A family dispute in western Port St. Lucie on April 13 resulted in a high-speed chase that encompassed over seven miles before the occupant, 22-year-old Dustin Siel, lost control of his red Toyota and wound up in a grassy ditch.
Siel was subsequently arrested at approximately 2:25 p.m. by Port St. Lucie police and is expected to be charged not only with a series of traffic violations, but also two counts of aggravated assault. The arrest came shortly after Siel fled the vehicle before quickly being caught by police.
The latter charges stem from Siel allegedly ramming a car in his mother’s home in the 1800 block of Southwest Buttercup Avenue and also driving into the residence’s garage. He then reportedly took off in the Toyota and was briefly spotted by police on Southwest Rosser Boulevard before they lost him. However, they resumed the chase after he was discovered to be driving on Southwest Savona Boulevard near Southwest Gatlin Boulevard.
During the chase, Siel allegedly drove into oncoming traffic, with one motorcycle rider putting down his cycle in order to avoid a potential collision. In the rush to get away, the rider suffered minor injuries, but was released after receiving treatment at the scene.
Siel will be seeking to employ the services of a St. Lucie County driving violations lawyer to defend himself against these charges. A lawyer like Jonathan Jay Kirschner has extensive experience in this area as a member of the Florida Bar Association for more than three decades.
Kirschner knows that prosecutors make every effort to obtain a conviction in these types of cases. Given the often severe penalties that have been put in place by the passage of laws by the Florida Legislature, that can lead to punishments that far exceed the actual crime.
In some instances, what would ordinarily be considered a misdemeanor can be upgraded to felony status in the event of a previous conviction. For example, a second conviction for driving with a suspended license may mean that an individual is guilty of a third degree felony.
Fighting such excess is what Jonathan Jay Kirschner does on a daily basis, serving as a strong advocate for his clients and making sure that their rights aren’t violated. So if you or someone you know is in need of a St. Lucie County driving violations lawyer, contact Joanthan Jay Kirschner today.