Car Chase Leads to $174,000 Bond, Felony Charges in Fort Lauderdale

A Fort Lauderdale man is now in jail on a $174,000 bond after he allegedly was involved in a high-speed car chase with police, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Our Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers have seen far too many high-speed chases end in disaster — for the driver, the police and innocent pedestrians or other motorists. It is never a good idea to get into a chase with police.
Not only are police able to radio ahead to other units, but they can use helicopters and other devices to track drivers who may temporarily get away from cruisers. The bottom line is that these chases not only are dangerous, but they can lead to enhanced criminal charges.

If a driver initiating a high-speed chase crashes and causes someone to be injured or die, they can be charged with a form of murder in Fort Lauderdale. That’s how serious these chases are.

In most cases, the driver is going to face traffic violations, such as speeding, swerving, running red lights, following too closely and other minor traffic infractions. But they’re also going to face charges of eluding and resisting police, possibly with violence, as well as the reason for the initial traffic stop.

Sadly, many of these chases start for minor infractions, such as driving with a suspended license or driving without a license. Young people lose their cool and instead of going to jail, bonding out and allowing the criminal justice system to work, they drive away at high rates of speed. For many, they realize that a new arrest could lead to a probation violation and they’re scared of going to jail or prison.

But fleeing is rarely going to result in any kind of long-term freedom, so it’s typically pointless. Arrest warrants will be issued and eventually, the person will be arrested. It’s better to get arrested without the chase and call an experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer.

In this case, a 22-year-old from Fort Lauderdale tried to get away from authorities, who were trying to arrest him on an open warrant for attempted murder. Police were called to a house for a robbery call and began chasing the man after he ran away from the house.

He allegedly hopped in a car and drove off, causing police to pursue. The man lost control of his car and hit a utility pole and suffered minor injuries. Police said they realized once they got him in custody and checked his identification that he was wanted by sheriff’s deputies on a charge of attempted murder and two counts of armed robbery. He now faces additional charges of resisting arrest and fleeing at a high speed, the newspaper reports.

This is a bad situation that turned worse for this defendant. Being involved in a high-speed chase with law enforcement isn’t going to turn out well. In fact, it’s likely going to lead to more headaches for the defendant, who will face additional charges, some possibly felonies. Being charged with traffic violations or even an outstanding warrant and then remaining silent until speaking with an experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer is the best course of action.

If you are arrested in Fort Lauderdale or elsewhere in South Florida, contact Leifert & Leifert at 954-523-9600 or 561-988-8000 for a free consultation.

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Man arrested after Fort Lauderdale police chase held on $174,000 bond, by Danielle A. Alvarez, Sun Sentinel

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