Driver negligence can have a drastic impact on your life and the safety of others. Florida laws recognize the dramatic effects that reckless driving practices can have. Therefore, vehicular crimes carry severe penalties. No matter how severe your vehicular crime accusation may be, you can count on experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associates.
Florida Vehicular Crime Defense Attorneys
Florida has a very strict policy on vehicular crimes. Particularly, in the city of Gainesville, FL, a town known for its wide abundance of tourists and college students (not to mention wild parties), there is a heightened responsibility to protect the public from unnecessary accidents, injuries and death. The most common forms of vehicular crimes include:
- Street Racing
- Driving on a Suspended and/or Revoked License
- Fleeing Accident Scenes
- Failure to Abide by Traffic Laws
- Escaping the Police
- Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol
Driving on a Suspended/Revoked License
Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a serious crime in the state of Florida. If your license is suspended, revoked, canceled or disqualified, with or without you being aware, you may receive a civil citation or a fine of up to $5,000. For repetitive convictions, you may even be sentenced to prison for up to 5 years.
Leaving/Fleeing the Scene
If you are ever involved in a vehicular accident, Florida traffic laws require you to remain in the area to receive medical help and exchange pertinent information (i.e. license number, name, contact number, etc.). Fleeing from a car accident is a serious crime. If your escape is wilful, and results in the bodily injury of others, you may be subject to a 5 years in prison, 5 years probation, and even a $5,000 fine.
Failure to Obey
Traffic laws in Florida serve to keep roads and driving behavior organized and in unison. Failure to obey traffic laws can result in serious vehicle accidents and explosions.
It is crucial that drivers follow appropriate speeding guidelines. When around schools, centers for children, and colleges and universities, there is a greater responsibility to follow speeding limits because of excessive pedestrians and playful children who may not fully understand how to operate around moving cars.
Further, street racing with other vehicles (and other driving competitions) on public roads can contribute to serious injuries and deaths of innocent victims. Street racing should be designated for areas where street racing is permissible.
Escaping the Police
Police officers are always on the prowl. They have a responsibility to protect the public and they will do everything in their power to enforce laws and policies. Whether you are caught not wearing a seatbelt, speeding, or engaging in suspicious activity while driving, police officers have the right to pull you over. If you attempt to avoid a police officer’s request to pull over, or attempt to escape an officer so that you do not receive a ticket, fleeing from the police can cause you to go to jail. You will need a reliable criminal defense lawyer to help you out of this sticky situation.
Driving While Intoxicated
It is no surprise that drugs and alcohol impairs one’s judgment. Many drivers falsely believe that they have a heightened awareness when they have consumed drugs and/or alcohol, and they may think that the fluids increase concentration and focus. This is a myth. Despite the perceived positive feelings that a person under the influence of alcohol and drugs may feel, scientific studies prove that brain activity and responsive reflexes actually slow down.
Gainesville Criminal Defense Attorneys
No matter how severe or minor your vehicular crime accusation may be, you deserve legal protection fast. Vehicular crimes often result in serious penalties, including expensive fines and lengthy jail time, that can drastically distort life for you and your loved ones. Plus, your overall reputation may be ruined. If you have been charged with a vehicular crime in Gainesville, FL, contact our experienced criminal law attorneys at the Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associates.
Our trustworthy attorneys will aggressively advocate on your behalf.