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Criminal Defense Case Results

At Meltzer & Bell, P.A., we take pride in our services and always prioritize the best interests of our clients. This means that our West Palm Beach criminal lawyers will never settle for the easiest outcome. Your cleared name and bright future are critically important to us and are our biggest motivators.

This page contains just a small sample of results we have achieved for our clients. Please note that the outcomes presented below many not be the outcome for your case. Even though two cases appear similar, it is the smallest details that determine the best defense to pursue and the outcome achieved. Call (561) 283-3259 or send an online message to learn more during a free consultation.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Arrests

  • Charges: Driving Under the Influence (Violation of Probation)

    Case #: 2013CT02X0X1AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was placed on probation for DUI receiving a license suspension for the conviction. While on probation he purchased a scooter. Our client was stopped on two separate occasions for infractions and was cited for Driving Under Suspension from the DUI conviction and for driving a vehicle that was not registered. Because of the new criminal allegations, the Probation Officer filed a warrant to have our client taken into custody.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. immediately retrieved evidence and case law which established that the scooter was in fact a motorized bicycle under Florida law and did not need a registration nor a license to be operated. Thus, the State of Florida not only dropped all the criminal charges, but also agreed to recall the warrant for the violation of probation dismiss the affidavit for violation as well. All charges dropped and warrant recalled!

  • Charges: Driving Under the Influence (Violation of Probation)

    Case #: 2012CTX0X5XXAXXN

    Facts: The Defendant was placed on probation and subsequently arrested on new criminal charges in a distant county. She was taken into custody and held no bond in that county. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was hired to handle the violation of probation.

    Outcome: After immediately getting it on the judge’s docket, the Firm was able to convince the State Attorney to agree to dismiss the warrant, dismiss the affidavit and terminate her probation. The Defendant was immediately released from the distant county within 24 hours of hiring our Firm.

  • Charges: Driving Under the Influence, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia

    Case #: 2014MM0XX60XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was seen coming out of a 7-11 at a high speed. The car went through a stop sign and began accelerating. The officer pulled behind the car while it went well over the 30 mph speed limit The vehicle maintained a low speed an made a right where it was stopped. The officer noticed signs of impairment and observed a marijuana pipe behind the driver with .2 grams of marijuana residue. The officers pulled the Defendant out of the car where he was asked to perform roadsides. After agreeing to perform roadsides, our client moved back towards his car to call his wife to let her know where he was. Our client could be seen on video talking and explaining why he was moving towards his car. At that point, the officers pulled out their guns and aimed them at our client.

    Outcome: Our client did not qualify for the first time offender program due to the marijuana and drug charges. However, our firm prepared a 3 page pre-filing letter and was able to convince the State of Florida that the DUI charges should be dropped in addition to the marijuana charges. Statutorily, the resin did not qualify for the possession charge. Thus, the client’s charges were reduced and the DUI was dismissed.

  • Charges: Driving Under the Influence

    Case #: 2013CT0XX8XXAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was observed running a steady red light. After being stopped, the officer observed the Defendant to be smoking a cigarette. He had to be told to put it out and then admitted that he knew he ran the red light. The officer noticed that his eyes were glassy and bloodshot and he had a strong odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage coming from him. He admitted to coming from a bar and drinking two beers and a shot. After performing poorly on roadsides the officer attempted to take him into custody. He began to resist the arrest and finally agreed to be handcuffed. When back at the jail, the defendant refused to get out of the police cruiser. He continued to talk and give repetitive statements. He was asked to submit to a breath and would not listen to any instructions by the officer. He refused a breath test after being told his license would be suspended for one year. He then stated to the breath test operator that he “doesn’t play”. There were numerous times during the contact with the arresting officer that the defendant said “please don’t do this to me” and “I live right here”. The defendant eventually also refused to sign the summons leading to an additional criminal charge.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. ultimately spoke to the State Attorney about agreeing to dismiss the DUI charges. The Defendant did not technically qualify for that dismissal due to the second criminal violation of refusing to sign a summons. The State Attorney, after numerous negotiations, agreed to dismiss the charges for Driving Under the Influence.

  • Charges: Driving Under the Influence

    Case #: 2013CT0XX2X5AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was straddling lanes and then activating both turn signals but not making those turns. The officer stopped the Defendant after she went through a gate without acknowledging the officer’s lights. The driver had slurred speech, a flushed face, watery and glassy eyes and a pungent odor of alcohol coming from her. She said she was drinking at Blue Martini. She was asked to step out of the car and at one point almost fell over into the officer. She refused to perform roadsides and then was arrested. While at the jail she was asked to submit to a breath test which she consented to. However, she was unable to give a valid sample, giving volume not met samples registering over a .14 and .15. The State initially would not offer a first time offender program to the Defendant due to a prior issue out of State.

    Outcome: The Firm zealously negotiated on behalf of the Defendant and ultimately the State Attorney’s Office, after reviewing the facts of the case, agreed to dismiss the charges for Driving Under the Influence. The Defendant pled guilty to reckless driving and was NOT CONVICTED of any criminal activity!

  • Charges: Driving Under the Influence Causing or Contributing to Damage to Person or Property

    Case #: 2013CT00XXX4AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was operating his vehicle when he crashed into a sign. He then drove some distance away from the scene and was stopped. The officer noticed obvious signs of impairment including an odor of alcohol, slurred speech and many indicators of impairment during the roadsides. The Defendant was arrested for DUI and transported to the breath facility. He was asked to submit to a breath sample. He seemed confused and unable to comprehend the requests after many back and forth questions. He eventually refused to submit to the test. Our firm was hired to handle the matter.

    Outcome: Our client DID NOT qualify for the first time offender program because of the accident. However, after using many strategic moves, our firm was able to convince the State Attorney to dismiss the DUI charges. Our client’s charges were reduced to reckless driving and he was not convicted of anything! DUI DISMISSED!

  • Charges: Driving Under the Influence

    Case #: 2014CT00X95XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped for speeding at about 1:45 a.m. The officer noticed a very strong odor of alcohol and the defendant admitted he had been drinking beer. He admitted he was at a party. He was requested to perform roadside exercises and performed poorly. After being taken to the jail he gave a breath sample of a .01 and .009. After he was read his Miranda warnings he admitted that he had taken a Xanax pill (a controlled substance under Florida Law) just prior to drinking.

    Outcome: The Firm was retained to represent our client on Thursday. By Friday, the firm had already filed our notice of appearance, investigated the case and sent a letter to the supervisor of county court responsible for making the filing decision on the matter. After providing information to the filing attorney with the State, including issues regarding the detention for a DUI investigation, the State of Florida declined to file any criminal charges against our client. DUI CHARGES DROPPED!

  • Charges: Driving Under the Influence

    Case #: 14-14199MM10A

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped for speeding going 61mph in a 45 mph zone at approximately 9:30 a.m. by Officer Ramage of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Upon the officer activating his lights, the Defendant stopped his vehicle in the travel lane of Cypress Creek Boulevard. The officer then had to repeatedly chirp his siren in order to have the Defendant move his vehicle to the turn lane. The Defendant then hit the curb as moved his vehicle into the turn lane. Upon making contact with the Defendant, the officer noticed the Defendant to have the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle or his facial area, blood shot eyes and slurred speech. The Defendant was asked to exit his vehicle and participate in roadside sobriety exercises. Upon exiting, the Defendant appeared to be unsteady on his feet and leaned against the back of his vehicle while awaiting instruction for the officer. The Defendant then engaged in three roadside sobriety exercises and failed to perform them to the officer’s satisfaction. The Defendant was arrested for DUI and refused to submit to the breath test.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. took the deposition of Officer Ramage during the discovery process of the case. The Deposition revealed that the officer’s observations and findings during his investigation were inaccurate and actually significantly differed from what he had written under oath in his reports. The Deposition reflected that the Defendant may have been impaired by alcohol and that the officer’s observations were somewhat exaggerated. Additionally, the firm secured a witness for trial who was prepared to testify that she was with the Defendant from the time he returned to her home after work until he woke up in the morning just before the traffic stop. The witness was prepared to testify that the Defendant never consumed alcohol, but was covered in it due to his occupation as a bartender and, then at the time of the traffic stop, the Defendant was actually on his way to his mother’s home to change and shower so he could return to work his second double shift in a row starting at 10:15 that morning. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. announced ready for trial and all DUI charges were dropped.


