Monthly Archives: August 2016

Moped Drivers Could Face DUI Charges in Florida

When it comes to mopeds, a loophole exists regarding DUI’s which lawmakers are determined to close. The problem stems from the fact that mopeds aren’t legally considered motor vehicles in the state of Florida. This means that if a person gets on their moped after drinking and is involved in an accident, they can’t be charged with any DUI crimes. A loophole State Sen. Greg Hembree, R-Horry finds aggravating.


“A person can be falling down drunk, then get on a moped and ride down Highway 17 in 5:00 traffic and be weaving all over the road and they cannot be arrested for DUI,” he said in a recent interview. “That clearly was an unintended consequence when they were drafting previous versions of the moped definition.”

What truly bothers him is that many of the people who currently operate mopeds in Florida are doing so because they were previously convicted of drinking and driving. His aggravation over the situation is why the Senate Transportation Committee decided to address the issue once and for all. The matter has already been discussed and approved by the House.

AR-150409798Unlike cars and motorcycles, Florida doesn’t have many regulations regarding the way mopeds are operated in the state. If the measures pass, this will change. Not only will authorities be able to charge operators with DUI related crimes, but the same operators will be required to have both an operator’s license and insurance before they can legally ride on public roads.

“I hope these changes become laws. It’s not right that moped operators can’t be held accountable for their actions, especially when they have a past history of poor decision making,” said Attorney of John Bales. “If anyone has been hurt by a moped accident, particularly one that involved some who was drunk at the time of the crash, should contact a personal injury lawyer and discuss their legal options.”

Just because something isn’t punishable in one court, it doesn’t mean the injured party can’t seek justice in Florida’s civil court. This is particularly true of anyone who sustained severe injuries as a result of the accident.

What a civil court case for personal injury that names a moped operator who was under the influence or narcotics at the time of the accident is to seek a financial reward for the injured party. As a rule, the lawsuit seeks reimbursement for things like medical bills, loss wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Wrongful death issues are also covered under the blanket term personal injury.

Since each situation is unique, the best way to determine if the injuries you sustained in a moped accident warrant you filing a personal injury lawsuit is by seeking out the advice of a personal injury John Bales Attorneys. Not only will they advise you about legal rights, they’ll also help you determine who to name as the defendant in the case and how large a settlement you should seek.

Is Disturbing Video an Example of Pasadena Police Brutality or Not?

A disturbing video recently found its way onto the internet. The video shows a member of the Pasadena police force dragging a woman from a vehicle. The twenty-two second video was posted by the woman’s family who are claiming she was a victim of Pasadena police brutality.

Mandy Sumpter-Stevens claims responsibility for posting the video. According to Sumpter-Stevens the woman the police officer is man handling in the video is her aunt, a woman who is both disabled and cognitively challenged. She originally posted the video to her Facebook feed.

hqdefault (2)Spokesperson for the Pasadena police force, Vance Mitchell, says that in this particular situation case the general public shouldn’t believe everything they see on camera. He says that there was a lot more to the story than the short video clip shows.

According to Mitchell, the woman in the video, Linda Grimes, was pulled over after she drove the wrong direction on a feeder road which put her in a position to be going against oncoming traffic for the span of three to four lanes. Despite the flashing lights in her rearview mirror, Grimes failed to pull over until she reached the 200 block of Beltway 8 near Texas 225 in Pasadena.

According to the Mitchell, the officer responsible for pulling Grimes over, “The officer got out of his car, once she finally stopped. She didn’t seem to be paying much attention.”

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERADespite the presence of the Pasadena police officer, Grimes failed to either open her window or her car door when requested. Upon seeing another door was unlocked and open, the officer reached into the car in order to turn off the engine. At this point, Grimes fought against the officer’s attempt to remove her from the car.

In the video, there’s a moment where Grimes head can be clearly seen hitting the pavement, but Mitchell swears that moment is only very brief part of what took place and that it’s out of context. After Grimes is removed from her vehicle, the officer places her in handcuffs and removes her from the camera’s view.

The Pasadena officer decided to arrest Grimes and take her into custody. Once they reached the Pasadena police station, it was discovered that she was quite intoxicated which led to DUI charges being filed.

1087602Police records indicate that this is in fact the third time Grimes has faced with DUI charges. Her first one took place in 1981 and the second was issued in February of 2012. Grimes is being held on a $5,000 bond.

Her niece has not been willing to provide any rebuttal comments to Mitchell’s statement.