The following is a representative sampling of the types of cases Edward Reagan has handled and does not include all cases handled recently. Click on any of the titles to see the full case description.
State v Lewak
State v Ronald Samuels
State v Randal Leighty
USA v David Badenoch
The following is a representative sampling of the types of cases Edward Reagan has handled and does not include all cases handled recently.
Case No.: 15CT011978AXXXNB
Charge: DUI with Property Damage
Leaving the Scene of an Accident (LSA)
The client was involved in an accident where it was alleged that she hit another vehicle and fled the scene. The client parked her car in a parking lot where officers located her and began a DUI investigation. She performed roadside exercises and gave breath alcohol sample of .177/.179 as requested by the officer. She was arrested for DUI and also ticketed for Leaving the Scene of an Accident.
Mr. Reagan filed various motions on this case, including a Motion to Suppress statements and more importantly, a Motion to Suppress the Breath Test Results. Both motions were granted. The Motion to Suppress the Breath Test Results was based on the fact that the officer essentially forced the client into giving a sample of her breath by not explaining her options and rights when she asked.
After winning the hearing on the filed motions, Mr. Reagan was able to negotiate a plea with the State, where the DUI and the LSA were dismissed and the client took a plea to a Reckless Driving charge.
Volusia County Court Case No.: 2015305354MMDB
Charge: Driving Under the Influence
The client was stopped by Daytona Beach Shores PD for allegedly driving his vehicle at a high rate of speed through a parking lot. The officer observed that the client had bloodshot glassy eyes and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. The client performed Field Sobriety Exercises and was subsequently arrested for suspicion of DUI. The client refused to give a sample of his breath.
Mr. Reagan filed several motions including a Motion to Dismiss Refusal to provide a breath test after a previous Refusal and Motion to Suppress Statements in Violation of Miranda. The State conceded the Motion to Dismiss the Refusal as Mr. Reagan had previously argued successfully to set aside the administrative suspension on a previous DUI arrest of this client in 2013. The client was found Not Guilty of the DUI charge in 2013 as well. The client’s driving record did not reflect the previous refusal but his NCIC(National Criminal Arrest Record) reflected the arrest. As such, the State Attorney’s Office could not establish the prior Refusal which is a predicate for filing the criminal charge of Refusal.
In filing the Motion to Suppress Statements in Violation of Miranda, Mr. Reagan was able to demonstrate to the prosecutor how unprofessional the arresting officer conducted himself during the investigation. Mr. Reagan was able to negotiate a plea to the lesser included charge of reckless driving and the DUI charge was dismissed.
The client avoided two convictions for DUI in less in two years because he hired Mr. Reagan.
Palm Beach County Juvenile Case Nos. (2014-0017@#A02) & (2014-0016#$A02)
Charge: Sexual Battery on a child under the age of 12
Facts: Two brothers were charged with sexual battery on a child under 12 years of age. The alleged victim was their half-sister (same mother different fathers). The mother was pursuing a child support modification against the father of the daughter when these allegations were brought to law enforcement’s attention. Despite no physical evidence that the child had been penetrated (hymen intact and no DNA evidence) coupled with the fact that the daughter gave inconsistent statements about the events, the state attorney’s office filed sexual battery charges on the brothers.
If brothers were convicted of the sexual battery charges they would have been deemed sexual offenders and would have been required to register as such for the rest of their lives.
Result: Edward Reagan conducted depositions of all law enforcement, the father of the daughter, the stepmother of the daughter, and of the child itself. After completion of all discovery, Edward Reagan was able to negotiate a resolution that allowed the boys to plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge of battery. The felony sexual battery charges were dismissed pursuant to the plea agreement. The brothers will not be sex offenders and will be able to expunge their criminal history since the court did not adjudicate the brothers delinquent.
Case No. 502015MM013568AXXXMB
Charge: Domestic Battery
Facts: Client is going through a divorce with his wife. Client shows up at his wife’s house along with his new girlfriend to discuss issues going on in the divorce case. An argument ensues, law enforcement is called and the client is arrested for domestic battery.
Result: Charges dismissed! Edward Reagan was able to reach out to the prosecutor and explain the alleged victim’s (wife) mental state and provide a current list of medications she was taking to demonstrate to the state attorney’s office that the allegations were false and conjured up to gain advantage in the divorce case.
