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Jason M. Melton Esq.

Jason M. Melton Esq.

Whittel & Melton, LLC
  • Personal Injury, Criminal Law, DUI & DWI...
  • Florida
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Summary

Attorney Jason M. Melton, a founding partner of Whittel & Melton, LLC, has offices in Spring Hill, New Port Richey, Ocala, Tampa, Bushnell, Inverness and Gainesville where we handle Auto Accidents, Slip and Fall, Injury, Wrongful Death, Unpaid Overtime, DUI, Criminal, Brain Injury, Divorce and all Family law issues and other related legal matters in the following communities:
Tampa, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, Wesley Chapel, Dade City, Zephyrhills, New Port Richey, Trinity, Hudson, Holiday, Brooksville, Spring Hill, Weeki Wachee, Bushnell, Inverness, Crystal River, Homosassa, The Villages, Ocala, Gainesville, Bronson, Cedar Key, Tavares, Clermont, Bartow, Lakeland - which includes Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Pasco County, Hernando County, Polk County, Lake County, Sumter County, Citrus County, Marion County, Levy County and Alachua County

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Business Law
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Employment Law
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Family Law
  • Insurance Claims
  • Juvenile Law
  • Maritime
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
  • Products Liability
  • Traffic Tickets
  • White Collar Crime
Additional Practice Areas
  • Car Accidents
  • General Civil
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Wrongful & Accidental Death
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMEX
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Education
The Catholic University of America
J.D. / Law
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Honors: Dean's Award 2001-2002; Students for Public Interest Law, Summer 2001 Award, U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern Methodist University
B.A. / History
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Awards
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
2012-2014
Professional Associations
Member
Hernando County Bar Association
Current
Member
The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
Current
Member
The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Current
Member
American Association for Justice
Current
Member
Traffic Court Rules Committee, Florida Bar
Current
Member
Citrus County Bar Association
Current
Member
Citrus-Hernando Inn of Court
Current
Member
Hernando County Small Claims Mediation
Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
"The legal perspective on car insurance"
St. Petersburg Times
Speaking Engagements
Law Talk, Brooksville
WWJB 1450 AM RADIO
Weekly show, 12:35-1:00 p.m.
Websites & Blogs
Website
Jason M. Melton's Website Profile
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Jason M. Melton's Main Website Profile
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Jason M. Melton, P.A. Website
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Whittel & Melton, LLC Main Website
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Whittel & Melton, LLC Personal Injury Website
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Whittel & Melton, LLC Drug Crimes Website
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Whittel & Melton, LLC White Collar Crimes Website
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Whittel & Melton, LLC - Statewide Sex Crimes Defense Website
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Jason M. Melton's Motorcycle Accident Website Profile
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Whittel & Melton, LLC Motorcycle Accident Website
Blog
Tampa DUI Lawyer Blog
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Florida Criminal Attorney Blog
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Florida Personal Injury Lawyers Blog
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Hernando County Injury Attorney Blog
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Pasco County Injury Attorney Blog
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Citrus County Injury Attorney Blog
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Tampa Bay Injury Attorney Blog
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Tampa Abogado De Lesion
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New York Injury Blog
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New York Criminal Blog
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South Florida Criminal Attorney Blog
Legal Answers
3 Questions Answered

Q. My uncle and I went to bar and got drunk. Bartender kept giving us beer. Can we sue for crashing while driving home?
A: Your question is basically a question about what are called DRAM SHOP actions. In Florida, a bar could be sued, even by the person who may have been at fault for the accident, for the resultant damages caused by their lack of sobriety if it was caused: 1) by some kind of negligence in allowing the person to drink there in the first place - i.e. the person was 16 years old and nobody ever asked the individual for identification; or 2) serving what is called an "habitual drunkard" - generally these are of course the more difficult of the two types of cases - here, a plaintiff would need to prove either a) the individual a known medical condition which made it negligent to serve them or b) that they had so regularly visited this bar and exhibited no ability to control their drinking, thus "habitual" and the bar was on notice about their behavior. Obviously, the most common case involving this type of action is where the 15 year old is never carded and causes a serious accident in which inadequate auto insurance is not capable of compensating seriously injured persons. Then the inured persons look into the potential negligence of the bar for providing the alcohol in the first place - typically a commercial policy might be applicable in this case.
Q. I have an out of state warrant for not finishing probation on a dui, can i still get my original ticket number without g
A: You will probably need the help of an attorney's office to get it for you, so that you are not arrested at the clerk's office. You need to know that warrants are like that girlfriend or boyfriend that you regret dating in high school. At some point, you must confront the warrant and handle it. To continue that bad analogy - you cant just ignore the warrant in the hallways - you have to deal with it. I have had clients who have been stopped and placed in custody on several different occasions for out of state misdemeanor warrants(like DUI) and never get it resolved. There is no reason to have misdemeanor DUI probation, no matter how pathetic your attempt at resolving your obligations with probation were, change your whole life and make you live in fear of the police. You need to to deal with this head on and get it behind you - contact my law firm and we would be happy to help you with your situation. 1-866-608-5529
Q. If I was arrested with BSO, but my jurisdiction was transferred to Dade, who is my arresting agancy?
A: Im curious why you are asking this question. That aside, if you were arrested by BSO, but your case in being handled in Miami-Dade County, the arresting agency is still BSO. The officers from Broward will likely testify in your trial in Miami-Dade and they will still swear to the information contained in any information required for your case. That said - it's possible your case was being handled by both agencies as a part of some kind of joint task force. I dont really have a lot to go on with your question, but I can tell you as a former prosecutor from Miami-Dade it was not unusual to have a case where some of the witnesses are BSO deputies. Hope this helps.
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Whittel & Melton, LLC
Pasco
8221 State Road 54
New Port Richey, FL 34655
USA
Toll-Free: (866) 608-5529
Telephone: (727) 847-2299
Whittel & Melton, LLC
Main Office and Mailing Address
11020 Northcliffe Blvd
Spring Hill, FL 34608
USA
Toll-Free: (866) 608-5529
Telephone: (352) 666-2121
Fax: (352) 556-4839
Whittel & Melton, LLC
Pinellas
One Progress Plaza
200 Central Ave
#400
St Petersburg, FL 33701
USA
Toll-Free: (866) 608-5529
Telephone: (727) 823-0000
Fax: (727) 898-2001
Whittel & Melton, LLC
Marion - The Villages
118 SW Fort King St
Ocala, FL 34471-1145
USA
Toll-Free: (866) 608-5529
Telephone: (352) 369-5334
Whittel & Melton, LLC
Citrus
111 W Main St
#303
Inverness, FL 34450
USA
Toll-Free: (866) 608-5529
Telephone: (352) 726-0078
Whittel & Melton, LLC
Lake - Sumter
123 N Florida St
Bushnell, FL 33513
USA
Toll-Free: (866) 608-5529
Telephone: (352) 793-9330
Whittel & Melton, LLC
Alachua - Levy
2627 NW 43rd St
#201
Gainesville, FL 32606
USA
Toll-Free: (866) 608-5529
Telephone: (352) 264-7800
Whittel & Melton, LLC
Boca Raton
3700 Airport Rd
#303
Boca Raton, FL 33431
USA
Toll-Free: (866) 608-5529
Telephone: (561) 367-8777
Whittel & Melton, LLC
Hillsborough
2909 W Bay to Bay Blvd
#300
Tampa, FL 33629
USA
Toll-Free: (866) 608-5529
Telephone: (813) 221-3200