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Monday, January 25, 2010

A Training Class, As Opposed to Jail Time

Every generation finds an iconic author who writes stories about everyday people to whom the public can relate. From the 1820's to the late 1960's The Saturday Evening Post served this purpose. As television became more a part of our lives people would often remark "there was an I Love Lucy episode about this!" Since the 1989 it has not been unusual to hear people say "Wasn't there a Seinfeld episode about this?"

In 1992 episode 20 of Seinfeld's third season was titled "The Good Samaritan". You might remember this episode. According to Wikipedia the basic plot is "Jerry witnesses a hit-and-run driver hitting another car. He is on the car phone with Elaine at the time, who tells him he has to go after the driver. He does, but when the driver steps out he realizes that she is a beautiful woman (played by Melinda McGraw) and decides to date her."

Today's post isn't really about comedy, it is about being charged with a hit and run, but on occasion comedy is the best teacher. Moliere, the17th century French playwright, once said: "The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them."

The truth is every hit and run is serious, not amusing. It is an offense that is not to be taken lightly. It never is by those on the receiving end of the act. While the justice system also serves to correct men and women, it does not do this by amusing them. But the justice system on occasion corrects men and women by offering a training class, as opposed to jail time.

Here is one client's experience:

"I was charged with hit and run (Vehicle Code Section 20002) for striking a vehicle and leaving the scene. I hired Attorney William Bruzzo to represent me in this case as I was told he is very familiar with the courts and the district attorneys in Orange County. In the end Mr. Bruzzo was able to negotiate a disposition where the District Attorney agreed to DISMISS THE CASE after I took a class. I am truly grateful to Mr. Bruzzo for his representation in this matter as it spared me from going to jail and having a conviction on my record as it would greatly affect my teaching career. I would enthusiastically recommend Mr. Bruzzo for any criminal matter." ~ EH, 1/21/2010

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Enjoy a clip from the Seinfeld's "The Good Samaritan" episode

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