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Edward Lopez
Attorney at Law

Venture Corporate Center
3440 Hollywood Boulevard
Suite 415
Hollywood, FL 33021
Phone: 954-241-1212
Fax: 954-241-4206
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Listed below is a small sample of the firm's cases. These summaries are provided for informational purposes only and not as any promise as to the outcome of your case. The facts and circumstances of your case may differ from the matters listed here. The results of all cases handled by the firm are not provided and these cases are not necessarily representative of all results obtained by the firm or of the experience of all clients or others with the firm. Every case is different, and each client's case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits. By viewing this page, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the above disclaimer and that you would like to view the information set forth below.

7/7/17 - Driving Under the Influence with Property Damage

Client charged with one (1) count of Driving Under the Influence with Property Damage for backing into a police car and then running into a pole.

The facts surrounding the case are that the Client left a party/gathering and then proceeded to back into a police car that was stopped in the middle of the street, and then the startled client put the car in drive and runs into a light pole. Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies testify at jury trial that they saw the same standard observations that almost every police officer mentions in a DUI trial: Bloodshot eyes, Slurred Speech, Odor of Alcohol.

Lopez argues that client was involved in a traffic accident, but that the accident had nothing to do with alcohol. In fact, Deputies never bothered to ask the client whether or not he had actually consumed any alcohol prior to the accident. The client was observed to walk normally at the scene, and even appeared to have his balance and walk normally while being asked to do field sobriety exercises at the jail after his arrest.

At the end of jury trial, the Office of the State Attorney had proven that a car accident had occurred, but there was no evidence that the client had consumed alcohol, or was impaired beyond his normal faculties as must be proven by the Office of the State Attorney when a breath sample is not submitted by a criminal defendant in a DUI case. A person's normal faculties per the Standard Florida Jury Instructions means having the ability to walk, talk, see, hear, drive an automobile, act in emergencies, make judgments, and perform the mental and physical tasks of our daily lives.

Case No.: 16-004021MU10A. Result: NOT GUILTY.

4/3/17 - Armed Sexual Battery/Robbery with a Firearm

Client charged with one (1) count of Armed Sexual Battery and three (3) counts of Robbery with a Firearm. Case goes to a bench trial (trial by judge) along with four (4) other co-defendants.

The alleged victims accused the five (5) co-defendants of robbing them at gunpoint, forcing them out of the vehicle to search through their vehicle, and forcing one (1) of the alleged victims to perform oral sex while at gunpoint. The two (2) alleged victims whom testified at trial were full of inconsistent statements. Specifically, the alleged sexual assault victim either could not remember, or was being untruthful about the number of people whom forced her to perform oral sex.

Lopez argues that his client received consensual oral sex from an alleged victim whom wanted to engage in a sex for drugs consensual transaction, and only lied about being forced at gunpoint to perform oral sex to conceal the true reason why she was located at the crime scene. Lopez also argues that the robbery occurred in another location of the parking lot, and that his client was not involved in the robbery.

Case# 15-004474DLB - Result: Not Guilty of all charges. Client avoids incarceration and risk of being labeled a registered sex offender. All other co-defendants are also acquitted of all charges.

8/23/16 - Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

Client charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon for having allegedly stabbed another patron with a pocketknife after a physical dispute.

The allegations involved a verbal dispute between the client's group of family members, and the alleged victim and his entourage during an evening out at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel. At some point, a physical struggle ensues between both groups and the alleged victim is stabbed once during the melee.

A sole witness implicated the client by virtue of her statement that the client had handed her a knife to dispose of. Through investigation and taking statements of the witnesses whom were present, a theory of defense was developed whereby the victim and his entourage where the aggressors in the physical confrontation. Additionally, there were no witnesses whom identified the client as being the actual perpetrator of the stabbing.

The client had been facing a maximum of up to fifteen (15) years in prison with a minimum of twenty-one (21) months in prison if convicted of the Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon charge.

Case# 15-009198CF10A - Result: Lopez negotiates a reduction to the criminal offense of Misdemeanor Battery. Client avoids a criminal record and receives an Adjudication Withheld and twelve (12) months probation to a misdemeanor instead of a felony.

6/30/16 - Resisting Arrest With Violence

Client charged with the felony offense of Resisting Arrest With Violence. The accusations involved kicking a police officer while being detained for investigatory purposes.

Not every client desires to go to jury trial and sometimes a good result for the client involves a reduction in the charges from Felony to Misdemeanor to avoid a felony record and the risk of going to jury trial. In this case, Attorney Lopez focused on showing the Office of the State Attorney reasons why client deserved to have her charge reduced from a Felony to a Misdemeanor. Client was detained for investigatory purposes after a police officer spotted her being physically assaulted by her boyfriend in the street. Additionally, client had severe knee problems which required surgery, and caused her to suffer a pain reflex which kicked law enforcement personnel.

Lopez delivers package to the Office of the State Attorney including statements of the witnesses and medical records to support client's position that she had medical ailments and had been a victim of domestic violence whom deserved that the charge be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Case# 15-005088CF10A - Result: Reduction of Charge to Misdemeanor Resisting Arrest without Violence. Twelve (12) months probation with no jail time.

5/18/16 - Criminal Mischief

Client charged with criminal mischief (property damage) after being accused of throwing rocks at his neighbor's house. One of them which hit the neighbor's garage door causing damage.