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Drug Charges

  • Charges: 3 Counts of Sale of Cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church, Conspiracy to sell Cocaine, 3 counts of Possession of Cocaine, Sale of Cocaine

    Case #: 2016CF00XX96

    Facts: The Special Investigations Unit organized a plan to arrest our client for allegedly selling cocaine. Officers employed a confidential informat and undercover officer which were used in four different controlled buys of cocaine. the Defendant was videotaped, audio recorded, and seen by both the confidential informant and undercover officers involved, selling socaine on four occassions. A search warrant was conducted on the Defendants home and he was subsequently arrested and charged with nine criminal charges. These charges ranged from low level possession of cocaine, to 1st degree felonies with minimum mandatory prison sentences. The Defendant was facing a maximum of 140 YEARS in prison and 9.4 years at a minimum.

    With our specialized knowledge in prosecutions of these types of cases, the attorneys of Meltzer & Bell, P.A. fought this case tooth and nail until the month before trial. We searched through almost 1,000 pages of discovery, over 15 various videos, and numerous depositions of every witness involved.

    With the initial offer to resolve the case at 25 years in prision, the Defendant rejected that and any offers conveyed. The Defendant had full faith in the lawyers of the firm and rightfully so. We were able to expose the lies, deception and shady tactics of the police agency. Additionally, the attorneys were able to expose who the confidential informant truly was, attack his credibility and break down the state's case.

    Outcome: At the end of the day, our client walked away without taking any plea, spending any additional time in jail or prison and without felony convictions for these charges on his record. After fighting to the end, gearing up for trial and never backing down, the state prosecutor was forced to drop charges.

  • Charges: Possession of Heroin and Possession of Cocaine

    Case #: 2016CF0XXX83AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped for a tag light issue. Upon being stopped the officer noticed he was acting nervous. After issuing the citation the nervousness continued. Thus, the officer asked for consent to search. Upon giving consent to search, heroin and cocaine were found either on our client or near the vehicle. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained before a filing decision was made.

    Outcome: After negotiations with the Filing lawyer took place regarding issues surrounding the detention and search of our client, the State agreed to enter a “No File”. The prosecution of our client was declined. Our firm then instituted the expungement application process to begin the process of destroying any record of this matter for our client.

  • Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia and Driving Under Suspension

    Case #: 2016CF00XXX0AXX

    Facts: The defendant was stopped because the officer ran his tag and it came back suspended for child support. He was arrested for Driving Under Suspension with his work truck on site. His vehicle was searched and a brown container was found under the driver floorboard with paraphernalia in it for smoking marijuana. Additionally, Xanax was found in a cigarette packaging in his center console. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained to represent the Defendant. We immediately began work at the pre-filing stage. Our firm secured a written sworn statement from a witness in New York who had a valid prescription for what was found in our client’s truck. Additionally, she provided testimony that she placed it there in that packaging and had forgotten to tell our client about it. Additionally, we provided proof to the State Attorney that an employee of our client was recently fired and he smoked marijuana and that box was his. He rode in this work truck all the time and our client was not aware it was there. As a final issue, our firm provided the Filing lawyer with proof that the suspension from child support was a mistake. Our client actually had a credit.

    Outcome: After providing all of this evidence to the State, the Office of the State Attorney entered a formal “No File” on the matter. They declined to prosecute.

  • Charges: Trafficking in Heroin over 4 grams

    Case #: 2015CFXXX261BXXX

    Facts: The Defendant was contacted for a sale of heroin. He was the driver of the car. A confidential informant was attempting to set up our client. Upon arriving at the sale location, our client delivered what was found to be over 4 grams of herion. Our client was charged with Trafficking Heroin and facing a minimum mandatory prison sentence of at least 3 years. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained. Our firm filed a motion to re-weigh the heroin to determine the exact weight as it was our belief that the weight would come in under the statutory amount for a Trafficking Charge. The lab came back with a weight under 4 grams.

    Outcome: The State agreed to reduce the charges to an Attempted Sale of Heroin and our client was placed on probation with no felony conviction at all.

  • Charges: Possession of Cocaine and Possession of a Controlled Substance

    Case #: 2015CF00X9XXAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was a passenger in the back of a vehicle when a DUI investigation began. After all passengers were removed from the car, a baggie of white powder fell from our client’s area as he exited the car. He was searched an a controlled substance was found on him without a prescription on scene. After being charged with the two felonies, Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

    Outcome: Our firm did a significant amount of pre-filing work with the assigned Felony filing lawyer. The State agreed to reduce the charges to a misdemeanor paraphernalia charge. Once the case was moved to county court, our firm negotiated a deal whereby our client entered diversion and the case was totally dismissed.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana and 3 counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    Case #: 2015MM00X19XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped by an officer where he smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. All parties in the car denied having anything illegal. Then the defendant spontaneously stated that there was cannabis and paraphernalia in the car. A cardboard box was located with cannabis, a bong, metal grinder and a glass pipe. The State made an offer which would have required our client to plead guilty to all charges.

    Outcome: After negotiations with the State Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was able to convince to the State to allow our client into diversion. All four criminal charges were dismissed upon successful completion.

  • Charges: Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    Case #: 2014MM0X857XAXX

    Facts: Officers responded to a home reference complaints. A check revealed all was well although this area was known as a high drug area. The subjects in the home were known gang members, drug addicts and prostitutes. While standing outside the residence, a white car pulled into the driveway with both windows down. As the vehicle pulled in, the officer smelled a fresh odor of pungent marijuana. The vehicle then suddenly began to back out. The officers commanded the vehicle to stop and the driver ignored the commands. The officer then had to walk along side the drivers door to stop the car and they finally complied. The passenger then got out and he said “you got me” as he removed a green substance from his pocket. The driver was also searched and a clear bag was found containing MDMA. She was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we immediately began dealing with case filing at the State Attorney’s Office. We raised numerous search issues relating to the stop and pat down of our client. After a full review, the State Agreed to reduce the felony charges to a Paraphernalia charge. We then worked out an agreement whereby our client completed a course and the entire case was dismissed!

  • Charges: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    Case #: 2014MM00XX98AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped for not having a functioning tag light. After nervous behavior was exhibited by our client, he was asked to step out. He was asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and he said no. After searching the car, the officers found a marijuana grinder that tested positive. The Defendant then admitted it was his.

    Outcome: We negotiated immediately with the State of Florida and they agreed to a program which resulted in the complete dismissal of all criminal charges.

  • Charges: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failing to Redeliver Hired Vehicle

    Case #: 2014CF008XX0AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped for failing to use his turn signal. After being stopped, it was discovered that the vehicle he was operating was a leased vehicle that he had not returned in over a month resulting in significant loss to the rental company. Additionally, he had paraphernalia in the car. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

    Outcome: We immediately contacting felony case filing after meeting with our client to discuss the legal problems with the return policy as well as the illegal stop for the turn signal. The State of Florida agreed with our assessment and refused to file the felony and misdemeanor charges. No action taken and all charges dropped!

  • Charges: Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver

    Case #: 2013CF012XX4AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was parked in a BMW at a café when an undercover agent and another deputy pulled up. Upon approaching our client’s vehicle, our client was allegedly seen tossing two paper bags out the driver’s side window 10 feet away into the grass. The Defendant then drove away slowly staring down the officer. The detective then picked up the bags and opened them. Multiples baggies of cocaine and marijuana of different THC levels were found. Another deputy was ordered to come back to the scene and watch to determine if the defendant came back. According to the lead detective, our client did come back and scavenge the scene to look around where the bags were tossed. Our client was adamant on jail calls that the drugs belonged to someone else.

    The State Attorneys’ Office obtained warrants to have our client arrested and to have DNA swabs done of our client. The DNA came back with three individuals on the brown bags. Our client was excluded as a contributor to the DNA on the bags. Additionally, we supplemented discovery which showed receipts that estimates were done 9 days prior to the incident for the driver’s side window not working and unable to go down. The owner of the body shop who did the estimate as well as the DNA expert were placed under subpoena for the trial. Our client was facing up to 6 years in Florida State Prison after it was agreed that only a simple possession could be proven. Additionally, he scored a minimum of almost 30 months in prison if convicted of the charges.

    Outcome: The weekend before the trial, a misdemeanor time served plea was offered and rejected by our client. The evening before the trial, all Criminal Charges were dismissed by the State of Florida.


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Marijuana Offenses

  • Charges: Cultivation of Marijuana

    Case #: 16013XX4CF10A

    Facts: The Defendant was seen coming from a home on multiple occasions. This home was under surveillance for weeks regarding the growing of marijuana plants. Research indicated that the electric bills were way higher than other homes. Additionally, the defendant left his keys in the door on the last occasion after leaving the home. The officers went to retrieve the keys and ultimately secured a search warrant for the home. Over 20 plants were found in the home and our client was charged with cultivation of the marijuana.

