When someone is charged with driving under the influence, people may think that only one…
On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
The Florida Highway Patrol has reported that a 60-year-old Gulf Breeze man died Aug. 17 as the result of a July car accident that might have been caused by impaired driving. According to officials, he was driving his vehicle in Gulf Breeze July 7 when a vehicle driven by a 19-year-old man crossed over several lanes of traffic, cleared a concrete barrier and struck the man’s vehicle head-on.
The driver of the Jeep suffered serious injuries and was in critical care prior to his death. He was originally from Pensacola and earned his living as a surveyor, according to reports. The 19-year-old driver was also seriously injured, and an 18-year-old passenger in his vehicle suffered minor injuries.
The FHP has said they believe the accident may have been the result of the 19-year-old man driving under the influence. A homicide division of the FHP is continuing its investigation of the accident. According to a spokesperson, charges are likely to be filed. However, neither the nature of the charges nor a time schedule for filing them were given due to the fact that the investigation is still ongoing.
Being convicted of a DUI charge in Florida can affect a person’s life for a long time to come. Penalties often include monetary fines and time spent in jail, and penalties become even more severe when a person has been convicted multiple times. Convictions stay on a person’s record and can affect such things as future employment. Anyone facing a DUI charge may want to consult with a defense attorney who could work to challenge the evidence in an effort to get the charges lowered or dismissed. Alternatively, the attorney may be able to negotiate a plea deal that could result in a reduction of the charges or alternative sentencing, which could minimize the impact of a conviction on a person’s livelihood and reputation.
Pensacola News Journal, “Delayed death in Gulf Breeze DUI crash“, Kevin Robinson, August 20, 2014