Client exercises his right to trial by jury. At trial, the homeowner testifies and identifies Lopez's client as being his neighbor whom he saw with his own eyes throw rocks at his property. Lopez argues that there is a great distance between the parties and lots of obstructions such as a fence, bushes, and various large palm trees which make it unlikely that his client would have been able to throw rocks that hit the homeowner's property next door.

Lopez client testifies and denies committing such acts. Lopez argues to the jury in closing arguments that the state's burden of proof requires more evidence than the testimony of the homeowner before they can convict his client.

Case# 15-001037MM30A - Result: Not Guilty

4/19/16 - Sexual Battery - Great Force Not used (Victim 12 Yrs +)

Client charged with sexual battery against his Wife. The couple were separated, but still very much in constant contact. Client wanted to initiate divorce proceedings with his Wife. During a conversation at the home they own together they ended up having sexual relations. Afterwards, the Wife called police. The police investigate and end up charging client with Sexual Battery after Wife states that the sexual encounter was wanted.

From the beginning this case was fraught with issues of victim credibility. However, the client was facing a maximum of fifteen (15) years in prison and being labeled a registered sexual offender for having sex with his Wife.

Lopez takes the alleged victim's deposition (client's Wife) and she admits that no force was used. The sexual encounter occurred after a discussion about divorce. After sex, the client reiterated his intent to divorce her. She felt hurt and angry. She states during the deposition that she called the police to get a restraining order, and not in reference to any sexual assault. That she never told the police that there was any sexual assault, but she didn't speak any english so there was a language barrier.

Case# 15-003225CF10A - Result: After having this charge hanging over his head for over one (1) year, the Office of the State Attorney dismisses the case after Wife's deposition.

10/16/15 -Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer/Leaving Scene of Accident/Driving While License Suspended or Revoked

19 year old client charged for Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Leaving Scene of Accident, and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked for incident arising on January 5th, 2015. Client involved in a traffic accident and followed up an off-duty federal air marshall whom witnessed the traffic accident. The off-duty air marshall follows client and conducts a traffic stop and approaches client's vehicle while he is still inside his vehicle. The air marshall prevents him from exiting his truck. A confrontation occurs where client is accused of pushing the federal air marshall on the chest.

Lopez argues that there was no way that client could have known that the gentlemen who followed was an air marshall, and that the badge he displayed was not enough to inform him that he was a law enforcement officer. Especially, since the federal air marshall was in plain clothes and was driving an unmarked, off-duty civilian vehicle. Lopez files a Motion to Dismiss based on the Florida "Stand your Ground" law which states that a person is justified in the use of deadly force if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself. In this case, client used the force necessary to defend himself from someone whom appeared to be a lunatic making a citizen's arrest.

Case#'s15-000211CF10A, 15-001522MM10A - Result: Felony Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer reduced to Misdemeanor Battery. Client enters favorable plea deal to Misdemeanor Battery, Leaving the Scene of Accident, and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked of an Adjudication Withheld and six (6) months probation. As a result, client avoids having a felony on his record, avoids any jail times, avoids having a conviction on either of the three (3) misdemeanor offenses, and retains the right to seal his criminal record once he finishes his probation.

9/22/15 - Grand Theft Auto

20 year old client accused of stealing a vehicle with his two (2) friends. Accusation is that he meets his friends at apartment complex and then follows them in his own vehicle to a secluded area to go "mudding" with the stolen vehicle. His friends occupying the stolen vehicle while the client follows them.

This is an example where hiring an attorney early in the process right after being arrested may help you avoid having to appear in court altogether. Client hires Lopez early in the process with enough time for him to get in contact with the Office of the State Attorney and point out that the client never entered the stolen vehicle, and in fact never even touched the stolen vehicle on the date in question.

Case# F-15-017504 - Result: CASE DISMISSED prior to client ever going to Court.

9/1/15 - Domestic Battery

Client charged with Domestic Battery after police called to residence and police are said to observe injuries on his wife consistent with her accusation of having her hair grabbed, dragged across the floor, and punched in the face. Client suffers extra inconvenience of being arrested as all of his prized knife weaponry and confiscated by law enforcement as a result of legal requirement that nobody charged with domestic battery possess any firearms or weapons.

Lopez strategically schedules a court hearing to remove no contact order between client and his wife to bring out the following important fact: The Wife does not speak any english (or very poor at best) and the responding officer whom spoke to Wife did not speak any spanish (wife being a spanish speaker). Wife appears in court and explains this to the judge.

Case#15-008208MM10A - Result: CASE DISMISSSED and happy client gets all his knives back.

8/5/15 - Domestic Battery

Client charged with Domestic Battery after police called to home where Husband and Wife are attending party. Client is charged with having lunged at her husband whom was seated in a chair, and scratching his eye and forehead. Police take photographs of husband's injuries at the scene.

Lopez is able to work quickly and get the Husband's written statement explaining his desire not to have his Wife prosecuted and client's lack of a criminal record.

Case# 15-007934MM19A - Result: CASE DISMISSED.

3/31/15 - Driving Under the Influence

Client charged with DUI for incident arising on July 24th, 2014. Client pulled over for speeding (49 in 35 MPH zone). Arresting officer states that he smells alcohol on client's breath and orders him out of the vehicle. Client refuses to perform field sobriety exercises and refuses a breath test. He is arrested for DUI based on the alleged officer's observations of an odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, occasional slurring of his speech, and the supposed difficulty with which he had in finding and handing over his license, registration, and insurance card.

