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Friday, November 6, 2009

Some Hit and Run Cases Can Be Dismissed

If you google or search the term "hit and run" you will find numerous reports regarding current cases in the news. Most of these cases are serious. They involve major property damage, personal injury or death. A few cases may involve celebrity figures as the alleged driver or injured party. Given the potential seriousness of a hit and run, you might be surprised to learn that some hit and run cases can be dismissed. In some instances an arrangement can be made where the client pays the injured party with the agreement that the injured party declare themselves satisfied and no longer want prosecution. Then, with the Judge and the District Attorney's agreement the case can be dismissed! This is called a civil compromise.

Here is a testimonial of one client's family member...

"A Member of my family was charged with hit and run as a misdemeanor (Vehicle Code Section 20002) which carries a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail and a fine of $1,000.00; he was also charged with reckless driving (Vehicle Code Section 23103) which carries a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $1,000.00 fine. These charges arose when he struck two other cars in traffic and fled the scene. We hired Mr. Bruzzo while the police were still investigating the crime and before the matter went to court. Mr. Bruzzo acted as our liaison with the police and he instructed us that all communication should go through him. When the matter finally went to court Mr. Bruzzo appeared in court without us and began negotiating the matter with the District Attorney. Mr. Bruzzo also began speaking with the victims in the case. In the end Mr. Bruzzo was able to negotiate a disposition wherein the victim(s) accepted a certain amount of money and the District Attorney agreed to DISMISS THE CASE. I am truly grateful to Mr. Bruzzo for his representation in this matter as it spared my family member possible jail time and a conviction. I would enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any criminal matter." ~~PP January 13, 2009

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