DUI & Criminal Division

RECENT COURT VICTORIES

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Case Summary

Date: 01/04/2024
Case #: 23ctxxxxDUI Charge Dropped
Charge: DUI
DUI
On Monday 2/20/23 at 2:32 am, FHP dispatch received information from a FDOT Road Ranger about a possibly impaired driver stopped on 1-4 near milepost 13. The Road Ranger Advised he stopped to check on a motorist parked on the shoulder and found him asleep in the driver's seat. The driver made a statement he had been drinking, was sleeping it off, then went back to sleep, so the Road Ranger contacted FHP. At 2:40 am, the trooper arrived on the scene and contacted the defendant (later identified by FIL driver's license) who was in the driver's seat. The defendant exited the vehicle and spoke about why he was stopped. The defendant stated his car was out of gas, so he decided to sleep in his car. The defendant stated he was coming from the Brass Mug, was confused about his current location and directions, did not know what road he was on, his perception of time was off, he had bloodshot and watery eyes, was lethargic, emitted the odor of an alcoholic beverage from his breath when he spoke to me, had trouble putting his thoughts together, and swayed while standing. The defendant agreed to perform the field sobriety exercises and performed poorly. Due to the totality of the information gathered, he was arrested for DUI. The defendant refused to provide a breath sample, was read the implied consent warning at the jail, and again refused to provide a breath sample.
Result: The case was set for trial but prior to the trial the State dropped the DUI charge.

Case Summary

Date: 01/03/2024
Case #: 23ctxxxxxx Racing on the Highway Charge Dropped
Charge: Racing
Traffic
The Defendant was observed sitting at a stop light waiting for the light to change to green by a HIllsborough County Deputy. As the light turned green, the Defendant was observed to squeal his tires creating a burnout. He then began to rapidly accelerate in an attempt to outgain the vehicle beside him. A stop was conducted where the Defendant admitted to 'being stupid'.  The Defendant was issued a ticket for stunt driving/racing due to the burnout and exhibition of speed.
Result: the case was set for trial, but before the trial date the State dropped the Racing charge.

Case Summary

Date: 12/19/2023
Case #: 2023XXX5 Fleeing and eluding nolle pros
Charge: Fleeing and Eluding
Traffic
Our client, a CDL holder was driving through Union County when he was pulled over by a Union County Deputy and was charged with Fleeing and Eluding and reckless driving. The Deputy's dashcam painted a completely different picture then what he had notated in his arrest report. After the Deputy activated his sirens and got behind our client, only 1 minute elapsed before our client pulled over. Not once did he speed up or attempt to elude law enforcement. Based on the dashcam evidence the State agreed to dismiss the felony charge.

Case Summary

Date: 12/07/2023
Case #: 2023CT00***- DUI and Resisting Arrest without Violence
Charge: DUI
DUI
The Defendant was stopped by the police for speeding while driving ann 18-wheeler semi-truck and immediately became argumentative and belligerent.  The Defendant is a CDL driver and didn't listen to the commands of the officer and started to walk away.  The officer placed his hands on the Defendant and he pulled away.  The Defendant had to be taken to the ground for failure to comply.  The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol and there was a cold opened beer in the truck that was half full.  The Defendant refused all DUI testing and was arrested for DUI and resisting.  On 12/7/2023, The DUI charges were dismissed.

Case Summary

Date: 12/07/2023
Case #: 2023CF######### DUI & Leaving Scene
Charge: DUI
DUIFelony/Other
The client was charged with DUI and felony leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. The DMV immediately suspended the client’s license even though the criminal charges had yet to be proven.  The Firm immediately contested the license suspension and began work on the criminal charge as well. Subsequently the DUI and the leaving the scene with injuries charges were dismissed.  The suspension however, was still not lifted by the DMV.  After numerous conversations with the DMV by the Firm, the DMV finally agreed to release the suspension on the client’s license.

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-***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: 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: 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.
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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.