Case goes to Jury trial. Lopez elicits in deposition and at trial that client pulled over the car immediately, exited the vehicle without any problems, walked to the back of the vehicle without any problems, and overall spoke to the officer in a clear manner that could be understood. At the close of the state's case Lopez argues that the Office of the State Attorney proved that his client was driving, and maybe impaired, but never proved that his normal faculties were affected (ability to walk, talk, see, hear, drive an automobile, act in emergencies, make judgments, and perform normal everyday functions) as required per Florida Statute 316.193.

Case#14-025350MU10A - Result: JUDGMENT OF ACQUITTAL (JOA) ENTERED BY JUDGE.

12/12/14 - Battery

Client charged with Battery for incident arising on August 29th, 2009. Florida Statute 775.15 dictates that a prosecution for a misdemeanor of the first degree (as in Battery) must be commenced within two (2) years after it was committed. The Defendant was never arrested for this incident and only found out about the pending arrest warrant in 2014. This despite having lived in the State of Florida the entire time and always having his Florida Driver's License updated with his current address.

Lopez files a Motion to Dismiss State's Information Due to Expiration of Statute of Limitations. Specifically, the argument is made that the prosecution did not commence until 2014, over four (4) years after the arrest warrant was entered and the State of Florida did not make a diligent effort to locate and arrest the client without unreasonable delay.

Only an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney can spot these types of issues when defending someone accused of a crime.

Case#10-002306MM10A - Result: CASE DISMISSED.

8/22/14 - Home Invasion Robbery

Client charged with Home Invasion Robbery. Client accused of entering into the premises of an apartment with a co-defendant at gunpoint with the intent to commit robbery. Police are called and the homeowner picks client out of a photo line-up. The police take the word and trust the identification of the homeowner and client charged with this life felony. Upon further investigation, the Office of the State Attorney is provided with a witness list of co-workers at Wendy's whom saw the client working during the same date and time period as the robbery.

This information is provided to the Office of the State Attorney and the case travels through the court system for almost three (3) years as Lopez tries to gain his client's exoneration prior to trial due to his alibi witnesses.

Case#11-007231CF10A - Result: CASE DISMISSED. Justice is achieved as the Office of the State Attorney does the correct and honorable thing by dismissing the case against client based on his alibi witnesses.

3/7/14 - Aggravated Assault w/ Firearm (6 counts)

Client charged with various counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm. Client accused in the early morning hours of pointing a shotgun during two (2) different incidents. One incident occurred at a bar/lounge and the other incident having occurred in the middle of a residential street. Prosecutors allege that client who was driving a Ford Explorer was seen pointing a shotgun at four (4) bouncers, and then at a tow-truck driver and his passenger that same early morning.

The facts were daunting as potentially six (6) eyewitnesses were prepared to identify the client as being the gunman. During trial, Lopez cross-examines one of the eyewitnesses who testifies that the gunman had a tattoo on his neck. Other witnesses are not able to identify the gunman because it was dark out, and because of the stress of having a shotgun pointed at them. In total, two (2) eyewitnesses identify the client in trial as the person whom pointed a shotgun at them.

Lopez argues at trial that this is a case of mistaken identity as one of the witnesses testifies the gunman had tattoo on his neck, and CLIENT DOES NOT HAVE A TATTOO ON HIS NECK. Client faced a minimum mandatory of three (3) years state prison if convicted based on this being a firearm offense.

Case#11-004789CF10A - Result: NOT GUILTY (PROSECUTOR DISMISSES TWO COUNTS, JUDGE ACQUITS CLIENT ON TWO COUNTS AFTER CLOSE OF STATE'S CASE, AND JURY ACQUITS CLIENT ON REMAINING TWO COUNTS).

11/19/13 - Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Client charged with DUI. Client pulled over for driving without his headlights on at nighttime. Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy conducts field sobriety exercises despite the Defendant telling him he had physical limitations brought about a car accident where he suffered a back injury. Defendant performs the exercises and on the basis of his performance and a perceived odor of alcohol he is charged with DUI.

At trial, a video is played which shows that the Defendant after being distraught and angry over his arrest yelled obscenities at the Deputy. The Office of the State Attorney explains this combined with his performance on the field sobriety exercises combined with his refusal to take the breath test demonstrates his guilt.

Lopez explains that the client performed the exercises well for someone whom suffered from back problems. Further, Lopez explains that his client was not slurring his speech (as acknowledged by the Deputy), and yelled obscenities after the arrest out of frustration, and not because he was intoxicated.

Case#12-007673MM10A - Result: NOT GUILTY

7/2/13 - Aggravated Battery with Deadly Weapon

Client charged with Aggravated Battery with Deadly Weapon for hitting alleged victim in the head with a tire iron during a dispute at a gas station. Client and alleged victim engaged in argument over whether client's behavior was appropriate over urinating in public. An altercation ensued whereby the alleged victim gets pummeled in the head with a tire iron.

Lopez takes the deposition of the alleged victim and establishes that this individual was so enraged that he walked towards client's vehicle. Lopez files a Motion to Dismiss pursuant to the Florida Stand Your Ground Law (Florida Statute 776.012) which states "....a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if: 1) He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself....".

