Automobile accidents happen every day. From minor fender benders to more serious accidents, a vehicle can be a deadly weapon when not operated properly. For those that drive under the influence, text while driving, or are otherwise distracted while behind the wheel the consequences are harsh. A typical DUI case can result in fines, probation, increased insurance rates, potential loss of driving privileges, and the requirement of an interlock device. Less severe motor vehicle violations such as reckless driving can result in points on your driving record, increased insurance premiums, and imposition of fines and costs. Even a speeding ticket has ramifications for the driver, so whatever the type of charge lodged against you, it is crucial to take a proactive stance to protect your right to drive and remain free.
Another form of driving violation is when the driver fails to pay attention to their driving. This is sometimes called “distracted driving”. Anyone can engage in distracted driving behavior, by texting while driving or any other activity that takes your full attention off the task at hand. Police are on the lookout for this type of driving pattern, but a Lee County Deputy recently made news for his own distracted driving incident:
● Deputy Douglas Hood was involved in an accident that turned deadly in August.
● The Deputy was looking at his in car laptop while driving, and this activity has been claimed to have led to an accident that took the life of a 15 year old boy.
● The Deputy has entered a guilty plea in the matter.
Entering a plea agreement is certainly one way to resolve traffic crimes. However, there are other options. For more information on what works best for you, call an experienced criminal defense attorney.
If you have been arrested for a DUI or other traffic related crime, contact a qualified criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free consultation and we work with you to reach results that fit your case, whether by negotiation, plea, or trial.