    Outcome: After being retained, Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was successful after negotiations in having the charges no filed due to issues proving our client could be convicted beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuna over 20 grams

    Case #: 2015CF001XXXAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was a passenger in the car where the officers were attempting to make a traffic stop. The Defendant was seen leaning down on more than one occasion in the front passenger seat while the officers were attempting to initiate a stop. The vehicle was fleeing with lights and sirens activated. Upon being stopped, the occupants of the vehicle were removed from the car and handcuffed immediately. A large bag of more than 20 grams of marijuana was found under the seat of the passenger vehicle where our client was sitting. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

    Outcome: Depositions were set for the agents involved in the takedown. After the main agent was deposed, information that was not in the report was uncovered, mainly the handcuffing issue and that another occupant of the vehicle took ownership of the marijuana. After the deposition was taken, the State agreed to dismiss the felony charge completely.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    Case #: 2015MM00X55X

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped for a traffic infraction. After being stopped, the officer smelled marijuana. The Defendant admitted there would probably be a large amount in the vehicle. A search revealed 10 grams in the car and a grinder. After being charged, Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

    Outcome: We were successful at negotiating a resolution whereby our client participated in diversion and the criminal charges were totally dismissed. Our client did not need to attend court.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana

    Case #: 2015MM0XX6X8AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was charged with Possession of Marijuana after the officer stopped him. The cop smelled a strong odor of marijuana and the defendant admitted it was in his pocket. After being charged, Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

    Outcome: We appeared at the first hearing to negotiate with the Assistant State Attorney. Our client was permitted to enter diversion and the charges were completely dismissed.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    Case #: 2014MM014XXXAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped for a traffic infraction when the officer smelled drugs. He admitted to having a joint in the car. Officers found the drugs and paraphernalia and charged him.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we negotiated a deal whereby all charges were dismissed.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana

    Case #: 2014MMXX719XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was charged with possession of marijuana after being stopped near the beach. Having a prior serious drug offense, he was nervous of the outcome.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and the state attorney at the first hearing was asking for a 10 day jail sentence with a 1 year license revocation. Our firm continued to fight for our client and secured a result of a small fine of $268.00 and no conviction, no jail time and no license suspension.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana

    Case #: 2014MM0XX6XXAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped for dark tint and an expired decal. After the stop, the defendant was asked if the vehicle could be searched. Our client consented to the search and marijuana was found in the car. The defendant admitted that it was his. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we immediately began negotiating with the State.

    Outcome: After further discussions with the assigned assistant state attorney, our client was permitted to complete a short drug class in exchange for a complete dismissal of the drug charges. Charges nolle prossed!

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3rd Degree Felony and 1st Degree Misdemeanor)

    Case #: 2014CF0XXX84AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped in an empty parking lot late at night and found with over 30 grams of marijuana in her lap and paraphernalia in the car. She was arrested and charged with a felony. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

    Outcome: After pointing out to Felony Intake that the weight of the drugs included the packaging materials, not just the plant amount, the charges were reduced to misdemeanors. Our firm was then successful in working out a diversion agreement whereby all criminal charges were dismissed.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (3rd Degree Felony and 1st Degree Misdemeanor)

    Case #: 2014CF0XXX84AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped in an empty parking lot late at night and found with over 30 grams of marijuana in her lap and paraphernalia in the car. She was arrested and charged with a felony. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

    Outcome: After pointing out to Felony Intake that the weight of the drugs included the packaging materials, not just the plant amount, the charges were reduced to misdemeanors. Our firm was then successful in working out a diversion agreement whereby all criminal charges were dismissed.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana under 20 grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Speeding and Expired Registration

    Case #: 2013MM00334XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped for speeding and eventually charged with marijuana and paraphernalia possession due to a search of the vehicle. After failing to appear for court, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we immediately filed a motion to recall the warrant and attempt to amicably resolve the matter with the Office of the State Attorney. We were able to negotiate deal that diverted the case and resulted in a complete dismissal of all charges.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana

    Case #: 2014MM01X27XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped for speeding. While speaking to him, the officer noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the car. Further examination revealed marijuana on the front seat. He was arrested and denied any knowledge or presence of marijuana in the car. His passenger was also arrested.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained. We were successful in negotiating a resolution that resulted in a complete dismissal of the drug charges.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    Case #: 2014MM0XXX02AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped and the officer immediately smelled marijuana. He asked the passenger if there was anything illegal in the car and he said there was marijuana in the back seat. A pipe and cannabis was found. Rolling papers were also found.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained. We were able to negotiate with the State which resulted in a dismissal of all criminal charges.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana Under 20 grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    Case #: 2014MM00X34XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was was charged with two drug offenses and missed his court date. He had a warrant out for his arrest and called Meltzer & Bell, P.A. to handle the matter.

    Outcome: We immediately secured an agreement with the State to have the warrant recalled. After further negotiations, the drug charges and all accompanying traffic tickets were completely dismissed.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana Under 20 grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    Case #: 2014MM01X87XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was a passenger in a car that was stopped by a cop and reeked like marijuana. A container was found with marijuana in the car and the defendant was charged. He was facing a year license suspension and two misdemeanor charges on his record.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we immediately secured an agreement whereby the charges would be dismissed quickly. At the next court date, all charges were dropped by the State of Florida.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    Case #: 2014MM01XX00AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was a passenger in a car that was stopped without headlights. A strong odor of marijuana was coming from inside the car. A small electric cigarette was seen sticking out of our client’s pocket. It had a brown substance in it. The officer took it and asked the defendant to step out of the car. The officers searched the car and found marijuana. Our client was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana.

    Outcome: Our client was in college and we wanted to make sure that we tried to keep this charge off his record. After negotiating with the State, all charges were dismissed.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana

    Case #: 2014MM0X127XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped for speeding. The officers noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. After denying any drugs, marijuana was found in the trunk of the car which the Defendant admitted was his. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

    Outcome: After pointing out issues with the case, our firm negotiated a deal which resulted in the dismissal of all criminal charges. Our client’s charges were dropped! Speeding ticket dismissed!

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana

    Case #: 2014MM00XX5XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped and ultimately was facing a first degree misdemeanor and a license suspension if convicted.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we appeared at court for our client. We negotiated a deal whereby the charges were going to get dropped. At the next court date, all criminal charges were dismissed!

  • Charges: Tampering with Evidence (3rd Degree Felony) & Possession of Marijuana

    Case #: Juvenile 2014CJ00XXX6AXX

    Facts: The Defendant had previously been charged as a juvenile with Possession of Marijuana. He went through diversion and charges were not filed. However, he was seen a year later traveling well above the speed limit and an officer began to follow him as he was weaving in and out of traffic. The officer noticed that the defendant through something out of his window while trying to evade the officer. Once stopped, the officer pulled the defendant out of the car and took him to the ground. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Tampering with Evidence for attempting to destroy or conceal the marijuana on the highway.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and the State Attorney ultimately made an offer to dismiss the felony and withhold adjudication on the marijuana charge. However, that would have resulted in a license suspension for our client and a lengthy period of probation. Our firm ordered the video which took two months to retrieve. After review of the video, our client was practically beaten by the officer in what appeared to be an excessive use of force on the highway. After speaking with the State Attorney assigned to the case regarding this evidence, he agreed to dismiss all criminal charges!

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams (3rd Degree Felony)

    Case #: 2014CF00XX52AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was observed driving his vehicle with defective equipment. After being stopped, the officer noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the car. The Defendant was asked if he had anything illegal in the car and he denied it. He then admitted he had a glass jar in the back seat with weed in it. There was a grinder as well in the car. The marijuana tested positive weighing approximately 24 grams. Our client was arrested and taken into custody on felony possession. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we immediately contacted felony case filing.

    Outcome: We were able to provide information relating to our client’s medical conditions that had resulted in numerous back surgeries over the years. The felony lawyer agreed to file the matter in county court as a misdemeanor and would not file the felony. Our firm then immediately began negotiations with the County Court Prosecutor and was able to convince her to agree to a resolution that resulted in a dismissal of all counts. All criminal charges dismissed by the State of Florida!

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana

    Case #: 2014MM012XX8AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was seen by a mall security guard smoking marijuana in a vehicle with his friend. Upon approaching on foot, the officer smelled it and made contact. After finding a jar and marijuana in the vehicle, the Defendant was charged with the offense and given a court date.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and immediately negotiated a deal which resulted in a complete dismissal of all criminal charges. Our client was facing a license suspension and up to a year in jail. All charges dismissed!

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana

    Case #: 2014MM0083XXAXX

    Facts: The Defendant had prior cultivation priors and prior possessions on his record. He was stopped by a police officer who smelled an odor of marijuana coming from his car. He denied having any but then provided it to the officer when asked. He was charged with the crime and facing the scary possibility of losing his driving privileges for 2 years after he had just gotten a good job and starting a family.

