Domestic Violence and Felony Vandalism – Charges Dropped – Probation Reinstated


State v. C.D.; Case Nos. 562008MM002804; 562008MM003148; 562008CT001866 (St. Lucie County)


Theft and Property Crimes

Arresting Agency

Port St. Lucie Police Department


Charges Dropped

Our client came to us with a number of problems. He had been arrested on two separate matters while he was still on probation for a DUI. The most serious of the new allegations involved the alleged vandalism of his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend’s vehicle. The police made an arrest based on the eyewitness account of a vehicle that drove away from the scene of the crime. Turns out our client didn’t own that kind of vehicle. After conducting an independent investigation on the true owner of the vehicle, we submitted our findings to the State in an effort to convince them that they had the wrong man. Our client was also being charged with Domestic Violence.  The client’s girlfriend initiated contact with our office and told us the whole thing was a misunderstanding. We drafted an affidavit for the girlfriend requesting that the charges be dropped.  We then engaged in multiple discussions with the State with respect to all of the pending charges.  We were able to negotiate a result that our client was very pleased with -  the felony was dropped, misdemeanor was dropped, and our client was reinstated to probation with all the original terms and conditions.