The facts as developed demonstrated that the alleged victim walked towards client in an angry manner, and the client obtained a tire iron from the trunk of his car and hit alleged victim in response. Negotiations ensue and the client's charge is reduced from Aggravated Battery to a Misdemeanor Battery.

Case#12-009533CF10A - Result: Amended to Misdemeanor Battery. Client avoids entering a plea to Aggravated Battery and any jail time.

6/12/13 - Aggravated Assault with a Firearm (2 counts)

Client charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm after having been accused of pointing a gun at two (2) maintenance workers and asking for their wallet and cell phone. Aggravated Assault with a Firearm carries a minimum mandatory prison sentence of 3 years in the State of Florida. The prosecutor wants to give Lopez's client 5 years.

Subsequent investigation reveals that the alleged victims were undocumented mexican immigrants whom after the incident hired immigration lawyers to try and gain permanent residency as victims of crime and racial discrimination. Lopez takes depositions of alleged victims and argues at jury trial that their inconsistent statements of what happened reveals that there was an argument but that the pointing of a gun at them was a concoction designed to set-up their application for permanent residency. Specifically, the alleged victims never told the police shortly after the incident that client had called them racial slurs and asked them for their wallets. This was in stark contrast to their trial testimony.

Case#11-008183CF10A - Result: NOT GUILTY as charged on both counts. Client released from jail and avoids potential 5 year prison sentence.

3/6/13 - Aggravated Battery With a Deadly Weapon

Client charged with Aggravated Battery after having been accused of getting into a fight at a party and hitting the victim in the face with a beer bottle. Aggravated Battery is a second-degree felony in the state of Florida which carries a maximum of fifteen (15) years in prison. This case was an example of how some cases are about winning, and other cases are about getting a plea deal which minimizes the consequences to the client. In this case, the victim suffered extensive injuries which turned into extensive hospital bills.

Lopez enters into plea negotiations to pay a lump sum of the total amount of restitution upfront in exchange for reducing the Aggravated Battery to a Misdemeanor Battery.

Case# 12-000992CF10A - Result: Amended to Misdemeanor Battery. Client avoids entering a plea to Aggravated Battery.

12/20/12 - Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Client accused of DUI after said to be swerving from lane to lane on the roadway. Client arrested and subsequently blows over twice the legal limit in the State of Florida. Lopez takes the deposition of the arresting officer and it becomes apparent that the officer initiated a traffic stop after the defendant had only swerved a total of two times.

In order for anybody to be pulled over in their vehicle the police officer must have "reasonable suspicion" that a crime is being committed or about to be committed. This applies to something as minor as a traffic infraction (i.e., speeding) or a criminal traffic violation such as Driving Under the Influence. Lopez files Motion to Suppress Evidence based on the argument that there was a lack of reasonable suspicion for the arresting officer to have pulled over his client in the first place.

An evidentiary hearing is had on the above matter. The judge agrees that swerving two times under these circumstances was not enough for the client to have been pulled over and detained.

Case# 12-007073MM10A - Result: Case Dismissed.

9/20/12 - Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Client accused of DUI after being found on the highway sleeping in his vehicle. In order to prove the crime of DUI, it must be shown that the accused was either driving or in actual physical control of the vehicle. "Actual physical control" is defined by the Courts in jury instructions as meaning that "...the defendant must be physically in or on the vehicle and have the capability to operate the vehicle, regardless of whether [he] [she] is actually operating the vehicle at the time." Thus, factual questions such as whether the key was in the ignition of the vehicle, whether the accused was in the driver's seat of the vehicle, or whether the motor was running become key questions.

In this case, it was apparent that the accused was in the driver's seat but unclear whether or not the accused had the keys in his possession or within ready reach that he could operate the vehicle. Lopez files Motion to Suppress Evidence for Lack of Probable Cause to arrest for DUI arguing in his written motion that there were not sufficient facts for the police officer to determine that his client was in actual physical control of the vehicle pursuant to the DUI laws. Thus, the client should have never been arrested for DUI.

Case# 11-019839MM10A - Result: Plea deal reached where charge reduced to Reckless Driving. Client avoids any jail time and DUI on his record.

5/10/11 - Domestic Battery

Client accused of battering his ex-wife by striking her in the face, arms, back of the head, and buttocks. Client and the alleged victim were spending time with the parties' two (2) minor children in client's house when the supposed beating occurred. Lopez points out at jury trial that the alleged victim had a motive to lie and concoct a false story of Domestic Battery, including the fact that Lopez's client rejected her request to reconcile their marriage and had sexual relations with her sister among other things. Additionally, Lopez points out to jury that if alleged victim had truly been battered that evening the Hollywood police would have seen visible marks or bruises on her person on the night she called police which they hadn't.

Case# 10-023276MM10A - Result: NOT GUILTY

12/13/10 - Driving Under The Influence, Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Client accused of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident in an after-hours I-95 crash that allegedly occurred after a night of partying at a nightclub. Witnesses testified that a car alleged to have been driven by client ran into or "clipped" two cars on the highway before rear-ending the third and final car. The third collision results in a vicious crash where the other vehicle lands upside down causing serious injuries to the driver. At jury trial, Lopez points out to the jury that no witness ever viewed his client drive the vehicle in question, and that his client was a passenger in a vehicle whose driver fled at the scene of the final collision. Thus, at the wrong place at the wrong time and Not Guilty.

