A Coral Springs psychiatrist who tried to “paint” her way out of trouble is facing criminal charges in connection with a hit-and-run traffic crash. In view of her actions after the accident, she could probably benefit from the services of a Port Saint Lucie hit and run defense attorney. This type of legal assistance is available from the Law Office of Jeffrey H. Garland.
The accident involving the psychiatrist occurred the previous month on Florida’s Turnpike in Palm Beach County. The Toyota Prius driven by the doctor was seen weaving through other vehicles and was driving on the shoulder of the road when it clipped a car occupied by a family. Before it fled the scene, the Prius was photographed by the wife of the other car’s driver. Florida Highway Patrol investigators examined the picture and were able to determine that the Prius belonged to a rental car agency. They were also able to identify who had rented the car and who was apparently driving it at the time of the accident. Found in the parking lot of the hospital where the psychiatrist was employed, the Prius was examined by a trooper, who found the suspicious traces of a crash.
The area of the Prius that had apparently been damaged in the accident had been covered with spray paint. The trooper also found traces of red paint that matched the color of the other vehicle. It was believed that the suspect had tried to eradicate additional smudge marks with nail polisher remover. In an interview with other law enforcement personnel, the suspect denied being involved in the collision and claimed that the damage to her vehicle occurred when she struck something inside the garage of her home. However, she was charged with damaging property and destroying evidence and was subsequently released on bond. She faces a fine and jail time for destroying evidence, which in Florida is considered a third degree felony.
Despite the evidence supporting the charges against the doctor, such cases are defensible. A Port Saint Lucie hit and run defense attorney will first determine whether the charges satisfy the burden of proof needed to proceed with a prosecution. An experienced Port Saint Lucie criminal lawyer will also attempt to have the charges dismissed or at least reduced, and is prepared to take the case before a jury. If you have found yourself in a situation similar to the “painting” psychiatrist, you should contact the Law Office of Jeffrey H. Garland at 772-489-2200.