained our client. She agreed to perform field sobriety exercises and was arrested for DUI afterwards. Post arrest, a pain killer was found in our clients pocket. Because our client was a nurse and due to some weaknesses in the case, we were able to convince the state to drop the DUI charge.

Case Summary

Date: 07/20/2023
Case #: 2023-CT-XXX5
Charge: DUI
DUITraffic
Client was involved in a rear end collision. When the police arrived, he fled the scene. The officers detained his friend and made the friend call the client and tell him to return. When our client returned, the officers noticed he had alcohol on his breath, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech. After conducting a DUI investigation, the officers arrested our client for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

Our firm thought the case was very strong. We pushed the case to trial. Before the trial, the state dropped both cases.

Case Summary

Date: 07/19/2023
Case #: 2023MM00XXX – BUI Charge Dropped
Charge: DUI
DUI
In this case, an officer from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission observed a vessel exceeding the speed limit in a slow speed zone. Upon stopping the vessel, the officer discovered Coors Light beer cans inside the personal watercraft's front hatch. During questioning, the officer asked the defendant about alcohol consumption, and the defendant admitted to drinking beer. Subsequently, the defendant participated in seated standardized field sobriety tests aboard the officer's vessel, where the officer noticed a distinct smell of alcohol. Based on the results of the field sobriety tests and the officer's observations, the defendant was arrested for Boating Under the Influence (BUI). Following the arrest, the defendant provided a breath sample. Fortunately, the Ticket Clinic lawyers intervened, skillfully negotiating with the state to ultimately persuade them to drop the charges.

Case Summary

Date: 07/17/2023
Case #: 2023CTXX6XXX – DUI Charge Dropped
Charge: DUI
DUI
The officer conducted a traffic stop when they noticed the defendant driving at 10mph with their blinker on. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer detected a noticeable odor of alcohol, which intensified when the defendant spoke. The defendant admitted to consuming a margarita during dinner. As part of the investigation, the defendant participated in field sobriety tests but failed to pass them, according to the officer's observations. Later, the defendant submitted a breath sample with a reading of .15, nearly double the legal limit.
Ticket Clinic Attorneys took up the case and meticulously examined the evidence through the process of discovery. Additionally, they engaged in negotiations on behalf of the defendant. Thanks to their diligent efforts, they successfully had the Driving Under the Influence charge dropped, achieving a favorable outcome for the defendant.

Case Summary

Date: 07/17/2023
Case #: 2023-CT- 3XXX- DUI
Charge: DUI
DUI
Client was sitting in a running vehicle while parked in a bar parking lot. Civilians called the police claiming our client was drunk and attempting to leave the parking lot. Police arrived and detained our client. She agreed to perform field sobriety exercises and was arrested for DUI afterwards. Post arrest, a pain killer was found in our clients pocket. Because our client was a nurse and due to some weaknesses in the case, we were able to convince the state to drop 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.