    Outcome: At the first hearing, the State Attorney, because of his priors offered 30 days in jail and a 2 year license suspension. This offer was rejected and Meltzer & Bell, P.A. demanded a trial by jury. At the next hearing, we were able to convince the State of Florida to agree to a fine of $268.00, no conviction, no probation, no house arrest and no jail and NO LICENSE SUSPENSION.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana

    Case #: 2014MM010XX3AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped for speeding and the officer noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the card. The defendant became nervous and finally handed over a white paper with marijuana in it. Our client was facing misdemeanor criminal charges where, if convicted, he could have lost his ability to drive his vehicle.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained. We were able to negotiate a deal which resulted in the criminal charges for possession of marijuana being dismissed.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana

    Case #: 2014MM00X06XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped for having equipment violations. Upon contact, the officer noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the car. Our client was asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle to which he replied “not really”. At that point, he stated he had a rolled up blunt in the car and then showed the officer the marijuana. He was arrested and transported to jail. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we immediately began negotiations with the State Attorney’s Office.

    Outcome: Although our client had prior arrests and charges for the same offense, we were able to convince them to dismiss the charges after successful completion of a diversion program.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana under 20 grams

    Case #: 2014MM008XX5AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was charged with possession of marijuana. This charge is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in the county jail or one year of probation. Additionally, if convicted, our client could have been facing a two year license suspension.

    Outcome: Our firm was able to negotiate a deal which resulted in no jail time, no house arrest, no probation and no license suspension. Additionally, because of our efforts, our client’s charges were completely dismissed.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Improper U-Turn, Expired Tag and No Proof of Insurance

    Case #: 2014MM0045XXAXX

    Facts: The Defendant made a u-turn where there was a “no u-turn” sign and was stopped. The officer smelled marijuana and noticed that our client was uncontrollably shaking and sweating. He was asked if he had any illegal narcotics in the car to which he replied “yes.” He then admitted he had marijuana in the car and 1 bag was found with 2 pipes, a plastic tube and another bottle containing marijuana. The Defendant continually stated he was sorry.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we were able to convince the State of Florida to complete a short diversion program which resulted in the dismissal of all criminal charges and all infractions. All charges dropped!

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    Case #: 2014MM00X58XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped by an officer who then smelled marijuana. After our client was searched, marijuana and paraphernalia was found. Our client was charged and our office was retained.

    Outcome: We were able to convince the State to allow our client to complete a program which resulted in the dismissal of all criminal charges.

  • Charges: Possession with Intent to Sell, Possession of a Controlled Substance (3rd Degree Felony), Felony Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana

    Case #: 201400XX0XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was seen rolling through a stop sign. After being stopped by campus police, he was found to be in the vehicle with a passenger as well. The officer smelled marijuana and the Defendant was acting nervous. Upon retrieving his driver’s license, a plastic bag appeared with what looked like marijuana. Upon further inquiry, a black backpack was found with a glass jar in it full or marijuana. Several smaller plastic bags and a scale was also found in the vehicle along with multiple pipes used to inhale and/or ingest marijuana. A vaporizer and pill bottle was also found with pills in it. The pills were controlled and our client did not have an active prescription for them. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we immediately began working with our client.

    Outcome: After our client was able to get into treatment and see a doctor, certain medical evidence was provided to the Felony Case Filing lawyer. After further review with the State of the police report, in light of another person in the vehicle with our client, the State agreed to drop ALL felony charges. Our firm was then able to reach an agreement with the State Attorneys Office whereby all criminal charges were completely dismissed.

  • Charges: Possession of Marijuana

    Case #: 2013MM0XX501AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped for speeding and the officer smelled what he thought was burnt marijuana. He was asked where the drugs were and the Defendant denied having it. The officer then said, “I know you have it so do I need to find it myself?” The Defendant then reached into an ashtray and handed him the drugs.

    Outcome: The Firm was hired and was able to convince the State to agree to ultimately dismiss the charges for Possession. Charges Dismissed.


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Violent Offenses

  • Charges: Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

    Case #: 2014CF012XX0AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was in an argument with his girlfriend in the driveway while he was in his car. Upon the argument escalating, he backed his vehicle up over her foot and injured her. He allegedly saw her jumping up and down in paid and then fled the scene. He was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery when the alleged victim said he did it on purpose.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained. Upon investigating the case and pulling all the reports, it was clear that the State would not be able to prove the accusations with the requisite criminal intent for the Battery allegation as the incident was an accident. The State agreed and No filed the charges!

  • Charges: Battery on Medical Personnel (Felony Charges)

    Case #: 2013CF013XXXAXX

    Facts: The defendant was a police officer for 10 years and accused of multiple counts of felony battery for an incident that occurred after he was taken to the hospital from his home. A doctor, paramedic and hospital staff were initially different alleged victims in the matter. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained to represent the police officer.

    Outcome: We vigorously fought to have the charges reduced and mitigated based upon numerous legal issues. The State of Florida agreed that there was only one allegation of a battery and also agreed to reduce the charges to a misdemeanor. The Firm attempted on numerous occasions to negotiate diversion for a dismissal to which the alleged victim objected and refused. The State of Florida would not offer it. Instead they asked that our client plead guilty to the charges and go on probation for a year. We took the deposition of the alleged victim and provided photos of the scene of the accident before the alleged battery.

    We were able to provide medical records from the hospital establishing injuries and mental state which tended to raise reasonable doubt as to our client’s intent. The case proceeded to trial. Our client was found NOT GUILTY.

  • Charges: Battery

    Case #: 2014MMXXX611AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was involved in a fight downtown outside of a club. He allegedly hit another gentleman and caused injuries to his face and he was charged with battery, a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we aggressively went through discovery and talked with the assigned prosecutor.

    Outcome: After pointing out that the facts were more akin to a mutual combat situation, the State Attorney agreed to a diversion program. Our client’s charges were completely dismissed.

  • Charges: Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

    Case #: 2014CF007XX8AXX

    Facts: : The Defendant was involved in a dispute with the father of her children. According to the alleged victim, our client ran at her with a cell phone and smashed it on his head causing injuries. Our client was arrested and charged with aggravated battery. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we were immediately in touch with the Office of the State Attorney and the Felony Intake department. We were immediately able to convince the filing lawyer that the cell phone was not a deadly weapon and therefore, those charges had to be reduced.

    Outcome: Additionally, after discussing further issues surrounding the alleged victim along with a statement from the five year old child indicating our client did not touch the alleged victim at all, the State Attorney agreed not to file any criminal charges at all. Our client was initially facing up to 15 years in Florida State Prison. All charges declined by the State Attorney’s Office.

  • Charges: Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (3rd Degree Felony)

    Case #: 2014CF002XX8AXX

    Facts: The Defendant came home from work and began an argument with his wife’s daughter. He picked up a cane knife and began walking towards her saying “I will cut your bloodcot head off”. She was walking with her baby in the stroller and he continued to yell at her with threatening comments. She called 911 and as she did he continued to threaten her. While in route to the scene, dispatch advised the officer that he was still coming at her and threatening her. When the officers on scene arrived, the cane knife had been hidden in our client’s truck. Our client was interrogated and eventually arrested. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    Outcome: Our firm was retained and immediately began negotiations with the Office of the State Attorney and the assigned prosecutor. After having discussions regarding the truth of the allegations and the proof problems with the case, the State agreed to dismiss all criminal charges. Charges Nolle Prossed.

  • Charges: Aggravated Battery

    Case #: 2014CF00663XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was in a home with numerous other people. Her friend was involved in an altercation with her boyfriend when she stepped in to break it up and intervene. After this altercation, our client was alleged to have gotten a cutting board and smash it over the head of the alleged victim. Numerous other fights broke out with the alleged victim. The victim was bleeding from his head and wanted to prosecute. Our client was arrested and charged with aggravated battery (a crime punishable by up to 15 years in Florida State Prison).

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was hired and began working on the case. After a further review of the facts of the case, the charges were completely dismissed as there was no reasonable likelihood of successful prosecution. All criminal charges were dismissed.

  • Charges:Aggravated Assault with a Firearm

    Case #: 2015CFXX6XX0AXX

    Facts: The defendant was accused of a three year minimum mandatory felony of aggravated assault with a firearm. Video evidence of portions of the incident were provided. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was immediately retained.

    Outcome: Our firm took a massive amount of depositions and did a large amount of discovery on the case. Subsequently, the state agreed to reduce the charges to a misdemeanor Improper Exhibition of a Dangerous Weapon or Firearm. Our client was placed on probation and the felony charges were dropped.