Case No. 502105CF009524AXXXMB
Charge: Child neglect
Facts: Client is the father of triplet girls, one with down syndrome. The child with down syndrome snuck out of the house while the client was in the shower. The child was with her sisters, sitting in the same room as them when the father went to shower. The child was found 7 houses down the street and was brought to the house by law enforcement. Client was arrested and booked into jail.
Results: Charges dismissed! State Attorney enters a “NO File”. Edward Reagan was able to investigate the case, speak to witnesses and use that information to explain to the state that what the client did was not criminal.
Case No. 50215CF0099224AXXXMB
Charge: Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer; Public Intoxication.
Facts: The Defendant had an altercation with another individual at a local establishment. Law Enforcement separated the parties and arrested my client for public intoxication and battery on a law enforcement officer.
Result: Edward Reagan successfully negotiated a Deferred Prosecution agreement where all charges will be dismissed.
Case No. 502104CT0212338AXXX
Charge: DUI – 2nd outside of 5 years with CDL License
Facts: Client was arrested for DUI after stopping to speak with a known prostitute at a local convenience store. Law Enforcement approached and developed probable cause to arrest for DUI. Client was a CDL license holder and this was his second alcohol related incident. The Client refused both the Standard Field Side Tasks and the Breath Test.
Results: Client needed to win the administrative hearing on the refusal to submit to a breath test or his CDL would be suspended for life. Additionally, the client needed the DUI charge to be dismissed or his CDL would be suspended for life due to a prior DUI conviction. Edward Reagan was able to convince the hearing officer to “invalidate “ the administrative suspension and negotiate a plea to a reckless driving charge. DUI dismissed. Client continues to make his living as a tractor-trailer driver.
Case No. 15-00870CTAXMX
Charge: DUI (4th)
Facts: Client was stopped for speeding. Law Enforcement pursued him for more than a mile before he pulled over. Client had 3 previous convictions for DUI. He spoke with a slur, smelled of alcohol and had a ruddy complexion common in heavy drinkers. Client completed standard roadsides as requested and was arrested for DUI. Client fell asleep in the back of the patrol car almost immediately.
Results: Jury Trial- Client found NOT GUILTY in less than 20 minutes. If convicted as charged, the client would have suffered a lifetime driver’s license revocation.
Case No. 502014CT019500AXXXNB
Charge: DUI – 2nd within 5 years
Facts: Client was a nursing student in school and was arrested for a 2nd DUI within 5 years. If convicted, the client’s license would be suspended for 5 years. More importantly, the client would not have been able to be licensed to practice nursing.
Results: Edward Reagan took the case to jury trial. After Edward Reagan’s cross-examination of the arresting officer, the state attorney offered a plea to a reckless driving charge and would drop the DUI charge. Client accepted the plea. DUI charge dropped. No driver’s license suspension. Client continues on pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse.
Case No. 432015CT001095XXAXMX
Facts: Client was stopped for failing to maintain single lane. Law enforcement officer observed an odor of an alcoholic beverage, slurred speech, and dexterity problems. Client was ordered out of the car. Client refused to perform roadside tasks. Client was arrested for DUI. Refused breath test.
Results: Edward Reagan filed a number of motions challenging various aspects of the officer’s investigation. State Attorney reduced charges to reckless driving. DUI dismissed.
Date: August 2014
Case No. 502014CT027038AXXX
Facts: Client was driving home after work and was involved in a crash where other driver pulled out in front of him. He was not at fault in the crash. Officer smelled alcohol on his breath and conducted a DUI investigation. Defendant arrested for DUI. Client offered “first time offender program,” where they would dismiss the DUI, plea to a reckless charge, and go on probation for 12 months with conditions. Client refused plea offer and set case for trial.
Results: Case set for Jury Trial. On the morning of trial, the state attorney offered a reckless plea where client had to complete DUI school and pay court costs. No probation. No DUI conviction!
Case No. 15 CT2183
Charges: Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling
Facts: Client was a juvenile seen in the backyard of a neighbor’s home with another person. Client and adult accomplice were then seen going into the juvenile’s home. Law enforcement arrives at juvenile’s home, took statements from all witnesses, and client was arrested and taken to DJJ.
