2022 Drug Trafficking (St. Lucie County)

Facts: Our client was stopped by law enforcement in a parking lot for attempting to evade a traffic control device. Officers then called for a K9. When a K9 deputy arrived our client was asked out of the vehicle, but no one wrote a citation. The K9 alerted to the vehicle and drugs were found in the subsequent search.

Results: As soon as we read the arrest affidavit we were skeptical of the procedures used. We reviewed all of the available body camera footage, which made us believe there was a clear violation of the law by law enforcement officers. We set depositions to ensure the testimony was locked in and immediately prepared a motion to suppress all evidence. The motion was set for a hearing, but prior to the hearing all charges against our client were dropped by the state.