     


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Domestic Violence Charges

  • Charges: Domestic Battery

    Case #: 2016MM0XX44XAXX

    Facts: Our client was involved in an altercation with his wife which allegedly took place in front of their child. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained. Our office secured a sworn affidavit from the alleged victim regarding her desires and wishes related to the prosecution of our client.

    Outcome: After reviewing this affidavit, the State Attorney’s Office agreed to drop the charges. A formal no filed was issued in the case and our office began the expungement process immediately.

  • Charges: Domestic Battery

    Case #: 2015MM004XX5AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was involved in a verbal fight with his live in girlfriend. They were arguing at home when the Defendant picked up an ashtray and through it in her direction. It broke and a piece of it hit her and cut her face. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and our firm immediately began working with case filing.

    Outcome: A review of the report did not indicate the requisite intent for a criminal battery. After bringing this to the attention of the filing lawyer with the Office of the State Attorney, the charges were dropped by the state of Florida. Criminal charges no filed!

  • Charges: Violation of Injunction against Repeat Domestic Violence and Domestic Battery

    Case #: 2014MM01XX9XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was alleged to have been in an argument with his girlfriend and punched her in the face. She has a swollen face and black eye for days. Within an hour of the alleged incident, she flagged down a police officer and told him the story. Our client returned to the scene and was arrested for Domestic Battery. The alleged victim then filed a petition for an injunction for protection against repeat domestic violence and a hearing was set on that matter.

    Outcome: Our firm aggressively and vigorously defended our client. We refused to agree to the injunction and were armed with videos and photographic evidence which our firm used to impeach the alleged victim at the injunction hearing. Her 13 year old daughter testified and serious violent allegations were made by all witnesses. Our firm provided videos to the court and cross examined the officers. Our firm subpoenaed the officers as well to the hearing for the protection of our client. The alleged victim showed pictures of her swollen face to the court (over 15 pictures) and testified that our client abused her emotionally and physically. The court heard evidence from the Defendant and physical evidence offered by the Defense and dismissed the injunction immediately following the hearing. After seeing the additional evidence and hearing testimony at the injunction hearing, our firm was able to convince the State Attorney’s office to Nolle Pross the pending charges for Domestic Battery. Charges not filed.

  • Charges: Child Neglect (3rd Degree Felony)

    Case #: 2014CF01X73XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant went to the store one evening at approximately 4 am. After being stopped by an officer upon returning to his home, the officer noticed that there was no indication of impairment and then came to find out that the defendant had a 4 year old son at home who was asleep alone. Our client was gone from the home for a matter of 4-6 minutes. The case was presented to the State Attorneys Office after our client was arrested on felony Neglect charges.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we immediately began work with Felony Intake and case filing. After these negotiations, the State entered a “No File”. Charges not filed.

  • Charges: Domestic Battery

    Case #: 2014MM01XX22AXXXMB

    Facts: The Defendant was arrested for a Domestic Battery against his wife in Boca Raton, Florida. Immediately after this incident, the Defendant met with Meltzer & Bell, P.A. and explained that he actually called 911 in order to require that his wife come back inside the house and after a strictly verbal argument occurred. Officers arrived at the house and, according to the reports, no injuries were seen as to the Defendant or his wife. However, the Officers “felt someone had to go to jail”. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. immediately began its investigation of this incident and acquired sworn affidavits and testimony from witnesses to these events.

    Outcome: All affidavits prepared by Meltzer & Bell, P.A. were immediately given to the State Attorney’s Office in an effort to prevent the filing of charges of Domestic Battery against our client. The State did not file any formal charges against our client for this offense and all NO contact orders were lifted. Our client never even had to set foot in a courtroom!

  • Charges: Domestic Battery

    Case #: 2014MM01X2XXAXX

    Facts: The police were dispatched by a husband claiming his wife battered her and had a knife in her hand. Upon arrival, he had a swollen upper lip and a laceration that was still bleeding. He was seen by fire rescue. Our client was also stating that she was battered and also had injuries.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and was able to immediately get with case filing. After numerous inconsistencies were pointed out in the reports, the State of Florida declined to file criminal charges. No criminal charges filed!

  • Charges: Domestic Battery

    Case #: 2014MM01X1X6AXX

    Facts: The Defendant and her boyfriend were out to eat at a restaurant after a vacation. When they got home, an argument ensued where the police were called. Upon arrival, our client was asleep on the couch and woken up. She then went upstairs where the police followed her along with her boyfriend. Our client then pushed and/or hit the victim while the officer was watching and she was immediately arrested.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and upon further review of the facts, the story was more akin to our client slipping and accidentally hitting the victim. Thus, the State of Florida declined to file any criminal charges for Domestic Battery.

  • Charges: Child Abuse (3rd Degree Felony)

    Case #: 2014CF00XX67AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was involved in an altercation with his teenage son where he then allegedly sprayed him in the face and back with a fire extinguisher. The child had to be treated for ingestion of the chemicals and our client was arrested for Felony Child Abuse. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained immediately.

    Outcome: Our firm prepared a sworn affidavit from a witness in the matter, the child’s mother. Evidence was provided through a sworn affidavit that an altercation began with the child and the child’s mom first whereby the child sprayed his mother in the face with the fire extinguisher. When our client came home and confronted the child about his actions against his mother, he became enraged and pulled a 9 inch blade and started waiving it at our client. In self-defense, our client then sprayed the child to prevent himself from the use of deadly force against him. After a full review of the case, the Office of the State Attorney agreed to dismiss all criminal charges.

  • Charges: Domestic Violence Temporary Injunction against Domestic Violence

    Case #: 2014DR00XX14AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was served with a Petition for an Injunction against Domestic Violence. A final hearing was set and Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

    Outcome: Our firm was able to prepare a strategic defense on the matter and involved an investigator for certain matters in preparation for impeachment of the Petitioner. On the day of the hearing, the Temporary Injunction was dismissed.

  • Charges: Domestic Battery

    Case #: 2014MM0X75XXAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was arrested for Domestic Battery after he was involved in an argument with his live in girlfriend. The argument escalated when there was an allegation that our client put his hands on the alleged victim and spilled water on her against her will. He was arrested and set for first appearance without a bond due to the domestic nature of this.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A., was retained and appeared on a Saturday for our client’s first appearance. The alleged victim was also present who did not want to prosecute. We were able to convince the judge to release our client on his own recognizance with no bond owed. Additionally, we immediately prepared an affidavit at the request of the alleged victim and provided that to the filing attorney responsible for the case in the Family Violence Unit. After reviewing the facts, no charges were filed against our client.

  • Charges: Domestic Battery

    Case #: 2014MM00X79XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant moved from another state to Florida and his girlfriend soon followed. They signed a lease and lived in a home together with her daughter from another father. One evening, the child became somewhat ill and their began to develop bickering between our client and the alleged victim. After further arguments ensued, the alleged victim alleged she wanted to take the child to the hospital and our client did not want to help. After further argument it was alleged that our client then pushed the alleged victim against her will into a pack and play causing injury. The police were called and he was arrested.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was hired and immediately began contact with the Office of the State Attorney. We developed a story that contradicted the police reports in the case and convinced the State or Florida that the alleged victim was the primary aggressor. The State of Florida declined to file any criminal charges against our client.

  • Charges: Temporary Injunction Against Repeat Domestic Violence

    Case #: 2014DR00X50XXXX

    Facts: The Defendant was served with a Temporary Restraining Order for alleging engaging in conduct that resulted in repeat Domestic Violence. The Petitioner alleged that our client battered her on more than one occasion and threatened the use of a firearm. A final hearing was set in 15 days from the date our client was served. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. came to find out that our client was the victim of domestic violence from the Petitioner’s daughter on the same day of one of the allegations. Additionally, there was physical evidence and pictures taken from separate incidents by the police officers which contradicted the story from the Petitioner.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. subpoenaed all of the officers involved in these incidents and brought more than 6 witnesses to the final hearing. The officers were prepared to testify for our client in the matter. On the day of the hearing, the temporary restraining order was dismissed.


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Sex Crimes

  • Charges: Solicitation of Prostitution

    Case #: 2015MM001XX8AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped and charged after allegedly pulling over to attempt to solicit an undercover officer. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

    Outcome: After negotiations with the Assistant State Attorney, an agreement was entered whereby the charges were ultimately dismissed. Our client was eligible for complete expungement of his record due to the dismissal of his charges.

  • Charges: Solicitation of Prostitution

    Case #: 2015MMXXX477AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped and charged after allegedly pulling over to attempt to solicit an undercover officer. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

    Outcome: After negotiations with the Assistant State Attorney, an agreement was entered whereby the charges were ultimately dismissed.

