Leaving the scene of an accident charges dropped in Queens
Our client, a delivery driver, was accused of hitting another person and
leaving without exchanging insurance or identifying information. Additionally,
our client failed to subsequently report the accident to the NYPD. When
our client was contacted by the police, our client partially confessed.
Afterwards, our client reached out to us and we set up a
case evaluation. During the
case evaluation, we discussed the fact that as a misdemeanor, conviction could lead to
a permanent criminal record and up to a year in
jail. We took on our client’s case and reached out to the Queens prosecutor
with the goal of seeing if there was a reasonable way to resolve it. Over
the next few months, we obtained medical records of the
complainant, accident reports, police paperwork, and court filings. Based on the evidence,
we decided that a trial would be too risky if we could reach an acceptable
deal pre-trial. Negotiations with the prosecutor didn’t work out
initially because they wanted a permanent criminal record and harsh penalties.
After more negotiating, we were able to get a deal where our client would
only have to plead guilty to disorderly conduct, a non-criminal violation,
no criminal record.