Results: Client retained the services of Edward Reagan who was able to investigate the matter and provide additional information to the state attorney’s office. The state attorney agreed to a diversion program where the client was sent to youth court. No Delinquency charges filed!
Case No. 2014CJ3381
Charges: Felony Battery – Juvenile
Facts: Client, who is Jewish, was participating in an organized sporting event. Before practice, client was in an unsupervised locker room where certain anti-Semitic comments were made toward the client and a fight occurred. The alleged victim suffered a serious injury where his eardrum was perforated.
Results: Edward Reagan negotiated a resolution where the felony charges were dropped and misdemeanor battery offered as a resolution. Client accepted plea, adjudication of delinquency was withheld and client was off of probation in less than 6 months.
Case No. 502014CF00007AXXXMB
Charges: Trafficking in heroin; Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; Possession of oxytocin.
Facts: Client was located in a parking lot known for drug distribution and prostitution. He was confronted by law enforcement after being observed drinking from an open container. Law enforcement made contact with client’s vehicle and cocaine was observed in “plain view”. Client was arrested and booked into the county jail.
Results: Edward Reagan was able to establish that the heroin, which tested positive at the scene was a “false positive” for heroin. Counsel was able to demonstrate to the state attorney that the money defendant had on his person was legally earned and the drugs were for personal use and not for sale. Charges reduced to straight possession charges, which qualified the client to participate in the Drug Court program. Client successfully completed the Drug Court program and all charges dismissed!
Case No. 2015-009914CF10A
Charges: Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer
Facts: Client who is a senior at Penn State University was in Broward County to attend a concert with friends. Upon entering the venue he became separated from his friends and was told to move on. He did not and law enforcement was called. He was then taken to the ground where he was alleged to have struck the law enforcement officer. Client was arrested and booked into the Broward County Jail.
Results: Client immediately hired Edward Reagan. Counsel investigated the case and the client’s background. Counsel was able to demonstrate the many community-service related events the client routinely participated in along with his excellent academic record. The state attorney dismissed the felony charges and filed a single count of resisting arrest without violence, a misdemeanor charge.
Case no. 2015002189AXXXMB 2015-305DV
Charges: Domestic Battery and Injunction for Protection against Domestic Violence
Facts: Client and his live-in girlfriend were in the midst of a break up. Girlfriend refused to work and stated she had no residence to move to. Girlfriend called Law enforcement and made an allegation that she was a victim of Domestic Violence. Law enforcement arrived at home and arrested client, thereby giving her exclusive use of the home as the client was ordered by the judge not to return to the residence.
Results: Domestic Battery charge Dismissed! Client hired Edward Reagan who immediately investigated the case. Counsel was able to explain to the state attorneys the history of the relationship and how this allegation was nothing more than a ploy to get the home they shared.
Even though the case was dismissed a hearing on the Injunction for Protection against domestic violence was conducted. At that hearing counsel was able to cross-examine the alleged victim as to her statements and was able to demonstrate to the court that there was no legal basis to enter an Order for protection. Court denied entry of the Order and client was able to return to his home.
Case No. 502012CF009805AXXX
Charge: Sexual Battery
Facts: Client was an Argentinian National in Palm Beach County working as a Professional Polo Player. In 2012, he met a girl and she accused him of sexual battery. 911 was called and he remained at the scene and cooperated with Law Enforcement. He remained in the U.S. for 1 year after and never heard again from the officer. He returned to Argentina and learned that a warrant for his arrest existed in Palm Beach County. He retained Edward Reagan and returned to the U.S. to face charges.
Results: Sexual Battery Charges Dismissed! Client was immediately taken into custody and subsequently released on an agreed bond that Mr. Reagan had negotiated with the state attorney. Edward Reagan conducted a thorough and complete investigation of the facts and of the alleged victim. Edward Reagan was able to have the sexual battery charges dismissed and entered a plea to the charge of misdemeanor battery. Client is neither a convicted felon nor required to register as a sex offender. Client continues to play Professional Polo internationally.
Case No. 502013CF011296
Charge: Burglary of Dwelling
Facts: Client was arrested for burglary of a dwelling. It was alleged that my client had an argument with a neighbor at a local bar. Client threatened to burn his house down. Owner of home returned to his home later that night to find his home destroyed with condiments from the refrigerator, and his $25,000 piece of artwork destroyed. Eyewitnesses placed my client in the house committing the burglary.