Case# 5990XBP - Result: At the conclusion of all the evidence and right before closing arguments were to begin in this jury trial the Office of the State Attorney makes an offer client cannot refuse. Client pleads no contest to a reduced charge of Reckless Driving and pleads no contest to Leaving Scene of Accident. Client avoids any jail time and avoids a DUI on his record as he accepts a sentence of six (6) months probation.

9/3/10 - Possession of Cannibis with Intent to Deliver

Client accused of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell. Based on information supplied by a confidential informant, Broward Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force Detectives obtain a search warrant and raid a house in Deerfield Beach, Florida while client and his friend and co-defendant are sitting on the front porch of house. As a result of searching the house and the area surrounding the house Detectives locate large volumes of marijuana packaged for supposed delivery in the bushes surrounding the property. Lopez and the attorney for the co-defendant argue that said marijuana should be thrown out of court as the result of an illegal search and seizure. It turns out that the search warrant obtained by the police only included the inside of the house and not the surrounding area or "cartilage" of the house and thus exceeded the boundaries of the area they were allowed to search.

Case# 09-017373CF10B - Result: CASE DISMISSED. In a true example of why our courts are so effective at ensuring that the police are taken to task for illegal activity, and in this case an illegal search, the marijuana confiscated by the police is thrown out after judge rules that it was the product of an illegal search and seizure. Without any evidence, the Office of the State Attorney is forced to voluntary dismiss their own case.

10/13/09 - Trafficking in Hydrocodone, Possession of Ammunition by Convicted Felon, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Propoxyphene, Possession of Oxycodone, Possession of Marijuana.

The odds of victory were difficult, and the consequences of losing at trial were great as client faced a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years in prison were he found guilty by a jury of Trafficking in Hydrocodone. Likewise, with five (5) felonies the consequences were severe as a guilty verdict could mean up to a maximum penalty of 55 years in prison. Client was found in a hotel room with various substances in large quantities, and allegedly made a statement admitting that the ammunition in the hotel room and the marijuana belonged to him. At trial, Lopez introduces receipt from hotel showing that room client was staying in was registered in someone else's name. Lopez argues that the drugs and bullets belonged to person in whose name the hotel room was registered, and that client was just an unfortunate guest who got caught at the wrong place at the wrong time. Lopez pointed out the lack of an audio-taped statement and inconsistencies in the police officer's statements as showing that police had fabricated a false statement to convict client at trial.

Case# 07-010414CF10A - Result: After spending over 2 years in jail awaiting trial Edward Lopez walks client out of the front door of the courthouse. Client is a free man as the jury finds him NOT GUILTY on all charges.

9/17/09 - Strong Arm Robbery

Lopez's client is 20 year old male accused of participating in a robbery with two (2) other people. The victim is punched in the face and money taken from his person. Client faced a minimum of 34 months in prison if convicted of this charge. Lopez uses the available exceptions in the law to argue that client's mental illness and youth warranted that he be given a break. Lopez asks the judge to give his client probation with no jail time due to his youth and mental illness.

Case# 08-0022628CF10B - After a sentencing hearing, the trial judge gives Lopez's client 4 years probation with no jail time and no conviction on his record.

9/11/09 - Aggravated Stalking/Violation of Domestic Violence Injunction

Client originally charged with Aggravated Stalking for allegedly knocking on his girlfriend's front door while having a restraining order taken out against him by his girlfriend. Client hires Lopez and charges are reduced to Misdemeanor Violation of Domestic Violence Injunction. Said charge is a 1st degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in the county jail in the State of Florida. Lopez negotiates plea offer with the Office of the State Attorney whereby client enters plea to reduced charge of Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct, a second degree misdemeanor.

Case #'s -09-002999CF10A, 09-005844MM10A - Result: client enters plea deal to reduced charge of Disorderly Conduct and walks away with only pay court costs, no conviction on record, and no probation.

12/16/08 - Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

"Money is the root of all evil." It has been known to cause misery, and in this case, it was sister vs. sister as Lopez's client stood trial for allegedly lunging at her sister with a knife after the live-in sisters had an argument over money and the stove being left on. This case demonstrated the lengths through which family feuds can go as the sister to Lopez's client was willing to risk putting her own sister in prison over what normally would have been considered a private family dispute. At trial, Lopez pointed out to the jury that this was a case of self-defense and that his client picked up a knife to defend herself only after being choked, beaten, and suffering a bite mark on her arm. With the pictures to prove the injuries suffered by his client, and the victim having suffered no injuries, a jury clears and vindicates Lopez's client after 38 minutes of deliberation.

Case# 07-024068CF10A - Result: NOT GUILTY

12/9/08 - Misdemeanor Domestic Battery

Lopez's client is arrested and charged with Domestic Battery after allegedly pulling his live-in girlfriend off the bed after she came home drunk after a night of hard partying. Lopez's client gets arrested by the Davie Police Department after he calls the police after being kicked in the testicles by his girlfriend when she didn't want to get off the bed! Apparently, the brain surgeons at the Davie Police Department felt this case was worthy of an arrest. Lopez immediately makes contact with the alleged victim and live-in ex-girlfriend who agrees to sign a sworn affidavit saying she does not wish to prosecute this case. Lopez writes letter to the Assistant State Attorney reviewing the case and pointing out among other things that the alleged victim did not want to pursue charges, that the alleged victim admitted to being inebriated on the night of the incident, his client's lack of a prior record, and the painfully obvious fact that client's family jewels had already taken a beating.

