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Driver Crashes Into Deputy After Trying to Avoid DUI Checkpoint

Donald Geraghty, 51, was driving this weekend when he came across a DUI checkpoint. Attempting to escape the area, he crashed in to a deputy working at the checkpoint and then fled the scene. The deputy opened fire on the car in attempts to stop the vehicle. According to the local sheriff’s office this Florida man has had quite a few interactions with the law in his time, having already served five different sentences in Florida. On his record also shows that he has a history of driving under the influence, as well as attacking officers.

A few blocks later the deputies were able to pull over Geraghty, and caught him with their K-9 because he attempted to flee the scene on foot. The deputy who came over to arrest him was then threatened with a knife in the suspect’s hands though he did not receive any injuries. Reports about the day’s events share that the suspect was injured by the force of the police officer on top of receiving bites from the K-9 used to track him down. After receiving treatments at the local hospital, he was taken to the county jail where he is not eligible for bail. Donald Geraghty’s charges are for attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding, and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.

DUI checkpoints are established as a means of catching those who are driving under the influence, and by trying to avoid it caused even more interaction with the law than necessary. If you or someone you know has been involved in a similar incident, it is imperative that you contact a DUI defense attorney as soon as possible to fight your charges! There are many penalties that an individual can be facing for driving under the influence, or hit and run accidents, etc. If convicted an individual might be looking at months to years in jail, a license suspension, fines, as well as probation and driving classes. The severity of the punishments really depends on the number of past occurrences you have had regarding DUI’s, first offenses will have a significantly less punishment than those who are multiple offenders.

Having a defense attorney is crucial in order to make sure that you are properly defended, because even those accused of breaking the law have rights too. Even for those who have had many interactions with the authorities throughout their life, with the help of a defense attorney every measure will be taken to try and prove your innocence or seek lesser charges. While no outcome can ever be guaranteed, at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry we will do our best to fight for our clients! Contact us today for more information.