  • Charges: Solicitation of Prostitution

    Case #:2015MMXXX677AXX

    Facts: An undercover sting went under way in Palm Beach County where by defendant’s were sought out where were attempting to solicit potential prostitutes. Our client was alleged to have been involved in this solicitation. He was arrested and charged with Solicitation.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and immediately called the State Attorney assigned to the case at the Satellite Courthouse to negotiate a diversion program that would be as expeditious as possible for our client. After successful completion, all charges were dismissed and our client was eligible for expungement of his record.


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Theft and Property Crimes

  • Charges: Retail Theft

    Case #: 2016MMXXX87XAXX

    Outcome: Charges Dismissed

  • Charges: Burglary of a Structure and Felony Petit Theft

    Case #: 2014CF00XX2XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was looking at a significant time in Florida State Prison at the time Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

    Outcome: Our office was hired and we immediately began negotiating with the assigned Assistant State Attorney. After a review of the facts of the case, our office convinced the State to reduce all felony charges and time serve our client on a Trespass charge. All felony counts dropped!

  • Charges: Grand Theft

    Case #: 2014CF01X74XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was working for a pet store when he began taking items from the store and returning them as if he bought them. He would obtain receipts for the items and then get cash back at the store totaling more than $300.00. He was arrested and charged with Felony Grand Theft. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

    Outcome: After negotiating with the State Attorney regarding the restitution, the State agreed to reduce the charges to a Misdemeanor Petit Theft with full payment of the money owed to the victim. Our client did not receive a conviction for the petit theft charge and was not placed on probation.

  • Charges: Retail Theft

    Case #: 2015MM00XX1XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was charged with retail theft. She had no criminal history. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and appeared at court with our client.

    Outcome: Our office secured an agreement whereby our client was permitted to enter diversion. The retail theft charge was dismissed by the Office of the State Attorney.

  • Charges: Grand Theft of a Fire Extinguisher and Felony Criminal Mischief

    Case #: 2015CFXXX900AXXX

    Facts: The Defendant was on vacation and staying at a hotel. A fire extinguisher was discharged and covered the entire floor of a hotel. The Defendant was seen with the fire extinguisher in the hallway and confronted by the police. He indicated that he was protecting himself but could not say from what. He was intoxicated. Over $6,000.00 in damage and lost profits occurred to the hotel because of the actions by the defendant. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was hired.

    Outcome: We immediately began to secure character references and information regarding our client. After getting with case filing and the line prosecutor assigned to the case, our client’s matter was completely dismissed with full payment of restitution.

  • Charges: Grand Theft

    Case #: 2014CF0XX63XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was seen by security footage stealing sunglasses from a store. After being caught, and questioned by the police, Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained to defendant him. Our office negotiated a surrender and cooperated fully with the Delray Beach Police Department. The sunglasses were valued at more than $300.00 dollars. Thus, our client was booked in on a felony and immediately bonded with the help of the bondsman.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. immediately began speaking with the assigned assistant state attorney in Felony Intake. Our cooperating and help in the investigation led to a reduction of the charges. The State agreed to file one count of Petit Theft. Our client was then permitted to enter diversion. After successful completion, the criminal charges were completely dismissed!

  • Charges: Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft

    Case #: 2013CFXXX18XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant worked for a business and was lent a work vehicle. After not returning the car and ignoring demands from the owner to return it, the police were involved. The Defendant finally dropped the car off at a parking lot where thousands of dollars of property was taken from it. Our firm was retained.

    Outcome: After negotiating with the State for months and discussing the legal problems with the proof of the felony charges, the State agreed to time serve our client on a misdemeanor trespass charges. All felony charges were dismissed by the State of Florida and all theft charges were dropped.

  • Charges: Retail Theft

    Case #: 2014MM017XXXAXX

    Facts: The Defendant went to Walmart and took a cell phone and ear buds and left the store. After being stopped, she was charged with theft. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

    Outcome: We secured an agreement with the State which resulted in a Nolle Prosse (complete dismissal) once a class and costs were completed. All charges dismissed.

  • Charges: Grand Theft (Violation of Probation)

    Case #: 2014CF011XXXAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was on probation for Grand Theft and was charged with Driving Under Suspension. His license was suspended for 2 years. After his probation officer was notified, a no bond warrant was issued for his arrest.

    Outcome: Our firm was able to secure an agreement with the prosecutor if our client came into the courtroom whereby the warrant would be withdrawn and the affidavit withdrawn due to his immediately reinstating his license. Our client was placed back on probation with all previous conditions in place.

  • Charges: Trespass of a Structure, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest Without Violence

    Case #: 2014MM0XX14XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was intoxicated at a bar and asked to leave. After our client was being escorted out of the bar he attacked an officer and was physically subdued. He was told to leave and wouldn’t. He was charged and Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

    Outcome: Our firm immediately contacted the assigned prosecutor on the case and was able to negotiate a deal whereby our client entered diversion. After successful completion, all criminal charges were dismissed.

  • Charges: Retail Theft

    Case #: 2014MM01X3XXAXX

    Facts: The defendant entered a supermarket with nothing in his hands and then took some items with him and did not pay for them. After being stopped, he admitted to it and was charged with Retail Theft.

    Outcome: Our firm was retained and we were able to negotiate a deal by which the charges were completely dismissed.

  • Charges: Retail Theft

    Case #: 2014MM01X69XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was at Sears where she allegedly attempted to conceal earrings and leave the Sears Department Store. After being read her rights, she admitted to it and said she was being stupid.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained. Our firm was able to negotiate a resolution that resulted in the dismissal of the criminal charges.

  • Charges: Retail Theft

    Case #: 2014MM0159XXAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was charged with shoplifting after attempting to leave a store without paying for merchandise. She was facing misdemeanor criminal charges and was a student.

    Outcome: Our firm was able to negotiate a resolution that resulted in the dismissal of the criminal charges.

  • Charges: Petit Theft

    Case #: 2014MM01XX9XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was charged with Retail Theft after stealing from a department store. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we immediately began negotiating at the first court date.

    Outcome: We were able to negotiate a deal with the State whereby the charges were completely dismissed.

  • Charges: Petit Theft

    Case #: 2014MM01X1X2AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was charged with Retail Theft after stealing from a department store.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we immediately began negotiating at the first court date. We were able to negotiate a deal with the State whereby the charges were completely dismissed.

  • Charges: Retail Theft

    Case #: 2014MM012XXXAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was charged with retail theft after stealing over 30 dollars’ worth of electronics from Walmart. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

    Outcome: We were able to negotiate with the State Attorney’s Office whereby our client was permitted to enter diversion and receive a complete dismissal of all charges. Theft charges were dismissed.

  • Charges: Grand Theft (3rd Degree Felony)

    Case #: 2014CF0XX43XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was stopped after being seen taking purses out of a store with other co-defendants. None of these purses were paid for and they were valued at just over $300.00.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we were able to negotiate a deal that resulted in a reduction of the charges to county court. After this reduction, our firm successfully negotiated a diversion agreement whereby our client’s charges were completely dismissed after successful completion.

  • Charges: Grand Theft

    Case #: 2014CF00XX0XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was alleged to have stolen ipads from the victim. The victim used an app to locate his ipads in the back of the defendant’s car. When the Defendant was confronted by the police with the fact that the Ipads were in his car and he immediately uttered “I am sorry, I am sorry, I’ll give them back”. After being read Miranda, he changed his story on multiple occasions, but essentially said that two males took him to this party and took his car keys. The Ipads were placed there by these two males and he didn’t know what was going on.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we were able to obtain a “no file” on the charges. Charges not filed by the State Attorney's Office.

  • Charges: Retail Theft

    Case #: 2014MM01XX5XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was charged with theft from a retail store.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we began negotiations with the State at her first court date. After those negotiations, our client’s theft charges were ultimately dismissed after she completed diversion.

  • Charges: Petit Retail Theft

    Case #: 2014MMXX18XXAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was seen taking property from the Craft department at Walmart. She opened the packaging and concealed it in her short pockets. She then took some electronics valued at over $70.00 and also put it in her pocket. She paid for some items but attempted to leave the store with the concealed items. She was stopped and admitted to stealing the items.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we negotiated a resolution that resulted in a dismissal of the criminal charges.

  • Charges: Burglary of a Dwelling and Grand Theft

    Case #: 2014CF00693XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant and victim lived together for a short period of time. Some of the Defendant’s belongings were still at the home where he lived with the victim. After he had moved out and without the permission of the Victim, he broke the window of the home and went in and took the victim’s guitar valued at over $300.00. He was arrested and charged with Burglary of a Dwelling and Grand Theft. He scored a minimum of almost 2 years in Florida State Prison.