Case# 08-027691MM10A - Result: Client never steps foot in a courtroom as the Office of the State Attorney declines to prosecute after reviewing case: CASE DISMISSED.

11/26/08 - Welfare Fraud

In the State of Florida, it is a third degree felony to knowingly receive welfare benefits when that person is gainfully employed. This is because the law only permits people who are not gainfully employed and have a proven medical need the ability to collect welfare benefits and receive help from the government. Lopez's client was accused of this very crime and faced the possibility of receiving up to 5 years in state prison if convicted of this crime. Lopez is able to negotiate a favorable plea deal which allows his client to avoid a trial and avoid having a felony conviction on record.

Case# 07-023251CF10A - Negotiated with the Office of the State Attorney agreeing to reduce felony charge to the lesser included offense of Misdemeanor Petty Theft. Client receives a sentence of an Adjudication Withheld and 6 months probation. Client not only avoids pleading out to a felony but also avoids a conviction on the misdemeanor charge.

5/30/08 - Armed Burglary, Burglary of Dwelling, Possession of Burglary Tools, Grand Theft, Misdemeanor Battery

Client faced life in prison in a case that involved the heinous fact of 4 intruders going into the house and holding one of the female victims at knifepoint. Prosecutors alleged that Lopez's client was 1 of those 4 intruders. At first glance, the facts were damning as the keys to the truck parked in front of the burglarized house with all of the stolen property was found in client's pocket. Lopez argued to the jury that if his client were involved that his fingerprints would be inside the house which was not the case. Additionally, Lopez capitalized on the conflicting testimony of one of the victims who testified in court that client was never in the house. This contradicted the testimony of the second victim who said that client was inside the house during the home invasion robbery. Lopez argues to jury that lack of fingerprints and testimony of the first victim proves that this was a case of mistaken identification and that his client was innocent.

Case# 07-0074748 - Result: After spending more than 14 months in jail awaiting trial, Lopez's client is found NOT GUILTY of all charges and leaves jail that same night a free man.

4/29/08 - Robbery With a Deadly Weapon/Aggravated Battery

The stakes were high as client faced a possible life sentence if convicted of Robbery With a Deadly Weapon. At first glance, the facts were difficult to deal with as client was accused of striking a blind man in the face with his walking cane and then robbing him after a heated argument over monies owed to him. Lopez thoroughly investigates the case and tells the jury that the real perpetrator of this heinous crime is the eyewitness that supposedly saw client pick up walking cane and strike the blind man after the argument and then took $100.00. The jury learns that the chief eyewitness is a convicted drug dealer and Lopez points out to the jury that on the date of the incident this eyewitness told the police a different story. This supposed eyewitness told the jury that HE DIDN'T SEE BUT ONLY HEARD AN ARGUMENT. Lopez pounces on this point and explains to the jury that this evidence of the eyewitness' cover-up to hide and protect his own guilt.

Case# 07-016378CF10A - Result: Client avoids a potential life sentence and is a free man as the jury finds him NOT GUILTY on both charges.

4/7/08 - Burglary of Dwelling/Strong Arm Robbery

Client is accused of entering his lover's apartment in the early morning hours without permission for a sexual encounter. Alleged victim rebuffs his advances and claims that he gives him money for a taxi cab out of fear for his own safety. Lopez investigates case by taking depositions of all the witnesses involved in case. Client avoids trial after it is learned that first officers on the scene did not see any signs of forced entry on the front door, despite other officers claims that the front door was pried open with a hand-rake and had noticeable forced entry marks.

Case#07-012990CF10A - Result: Case Dismissed without client having to go to jury trial.

3/28/08 - Carrying Concealed Firearm/Resisting Arrest without Violence

This was the classic case of "suspicious" young black male being harassed by police for no valid reason. Client is walking his dog in the middle of the night when the Lauderhill police ask client to show his hands. He doesn't do so fast enough and he is tackled to the ground. While being tackled to the ground a gun allegedly falls out of client's shorts, and client supposedly resists arrest by "tensing" his wrists while being hand-cuffed. Lopez files Motion to Suppress Evidence based on an illegal search and seizure.

Case#07-011550CF10A - Result: Case Dismissed

3/20/08 - Possession of Cocaine

Client is pulled over for the common infraction of "FAILURE TO SIGNAL TURN PROPERLY". Client is a spanish speaker who doesn't speak any english, yet somehow he gives his consent to search his vehicle. Cocaine is found underneath the steering wheel column of truck driven by client. Lopez files Motion to Suppress Evidence based on fact that police did not have probable cause to search vehicle, and client never consented to search.

Case#07-015213CF10A - Result: Case Dismissed

3/13/08 - Misdemeanor Domestic Battery

Client is accused of slapping her girlfriend in the face and is arrested for Domestic Battery. Lopez is hired and immediately points out to the State Attorney that the alleged victim changed her statement after she found out her girlfriend was going to be arrested. Based on this information, and a sworn affidavit by alleged victim saying she doesn't want to prosecute, client is able to avoid going to court and facing this charge.

