I recently wrote a few articles on my Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer blog about New Years Eve arrests. In Clay County Criminal Lawyers for New Years Eve Arrests, I wrote about a high-speed chase that involved Florida a fleeing and attempting to elude charge. The driver was also arrested for Florida aggravated assault with a motor vehicle and Florida possession of cocaine. He was also driving with a suspended Florida drivers license. A passenger in the car was arrested for Florida resisting an officer when he ran from Clay County police officers. I also wrote an article about Jacksonville under age drinking charges and driving under the influence in Jacksonville Driving Under the Influence on New Years Eve. Arrests do not stop during the holidays. Jacksonville Domestic Battery and Violence During Christmas results in arrests in Duval County. Homes are often burglarized (Read Christmas Jacksonville Burglary and Theft to Home Gets Worse for more information). The holiday arrests begin around Thanksgiving. The night before Thanksgiving is a big night for Jacksonville DUI arrests (See Jacksonville DUI Lawyer on Thanksgiving Drunk Driving).
As a Jacksonville criminal lawyer, I see more Jacksonville disorderly intoxication, DUI, and underage drinking cases on New Years Eve. When I receive a call about drug case on New Years Eve, it is usually a Jacksonville possession of marijuana or cocaine charge. In Port Charlotte FL, there was a much more interesting case. “A deputy observed a silver Mercedes SUV allegedly drifting over a center line and sideswiping a curb several times…. Deputies stopped the vehicle and discovered that the tag on the vehicle was registered to a different vehicle.” The driver of the SUV was Manual Angel Rolon and he had a Florida suspended drivers license.
First Coast News further reported, “Upon further investigation, deputies allegedly discovered a clear plastic baggy with white powder and $790 in Rolon’s pocket, the release details. According to CCSO, the powder tested positive for methamphetamine. Deputies also said they noticed a plastic baggy sticking out of the top of 20-year-old passenger, Dodie Allyson Albritton’s bra.” The bag contained more meth. Albritton’s daughter was in the vehicle. She is one-year old. The police “found 1.7 grams of methamphetamine inside one of the infant’s shoes as well as in her mother’s purse.” The other passenger was Bret Alexander Rule. He was in the back seat with the child. According to police, he was hiding a plastic bag of meth under his leg.
The three adults were arrested and taken to jail. Rolon and Albritton were arrested for Florida “trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia.” Rolon charged with Florida driving on a suspended or revoked license. Rule was arrested for Florida possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. The child’s father “was called to the scene and took custody of the child and CCSO has asked the Department of Children and Families to investigate.”
When a Florida criminal lawyer looks at this case, she will look at the stop and the search to make sure that it is valid. If there is a problem, she may have grounds for motion to suppress. According to the information in the Jacksonville First Coast News article, it appears that the stop was valid, but you never know until you look at everything. There is not enough information about the stop or the search to make a determination.
Each person in the car will want a separate Florida criminal defense attorney. Since Rule’s criminal charges are not as severe as the other two defendants, the FL State Attorney’s Office may ask him to flip on his co-defendants. This happens sometimes in Florida drug trafficking cases. If you have been arrested in Duval, Clay, St. Johns, or Nassau county, talk to a lawyer in Jacksonville about your case. Call 20 Miles Law at 904-564-2525.