What Is the Penalty for Performing Stunts and Burnouts in Fort Lauderdale?
Fort Lauderdale is home to numerous auto enthusiasts, and one of the simple joys in life is taking your vehicle out for a spin. Sometimes, auto enthusiasts get a little too enthusiastic, however – and a “spin” becomes a tire-screeching burnout. While one might argue that this is all innocent fun, the authorities may not share that opinion. In fact, it is possible to face serious legal consequences for stunts, burnouts, donuts, and other similar vehicular maneuvers on public roads.
Three Arrests after Burnouts in Fort Lauderdale
Recently, three people were arrested in Fort Lauderdale for performing burnouts in a parking lot. The Local Broward County Sheriff stated:
“There will be no ticket citations where you are walking away. We’re going to put you in handcuffs and put you in jail.”
Upon noticing the drivers operating their vehicles in a “reckless manner,” the authorities followed them to a nearby parking lot. They then observed these individuals performing burnouts before moving in and arresting the suspects. After seizing their vehicles, they searched them and located at least one AK-47.
This shows that burnouts can lead to police searches, and these searches may lead to further charges. It goes without saying that in some cases, these searches may in fact be illegal and unconstitutional.
What Is the Penalty for a Burnout in Florida?
In 2022, Florida enacted new laws to discourage burnouts, street racing, stunts, wheelies, and other acts deemed to be “unsafe” by authorities. Under this new legislation, it is possible to have your license revoked and your vehicle impounded if you engage in these acts. More serious penalties include fines of up to $5,000 and potential jail time.
Pickup Truck Creates Skidmarks on Pride Street Decoration
One of the most notable recent burnouts occurred in March of 2023, when a pickup driver allegedly defaced a rainbow “pride” mural that was painted across an intersection. Police are convinced that the driver intentionally defaced the mural, which could potentially lead to a hate crime offense. This shows how burnouts can easily spiral into much more serious offenses depending on the unique circumstances at play. This “trend” of defacing street rainbows with care tires has been spotted throughout the nation. That being said, there is no real evidence that the burnouts were intentionally meant to send a political message.
Where Can I Find a Qualified Defense Attorney in Fort Lauderdale?
If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney, look no further than Haber Blank, LLP. We know that it can be quite daunting to face criminal charges for performing burnouts and other car stunts. However, you are not alone in this battle. Book a consultation today, and we can help you determine the most appropriate defense strategy based on your unique circumstances.