    Outcome: The State Attorney’s Office was offering 364 days in the county jail. However, Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we were able to provide a more accurate account of the story to the State Attorney regarding the actions of our client. After our negotiations, the Firm convinced the State of Florida to reduce the charges. The Burglary charges and Grand Theft Felony Charges were both reduced to misdemeanors. Our client was placed on a short period of probation for Trespass and Petit Theft. All Felony Charges dropped!

  • Charges: Failure to Redeliver Hired Vehicle (3rd Degree Felony)

    Case #: 2014CF00X75XAXX

    Facts: The officers were dispatched to a call referenced 3 vehicles taken from a lot and being driven without authorization. The tires were deflated as they attempted to leave the property. 3 suspects were described and another described as fleeing the area eastbound. Our client was handcuffed and a witness identified him as a person who “took” the vehicles. However, post Miranda, our client described himself as just a “follower” of the other guys.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we were able to convince the State of Florida that the charges could not be proven and that our client’s connection to the crime was not enough to support a conviction. The charges were no filed!

  • Charges: Grand Theft over $20,000.00, Organized Scheme to Defraud

    Case #: 2014CF00X43XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was involved in property sales and entered into a partnership with the alleged victim in the case. Our client purchased an option on a property should he be able to get it sold. The property may have intrigued some buyers to sell for around 1 million due to the location and potential conversion to business. Our client entered into a partnership and formed a company with the alleged victim. The alleged victim gave our client $60,000.00 as an investment into the deal. The property never sold and the alleged victim claimed our client took all of his money. The monies had, in fact, come out of the bank account in full almost the very next day after they were deposited.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A., was retained. The State Attorney’s Office was seeking a prison sentence of more than 3 years based upon our client’s history. However, we dug and dug and presented the State with key evidence that the Detective did not have. Our client actually sold a portion of his option on the unit to the alleged victim for $60,000.00 and we had the contract to prove it. Additionally, we had letters from the lawyers involved during the 1 year option where our client attempted to contact the alleged victim because a buyer was wanting to purchase. The alleged victim never responded to that letter. The State of Florida sent an investigator to the unit to take a sworn statement from the gentleman who sold the original option to our client. That person denied signing it and called our client a “thief”. They refused to dismiss the case.

    We dug deeper. We contacted the notary and party who was present for the signing of the agreement who agreed to testify that the wife of the seller actually signed for the him and that he did not know. We had the State send the investigator back out and took a sworn statement of the seller’s wife. She swore to that and agreed it happened. Thus, our client legally held the option and did not commit a crime. After all our work was done, the charges were completely dismissed!

  • Charges: Grand Theft

    Case #: 2014CF00X27XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was at a bar when the victim noticed that her purse was stolen. She went to the bathroom where she located her keys and then went to go outside where she saw the Defendant holding her purse. She asked if she could see it and then confirmed it was hers. Our client apologized and handed the victim back money that was taken from the purse as well. The property that was taken was valued at more than 300 dollars. She was arrested and taken to jail for Grand Theft.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we were able to talk with the felony filing lawyer immediately. After explaining what ended up being a misunderstanding over the purse (being that it looked just like our client’s friend’s purse), the State agreed to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor. Once filed in County court, our firm was able to negotiate a deal that resulted in the complete dismissal of the Petit Theft Charges. All charges ultimately dismissed by the State of Florida!

  • Charges: Grand Theft

    Case #: 2014CF004XX1AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was caught red handed stealing sunglasses valued at more than $350.00. The threshold for felony grand theft is property valued at $300.00 or more. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was immediately retained.

    Outcome: Our firm aggressively began negotiations with Felony Case Filing. We were successfully able to convince the filing attorney to send the case down to county court and reduce the felony charges to a misdemeanor offense. Once the case was filed in county court our firm began negotiating with the County Court Prosecutor and was able to come to an agreement where our client’s charges would be dismissed. Felony dropped and Misdemeanor charges were dismissed by the State of Florida!

  • Charges: Grand Theft over 20,000.00 (2nd Degree Felony)

    Case #: 2014CF002XX0AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was involved in an investment scheme with a few different individuals. He would promise investments and then take the money without putting them towards anything promised. He took over 44,000 dollars from a total of three people and was charged with multiple counts of Organized Scheme to Defraud and Grand Theft. He was facing more than 30 years in prison and a minimum of about 30 months in prison. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and began working on the case.

    Outcome: After a period of almost 5 months, the firm was able to negotiate a resolution whereby the State would agree to dismiss all but one criminal charge. This agreement allowed our client to score on his felony scoresheet appropriately to avoid prison. Our agreement allowed our client to avoid probation, jail time and any house arrest. He was sentenced to time served and walked out of the courtroom on the day of the plea.

  • Charges: Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards and Petit Theft

    Case #: 2014CF008XX2AXX

    Facts: The Defendant had use of a credit card for which he previously had permission from a friend to use. However, after a falling out and without the victim’s permission, he took the card and continued using the card for his own personal benefit. The Defendant charged multiple things on the card including food and personal items. The law firm of Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained to represent the Defendant on the Felony charges and the misdemeanor.

    Outcome: We immediately reached out to the Felony Intake Filing Unit and sent information to the filing lawyer as to why there were proof problems in the case. After reading through our emails, the Felony Filing Lawyer declined to file any criminal charges!

  • Charges: Retail Theft

    Case #: 2014MM01XX78AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was seen by loss prevention at Walmart concealing phone equipment without first attempting to pay for it. He attempted to leave the store and was detained. He was charged with Retail Theft and facing the possibility of having a crime of dishonesty on his record.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we were able to convince the State of Florida to allow him to complete a course resulting in a dismissal of the criminal charges. The Theft charged with Nolle Prossed by the State of Florida.

  • Charges: Trespass after Warning

    Case #: 2014MM00XX09AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was charged with Trespass After Warning and had handled the matter himself. Due to that decision, he missed court and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Certain conditions had previously been completed that he needed to do.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was hired to handle the warrant and the matter now that the pre-trial intervention agreement had been violated. Our client had to show up for his sentencing hearing, which he did not. Our firm was hired, and within 5 minutes an agreement was reached with the Assistant State Attorney to drop all charges and recall the warrant pending for our client. The next day our firm received the documents dismissing the charges.


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Firearm / Weapon Crimes

    • Charges: Carrying a Concealed Firearm and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting Arrest without Violence

      Case #: 2015CF002XXXAX

      Facts: The Defendant was stopped for not wearing a seatbelt. The officer immediately smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the car. After asking the officer about illegal contraband in the car, our client admitted that there was a gun between the console and driver’s seat. He was removed from the car and detained. The vehicle was searched and a fully loaded firearm was found ready to fire. The officer also found paraphernalia for smoking marijuana in the car. The Defendant continued to actively resist the officer and was screaming. He first stated he had a permit for the firearm and then denied it. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

      Outcome: After negotiations with the State Attorney, our firm successfully negotiated the felony firearm count to be reduced to a misdemeanor offense. Our client was time served on two misdemeanor counts and the drug count was dismissed.

    • Charges: Carrying a Concealed Firearm and Possession of Marijuana

      Case #: 2015CF003XXXAXX

      Facts: The Defendant was seen recklessly driving through a parking lot at a high rate of speed. After being stopped, the officer smelled marijuana. Our client was the passenger in the car. After asking the defendant where the marijuana was, he reached under the car and grabbed a large plastic bag with a large amount of marijuana in it. The marijuana weighed 25 grams (total package weight). He was asked whether there was anything else in the vehicle and he stated that there was a firearm under his seat as well. He admitted that the marijuana and the firearm was his. The State filed a felony count of Carrying a Concealed Firearm and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

      Outcome: Our firm immediately began negotiating with the State regarding issues surrounding the stop as well as corpus issues with the initial statement about the gun. After these negotiations, the State of Florida agreed to reduce the felony charge to a misdemeanor concealed weapon offesnse and our client was sentenced to time served. All felony charges reduced.

Charges: Shooting into a building, Discharging a Firearm from a vehicle, Resisting an Officer Without Violence and Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle

Case #: 2014CF01XXX1BXX

Facts: The Defendant was alleged to be the driver in a drive by shooting where more than 6 people were in the home where the shots were fired. Additionally, the husband of the victim was in the vehicle in the driveway when the house was shot at by the vehicle occupants. After shooting into the home, the vehicle was chased by officers with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office at a high rate of speed. After crashing, the occupants bailed out of the vehicle. Our client had the key on him and the vehicle was registered to him. The guns were found in the back seat and the ballistics of the bullets found at the scene matched the guns in the vehicle. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and our client was looking at a maximum of 36 years in Florida State Prison.

