Our Case Results

At the Law Office of Al Sauline, we focus on achieving the results our clients desire, inquiring from the very first free consultation as to what direction the client wishes to proceed. In accordance with Florida Bar Rule 4-7.13 and 4-7.14, the following are objectively verifiable results of just a sample of the matters we have handled. Note: Results may not be typical. You may not have as beneficial of a result.

Aggravated Assault with a Firearm - Walton County

The Defendant was on vacation with his family at Inlet Beach, just off of Walton County’s historic Route 30-A, when he observed a truck removing his family’s items from the beach after dark. Not being aware of the “Leave No Trace” Ordinance, the Defendant believed his items were being stolen, and pursued the Tourist Development Council truck and employee with his firearm. The Defendant was accused of pulling the gun, pointing it at the Tourist Development Council employee and threatening to shoot the individual. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded, and the Defendant was arrested on the scene for Aggravated Assault with a Firearm. Through extensive discovery and plea negotiations, we were able to successfully keep the Defendant out of prison, as well as out of jail, despite the State arguing for incarceration during the sentencing hearing on the quasi-open plea. The Defendant received a Withhold of Adjudication, which means he has no Criminal conviction on his record, and merely received regular probation which he could transfer out of state.

Federal Misdemeanor No Valid Driver's License - Bay County

The Defendant was an illegal immigrant driving on Tyndall Air Force Base in Bay County, Florida at which time he wrecked his vehicle by flipping it upside down in a single car accident. The Defendant had no valid driver's license, nor even a pass from Tyndall to be on base, though he was not behind any gated areas, just on a side street off of US HIghway 98. The military police arrived to the crash scene and cited the Defendant for misdemeanor No Valid Driver's License. With the offense occurring on base, however, the Defendant was required to appear in Federal Court. By working diligently with the United States government, we were able to secure a mere $65.00 fine with no jail, no probation, and no immigration hold, despite the fact the Defendant was in the United States illegally, driving with no valid driver's license on an Air Force base, and did not even have a pass to be driving down the side roads off of US Highway 98.

Two Civil Traffic Citations with a Bad Driving Record - Bay County

The Defendant was traveling northbound on Florida’s State Route 79, near the West Bay Bridge in Bay County, where the speed limit is only 45 miles per hour. Unfortunately for the Defendant, this is a high targeted area for traffic violations, and a Florida Highway Patrolman was running laser radar that afternoon, clocking the Defendant at a rate of 77 mph. Upon getting pulled over, it only became worse for the Defendant, as he was also cited for failing to change his legal name / address on his driver’s license. Thus, he received two civil traffic citations, and had quite a driving record to go with it, including a citation in Bay County as recently as August 2016. The Defendant was concerned with even being able to keep his driver’s license if he received any more points at all on his driving record. Despite all of this, through negotiating with the FHP Trooper, we were able to secure a complete withhold of points on the Defendant’s driver’s license. All the Defendant had to do was pay a monetary fine and complete a basic driver’s course. The Defendant was able to keep his driver’s license after all.

Lewd & Lascivious Molestation upon an Elderly Adult in Bay County

The Defendant was charged with Lewd & Lascivious Molestation upon an Elderly Adult in Bay County. Specifically, the Defendant worked for a local ambulance company, and was transporting a disabled adult. While in the back of the ambulance, the Defendant was alleged to have molested the disabled woman’s breast and nipple areas, as the Defendant was moaning in pleasure while receiving sexual gratification from the act. The victim was under tremendous medication, but was coming into and out of consciousness. The victim managed to view the Defendant’s name tag, and reported such upon arrival at the hospital. DNA testing was inconclusive from inside of the victim’s sports bra. Of course, the Defendant failed a lie detector test at the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, though such is not admissible in Court. Despite having no prior criminal history, an offense of this nature, by itself, provides more than enough points to require prison per the Florida Scoresheet. Through extensive plea negotiations, we were able to secure a plea which allowed the Defendant to be placed on probation, as the State agreed to remove certain enhancement points assessed for sexual contact, and allow the Defendant to avoid any prison or jail time. The Defendant is not even on Community Control (i.e. house arrest), as the Defendant received probation despite the seriousness of the offense.

2 Counts Trafficking Amphetamine, 4 Counts Sale of Amphetamine, Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Device to Conduct Drug Transactions

The Defendant was arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office after she was caught on four different occasions dealing drugs in her community. Specifically, the Defendant was charged with two counts of Trafficking in Amphetamine (more than 14 grams but less than 28 grams), four different counts of Sale of Methamphetamine, and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Device to conduct drug transactions. To make matters worse, law enforcement had the Defendant on both audio and video conducting the transactions, as the Confidential Informant was wired with a hidden camera and microphone. Needless to say, the Defendant faced an extreme amount of prison time, up to 125 years in prison, as well as a minimum of at least six years day for day in prison simply for the two drug trafficking offenses, as well as minimum fines of at least $100,000 just for the two drug trafficking charges combined.

Through extensive discovery, including in-depth depositions of all witnesses involved with the cases, and rather lengthy negotiations with the State, we were able to secure our client a reduction of charges and merely six years of Felony Probation, with an option for early termination after only four years. The Defendant received zero prison, zero jail, and only minimal fines required by law. All of this occurred despite her various co-Defendants being offered and receiving extensive prison and huge fines, per the Assistant State Attorney. By hiring our law office, our client was able to avoid a similar fate, and stay out of incarceration to take care of her family. Instead of extensive prison, huge fines and these numerous felonies on her record, her charges became mere counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

3rd Degree Felony Cultivation of Marijuana, as well as Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Bay County

The Defendant was stopped in April 2017 for speeding by the Lynn Haven Police Department, and had an actual Marijuana plant in his vehicle, as well as a growing lamp, rolling papers commonly used for smoking Marijuana. All of this was in the plain view of the arresting officer. The Defendant was arrested on the scene for 3rd Degree Felony Cultivation of Marijuana, as well as Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Use). To make matters worse, this was not the Defendant’s first time being in trouble for Marijuana, as in January of 2017 the Defendant had pled to Possession of Marijuana less than 20 Grams, and had received a Withhold and Probation while pro-se.

Realizing things were serious this go around, he immediately hired our office. Through extensive negotiations with the State, we were able to secure a reduction of charges from 3rd Degree Felony Cultivation of Marijuana all the way down to mere Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, as well as Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, with the client receiving a fine of only $350.00 as a Civil Judgment and a 2nd Withhold of Adjudication, with zero prison or jail, and zero probation. The Defendant had been in trouble literally only three months earlier, but by hiring our law office he was able to keep his record clean with only a $350.00 fine. The Defendant also saved his driver’s license with a 2nd Withhold of Adjudication in less than three months, and remains eligible to have his record Sealed or Expunged. Zero drug rehab classes were assessed, as well as zero random urine analysis tests.

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