Miami cop stopped by FHP could face more charges, jail
Officer Fausto Lopez's attorney says even a single charge would negatively impact the cop's career
By PoliceOne Staff
MIAMI — A Miami police officer stopped for speeding by an FHP trooper may more charges and possible jail if he declines a plea bargain.
Under a deal the state is offering Officer Fausto Lopez, the Miami police officer would plead no contest or guilty to one count of reckless driving — and pay court costs — in exchange for no jail time, according to the Miami Herald.
The FHP determined Watts did not violate policy in stopping Lopez, whose career would suffer — even from a single reckless driving charge — if he takes the plea, attorney Al Milian said.
"It’s very difficult. As a police officer, he would face a whole host of discipline by his department," Milian said.
Prosecutor David Schulson said he will not drop the case. The next court proceeding is scheduled for March 20.
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