Outcome: Depositions were set and taken. The officers were unable to establish who actually fired the shots and issues arose through the depositions in the case. Our client was offered a plea that he accepted. The State graciously agreed to reduce one of the firearm counts and allowed our client to be placed on probation with a period of house arrest without becoming a convicted felon.

  • Charges: Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Grand Theft of a Firearm

    Case #: 2014CF0XX65XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was arrested and charged after officers searched his home via a search warrant and found stolen guns and firearms in his attack. The guns were stolen in a burglary prior to the search. The co-defendant was charged with the burglary and our client confessed to knowing they were stolen and that he helped put the guns in the attack.

    Outcome: Our firm was retained and we spent almost a full year taking depositions and working up the case. The offer initially was for our client to plead guilty to 18 months in Florida State Prison. After negotiations and providing more information to the State, our client was sentenced to a short period in county jail where he would be released in approximately 60 days.

  • Charges: Aggravated Assault with a Firearm

    Case #: 20141CF01X40XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant drove over to his brother in law’s house after a feud had been taking place. When he pulled up in his car, the victim was standing at the driveway. The wife of the defendant was in the car as well. The Defendant put his hand on a firearm under a blue cloth and said “I will put you in your box”. Other members of the victim’s family heard it as well. Officers that responded to our client’s home found a firearm in the house that fit the description from the alleged victim. He was facing a three year minimum mandatory prison sentence if the State of Florida was able to convict him of the charges.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we began a pre-filing investigation. We were able to obtain a sworn affidavit from our client’s wife that painted a totally different picture of the events that took place. After providing this along with other issues from the reports, the felony case filing lawyer agreed to no file the charges!

  • Charges: Violation of a Firearms Permit

    Case #: 2014MM00X99XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was on his way to a business trip at the airport where the security personnel saw a firearm in his bag through the security scanner. He was stopped and charged due to his bringing a loaded firearm into an airport. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained.

    Outcome: We immediately secured evidence from our client that he had dropped his vehicle off at the dealership and took his gun out of the car so that it wasn’t there when it was worked on. He had then placed the gun in his bag, which he NEVER does. The car was to remain there during his business trip and we had all the receipts to prove it. After presenting evidence to the State of Florida, they agreed to a dismissal of all criminal charges.

  • Charges: Carrying a Concealed Weapon into an airport

    Case #: 2014MM011XX7AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was walking through the metal detectors at the airport with her laptop bag when she was detained. According to the security personnel, she had a collapsible baton in her bag.

    Outcome: Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and we immediately obtained sworn affidavits from our client’s son and daughter in law. Our client’s son has the same laptop bag and her daughter in law placed the baton in it by accident at the family event. Our client was visiting for a family gathering and had no clue the baton was placed in the bag. Our firm also provided the State Attorneys Office with pictures of the identical bags. After this evidence was provided to the Office, all criminal charges were dismissed.

  • Charges: Improper Exhibition of a Dangerous Weapon or Firearm (Violation of Probation)

    Case #: 2012CF00XX20AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was placed on probation for one year and as a special condition ordered to complete an anger management course. Additionally, there were reporting issues with our client as well. A no bond warrant was issued and an affidavit for violation of probation was filed by our client’s probation officer. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and immediately began speaking with the assigned state attorney.

    Outcome: We were able to prove that our client’s family member passed away resulting in the lag time on getting the course done. Thus, the very next day after being hired, our firm provided an order to the court recalling the warrant and dismissing the affidavit for violation of probation.


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Probation Violation

  • Charges: Grand Theft (Violation of Probation)

    Case #: 2010CFXXX34X

    Facts: The defendant was reinstated on probation in 2014. This was after release from an 18 month prison sentence. 3 weeks before terminating probation in 2016, a warrant was issued for testing positive for multiple drugs. The state was seeking 4 years in Florida State Prison.

    Outcome: After researching current Florida Law, Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was able to find that the previous violation in 2014 was never tolled or "paused" by the affidavit filed in that case for failing to pay restitution. This his admission and reinstatement after his natural termination date in August of 2014 was illegal. The state agreed after pointing this out. Our client was released and his probation terminated.

  • Charges: Violation of Probation (Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia and Driving Under Suspension)

    Case #: 2015CT01XX35AXX

    Facts: The defendant was stopped because the officer ran his tag and it came back suspended for child support. He was arrested for Driving Under Suspension with his work truck on site. His vehicle was searched and a brown container was found under the driver floorboard with paraphernalia in it for smoking marijuana. Additionally, Xanax was found in a cigarette packaging in his center console. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained to represent the Defendant. We immediately began work at the pre-filing stage. Our firm secured a written sworn statement from a witness in New York who had a valid prescription for what was found in our client’s truck. Additionally, she provided testimony that she placed it there in that packaging and had forgotten to tell our client about it. Additionally, we provided proof to the State Attorney that an employee of our client was recently fired and he smoked marijuana and that box was his. He rode in this work truck all the time and our client was not aware it was there. As a final issue, our firm provided the Filing lawyer with proof that the suspension from child support was a mistake. Our client actually had a credit. After providing all of this evidence to the State, the Office of the State Attorney entered a formal “No File” on the matter. They declined to prosecute. Our client was violated for the new felony charge above and new criminal case. Our firm was retained before the warrant was issued. We were able to successfully convince the Judge that leaving our client on Supervised release, rather than a no bond hold, was the right remedy at the time based upon the felony case possibly being no filed.

    Outcome: Once the charges were, in fact, no filed, our office negotiated a complete dismissal of the violation of probation.

  • Charges: Violation of Probation (Violation of a Temporary Injunction Against Repeat Domestic Violence)

    Case #: 2013MM00XX27AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was on probation when he allegedly committed a new grand theft charge by taking more than $600.00 worth of items almost out of the store without paying for them. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was immediately hired as a no bond warrant was issued for our client’s arrest.

    Outcome: We immediately spoke to the assigned prosecutor on the violation of probation and filed a motion to surrender our client in the courtroom. We had extensive discussions with the state about the facts of the new charges and the defenses thereto. After these lengthy discussions, the firm was able to convince the State of Florida to reinstate our client’s probation without having to plead guilty to the new charges. The warrant was recalled in open court and our client did not go to jail!

  • Charges: Violation of Probation (Burglary and Petit Theft)

    Case #: 2012CF00X18XAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was placed on probation for Burglary. After completing all of his conditions, but just prior to his early termination date, he was charged with Knowingly Driving on a Suspended License. His probation was violated and a warrant was issued for his arrest for him to be held without a bond. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. was retained and immediately contacted the office of the state attorney on the matters.

    Outcome: Our firm investigated the reason for the suspension and was able to get our client’s case on the docket for a self-surrender within 24 hours of being retained. After talking with the State Attorney, they agreed to recall the warrant and dismiss the affidavit for violation of probation. Our client never had to step foot in jail and was placed back on probation.


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Alcohol Offenses

  • Charges: Disorderly Intoxication

    Case #: 2014MM006XX8AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was intoxicated in a bar and was upset because drinks would no longer be served to her. She became violent and was screaming and yelling and then collapsed on the floor and stumbled around the place into the bushes. She then continued to scream in the restaurant and eventually tried jumping out of the car window of the friend who was trying to get her out of the parking lot. She was sitting on a curb when the officer arrived and she started to immediately curse. She was charged with Disorderly and hired Meltzer & Bell, P.A.

    Outcome: Our firm was able to negotiate with the State Attorney a resolution that resulted in a complete dismissal of the charges. All criminal charges dismissed!

  • Charges: Possession of Alcohol by a Minor

    Case #: 2014MM01X2XXAXX

    Facts: The Defendant was charged with possessing alcohol by a minor. In fear of a criminal record, he called Meltzer & Bell, P.A. due to the fact that he missed the course he needed to take and was not able to get it done by his next court date.

    Outcome: We were able to file an appearance and secure an extension for our client to complete this course. Once completed, all criminal charges were dismissed by the State of Florida.


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Resisting Arrest

  • Charges: Resisting Arrest without Violence

    Case #: 2014MM00XX62AXX

    Facts: The Defendant was allegedly trespassing where an officer was doing a check. After asking him to leave, he was seen drinking but would not leave. He was asked three times and finally stated that he was “under contract there an allowed to be there”. The officer said he was yelling and shouting incoherent statements. He was uncooperative and would not tell the officer who he was. He then tried to light a cigarette and was told to throw it out. He then tried to use his cell phone and still would not tell the officer who he was or why he was allowed there. He began gathering his things and was asked to sit down before leaving. He refused and was taken to the ground by the officer. He was resisting and charged criminally.

    Outcome: We provided photos and evidence to the State of Florida that our client was, in fact, allowed on the property and was not doing anything wrong. The State of Florida agreed to dismiss the charges for Resisting without Violence.

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