Criminal Traffic Offenses
Gainesville Criminal Traffic Offenses Attorney
There are many traffic offenses which are prosecuted in the criminal courts which carry significant penalties and can significantly impact your driving privileges. Each of the attorneys at our firm has the experience to represent your interests in any of the various traffic offenses which are prosecuted in the criminal courts.
The criminal offense of reckless driving is governed by Florida Statute Section 316.192. Reckless driving can be alleged even if no traffic accident occurred. Instead, the offense alleges that you drove your vehicle with “willful or wanton disregard” for the safety of another person or property.
If you are convicted of reckless driving, you will receive (4) points on your driving record which can cause a serious increase in your insurance premiums, as well as a criminal record. However, the Court does have the option to “withhold adjudication”. If so, you will not receive any points on your Florida driving record or be “convicted” of the offense.
- For a first offense of reckless driving, the court can impose a jail sentence of up to 90 days, and a fine of $500.00.
- For a second offense or subsequent conviction for reckless driving, the court can impose a jail sentence of up to six (6) months and a fine of i$1,000. It is important that you seek the advice and counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney who has previously provided representation to individuals facing a charge of reckless driving and can provide you with the most effective defense.
Fleeing or Attempt to Elude an Officer
The criminal charge of fleeing and eluding is a serious criminal charge with serious penalties under Florida law. Unlike other felony offenses, the court is not allowed to withhold adjudication for the felony offense of fleeing and attempting to elude.
Additionally, the police may be able to criminally forfeit your vehicle unless you act quickly. An experienced criminal defense attorney can investigate defenses that exist in your case and provide you with the necessary advice and counsel when facing such a serious charge.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Leaving the scene of an accident or crash, commonly referred to as “hit and run”, is a serious criminal offense under Florida law with serious sanctions. In addition to huge fines and possible jail or prison time, the court can order a revocation or suspension of your Florida driver’s license. Even if you are able to avoid a suspension or revocation (depending on the type of offense) any charge of “leaving the scene” or “hit and run” in Florida can cause your auto insurance premiums to increase dramatically for many years to come if you are convicted of this offense.
Different statutes under Florida law address the criminal offense of leaving the scene of a crash depending on whether another occupied vehicle was involved, the extent of the property damage, and whether any personal injury or serious bodily injury was reported.
If you are being investigated for such an offense, you need to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney prior to making any statements to anyone.
Racing on Highways (Street Racing)
Racing on the highway or “street racing” as it is often called is a misdemeanor criminal traffic offense governed by Florida statutes. Racing can involve any number of different types of vehicles, including cars, motorcycles, or SUV’s. A conviction for street racing carries considerable penalties including fines, possible jail time, suspension of your drivers license, and ultimately increased insurance premiums.
Subsequent or repeat convictions carry increased penalties and may even result in forfeiture of your vehicle.
Drivers, passengers, and in many instances spectators, can be charged with a violation of this statute. It is imperative that you obtain legal representation to defend against such a charge.
The attorneys at DeThomasis & Buchanan have the knowledge and experience to provide you with effective representation if you are charged with a racing offense.
Vehicular Homicide and Vehicle Manslaughter
The alleged crimes of vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter are quite serious and require a thorough investigation, assistance of forensic experts, and an experienced law firm to successfully present a defense.
It is important to retain the services of a law firm with the knowledge and experience to effectively conduct a proper investigation and to coordinate all phases of protecting your rights and presenting a defense.
At the law firm of DeThomasis & Buchanan, we take a team approach to the investigating and preparing of a defense to charges involving vehicular homicide or vehicular manslaughter.
Early retention of capable legal counsel is crucial to the preservation of helpful evidence and appropriate responses to law enforcement and insurance company inquiries. The potential consequences of vehicular homicide and manslaughter offenses include significant fines, years of imprisonment, and loss of driving privileges. Many times there are also civil lawsuits which arise that must be defended against as well. Our firm has the experience to defend you against any criminal charges and routinely works and coordinates efforts with the civil defense attorneys protecting your interests as well.