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Case Conclusion Date: 08.05.2013
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Outcome: Dismissed All Charges And Infractions
Description: Client was charged with the crime of Hit and Run Attended and the infractions of Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance and Inattentive Driving. Hit and Run Unattended is a gross misdemeanor punishable up to a year in jail, $5K fine and a 30-day license suspension. On the day of the incident, he bought a used car. While driving the vehicle, he stopped at a traffic light. While waiting for the light to change, the driver behind him stopped their own vehicle closely behind my client. Unfortunately, as the light turned green, my client's car moved slightly backward and bumped the alleged victim's vehicle. My client felt no impact and drove away. The person whom my client accidentally struck, however, chased my client and called 911. The police arrived, arrested my client and charged him with Hit and Run Attended and the aforementioned infractions. We effectively negotiated dismissals on all charges. Client dutifulliy followed my advice to improve his situation in the eyes of the victim and prosecutor. Consequently, the prosecutor agreed to reduce the Hit and Run charges and enter a deferred prosecution; which effectively dismisses the Hit and Run conviction after one year. The downward reduction also avoided an immeidate 30-day license suspension. Client served no jail and paid a $300 fine. Additionally, the prosecutor dismissed the trailing infractions. These reductions saved my client $800 in fines and avoided a bad driving record.