Jacksonville’s citizens like to have fun, but like most, when alcohol is involved, the risks of harm are increased considerably. Unfortunately, when intoxicated people get behind the wheel of a car, someone else may suffer a life-changing injury. However, all is not lost for the person responsible for the crime. Someone in a situation like this should obtain an experienced attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights and defenses are known and protected.
According to the WTXL News, Heather Goodkin, 61, of Taylor County, FL, has been charged with failure to maintain a lane and may face possible DUI charges, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Her charges came after Goodkin allegedly crossed the highway, crashing her car into a tree. Goodkin was transported to Doctors Memorial Hospital, and was reported in serious condition. <img alt="Arizona-DUI-Attorney.jpg" src="/files/2014/01/Arizona-DUI-Attorney.jpg" width="250" height="187"align="right"
Jacksonville DUI cases normally involve a person who has had either a little bit too much to drink, someone calling the police, reporting a license plate number of an erratic driver, or someone crashing. However, as simple as the cause may be, the consequences of the crime can be tremendous such as:
– License suspension/revocation
– DUI school enrollment
– Up to 6 months in jail
– Vehicle tow and impoundment
– Ignition interlock installation and monthly access fees
– Expensive court fines and fees
Many times, evidence that seems to prove guilt for a DUI charge merely proves that an accident happened, not that the driver was intoxicated. In the case of Goodkin, most would see this as a woman who happened to make a bad choice getting behind the wheel of a car while drinking. However, there are many reasons that might have caused Goodkin to lose control of her vehicle:
– Goodkin could have had a steering problem with her vehicle
– Goodkin could have been tired and thus driving erratically
– Goodkin could have had a bad reaction to one or more medications
– Goodkin could have been dodging an animal in the road and lost control of her vehicle
In this case, Goodkin was immediately taken to the hospital, where she was listed in critical condition. The article is not clear, but from the state of her condition, Florida Highway Patrol officers were most likely unable to administer a breath test to determine whether Goodkin was intoxicated. At this point, the only evidence that might be obtained to prove guilt would be a blood alcohol sample obtained at the hospital, though it is unclear whether any sample was taken.
At this point, all of the available evidence is pointing to a reasonable doubt that the Goodkin was in fact intoxicated.
The only logical choice in this situation is to fight. One needs a knowledgeable and experienced Jacksonville DUI defense attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights are protected. Do not allow a DUI charge to ruin a bright future, away from the troubles of the legal system.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires 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: Alcohol involved in Saturday night crash, WTXL News