In Florida, the crime of Vehicular Assault is defined by Florida Statutes. This law makes it a felony for a driver to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs or in a reckless manner and cause serious bodily injury to another.
The definitions and sentences for Vehicular Florida Assault charges are as follows:
There are several differences in Florida between a DUI charge and a Vehicular Assault charge. Some of those differences are as follows:
Vehicular Assault, is a felony even for a first time offender. If you have been charged with Vehicular Assault in Florida, it is likely that the prosecutor will seek a prison sentence due to the serious injuries to the alleged victim and the media exposure that follows such a case.
Florida law allows a police officer to physically restrain a driver
and obtain a forced blood draw if the officer has probable cause to
believe the driver committed a Vehicular Assault. Therefore, unlike a
DUI, a police officer is not required to request the driver submit to a
blood test when the officer has a legal basis to believe the driver
committed a felony assault in conjunction with a DUI.
Most evidence in these cases is collected at the scene of the accident, so it is imperative for an attorney to begin investigating immediately. In a Vehicular Assault case, a DUI defense attorney will need to visit the accident scene and begin negotiating with the prosecutor before the media and the alleged victim’s family have the opportunity to influence the case in a negative fashion.
If you have been charged with Vehicular Assault in Florida, the
experienced DUI defense attorneys at Legal Gators of Florida can
achieve the best result possible in your case. If you have been charged with Vehicular Assault in Florida, call Legal Gators, at 888-887- 8347 or contact us through this website.
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