Anyone in Florida who is accused of impaired driving will likely take the charges seriously. While some drivers might believe a first drunk driving charge is not too serious, any subsequent charges might have severe consequences. Stiff fines, extended jail times and a scarred permanent record might come into play for convictions of multiple DUI charges.
A 47-year-old woman from St. Petersburg will likely explore her defense options after her fourth arrest for drinking and driving. A police report indicates that an attempt to pull the driver over for an investigative stop at about 10:30 on a recent Sunday evening failed when she raced away in an SUV. However, she only managed to get a short distance away before crashing into a parked vehicle.
Officers say the impact of the crash caused the SUV to flip over. The 32-year-old passenger who was with her was ejected and sustained life-threatening injuries. Reportedly, the driver and the passenger were taken to a medical facility, but the driver was released after a medical examination. This was when police officer arrested her on charges of DUI causing serious injuries, fleeing and evading law enforcement, and driving on a suspended license.
This driver will likely need the skills of a criminal defense attorney who is experienced in dealing with cases that involve advocating for drivers with multiple drunk driving arrests on their records. A Florida lawyer will likely examine the charges and the procedures followed by the arresting officers to identify irregularities that could benefit the defendant’s case. Regardless of the circumstances, the attorney will work to achieve the best possible outcome under the circumstances.