On the date the motion was set to be heard in Court, the reasonable State Attorney dropped the felony charge in exchange for a misdemeanor and our client walked out of court without a felony on his record.
Eric was worried that his side of the story would not be heard. Not to mention that his rights were severely violated and he wanted redemption.
Eric was stopped for a minor traffic infraction in Broward County. This minor infraction quickly snowballed into a full-on felony interrogation – including a drug-sniffing dog from one of the most experienced units in Florida. The cops who stopped Eric’s car never smelled an odor of cannabis, never received a tip that there was cannabis in the car and never had any evidence whatsoever that our client was involved in illegal/criminal activity. The cops who stopped the car said that our client’s voice had cracked and that he seemed nervous – which is why they called in one of Florida’s most experienced drug units to search the car. What the cops who stopped the car failed to do was to honor Eric’s Constitutional Rights. Law enforcement cannot elongate a stop if there is no reasonable suspicion of criminal activity afoot – this means that if you are stopped for a minor traffic infraction and the only thing they see is nervous activity, they cannot hold you on the side of the road longer than it takes to write you a ticket. Unfortunately for our client, the cops did hold him longer than was reasonably required and subjected him to an illegal search of the car. This resulted in an illegal arrest of our client for very serious drug charges. Because of this illegal police activity, our client was arrested, had his mugshot taken, was facing charges that could land him in prison for 5 years, had his car impounded, and much more.
First step, Attorney Adam Rossen got Eric’s car released. Then, Manny Serra-Jovenich challenged the police activity and search of the vehicle via a Motion to Suppress. This led to a reduction in Eric’s charger resulting in simply having a misdemeanor offense.
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