Case#08-003520MM10A - Result: Case Dismissed

3/6/08 - Aggravated Assault with Firearm, Felony Battery

Client accused of pointing gun at his live-in son during an argument and subsequently is accused of battering his wife. Under Florida Law, Agg. Assault with a Firearm carries a minimum mandatory 3 year prison sentence if person is convicted of said offense. Lopez is able to prove that client never pointed gun at son and this was a false allegation. Lopez is able to negotiate a plea offer with the State Attorney to save client from going to prison and save client's criminal record.

Case#07-016966CF10A - Result: Client avoids prison time and saves his criminal record as Lopez negotiates a plea deal of 2 years probation and an Adjudication Withheld on the reduced offense of Misdemeanor Domestic Battery and Misdemeanor Improper Exhibition of Firearm. Client's felonies are reduced to misdemeanors and he walks away without any convictions on his records.

2/22/08 - Misdemeanor Stalking

Client faced a criminal case of misdemeanor stalking and a separate case of a Petition for Protection vs. Domestic Violence (Restraining Order). Allegation involved harassing phone calls and throwing rocks at alleged victim's window. Lopez subpoenas alleged victim and takes her deposition. During deposition Lopez grills the alleged victim on her immigration motives for accusing client of stalking since she was an illegal immigrant, and being a battered spouse could be her ticket to staying in the country.

Case# 08-000647DOM - Result: Both cases are dismissed after victim decides not to show up for court.

9/18/07 - Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding a Law Enforcement Officer

In the State of Florida, the above charge is a third degree felony with a maximum of 5 years state prison and the loss of your Drivers License for up to 2 years. Client was driving his vehicle when he comes upon a funeral procession. Broward Sheriff's Deputy makes a hand motion for client to pull over to the side. Client mistakenly believes he merely wants him to switch lanes but that he can keep on driving. Less than a minute later he is pulled over and charged for Fleeing and Eluding a Police Officer.

Case#05-016865CF10A - Result: Lopez reaches a plea agreement where the charge is reduced to a Misdemeanor Reckless Driving and 6 months probation. Client avoids felony conviction, loss of Drivers License, and the stress of a jury trial.

9/18/07 - Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

Client faced a maximum of 15 years state prison for allegedly having stabbed victim with a knife after victim allegedly refused to buy Xanax for him. To complicate matters client was already on felony probation for another case, and therefore was held in jail with no bond pending the conclusion of his case. After a thorough investigation, Lopez takes the victim's deposition where victim asserts that Client slapped him the face but that he believes he may be mistaken as to who stabbed him with a knife.

Case#06-014958CF10A, #07-008909CF10A - Result: Aggravated Battery charged reduced to a misdemeanor battery and client receives a sentence of time served for the time he spent in jail. In exchange for his immediate release, client's felony probation is extended two additional years and he walks out of jail still being able to say that he is not a convicted felon.

9/12/07 - Battery on Law Enforcement Officer/Resisting Arrest without Violence/Possession of Cocaine

Client faced 5-15 years state prison if convicted of the above felonies. At jury trial, Lopez portrays the 2 arresting officers as liars who concocted a story of Battery and planted cocaine in Client's back pocket to justify their own police brutality. Lopez brings out the police officers' inconsistencies during cross-examination as evidence that they are being untruthful, and that client never hit any of the officers and never had cocaine in his possession.

Case#06-016592CF10A - Result: Client is found Not Guilty on all charges after only 40 minutes of jury deliberations. Lopez gets privilege of walking his incarcerated client out the front entrance of the courthouse.

8/20/07 - Aggravated Battery on Pregnant Victim

Committing a Battery on a pregnant woman is a second-degree felony in the State of Florida which carries a maximum of 15 years state prison if a person is convicted of such an offense. This is what Lopez's client faced for having slapped someone in the face whom happened to be 5 months pregnant. Lopez gets a favorable plea deal for client which allows client to avoid the felony and jail time by having charged reduced to a misdemeanor battery.

Case#07-007853CF10A - Result: Charge reduced to misdemeanor battery, and client receives an adjudication withheld and 3 months probation (client will not have misdemeanor conviction if successfully completes probation).

5/22/07 - Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver

Client, a South Florida resident, was pulled over for speeding on I-95 while passing through Flagler County, Florida (that is Bunnell, Florida for people unfamiliar with that area). After smelling the aroma of marijuana in client's vehicle the client is asked to step out, and during a search of the trunk of vehicle a bucket with 6 pounds of marijuana is found. Client faced a potential sentence of 5 years state prison and 2 years loss of his Drivers' License if convicted of this serious felony.

Case#07-00101CF10A - Result: Lopez is able to hammer out a plea agreement with the prosecutor to an Adjudication Withheld and probation, which means client avoids jail time and any felony conviction on his record if he successfully completes probation.

5/12/07 - Armed Carjacking with a Firearm

This was a classic case of what can happen when the police fail to conduct a thorough investigation, and operate on the theory of arresting first and then letting the judge and jury ask questions later. The alleged victim in this case concocted a creative tale of getting into a verbal argument with client and then having client force her into her car at gunpoint and kidnapping her. Armed Carjacking with a Firearm is such a serious offense that it is punishable by life and automatically comes with a no bond hold. After months of investigation, Lopez was able to take the alleged victim's deposition where she admitted that client had slapped her, but there was never any gun involved. This was a malicious lie which the police believed. In the end, justice prevailed and client avoided a potential life sentence and minimum mandatory 10 year prison sentence.

