Jacksonville’s citizens make mistakes at times; the legal system is aware that people are not perfect. Sometimes though, people continually 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 the 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 The St. Augustine Record, Theresa Long of St. Augustine, previously convicted of five DUIs, may be charged with another DUI. Long ran her car into a curb, then collided into a concrete wall at the Budget Inn before resting in an adjacent parking lot. The interviewing police officer said he smelled alcohol on Long’s breath. Police are waiting for her blood work to be returned before charging Long with a DUI.
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 deep enough 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, Longs’s string of DUI stops occurred over a long period of time. Most would see this woman 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 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 Long has issues with alcohol and driving that are more deeply-rooted than just a one-time occurrence of driving illegally. Long may face harsh penalties from the court, but her sentence could also be as lenient as going through an alcohol rehabilitation program and being able to move on with her life as a new individual, rather than spending extra time locked away for a mistake.
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:Woman with 5 DUI convictions gets cited for careless driving. Sheldon Gardner, The St. Augustine Record