Police had been surveilling our client for a couple months upon suspicion he was dealing in narcotics. Finally, they busted our client while he had two passengers in his vehicle and a substantial amount of heroin and other drugs. During his police interview, our client also made incriminating statements and was pressured to turn State's witness. In the end, our client was charged with Trafficking in Heroin (1st degree felony) and was looking a minimum 3-year prison sentence.
Feller Law began by thoroughly reviewing all the evidence the prosecutor had in hand to convict our client, including hours of police interviews and body cam footage. Through our discovery review, we were able to identify multiple problems with the State's case, including a Miranda violation and problematic weighing of the drugs found. After a series of discussions with the prosecutor regarding these issues and a full explanation of our client's circumstances, we were able to get the 3-year minimum mandatory prison sentence waived, the 1st degree felony of Trafficking reduced to a 2nd degree felony of Possession with Intent to Sell, no jail time, and no conviction (adjudication withheld)! Once our client completes probation, we will then have their record sealed.
A young woman claimed that our client made an unprovoked attack on her, dragged her into a car against her will, and drove away with her in the car. In the car, the young woman claimed our client snatched her wig off her head and stole several times, including a cell phone. The young woman claimed she was only able to get away after the car crashed. These claims lead our client to be charged with Kidnapping with Intent to Terrorize (a first-degree felony punishable by life in prison) and Robbery. She was also being held on no bond.
Through interviews with our client and her boyfriend, as well as information obtained by our private investigator, we were able to determine that most claims made by the alleged victim were false. We carefully compiled this information and went to the prosecutor with the gaping holes in the criminal case. After some furious negotiations, we were able to convince the prosecutor to drop the most serious charge of kidnapping and reduce the Robbery charge to a lesser included of Grand Theft. To top it off, were able to avoid a conviction on the Grand Theft. Our client walked out a day later with credit time served and without being a convicted felon!
Our client was judged delinquent for an out-of-state offense when he was child. This resulted in some necessary treatment, but as he was a child himself, he was not sentenced as an adult, nor was he required to register as juvenile sexual offender. Eventually, he moved to Florida as an adult.
Florida has the toughest sexual offender registration laws in the entire United States, and quite possibly the world. While no one will shed tears for pedophiles or violent offenders, these tough laws tend to also entrap juveniles and young men and women who engaged in consensual actions with their equally young partners. However, a minor difference in age can cause severe consequences. In our client's particular case, the local sheriff was trying to compel our client to register as a sexual offender despite not meeting the legal requirements to be obligated to register. We reviewed the details of his case, the applicable law, and petitioned the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to definitively state he did not have to register. This petition proved to be a winner!
A young client of ours was struggling with mental health and anger problems. During a fit of rage, he threw items and his parents and was subsequently charged with the crime of Battery.
Feller Law sat down with the juvenile and parents and took the time to get know them. After a long talk, it became clear that juvenile would benefit from treatment and not punishment. Although it took some time, we were able to convince the juvenile that treatment would be in his best interest. Next, we were able to convince the prosecutor that upon successful completion of treatment, that the State would dismiss the juvenile's criminal charges. Although the juvenile initially struggled with the plan, we remained patient and continued to push for the juvenile to keep going. In the end, the juvenile completed his treatment, developed a better relationship with their parents, and the Battery charges were dismissed, avoiding negative long-term consequences for the juvenile's future.
After a night of drinking and games, our client was accused of rape the next day. After a brief investigation by law enforcement, he was arrested. So began his years long legal saga.
Feller Law began by pouring over hundreds of documents, lab reports, and interviews that the prosecutor believed lined up a conviction that would result in a decades long prison sentence. Next, our team conducted extensive depositions of people who knew our client and his accuser. Then we followed up with numerous motions to suppress evidence and statements against our client. Feller Law believed strongly in our client's innocence and was not willing to consider the plea offers made by the prosecutor. The first trial ended in a mistrial. The second trial stretched on for 3 days and included our motions for sanctions against the prosecutor for multiple discovery violations and hard fought battles over more witness statements and evidence. After a mere 8 minutes of deliberations, the jury returned a NOT GUILTY verdict!
Our young client was stopped by police after spinning out his tires and getting sideways in the roadway. While getting a ticket for careless driving, the K9 officer hit on the vehicle for drugs. The police then searched the vehicle finding marijuana, a pipe, and a grinder.
After charges were brought, our office quickly reached out to the prosecutor. We discussed the client's young age and lack of criminal history. Our argument was able to convince the prosecutor to enter into agreement that would result in the dismissal of all criminal charges. After completing some classes and few drug tests, all charges against our client were dropped.
Police responded to a report of battery at a local campsite involving our client. After questioning him, the police searched his truck, trailer, and tent, and found a stolen firearm and methamphetamine. The police then arrested our client on charges of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Grand Theft
Feller Law was able to point out inconsistencies in the alleged victim's and witnesses' statements regarding the claim of Aggravated Battery with Deadly Weapon after reviewing our client's discovery. Feller Law was also able to argue that the evidence presented did not warrant prosecution. The prosecutor would most likely not be able to prove the charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance or Grand Theft beyond a reasonable doubt. In the end, Feller Law was able to persuade the prosecutor to drop all charges against our client.
Police received a tip about the illegal sale of synthetic marijuana (K2). They then performed a sting operation against our client at the gas station he owned. The sting produced video surveillance and evidence of client's sale of synthetic marijuana. Our client was charged with felony Possession of Controlled Substance and a minor misdemeanor.
Feller Law thoroughly review the State's evidence and researched the law concerning the criminal charges. It was through this work that it was determined that our client did not have knowledge of the illegal nature of the synthetic marijuana and could not be charged with a crime. We then filed a Motion to Dismiss the prosecutor's case. Ultimately, this Motion caused the prosecutor to drop all charges against our client. Feller Law also was able to expunge our client's record after the charges were dropped. This means our client had not arrest or court record of the charges.