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Melanie McCorkle Ellwanger
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Melanie Ellwanger’s Legal Cases

12 total


  • DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving-DeKalb

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    Reduction to Reckless Driving
    Description:
    Client was an executive with a Big 5 Accounting Firm. DUI would jeopardize career. Client was intoxicated on video, but Melanie insisted the State could not meet its burden for Probable Cause or prove that Client was the actual driver. On the day of trial, the prosecutor agreed and offered a reduced charge.
  • DUI Drugs Reduced to Red Light Violation

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    Reduced to Traffic Violation
    Description:
    Client charged with 11 counts of DUI Drugs and causing an accident in Cobb County. Blood work showed numerous medications in the system. Melanie contacted toxicologists and pharmacists and did research on the effects of the medications. This helped her convice the prosecutor to reduce the charges to a minor traffic violation.
  • Gwinnett County DUI-Not Guilty

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty Verdict.
    Description:
    Client was stopped for weaving (visible on video) and admitted to consuming numerous drinks. Ofiicer testified that Client was stumbling and appeared intoxicated. Melanie argued the State could not meet its burden. The Jury agreed and retunred a Not Guilty Verdict.
  • .10 Breath Case Reduced - Gwinnett

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    DUI reduced to Reckless Driving
    Description:
    Melanie pointed out flaws in the Field Sobriety Tests and Breath Tests and persuaded the prosecutor to reduce the DUI to Reckless Driving.
  • DUI reduced, child endangerment dropped

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    2 DUIs reduced to traffic charge
    Description:
    Client in Winder, GA was charged with a second DUI within a 5 year period, plus a count of child endangerment. This made it a technical 3rd DUI in 5 years. Client was facing a 5 year license suspension and jail time. Melanie talked with prosecutor and arresting officer numerous times. Melanie showed up ready for trial and Client was offered a Reckless Driving plus dismissal of the child endangerment on the day of trial.
  • Underage DUI and Hit and Run reduced to Traffic Violation

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    DUI reduced to Minor Traffic Violation.
    Description:
    Underage client was charged with DUI, Posession of Alcohol, Hit and Run and causing an accident. Melanie was persistent with the prosecutor. After meeting and speaking about the case on numerous occasions, Melanie convinced the prosecutor to offer lesser charges of Following too Closely and a Local Ordinance Violation.
  • Breath Test Case Reduced-Barrow Co.

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    DUI reduced to Reckless Driving
    Description:
    Client was charged with DUI after nearly striking a police officer at a foggy roadblock. Client risked losing his pilot's license if he had a DUI on his record. Breath test showed a .088 blood alcohol level. Melanie was hired one week before trial. She met with the police officers and prosecuting attorney for hours. Client;s charge was subsequently reduced and his pilot's license was saved.
  • .10 Underage DUI Reduced

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    DUI reduced to Reckless Driving
    Description:
    Client was arrested after striking a pole and failing field sobriety tests. Breath Test was 5 times the legal limit for his age. Melanie assured the prosecutors they would have a difficult time proving he was the actual driver. Melanie was prepared for a Jury Trial and Cleint was offered a reduced charge the week before trial.
  • Underage Client - Minor in Possession of Alcohol

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2011
    Outcome:
    Client allowed to take diversion, not convicted
    Description:
    Cobb County high school student permitted to take diversion and get record expunged
  • 2nd DUI dropped in Fulton

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    DUI reduced
    Description:
    Client was facing a second DUI within a 5 year period. Case was reduced just prior to trial after a pre-trial hearing and cross-exmination of arresting officer.