Fort Lauderdale police have apprehended a 35-year-old Porsche owner suspected in a deadly hit-and-run accident. The driver is now in the Broward County Jail without bond. Our Broward County Traffic attorneys deal with leaving the scene of an accident and hot and run all the time, but what’s interesting about this case is that the police teamed up with the United States Secret Service to analyze the man’s cell phone records and determine his whereabouts.
Charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of leaving the scene of a traffic fatality, the defendant faces up to 15 years in prison on each vehicular homicide charge.
Police in Broward County are increasingly using cell phone records to investigate suspects. Some consider this method of evidence-gathering to be a privacy issue. In fact, there’s a case before the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia in which attorneys are arguing that prosecutors need to show “reasonable grounds” to get cell phone records if those records are believed to be relevant to an investigation.
Source: Secret Service helped crack Porsche hit-and-run, police records show, South Florida Sun Sentinel, March 20, 2010
Contact a Broward County Traffic lawyer if you have been arrested or charged with leaving the scene of an accident or hit and run.