A 62-year-old man is facing criminal charges after allegedly causing and then fleeing from a traffic crash in Port Saint Lucie. He and others who find themselves facing similar offenses will require the services of a Port Saint Lucie hit-and-run attorney if they hope to legally overcome the charges or have the penalties reduced. They will find the help they need at the law firm of Jonathan Jay Kirschner & Associates.
The recent incident occurred when a car driven by a woman was struck from behind while turning from Southwest Port Saint Lucie Boulevard onto Southwest Bayshore Boulevard. The impact sent that vehicle slamming into a third car, whose driver was able to photograph the driver of the first vehicle. Tracing the registration of the car that began the crash sequence, local police authorities found the driver in its front seat, allegedly smelling of alcohol. According to a subsequent test, his blood alcohol level was well above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
The suspect has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a personal injury. In Florida, a first-time DUI conviction can result in up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 and a requirement for community service. Subsequent DUI convictions can have more serious consequences. Motorists who leave the scene of accidents that cause injuries can be charged with a third degree felony and, if convicted, may face up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.
Intervention by a Port Saint Lucie criminal defense attorney can help prevent criminal defendants from being overwhelmed by the justice system and further ensure their fair treatment under the laws of Florida. This is why those charged with vehicular or other crimes should consider contacting the law firm of Jonathan Jay Kirschner & Associates at 772-489-8501.