Teen Unaware Drugs And Driving Don’t Mix In Florida DUI Spree

Jacksonville’s citizens make mistakes at times; the legal system is aware that people are not perfect. Sometimes though, people continuing making the same mistakes over and over again. A person in this situation will be looked at by the court as hopeless. However, if one in a situation like this obtains an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case, one will have the best defense possible so that one may attempt to fix one’s problems and rise to a better future.

According to Miami New-Times, Kimberly McCarthy, 18, of Tampa, has racked up three DUIs in an 18-day span. However, the teen won’t be facing jail time. Instead, a judge sentenced her to rehab, in part because she told police she wasn’t aware “smoking marijuana and driving would be a DUI.” McCarthy will be sent to a rehabilitation facility and must wear an ankle bracelet for two years. imagestrafficstop.jpg

Jacksonville DUI cases typically involve someone who has had a little bit too much to drink. This does not mean that the person is intentionally trying to hurt others on the road. However, the police and prosecutors will attempt to paint a picture of just that: a person who has no concern for himself and others. Unfortunately for the accused, most attorneys do not dig deeper to understand what is going on in the mind of the defendant, especially the mind of a repeat offender.

Most people, when confronted with the many penalties, fines and other problems associated with their first DUI charge will never do the crime again. Some of these factors include:

– DUI school enrollment
– License suspension/revocation
– Up to 6 months in jail
– Expensive court fines and fees
– Vehicle tow and impoundment
– Ignition interlock installation and monthly access fees
However, some people have personal issues with alcohol and/or other substances that make them more susceptible to drinking and driving.

In this case, McCarthy’s string of DUI stops involved many different open containers of alcohol, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Most would see this teen as endangering everyone else on the road; this one cannot deny. However, most do not see a broken individual who is crying for help, using alcohol and drugs as a crutch to fight a major issue in her life that she may feel she cannot tackle on her own.

When one enters the legal system for a charge such as this, some Judges will be more lenient than others, seeing that people make mistakes and are willing to change; others may not. However, if one obtains an experienced Jacksonville DUI defense attorney, one will be able to have the best defense possible for one’s case. An experienced attorney will ensure that one’s issues with alcohol are brought before the court, are understood by the Judge, and will be helped by the legal system rather than hurt.

In this case, it is easy to see that McCarthy has issues with alcohol and drugs that are more deeply-rooted than just a wild party side. McCarthy was lucky that she was able to plead with the court for a sentence that would have allowed her to go through an alcohol rehabilitation program and be able to be move on with her life as a new individual.


The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source: Florida Teen Gets Three DUIs in a Month but Avoids Jail Because She Didn’t Realize Smoking Weed Could Lead to a DUI, Kyle Munzenrieder , Miami NewTimes