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Brevard County Felony

12/10/2012

My client was backing out of her parking space in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. While backing up she hit another person, whom was loading groceries into the truck of a vehicle. My client was unaware of what exactly she had hit, so she stopped her vehicle, got out to expect the situation. She observed two females at the rear of another vehicle, she asked if she hit the women, and was told "yes". My client asked if she was ok and the women 'nodded'. My client then asked if she could do anything and was told, "no." My client assumed there was no serious injuries and left the parking lot to return home.

Later that afternoon Officer Jones, of the West Melbourne Police Department, arrived at my client's home and placed her under arrest for Leaving the Scene of an Accident involving Personal Injury, a Felony of the 3 rd degree, maximum sentence of 5 years in prison.

I reviewed the discovery, including a surveillance video from the Wal-Mart parking lot. I was able to determine that my client did in fact back from her parking space and lightly hit a woman with the rear bumper of the vehicle. I could see in the video my client get out of her vehicle, have a short conversation with two women, then return to her vehicle and leave the scene in a normal, unhurried fashion. I could tell from the video that this case was more of a miscommunication between the women, and my client was not maliciously or intentionally fleeing the scene.

I was able to arrange a very favorable plea offer for my client. Her felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor charge of leaving scene of an accident. Adjudication of guilt was withheld, meaning she was not convicted of a crime; she was required to pay a small fine and complete an online basic driver improvement course.

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