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. One in a situation like should obtain an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights and defenses are known and protected.
According to the Florida Times-Union, Stacy TurnerJohnson of Nassau County Commission has been charged with a DUI. Johnson was released on her own recognizance. Johnson was most recently noted for a fight she had with a woman at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island. Reportedly, something Johnson said started the fight, which later resulted in Johnson being punched in the face.
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
– A conviction that stays on your record essentially for life
– 50 hours or more of community service
– monthly probation reporting and probation 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 or even drove the car. In this case, little has been released about Johnson’s reported DUI. However, what is said is that Johnson has been released on her own recognizance. This means that the Judge feels that Johnson will attend all court proceedings willingly and will not have to post bond. This showing of cooperation may help her defense of character in front of the Judge.
A problem that Johnson may face is that Johnson is a Nassau County public official. The legal system and public opinion feel that our public officials should be held to a higher standard. This higher standard thought may be the force that complicates her defense and possible punishment. However, an experienced attorney would be able to plea to a Judge that Johnson is merely a normal woman who made a mistake that she will learn from and change accordingly.
For many, the arrest was valid and one’s guilt is obvious. Fortunately, a simple showing of remorse, a recognition of one’s actions and the consequences of those actions, or attempting to compensate those wronged and change may shift the odds in one’s favor for obtaining a reasonable probation sentence rather than time in jail.
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 years 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: Nassau County official arrested on DUI charge, Teresa Stepzinski, The Florida Times-Union