Two crashed cars close up

Fort Lauderdale, FL- A lapse of reason just cost a Broward County man $40,000 and a night in jail after he drunkenly crashed his Maserati.

The Sun Sentinel reports that Gobind Singh, 35, was driving his Maserati in Coral Springs Sunday night when he crashed into three parked cars and utility pole. According to the paper, one of the vehicles was partially resting on the hood of the Maserati and two other vehicles suffered significant damage.

Singh suffered a minor head injury and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. While there, police said he refused to submit to a blood test though he told police he drank a shot of vodka and two beers before causing the accident.

A relative told the Sentinel they tried to keep him from driving, but he took off anyway. While at the hospital, Singh apologized for the accident and offered to kiss the officer’s feet, but it was an offer the officer declined.

The Sentinel revealed that Singh has a prior DUI arrest stemming from a 2013 accident which resulted in him being charged with two counts of DUI property damage or injury and one count of DUI. He pleaded not guilty to those charges and that case was still pending.

His most recent charged include DUI-causing property damage, DUI-second offense and refusing to submit to DUI tests.

On Tuesday, a Broward County judge ordered Singh to stop driving and stop drinking.

In Florida a conviction for a first DUI carries a penalty of up to 9-months in jail and $2,000 in fines. That is enough for most people to learn their lesson, but not everyone learns from their mistakes. A second or third DUI conviction can land a person in jail for up to a year and the fines will double or triple.

A DUI conviction will also rob you of your right to drive and leave you with a mark on your record which could ripple through your personal and professional lives. An offender may also be ordered to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle, the costs of which come out of their pocket and are on top of all their other DUI-related expenses.

Overall, a DUI arrest and conviction in Florida is costly, troublesome and a major imposition on the offender’s life. That is why it is always in a person’s best interest to fight their DUI charges by retaining a skillful and committed DUI attorney in Fort Lauderdale to work on their case.

Drinking and driving is a regrettable decision that many Fort Lauderdale residents make, so they need to be smart and get expert legal counsel. If you find yourself in need of a DUI lawyer in South Florida, USAttorneys recommends attorney Michael Leader in Fort Lauderdale; he understands what makes up a successful defense and will work tirelessly on your behalf.  Contact his office today, so he can evaluate your case and start working on your defense.