A Jacksonville driving under the influence case may occur with or without an accident. If a person is charged with DUI in Jacksonville, it could have been because the person’s car was stopped. The police officer must have grounds to pull the vehicle over. In some cases, the police officer must have a reasonable suspicion that there is criminal activity. With a DUI case, the officer has a reasonable suspicion to believe that the driver is impaired by an alcoholic beverage or controlled substance. In other DUI cases, the driver may have been pulled over for another reason. This could have been for a Florida speeding ticket or Jacksonville traffic ticket.
A Florida DUI case may also include an accident. This is called driving under the influence with property damage if a person is not injured, but there is damage to property. A DUI case could be much more serious if a person is injured. A Jacksonville driving under the influence with serious bodily injury is a felony.
As a Jacksonville criminal attorney, I have represented people that have been arrested for driving under the influence. In some of those DUI cases, the person was charged with other crimes as well. Common crimes associated with DUI charges are Florida drug charges. The driver may be arrested with weed or cocaine in his pocket. This could lead to Jacksonville possession of marijuana or cocaine charges. Jacksonville leaving the scene of an accident is a FL traffic ticket that is also a criminal charge. If the driver leaves the place where the accident occurred, he or she could be charged with a hit and run.
There was a recent arrest in Jacksonville for DUI with property damage on Saturday night. This happened at a home on the 4300 block of Julington Creek Road. This is near Clark’s Fish Camp. The homeowner was inside of his house. After 9:00 in the evening, he heard a loud noise outside. The St. Augustine Record stated:
“He ran out to find David Lewis Taylor, 21, still inside the van. Initially the homeowner helped Taylor out of the vehicle, but said Taylor then began to get nervous and said he needed to leave, according to the report. ‘[T]he suspect grabbed a book bag from his car and then tried to run, but (the homeowner) detained the suspect by taking him to the ground and then holding him until the police arrived,’ Officer N.C. Tirri said in the report.”
When the police arrived at the home on Julington Road, they saw the Doge Caravan. It appeared that the van crashed into the brick mailbox. The mailbox was smashed and there were bricks all over the road. The “Dodge Caravan still running with heavy front-end damage.”
Taylor was arrested for Jacksonville possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana. He was also taken into custody on DUI charges. There are still holes in this case. Taylor was arrested for driving under the influence, but under the influence of what? Is he accused of being impaired by drugs or alcohol? Did the police take a breath sample? Did Taylor take a urine test? If so, were they administered properly? There are a lot of unanswered questions.