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Carey Wagner Meldon

Carey Wagner Meldon

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  • DUI & DWI, Personal Injury
  • Florida, Florida
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Summary

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about me. I am currently a partner with the Meldon Law. Before joining the Meldon law firm in 2009, I practiced law in Daytona Beach with the State’s Attorney Office for almost four years. During my employment as an Assistant State Attorney, I personally handled thousands of criminal cases ranging from misdemeanor DUIs to capital felonies. In 2008, the 7th Judicial Circuit State’s Attorney’s Office promoted me to the Special Prosecution Unit.

I was born and raised in Gainesville and attended the College of William and Mary where I played on the Varsity Tennis Team and focused my education on the subjects of History and Economics. I later studied law at Stetson’s College of Law.

One of my life highlights was having my grandfather, Stetson Law Alum Maurice Wagner , present me with my diploma in 2005. My grandfather started practicing in Miami Beach in the early 1950s and a was a true trailblazer in the field of personal injury law. Maurice dedicated his life to fighting for justice and was awarded one of the highest distinctions by the Florida Supreme Court, the Tobias Simon award. In 2017, I returned to our family’s roots in South Florida where Maurice began his trial practice 80 years ago.

Now I run the Meldon Law firm with my father, the legendary Jeffrey Meldon. We have a full service firm with 5 lawyers and over 20 staff spread out through three Florida locations. Jeffrey and I take the time know our clients individually as it’s our honor to serve them.

I enjoy spending time with friends, both old and new. The most enjoyable aspect of my career are the long lasting relationships that have developed with many of my clients.

My interest is in trial practice involving criminal defense and personal injury cases.

Practice Areas
  • DUI & DWI
  • Personal Injury
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
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Florida
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ID Number: 18494
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Assistant State Attorney
Office of the State Attorney - 7th Judicial Circuit
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Education
Stetson University College of Law
J.D. (2005) | Law
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College of William and Mary
B.A. (2001) | History
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Awards
Community Partner of the Year
Pledge 5 Foundation
Professional Associations
FACDL (Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers)
Member
Current
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NACDL (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers)
Member
Current
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Florida Traffic Court Rules Committee
Past Secretary
Current
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NCDD (National College DUI Defense)
Member
Current
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FJA (Florida Justice Association)
Eagle Member
Current
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Broward County Bar Association
Member
Current
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Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association
Member
Current
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FACDL (Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) Eighth Judicial Circuit
Past President
Current
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AAJ (Association of American Justice)
Member
Current
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Broward County Trial Lawyers Association
Member
Current
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Florida State Bar  # 18494
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
A DUI Guide for South Florida
Word Association Publishers
Speaking Engagements
Cross Examination , Blood Breath & Tears , Orlando
DUI Case Law Update , Masters of DUI , Fort Lauderdale
Defending DUI Cases , Basic criminal Law , Tampa
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
1 Questions Answered

Q. I was driving and was going around a curve and my purse fell i picked it up and my truck swiped the light post.
A: From what you describe it appears the government WOULD have a plausible DUI "case" against you. You have a few different questions that need answers: 1) Did the police officer have a lawful basis to make contact with you? It sounds (without further information) that the civilian witness who followed you to the store also directed the police to make contact with you about the damaged light post and/or driving pattern. The first question I'd have to answer is whether the officers' contact with you was consensual or a basis of a traffic stop. If consensual, than your 4th amendment rights wouldn't be "activated" and therefore any statements and/or observations could most likely be used by law enforcement to further its investigation and allow them to request field sobriety exercises. If it was a investigatory stop, then it would depend on the information that was relayed to them by the citizen as well as their own observations prior to conducting the stop. Regardless, civilians can generally testify as to "wheel witnesses" or whom they believe was driving based on personal observation. Civilians can also testify to abnormal driving patterns and other acceptable lay observations (speed, stumbling, manner of speech, etc...) The civilian cannot testify as to the field sobriety exercises since they are standardized and must be administered and observed in a standardized fashion. So, overall, it appears the officers would have a lawful basis to make contact with you regardless of whether its a investigatory stop or consensual encounter. 2) Can you be convicted of being impaired by prescription drugs? In the state of Florida the answer is YES. It would depend on a variety of factors. The type of drugs, the amount of drugs ingested, when were the drugs ingested, how long have you been taking the prescription drugs, are there any unintended interactions with drugs that may have been ingested, can the State prove that drugs caused impairment, etc.. Please contact a qualified DUI attorney in your area that can answer these questions in more detail after reviewing the State's discovery as well as your medical history.
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Meldon Law
1 East Broward Blvd
Suite 700
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Toll-Free: (800) 373-8000
Telephone: (954) 334-1276
Fax: (352) 373-8400
Meldon Law
703 N. Main Street
Suite A
GAINESVILLE, FL 32602
Toll-Free: (800) 373-8000
Telephone: (352) 373-8000
Fax: (352) 373-8400