JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- According to local criminal defense attorney, Chris Carson, the Flagler County Sheriff's Office's use of red light camera footage for help locating a driver involved in a crash is like opening Pandora's box.
The Flagler County Sheriff's Office released video surveillance of a white car crashing into a red light camera pole on Moody Blvd in Palm Coast. It's not the video itself but rather where they obtained it and how they're using it that is raising questions.
In a press release to Action News, the Flagler County Sheriff's Office stated "video footage of the incident was obtained from a second red light camera."
"While it's not illegal I would say there are certainly some big policy reasons why I think that's a scary precedent to set," said Carson.
According to Carson, the Flagler County Sheriff's office may be blurring the lines between what the red light cameras were intended to do and what they're actually being used for.
"Do they deserve to be punished? Maybe. Should they be? That's a different question because once we start down that path, who's to say we will stop at just simply criminal prosecution?" said Carson.
Carson says it all comes down to a matter of privacy.
"It's a very slippery slope to start treading down. Unfortunately in the criminal world a lot times the initial erosion of privacy rights starts under the guise of protecting people from crime," said Carson.
According to Carson, if the person behind the wheel is found and decides to fight back it could potentially be the first time in our area that a case like this is litigated before a judge.
Action News did reach out to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office for comment but our calls were not immediately returned.