Case No. 090X13XXCF10A – Sophomore in college arrested while disembarking with his family from a cruise ship at Port Everglades; faced complaint charging him with trafficking in oxycodone, 4 counts of possession of a controlled substance, and, possession of a drug without a prescription. Upon conviction, client faced a mandatory minimum of three years in prison and a maximum of 30 + years. After being retained, Mr. Edelstein immediately contacted the prosecutor making the decision about what charges to file, and arranged for his client to have a psychological / substance abuse evaluation. Based on the report and Mr. Edelstein’s intensive lobbying effort, the prosecutor declined to file the trafficking charge and ended up filing a singled count of possession of a controlled substance. Mr. Edelstein then successfully petitioned the state attorney’s office to allow his client to participate in the PTI program, allowing for a complete dismissal of the remaining charge upon successful completion of the program.
RESULT: Client avoids a mandatory sentence of 3 years in prison, a mandatory felony conviction, and 2-year driver license suspension.