Verifiable Case Result

DUI charge reduced to reckless driving after motion to suppress

State v. S.M.; Case No. 2007-CT-4385(St Lucie County)

Arresting Agency: St. Lucie County Sheriffs Office

Case Summary: “Our client was pulled over for making a U-turn in the middle of Seaway drive on South Beach in Fort Pierce. There was no other traffic affected by the U-turn and no pedestrians were endangered. The defense filed a Motion to Suppress. At the hearing the officer testified that he had to slow down in order to allow our client to finish her U-turn. This was an added fact that did not exist in the officer’s original report. Despite putting up what should have been a winning argument, the motion was denied. We filed a motion to reconsider with more case law that supported our position. The Judge granted our request to have the matter reheard. In response, the State offered our client a deal to a charge of Reckless Driving.”

Result: “Our client pled no contest to Reckless Driving, avoiding a DUI conviction and potential jail time.”


Brian Mallonee is a Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving St Lucie, Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties