Criminal Defense Attorney - Traffic Offenses
To successfully defend against criminal charges in St. Johns County you need a St. Augustine criminal defense attorney with courtroom experience. Attorney Christy Opsahl is a former prosecutor with extensive trial experience. She handles a variety of criminal offenses including misdemeanors, felonies, and juvenile delinquency.
Ms. Opsahl has experience handling cases with a variety of sentencing enhancements, such as Habitual Felony Offender (HFO), Habitual Violent Felony Offender (HVFO), Violent Career Criminals, 10-20-Life, and Prison Releasee Reoffenders (PRR).
Criminal traffic offenses have serious and long-lasting consequences. Florida Statutes define both misdemeanor and felony traffic offenses. In addition to fines and court costs, a criminal traffic conviction can result in prison time, jail time, probation, or suspension of driving privileges. If you have been charged with a criminal traffic offense it is crucial that you consult a local, experienced trial attorney who understands the legal burden that a prosecutor must overcome in order to obtain a conviction, the consequences to your insurance premiums, and the consequences of a criminal disposition to your driving privileges.
Certain criminal traffic offenses require adjudication of guilt that cannot be withheld. An experienced attorney can attempt to negotiate with the State to avoid points on your license and suspension of your driving privileges. Every case is unique and the specific facts of your case will weigh heavily on whether a reduction is possible. An experienced attorney can analyze these facts to advise you and obtain the most favorable outcome for you.
Multiple convictions for statutorily defined major traffic violations can result in you being deemed a Habitual Traffic Offender by the Department of Motor Vehicles. This can result in a simple traffic offense being classified as a felony offense exposing you to prison time or long term driver’s license revocation from six (6) months up to lifetime revocation. It is crucial to hire an attorney with the knowledge and experience to recognize the long-term consequences of a major traffic violation conviction.
Leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement, driving without a valid driver’s license, expired tag or registration, driving while license suspended or revoked, and attaching a tag not assigned to that vehicle are common criminal traffic offenses that can have long-lasting consequences. It is important to consult an attorney to advise you on the legal ramifications of a criminal traffic offense prior to entering a plea.
Christy has experience on both sides of the law as a former prosecutor and defense attorney to guide you through the risks and rewards of plea negotiations, motion practice, and taking your case to trial. Traffic offenses have unique legal and factual issues that need to be analyzed by an attorney familiar with administrative DMV consequences, constitutional issues, discovery, and jury trial experience in this area of law.