Case#06-011792CF10A - Result: charge reduced to misdemeanor battery and client released with credit for all time served in the county jail.

2/15/07 - Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon

In the State of Florida, it is illegal for convicted felons to possess of firearms of any kind. Client was accused of having brandished a gun during a house party after getting into a verbal confrontation with a jealous ex-boyfriend of the woman he was dating. Client faced anywhere from 16 months to 15 years in prison if convicted of this offense. At jury trial, Mr. Lopez was able to expose inconsistencies in the single eyewitness' testimony of whether or not the gun was actually in the possession of his client. Additionally, through the police department's sloppiness Lopez was able to capitalize on the fact that no fingerprints were taken from the firearm in attempt to match client's fingerprints.

Case#05-019155CF10A - Verdict: NOT GUILTY

1/30/07 - Attempted Burglary of Structure

Client accused of having trying to break and enter a KMART in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The lesson to be learned from this case is that eyewitness identifications are error prone and often lead to the arrest of innocent people. This case went all the way to trial where the judge dismissed the case without even letting the jury decide for lack of credible evidence.

Case#07-000455CF10A - Verdict: CASE DISMISSED BY JUDGE

12/12/06 - False Imprisonment / Battery

Client accused of hitting his girlfriend in the head with a dumbbell and holding her vs. her will in his bedroom. At jury trial, Lopez exposed alleged victim's inconsistent statements given to the police and at her deposition, including the fact that she was drunk and high on cocaine on the night of the alleged incident.

Case#05-016324CF10A - Verdict: NOT GUILTY

10/26/06 - Attempted Robbery with Firearm

Client accused of robbing a car wash in Lauderhill, Florida. The stakes were high as Lopez's client faced 15 years in prison if convicted of this serious offense. The state's star witness testified at jury trial that client gave her a loaded gun and forced her under threat of bodily harm to go inside and rob the car wash. At trial, Lopez exposed state's star witness for the lying, thieving, crack smoking prostitute that she was.

Case#06-007049CF10A - Verdict: NOT GUILTY

10/12/06 - Grand Theft

"Hell hath no fury than that from a woman scorned". That was the case as client's ex-girlfriend accused him of stealing her jewelry from the house that they had shared. Lopez slices and dices girlfriend on the witness stand by exposing her inconsistent statements and motive to lie.
Case#06-002391CF10A - Verdict: NOT GUILTY

9/27/06 - Aggravated Battery

Lopez's client, a gas station attendant, was accused of throwing hot scalding coffee at a customer and causing massive facial injuries. Lopez argued this was a case of self-defense as alleged victim had cursed and called his client a racial epithet, thus causing him to fear bodily harm when he saw alleged victim go towards him in a verbal confrontation. After 3 hours of deliberation, a mistrial was declared as the JURY DEADLOCKED 4-2 in favor of acquittal.

Case#05-004826CF10A - Client currently waiting for his retrial in which Lopez fully expects to clear his client.

9/5/06 - Possession of Cocaine / Possession of Paraphernalia

Client accused of having been caught up in a Broward Sheriff's Office drug raid, being knocked to the ground, and then miraculously having a crack pipe in his hand as he lay on the ground unconscious. Enough said.

Case#03-016268CF10A - Verdict: NOT GUILTY

5/12/06, 7/21/06 - Tampering with Evidence / Driving Under the Influence

This was a case that went to jury trial two times. The first time the jury deadlocked, and the second time the jury came back NOT GUILTY on both charges. Client was pulled over for speeding and initially arrested for Driving Under the Influence and barely blowing over the legal limit at .0089 (.008 legal limit). Expert witness testified as to margin of error and variables that could affect breath sample. Subsequently, client supposedly swallowed a bag of cocaine in front of three police officers at the jail when they found cocaine in his shoe. The only problem is that these three officers couldn't get their stories straight. Thus, client walks out of court a free man.

Case#05-014093CF10A

5/17/06 - Possession of Cocaine / Paraphernalia

Client accused of dropping a crack pipe on the floorboard of the car he was driving while parked on the street. At trial, Lopez exposed the inconsistent statements of both eyewitness police officers and pointed out that many other people had access to vehicle. Especially, since vehicle did not belong to client. Additionally, the windows to the car were rolled up with tinting that was dark as coal, so Lopez argued it was unlikely officers saw what they claimed to have seen.

Case#05-013618CF10A - Verdict: NOT GUILTY

4/25/06 - Possession of Cocaine / Paraphernalia

"Officer, go (add expletive of choice) yourself." Client accused of having a crack pipe in his shoe that was recovered after he was detained for running away from an officer after he tried to write him a ticket for not walking on the sidewalk?! (Yes they really do have a ticket for that in Fort Lauderdale). Client yells expletives at officer and runs away when officer tries to write him the ticket. Lopez argued to the jury that crack pipe in client's shoe was a fabrication made up by the police officer because he was angry at having to chase client 3 blocks and being told to go (expletive) himself.

Case#05-016899CF10A - Verdict: NOT GUILTY


Edward Lopez Attorney at Law represents clients throughout South Florida, including Broward County, Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach County, and the cities of Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale, Aventura, Davie, Pembroke Pines, Plantation and Miami, Florida.