Results: Burglary charges dismissed. Client retained the services of Edward Reagan who was able to demonstrate by taking the deposition of the eyewitness and law enforcement that she could not have seen what she had sworn to in her written statement due to her vantage point at the time of the crime.
Case No. 502009CF015251
Charges: Attempted First Degree Murder
Facts: Client was arrested for Attempted First Degree Murder arising out of a bar fight in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Client was mistakenly identified in a Line Up created by Law Enforcement. At the time of the crime, the client was in South Georgia on an annual hunting trip with his family and thus had an alibi defense.
Results: Case Dismissed! Client retained the services of Edward Reagan who, with assistance of a private investigator was able to provide cellphone records showing the client’s phone traveling up and back to Georgia. Additionally, counsel obtained affidavits from a deer-processing plant in Georgia where the client had taken his deer to be butchered. Furthermore, counsel was able to obtain an ATM video in Georgia showing the client withdrawing money from the ATM machine to pay the processing plant for the butchered deer.
The case was a front-page article on the Palm Beach Post demonstrating the unreliability of eyewitness identification.
Case No. 432014CF000810CFAX
Charges: Burglary with a Battery -1st degree felony punishable by life
Facts: Client and alleged victim had child in common and were not married. Client and girlfriend had purchased a home in a gated community and were in the process of breaking up. Client sued girlfriend for his share of the increased value of the home since purchasing it. Girlfriend claimed he had no interest in the property as it was deeded in her name only.
Girlfriend claimed that client broke (he no longer was living there) into the house in the middle of night and put his hand over her mouth as she slept and took her to the kitchen area of home. In the kitchen, he struck her causing injuries. Client arrested and charged with burglary with a battery.
Results: Case Dismissed! All criminal charges dropped. In the interim, a hearing on an Injunction for Protection against Domestic Battery was conducted. Due to the fact my client had a pending 1st degree felony pending, I invoked his 5th Amendment right to remain silent. The court granted the Order for protection but counsel was able to systematically destroy the state attorney’s case through a well-prepared and skilled cross-examination. The state reviewed the transcript from the Injunction and dismissed the charges immediately.
Case No. 502014CF007431AXXX
Charges: Obtaining a driver license by fraud
Facts: Client is a division 1 Lacrosse player at a major university and had attempted to obtain a false identification in the name of his older brother. Client retained services of Edward Reagan. Mr. Reagan was able to meet with and explain the situation to the investigating officer who filed criminal charges against the client. In doing so, the arresting officer was able to see that there was not intent to commit identity theft, as it was just something stupid a young adult did without thinking about the consequence.
Results: Case Dismissed! All charges dropped by the state attorney. Edward Reagan was able to provide verification of the client’s athletic scholarship and his performance academically. The state dismissed the charges on the recommendation of the arresting officer.
Case No. 502014CT006661
Charges: DUI – 3rd offense within 10 years
Facts: Client was involved in an accident where she spun her car out on I-95 during rush hour traffic. She was transporting two cases of liquor in the rear of her SUV. The impact crash caused one of the bottles to break and spray throughout the interior of the car. FHP investigated the crash and requested standard field side sobriety tasks. Client did poorly and was arrested for DUI. She refused breath test.
Results: Jury trial – NOT GUILTY! Client did not suffer 10-year driver’s license revocation.
Case No. 502103CF-XXXXX
Charge: Obtaining a prescription medication by fraud
Facts: Client presented an altered prescription to a pharmacy to obtain a controlled substance. Pharmacy confirmed with doctor’s office that prescription was fraudulent. Client was arrested.
Results: Charges Dismissed! Case negotiated to a Pre-Trial Diversion. The arrest of the client and the pre-trial diversion were expunged at conclusion of pre-trial diversion. Client’s concealed weapons permit was reinstated.
Date: 07/09/2015Case No. 052015CF023926AXXX
Charges: Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute
Facts: Client was stopped for speeding in Brevard County and driving with a suspended license. FHP trooper smelled an odor of “raw” marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle. Search incident to arrest for the suspended license revealed 2.5 lbs. of marijuana along with $1,500.00 in cash.
Results: Client retained the services of Edward Reagan who negotiated a plea to possession over 20 grams, adjudication of guilt withheld and 12 months probation, suspended license charge was dismissed. No jail time for client.